I have not had any desire to pour more fuel on this raging fire and have actually encouraged my students to stay out of the fray, however, I have been encouraged to speak about my experience at CU as a student back in the 90’s in the School of Theology.
I offer three truths about my alma mater and school.
1. As a student, this place changed my life forever by exposing me to Christ, to his calling for my life, to the truthfulness of Scripture, to the ministry of serving others as unto the Lord, to the task of taking the Gospel to the ends of the earth, and to the role of loving people who are from every Christian tradition. As I had the opportunity to serve Christ in closed countries, in major urban centers, and down dirt paths, I learned that you shouldn’t get too bothered about who is a Methodist and who is a Baptist. You are just happy to serve alongside people who, like you, love Jesus and want to tell others about Him.
2. As a student, I was trained by great men and women of God who loved Jesus, His Word, the Gospel and the mission of the church. Faithful men like Dr. Ted Taylor who has served 40+ years in local church ministry and Dr. John Hurtgen whose passion for the New Testament and Christian fellowship are as evident today as they were back then. Also outstanding Christian women and scholars like Dr. Paula Qualls who loved the Old Testament more than anyone I’ve ever met and showed me how to love it as well.
3. As a student, I formed lifelong friendships with many brothers and sisters in Christ who are now serving around the world as missionaries and in our nation as pastors and ministers. These friendships continue to model one of the School of Theology core values: partners in enduring fellowship.
Lastly, I want all to know that I came to faith in Jesus through the ministry of a KBC church in Lewisport, KY. I was baptized, discipled and called to ministry in a KBC church. I have served on two KBC church staffs. I have been an interim pastor for four KBC churches. I have four CP-supported theological degrees – one from CU, two from SWBTS and one from SBTS. I am a Southern Baptist and KY Baptist through and through.
I believe the Bible is true. I believe the Gospel is the only means of salvation. I believe that my role as a man, husband, father, pastor, and professor is to offer and explain this glorious Gospel to every person I meet. These biblical convictions have never been questioned or prevented while attending, or now while teaching, at CU. They have only been encouraged and enhanced. I have a platform that most pastors never have. I get to teach unbelieving young men and women the Gospel in class every day and they have to come and listen. This is a wonderful mission.
I am proud to be a small part of the CU story. I love my alma mater and employer.