No doubt you’ve noticed our silence on the blog; it’s been a summer of travel, weddings, interviews, and quiet at home.
The summer began with a road trip to conduct interviews and to meet Presidents and leaders at other institutions of Christian higher education all across the eastern U.S. and Canada. We started in Kentucky for Norm Millar’s graduation from Southern Seminary. Norm, who is the chairman of the Heritage board, received his Doctor in Ministry from Southern. We continued from there to visit many solidly Biblical institutions – Midwestern Seminary, Southwestern Seminary, Dallas Seminary, and New Orleans Baptist Seminary. From there, we drove north to be part of a College and Seminary Presidents’ gathering in the mountains of North Carolina at the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove. All of these relationships have enriched our understanding of Bible centered training. In summary, schools that are holding strong on biblical principles are doing well.
We were home for less than a week before we left for two family weddings on the West Coast. Both of our nieces (one from each side) were married within 8 days of each other, both to godly young men who lead worship and assist with children’s ministry. We were so blessed to be part of the preparations, the party, and the post wedding celebrations.
Back to Canada, we headed to Muskoka Bible Centre where Rick and Dr. Michael Haykin were the teachers for the first week in July. Dr. Haykin focused on the Reformers, this being the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg. Rick’s messages focused on centrality of the Word of God and how we can engage with Scripture in life-changing ways. If you’d like to hear either of their messages, they are available from Muskoka Bible Centre.
Now gladly home, Linda has been finalizing her doctoral research and Rick has begun to prepare for a new school year. Enrollment for both the college and seminary is looking very strong for the Fall, for which we are grateful to God. Would you pray with us for a great year of training men and women to know, love and serve Christ? We have “a wide door for effective service open to us” (1 Cor 16:9).
In the next few weeks, we’ll post further updates will on some exciting developments at Heritage. But for now, we trust that you are walking closely with Christ and enjoying the sweet, short Canadian summer with friends and family. Psalms 37 and 62 remind us to rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. We hope we’re all resting – in more ways than one!