The Great Omission
by: Robert Blair
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If Jesus were still alive and preaching in the United States today, would he be building a huge church structure? Would he be talking about the "trigger" issues, the hot topics that seem to dominate our pulpits? Would he be marching in the streets -- either against or in favor of -- abortion, gay rights, or repealing the death penalty? It is Robert Blair's contention that Jesus Christ would not be politically active or trying to overtly influence the government. He believes Jesus would simply be preaching the same simple gospel that he preached 2,000 years ago. Should not his followers be doing what he would do? Should not it be our primary objective to preach the good news to every person on the planet? By doing that, and by personally assisting the poor, Reverend Blair believes that the followers of Christ would best glorify God. Hoping that every minister in the United States will "read and heed" this book, Blair believes that laypersons will also benefit from reading The Great Omission. Too often laypersons are wishing to honor God but they receive garbled signals from the church leadership about the church's main purpose. This book will become a lightning rod for change in returning our churches to the biblical message, and suggesting the right methods to tell it.

About the Author:

Bob “retired” from fulltime ministry in August 1991, after preaching for the Hollywood, California, Church of Christ 28 years. He served on the board of managers of the Wilshire YMCA and was a member of the Hollywood High School Advisory Council. He chaired the Council’s Student Motivation and Conduct Committee. Bob led a popular Bible class for business and professional people in the Hollywood area and has conducted hundreds of funerals and weddings throughout the country.

Bob authored The Minister’s Funeral Handbook published by Baker Book House in 1990. College Press published his Funeral and Wedding Handbook in 1995.  In 2001 a second edition of The Funeral and Wedding Handbook was published by CSS Publishing. It stills sells well and was recently selected to be on His articles have appeared in Leadership and 21st Century Christian.

Norma, his wife of fifty plus years (a 1955 graduate of Tigard (OR) High), and Bob live on an acreage 11 miles southwest of Cleghorn, Iowa. It’s near the most remote place in the state—and also the coldest. Their four children and their spouses produced five grandchildren. Bob does fill-in preaching every Sunday. He loves to play racquetball and golf, but says he isn’t very good at either sport. He’s also an unrepentant train buff. Bob and Norma enjoy taking walks together near their rural home accompanied by their frisky farm dog and super-ugly but loveable cat.

Their greatest interest is in serving the kingdom of God. To that end, they host a weekly Bible study (Norma does most of the work) in their home. Every Tuesday people of many denominations pack all available square footage of their living and dining rooms. Bob also conducts many personal Bible studies and continues to lead people to Jesus. He is one of the most sought-after preachers in Northwest Iowa. Bob received a B.A. in English and Religion from Pepperdine College and an M.A. in Religion from Pepperdine. You may write to him at PO Box 176, Cleghorn, IA, 51014. He’s sentimentally stuck in the mid-20th century and is reluctant to do Email.

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