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L. Russ Bush III, author, professor, and pastor, died Jan. 22 following a two-year battle with cancer. He was 63.

Bush served the Southern Baptist Convention in various posts, most recently at Southeastern Seminary as the director of the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture and as distinguished professor of philosophy of religion. His 1980 book Baptists and the Bible, co-authored with Tom Nettles, at the time both men were professors at Southwestern played a key role in the Southern Baptist Conservative Resurgence, calling for the return to Biblical inerrancy as a core belief of the denomination.