Monday, January 10, 2011

Ode to the Christ of Southern...

I am thankful to be at Southern Seminary, and soon to finish (I hope) studies at this great institution. I am thankful to the faculty that have taught that rich, scholarly study is best blended with the worship of the Triune God. I am thankful that this institution that has a rich (and at times, difficult) history is the place where I have been able to journey for a season. I am thankful for the rich, Reformed, academic and yet ministerial approach with which this school goes about fulfilling its mission. It has been such a blessing to be a part of the Southern Community.

I am thankful to my faith family for allowing me, supporting me and helping me be a part of these studies...many Pastors are not given such a gift.

I am thankful especially to my family...to Christie and the kids for choosing to be okay while I am away and encouraging me to come (thank you Christie).

Lastly, I am most thankful that amid all my joy and excitement about these studies and this school, that the goal...the end point of the entire thing is not academia, but Christ...the Christ of Scripture which Southern so staunchly proclaims. What would these studies be without Christ at the center? The great anchors of Southern that I love that this place teaches (inerrancy, Reformed Theology, Exposition, Family Ministry, Discipleship, Correct Hermeneutical approach, etc.)...all of these things have there meaning in Christ.