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|94 Years Young
|Thursday, May 27, 2021|
“I'm an electrical engineer turned Bible teacher and theologian. I hope that's not shocking.” Fred Dickason has a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face. He is 94 years young—and I do mean young.
He zips around his apartment complex, greeting just about everyone by name, then welcomes us into his home. There, we record an interview for an upcoming Moody Radio broadcast.
Fred's answers and reflexes are lightning-fast. We are discussing his newest book, Dangers of the Spirit World. Though several of Fred’s books are considered classroom standards in seminaries and Christian colleges, he’s lately given Amazon eBooks a whirl.
After the interview, we head down to the cafe for lunch. Fred opts for a Rueben sandwich and coffee. Here, we learn that during his college years, he helped develop infrared technology for Texas Instruments. But God had other plans for Dr. Dickason, who ultimately spent 34 years on the faculty of Moody Bible Institute, where my wife and I met him.
To say Fred is still active is to say Bill Gates is still rich. “I have counseled over 650 people with demonic problems for over 46 years. I have seen the Lord Jesus free Christians from oppression and lead them into a life of fellowship and victory.”
Fred quotes Scripture easily—and confidently. He misses his wife, loves his kids, and glows about his grandkids. And—he’s working on another book project.
As our time runs out, he escorts us to the lobby, where we walk by a grand piano. He offers to play a quick song as we depart. Fred is no wannabe. He plays musically and meaningfully.
In the sixties, the Beatles playfully asked, "Will you still need me, will you still feed me when I'm 64?" At 94, Fred Dickason is still feeding others spiritually.
You might say he’s in it—for the long haul.
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