Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Today, I spent my day talking with students here. I heard great testimonies of God's saving grace and saw a lot of evidence that the Spirit of God is graciously at work among the men (and women... go Hilary!) called here to study in preparation for life and ministry.
I'm really looking forward to tomorrow. I get to teach an Evangelism and Church Growth class. I get to make announcements in other classes about the new internship we're starting at Christchurch. I get to talk to more students at an info table in the student center.
But what I'm most looking forward to tomorrow is worshiping God in chapel with all the professors and students. It's been nearly 5 years since I last worshiped God in Alumni Chapel (pictured above). It's a special place to me, because I heard the Word of God there and God has changed my life as a result. It's also a special place to me, because there I sang praises to God with brothers in Christ like Jim Ramsey (now an Army Chaplain in Iraq) and John Folmar (now a pastor in Dubai) and Dan Pflug (now a pastor in Michigan) and Byron Straughn (now ministering with Campus Crusade for Christ) and Monty Shanks (now finishing his Ph.D. at Southern) and others.
What follows are the words to the last song I sang in chapel here: Soldiers of Christ in Truth Arrayed, written by Basil Manly, Jr.
Soldiers of Christ, in truth arrayed,
A world in ruins needs your aid:
A world by sin destroyed and dead;
A world for which the Savior bled.
His Gospel to the lost proclaim,
Good news for all in Jesus’ Name;
Let light upon the darkness break
That sinners from their death may wake.
Morning and evening sow the seed,
God’s grace the effort shall succeed.
Seedtimes of tears have oft been found
With sheaves of joy and plenty crowned.
We meet to part, but part to meet
When earthly labors are complete,
To join in yet more blest employ,
In an eternal world of joy.
Words: Basil Manly, Jr., circa 1860; this hymn was written for the first graduation ceremony at the Southern Seminary.
Music: Mendon, German tune, arranged by Samuel Dyer, Supplement of Samuel Dyer’s Third Edition of Sacred Music, 1828
Monday, February 25, 2008
We also skied with another pastor friend of mine from Missouri, the soon-to-be-Dr. Jeremy Muniz. Jeremy serves at First Baptist Church of DeSoto, Missouri. Jeremy had a good day on the mountain today. It was his first day back on skis after many years and he looked great.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Worshiping God at Christchurch on Sundays continues to be so good for me. Men like Robbie (musician), Randy (Bible teacher), and Dan (prayer leader) ministered well to me today as we gathered with God's people to worship Him.
But the highlight for me today was hearing from IMB missionaries Lee and Donelle Kauffman. They spoke to us about their work with the Jola-Fonyi people of Senegal, West Africa (pictured above).
Today, I am particularly thankful that Jesus has saved me from my sin, that I am allowed to pastor a brand-new church, and that my small but Spirit-filled church is growing in its commitment to the greatest cause of all - The Great Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Saturday, February 9, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
Can you believe it? We now have a choice of replacement mailboxes.