On Monday morning, we went to the airport to greet a team from Eastern Nazarene College who were passing through Johannesburg on their way to Mozambique. While Dave Restrick, their fearless leader, took care of picking up the vehicle, Greg and I took the team to get some wake-me-up-’cause-I’ve-got-jetlag drinks in the food court.
There, we had the chance to get acquainted with Althea, Samantha, Bubba, Julie, Chelsea and Nellie. We swapped stories of 3rd Memorial, 4th Munro, and good times at college. They updated us on ENC and shared future plans. They are off to a great start on this life changing trip.
We said goodbye to some and au revoir to others that we will see when we are on home assignment both in New England and Upstate New York. It is a small world!
Keep your eyes on your destination and not where you stumbled.
Theology in Overalls
An Address to the Graduates of NTC-SA and NTCCA
I was honored to deliver this address to the graduates of Nazarene Theological College (South Africa) on April 23, 2016 and the graduates of Nazarene Theological College of Central Africa (Lilongwe, Malawi) on May 7, 2016.
WE ARE GATHERED TODAY in this place for a celebration. During these moments together, we pause to thank the Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – for his grace upon the lives of these graduates. In one way, today marks an ending, the finish line for a race that these women and men have been running, some for as long as the past 3 years. Graduates, as you cross that finish line this morning, I add my voice to the chorus of voices and say: “Congratulations! Well-done.”
Yet if today is an ending, in another more important way, it is also a beginning, or – to use the traditional word for a graduation ceremony – a commencement. It is the start of the rest of your life as those who seek to be ordained ministers, leading the flock of God in one capacity or another. At such a high and holy moment, what would our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, be pleased for us to consider?
Because this is a graduation address and not a sermon, I will not take a single biblical text and expound it. That is an essential skill for a preacher and one that your teachers have taught you well. But like a preacher often does, allow me to give you a Trinity of ideas, 3 words of advice as you either launch out in ministry or else continue in that path:
1) Defend the flock fiercely;
2) Hold your position lightly;
3) Cling to Jesus tightly.
Read the rest of the address here