Today we bring you a sermon preached by Pastor Nate Bebout. This message was recorded during our weekly chapel service on May 4, 2016.
By Dr. Dawn Morton for Christianity Today.
Seeing two women lead our church gave me the freedom to pursue the gifts God had given me.
I was brought up under the leadership of two women pastors, Sister Opal Eckert and Sister Mary Slaughterbeck. It was a small country church, and God chose these women to mentor me in leadership, especially church leadership. These women knew how to serve others, loving and caring for those around them. They knew their Bibles, not only for information but for transformation.
“Dear Dad, I’m thinking about dropping out of college, so I can do something significant for God instead of wasting my time going to school.” So started my freshman letter to my father.
It seemed to me that going to college and possibly to graduate school was too much work, too much money, and a waste of too much time while living in a world that needed Jesus. I figured I could invest my life better in a community rather than on a campus.
My father wrote back, with a letter that changed my life. Although I did not save it, I certainly remember its contents.
When I was about your age, I weighed the same decision. I was passionate
for ministry and wanted to quit school. I asked for advice from Dr. Donald Barnhouse, pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. Barnhouse told me that if he had 10 years to live he would spend nine in preparation and one in ministry. He was convinced he would accomplish more
for God in that one year than he would have accomplished in nine years of
ministry with only one year of preparation. He advised that sharpening the axe before chopping the tree means you’ll have chopped more wood by the end of the day.
Higher education wasn’t easy for my dad. His parents attended grade school and no more. He dropped out of high school when he was 16. When he believed in Jesus and was drawn to ministry in his late teens, he decided to go back to school. The journey was hard—Bible school at night, back to high school with teenagers in the fledgling church he started, and then college, seminary and graduate studies. It took him more than nine years but led to an amazing lifetime of ministry. He served in missions and evangelism, pastored a large metropolitan church for 33 years, and became a college president.
Today, we bring you a message by Ms. Lori Lower. She serves as Registrar at Ashland Theological Seminary. The message was recorded on Wednesday March 23, 2016 during our Seminary Chapel.
Over the course of the 25+ years, Lori has worked at ATS where she has seen that the registrar position gives her an opportunity to indirectly influence the Kingdom. She considers her job to be incredibly fulfilling and loves the chance it presents to encourage others. The Lord has gifted Lori with sensitivity and discernment, and she is always amazed when He very specifically leads her to pray or encourage somebody.
Lori and her husband, Gary, do cowboy action shooting and are often traveling to shooting events, where they enjoy camping. They hope to travel out west sometime soon.
Lori also enjoys reading, especially inspirational historical fiction novels, and she is involved in musical activities at the seminary and her church.
TEXT: Philippians 2: 5-8
Ms. Lori Lower serves as Ashland Theological Seminary’s Registrar. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Today, we bring you a message by Presiding Bishop F. Josephus Johnson, II, better known as Bishop Joey Johnson,. He is the Organizer and Senior Pastor of The House of the Lord in Akron, Ohio. The message was recorded on Wednesday February 24, 2016 during our Seminary Chapel at Ashland Theological Seminary.
Bishop Johnson is a renowned Bible Scholar, counselor, educator, conference speaker and workshop facilitator. His experience in leading one of the city’s largest churches for forty-two years has equipped him to impart wisdom for issues related to church growth and development, business management, leadership and team building.
As a visionary, Bishop Johnson founded The Johnson Leadership Institute, where he utilizes his skills to train and mentor pastors and other church leaders. As a lover of The Holy Scriptures with keen intellectual curiosity and insatiable appetite for reading, Bishop Johnson founded Emmanuel Christian Academy and Logos Bible Institute to present opportunities to children and adults to be educated and equipped in God’s
Bishop Johnson authored six books, The Church: The Family of Families, God Is Greater Than Family Mess, The Eight Ministries of the Holy Spirit and The Eight Ministries of the Holy Spirit Study Guide and most recently, The Biblical World Through New Glasses and Lord of the Flies: A Leadership Fable.
Bishop Johnson is married to Pastor Cathy Johnson.
Today, we bring you a message by Dr. Marvin A. McMickle. He currently serves as the 12th president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. The message was recorded on Wednesday January 20, 2016 during our Seminary Chapel.
Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1948, Marvin A. McMickle is a 1970 graduate of Aurora University in Aurora Illinois with a B.A. in Philosophy. His alma mater also awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1990 as well as the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2000. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 1973. That school also awarded him the Unitas Award in 2007. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ in 1983. Princeton later named him a Distinguished Alumnus in the school’s bi-centennial year of 2012. He was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1998. In 2010 he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio.
Today, we bring you a message by Dr. Jerry Flora. This message was recorded on Wednesday January 13, 2016 during our Seminary Chapel. Dr. Flora is a beloved professor who trained hundreds of students for ministry at Ashland Seminary. He was named Professor Emeritus of Theology and Spiritual Formation.
By Dr. John Shultz
“So that my whole being might sing praises to you and never stop. LORD, my God, I will give thanks to you forever.” Psalm 30:12
Psalm 30 begins with a rehearsal of the many ways that God has blessed David. His enemies had not triumphed over him; God had kept him alive and healthy, had delivered him from death on many occasions and had delivered him from certain defeat:
- You pulled me up, you brought me up from the pit
- You didn’t let my enemies exalt over me
- Your anger lasts only for a second
- You hid your presence, but then you turned my mourning into dancing
David’s recollection of his experiences with God led him to the standing ovation we find in the last verse. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been moved to cheer wildly for a sporting team I wasn’t watching.
I’ve never joined the audience in a spontaneous burst of applause at a concert I didn’t hear. And I’ve never been a part of a hearty “amen” for a speaker when I wasn’t present for the speech. As our days unfold, I want to encourage us to watch and listen, to remember and rehearse God’s hand around us and his Spirit within us. As we do, our standing ovations for God will be spontaneous, passionate and eternal.
May our whole being sing praises as we remember the one who has been our shelter from the rain, the medicine for our pain and the cleanser of our stain. May we give thanks forever to our maker, defender, redeemer and friend.
Dr. John Shultz serves as President of Ashland Theological Seminary and Professor of Counseling. In 1981, Dr. Shultz was hired at Ashland Theological Seminary as the first counseling professor. Over the years, he was a key component in local counseling, founding Cornerstone Psychological Affiliates and co-founding Appleseed Counseling and Case Management.
Today, we bring you a message by Krista Mournet. The message was recorded on Wednesday November 18, 2015 during our Seminary Chapel.
Krista, her husband Terence and their son Lucas have been a part of the Ashland Seminary community since 2010. Krista’s interest in music and worship extends back most of her life, beginning when she would sing with her mother in church as a child, to singing in various church choirs and worship teams over the course of her life and up to the present day. In addition, she and Terence have ministered together in various worship groups since before they were married. In recent years, her university training in theological research has served to deepen and mature her desire to help people worship God through music. Krista derives a great deal of joy from bringing people together to use their gifts in God’s service, in this case in Ashland Seminary’s chapel services. She enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, reading and sharing laughter and fellowship with friends, usually including music, coffee or food.
By Miles Larson
As advent is fast approaching, I was reminded how much more contemplative I become during this time of year. The changing weather forces me to retreat into my own mind and thoughts. Lately, the concept of calling has been frequently on my mind, and I remember when I was considering seminaries not so long ago. It can seem expensive, daunting and if you’ve been out of school for any period of time may seem unreasonable.