I recently had the opportunity to preach during chapel at Bethlehem College and Seminary. It was a powerful moment for me, in an unexpected way. It wasn't until I arrived and stepped into the sanctuary of the downtown Bethlehem campus that I realized it has been 5+ years since I'd been there, a place where Susan, the children, and I spent our Sunday mornings for almost 8 years. Memories flooded my mind and heart. Snippets of sermons from Pastor John. Conversations with friends. Testimonies of faith. Moments of worship. Looking up on the wall, and seeing the mission statement emblazoned there, "We exist to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ." In a flood of emotion I was reminded all over again that our time in that sanctuary changed everything. That mission statement changed everything. That vision of the glory of God changed everything.
I was saved there. My trajectory of executive status at American Express was redirected to pastoral ministry there. We grew up spiritually there. Our kids developed a taste for Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting, Spirit-filled preaching there (and us too!). All in the place we called home for almost eight years.
It is a great joy to have an ongoing relationship with Bethlehem, and now, Bethlehem College and Seminary. What an amazing honor it was to be asked to come home, stand in a pulpit in which Pastor John has so faithfully trumpeted the Word of God and God of the Word, and depend on the Spirit to help me serve BCS students.
Thank you Bethlehem. And thank you Father.
It's good to go home.