“President Sunquist, we really have learned so much at Gordon-Conwell, but we all have a question.”
Arriving at a small town in New Hampshire for a presbytery meeting, I did not expect to be greeted by twenty or thirty brightly dressed Indonesians.
As we start a new academic year at the seminary, we are quite aware that many people today are developing (or have developed) a negative image of the local church.
A seminary is its faculty. The curriculum is secondary because if the wrong person is teaching, say spirituality or introduction to the New Testament, it can be a disaster for the class, and therefore, for the church.
To turn the tattoo image around, God’s love for us is marked, if you will, on God. He does not forget us in our woundedness, our pride, or our loss. God’s memory of us is flushed with love, compassion, and healing, for he has suffered for and he suffers with us.
. . . watching, listening, smelling, feeling, and praying and then listening more for God’s kind whisper—these moments enable me to intimately commune with God.
Life is only found through the door of grace striving toward holiness.
When I was in high school, I remember my mom picking up a reproduction of one of the first Sears and Roebuck catalogs.
In an 1891 sermon (now simply numbered “2221”) the great English preacher Charles Spurgeon introduced his topic by saying, “. . . So all is of grace from first to last, and must never be viewed with a legal eye.”
There is much to be learned about leadership in difficult times from Scripture, especially the history books of the Old Testament.