So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.
One more word on Sunday night while Noël packs for vacation.
These have been great months of joy between me and Noël. I feel like a very favored Boaz. My “Ruth” is just as committed, just as creative, just as sensitive to me as her original in the Bible. Thanks to the Bethlehem family for accepting her into your hearts.
4:45 AM – Wake to radio-alarm. Reset alarm for Noël at 6:15. Go to my study to pray.
5:45 AM – Meditate once more over the morning message and the “welcome to worship” and the “call to worship.”
6:45 AM – Shave, dress, and head for breakfast.
7:00 AM – Eat with the family, read Global Prayer Digest and the 11th chapter of Mark. Pray together.
7:35 AM – Walk to church (singing my new verses to the morning hymn).
Originally I had hoped this summer to prepare for publication a book entitled The Pleasures of God, based on a sermon series from several years ago. I had signed a contract with Multnomah Press to deliver the manuscript by August 31 this year. I called the press and they have graciously let me postpone that due date into the summer of 1990.
At their November 1988 meeting the Council of Deacons approved a four month study leave for me in 1989. This was not based on the proposed sabbatical policy which is still under discussion. It was based on the terms of my call in 1980. Point number six in the letter of call said:
Consensus that the church initiate serious discussions with Dr. Piper concerning additional time for lectures, writing, study, and travel. This will not take place until September 1, 1981.
The elders have approved a writing leave for me that begins Monday, February 17 and lasts four weeks. How grateful I am that the church supports me in the calling I have to write for the sake of Bethlehem and the wider Christian movement. To guide your prayers I will give you a glimpse into what I hope to accomplish with God’s help.
Because it’s a word I rarely use all year long, when it comes to the time of year when I use it, I have to remind myself what it means … and how to spell it. The word? Baccalaureate.
What does it mean? It’s a religious service held at an educational institution, or, generally, a religious service held in a formal educational context. The term itself has Latin roots having to do with a student’s advancement.
“Here are three things Jesus did while I was at BCS for four years,” says Benjamin Jensen, who just completed a Master of Divinity degree:
1) Through wise and godly teachers, I was shown not only what the Bible says, but how to read it well for myself. Like that old adage: "Give a man a verse, and he'll be fed for a day. Teach a man to read the Word, and he'll be full for a lifetime (and beyond)."
“Jesus built the house of my education so that my labors were not in vain; he watched over the city of my faith and marriage so my studies were not in vain. He was sovereign over four years of graduate studies so that I need not go late to rest, rise early, nor eat the bread of anxious toil. He gave me, his beloved, rest (Psalm 127:1–2). Jesus sovereignly sustained me and my wife through seminary,” says Brett Toney, who just completed a Master of Divinity at Bethlehem College and Seminary.
Here’s what Brent Fisher said Jesus did while Brent was completing his Bachelor of Theology degree at Bethlehem College and Seminary: “He showed me how to love my wife as a student-newlywed by dying for me while I was yet a failure.”
Here’s what President Tim Tomlinson told the Bethlehem College and Seminary board of trustees at their recent meeting: “It’s difficult for me to fathom that we are at the end of our third year of operation as Bethlehem College and Seminary. This spring marks the first commencement ceremony of BCS to include AA graduates and M.Div. graduates. This summer we will formally begin the process of accreditation through the Association for Biblical Higher Education.