On Thursday, September 11, I was privileged to speak at the first seminary chapel of the year at Heritage. The message I gave was one I’ve been preparing for weeks. No, make that years. Or perhaps decades.
Serving at Heritage is a calling that runs deep in my soul. Thirty years ago I thought I would be headed to Brazil to train spiritual leaders. Instead of heading south, God directed us north–to Canada.
Recent years have only increased my passion for the work of training up leaders for Christ’s Church and His global mission. Dealing with cancer has added to my sense of urgency. So has reading about another seminary–one you may never have heard of.
This summer I’ve been learning about the seminary that Dietrich Bonhoeffer started in the years leading up to WWII. Bonhoeffer was alarmed at the rise of Hitler and saw where things were headed. He launched an underground seminary to train ministers who would stand firm and serve well in troubled times.
In many ways, I see storm clouds gathering over our part of the world. Things will not get easier for those who stay faithful to God’s Word and the gospel message.
The message I gave at our first seminary chapel of the year was taken from 2 Timothy 3. It lays out a crucial part of my vision for Heritage: training men and women who will stand firm on God’s Word and serve well in difficult days.
Would you pray that God would strengthen us for this important mission.
You can listen to the sermon here: