By Audley Phillip
Barnabas was evidently dead when Luke wrote this verse, and the disciple used the past tense in describing him. As the author tells the story of the first Christians in Antioch, he turns aside to write this note about the passing of a good man. A good man is God’s demonstration of what He can do. Not a star or a planet or an ocean or a continent, but a good man. A good man is a blessing to his family, his friends, and to his country..
Today, I learned of the passing of a good man, Bishop Ewing Dorsett. It is almost habitual for us to inflate or to exaggerate the qualities of a person who has died, to the point where you can barely recognize who you are talking about. But I am not doing that. Bishop Ewing Dorsett was a good man, an exceptional man.
Many of you would remember that Bishop Dorsett served with distinction for years on the Electoral Commission.. He was very vocal and outspoken and never afraid to publicly address the issues that were in the public space where Electoral matters are concerned. He never raised his voice but he had a succinct deliberate way to softly and calmly getting across his facts.
Ask his friends, ask the people who knew him if he was a good man and they will tell you he was. Ask the people at the church he Pastored, the women who hugged him daily, and they will tell you he was. Ask the people, who passed the stores daily just to greet their beloved Pastor.
I say he was a good man because of his patriotism and service, I say he was a good man because of the testimony of his friends, and I say he was a good man because of the testimony of his family.
If you were to ask any of the Dorsett brothers, all of whom he made certain to give them top notch Education, or any of the many other members of his family, the ones who knew him best, they would all confirm that he was an exceptional family man.. He loved his family, and prayed for them regularly.
In the eyes of God, Bishop Dorsett was a good man. His contribution to the commercial space in Antigua & Barbuda was second to none operating retail outlets for years on both Market and High Streets.
Antigua has lost a beloved son of the soil. I extend heartfelt condolences to his immediate family and the congregation he led. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
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