|J. I. Packer strolls through the stacks in the John Richard Allison library.|
My anticipation of Friday night's celebration evokes a variety of memories from my Regent experience. Here are some:
- Choking back tears as we sang Be My Guide in orientation back in September 2010. They aren't just smart people - the new fifty-something student thought - they really love the Lord!
- Delight as Carolyn Hindmarsh was careful to incorporate devotional thoughts into our study of New Testament Greek.
- Gratitude as Phil Long simply smiled patiently at my tongue-tied attempts to pronounce Hebrew words in an oral test.
- Chuckling at Iain Provan's comments on Daniel 6:10: I think a lot of Christians have read rebellion into Daniel's actions, as though he opened the windows and said, "Hey boys, I'm up here praying, whatta ya think about that?!" (The humor of the remark was enhanced by his dulcet Scottish accent.)
- The approbation received from J. I. Packer for a paper written about two of his Anglican contemporaries, John R. W. Stott and Michael Harper: Factually exact - Packer wrote, adding - (as I can testify first-hand).
- Gratitude that Gerry Schoberg gently corrected me for advancing a wrongheaded argument in the NT Seminar: Jesus and Paul. (My wife is very amused by the fact that this particular wrongheaded argument was first advanced by .... N. T. Wright. I had protested to Gerry, "Wright says ...." to which Gerry responded, "I'm sure he does.")
- Receiving spiritual healing from the injury caused by some lifelong misunderstandings. The healing came via the reading of John Stackhouse's Making the Best of It: Following Christ in the Real World. (Remember the comment above: academically and spiritually enriched.)
- The button-popping moment when I read Bryan Burton's comment on one of my papers about the doctrine of justification: One of the best engagements with Wright & Piper I have seen with students. (You wouldn't seriously think I could resist printing that, right?)
- The edifying fellowship that developed in our Soul of Ministry small group. Sherlene, Cindy, Casey, and Jeremy received, strengthened, and informed this old guy :-)
- Getting a very high mark (yep, that one!) in the Gospel of Mark from world-class Markan scholar Rikk Watts. Such courses, expertise, and evaluation are the sweetest joy of graduate level education.
- The beauty of my final 90 minutes at Regent College listening to the Missa Solemnis and appreciating Sven Soderlund's guidance through it (Sven has been such a helpful mentor in so many ways it was only fitting that my final moments at Regent would be enriched by him).
|No syllabi or notes here ... this notebook is reserved for every paper I wrote at Regent College.|
|[UPDATE 7/9/14] Shaking hands with Regent College president Rod Wilson after receiving my master's degree at the convocation in May. (Ken McAllister Photography)|
|[UPDATE 7/9/14] The Chan Centre - the site for Regent College's 44th convocation. (Ken McAllister Photography)|