About Robert Blair

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. 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.  

Norma (a 1955 graduate of Tigard, Oregon High), his wife of sixty-three plus years, and Bob live southwest of Cleghorn, Iowa. Their acreage is 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’s an unrepentant train buff. Bob and Norma enjoy taking walks together near their rural home accompanied by their frisky farm Lab, Josie. Their corpulent cat Nefferkiti usually tags far behind.


The Blair’s greatest interest is in serving the kingdom of God. To that end, they host a weekly Bible study in their home (Norma does most of the work). Every Tuesday people of many denominations gather in their living and dining rooms. Bob’s articles have appeared in Leadership and 21st Century Christian.

After graduating from Milwaukie, OR Union High School, Bob began college studies at Portland (Oregon) State. He spent his sophomore year at Central Christian College (now Oklahoma Christian University), where he received the Hugo McCord Bible Award for being the outstanding ministerial student. He 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 is sentimentally stuck in the mid-20th century and hates to do Email.  His website: www.robertblairbooks.com


Works by Bob:

The Funeral and Wedding Handbook, Second edition - CSS Publishing.


The Great Omission, published by CSS Publishing Co, 2008


The Minister’s Funeral Handbook published by Baker Book House in 1990 (out of print).


The Funeral and Wedding Handbook published by College Press in 1995 (First edition, out of print).


Contributing author to Volume I of the Leadership Handbooks of Practical Theology (James D. Berkley, general editor) printed in 1993 by Baker and Christianity Today.


He also contributes articles for the devotional booklet, “Power for Today.”



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