I’m at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, with my good friend and former senior pastor, C.J. Mahaney. C.J. will be speaking in the chapel services on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and i’ll be leading the singing. I’ll also be teaching two classes on those days. Wednesday night I’ll have the privilege of sharing at Clifton Baptist Church.
I think this will be my 6th or 7th trip to Southern, thanks to Professor Chip Stam. I still remember the first time I drove on to the campus wondering to myself, “What in the world am I doing here?” I thought the same thing as we arrived yesterday. In his providence, God has enabled this ex-Catholic guy, who has a piano performance degree and is now a reformed charismatic Christian, to teach at a Southern Baptist Seminary. That sounds just a little odd to me. But it’s good evidence that God has a sense of humor.
It’s a privilege to be here, and both C.J. and I would appreciate your prayers that we serve the students well.
Last night C.J. and I went to dinner with Dr. Mohler, the president of the seminary. That’s one of the perks of knowing C.J. – I get to hang out with his friends. After dinner we spent some time in Dr. Mohler’s library which contains over 50,000 volumes, most of which he has read. Tha’ts one smart guy. I benefit from his blog almost daily and have always been impressed from afar by his biblical insights into family life, the church, and our culture. He’s responded countless times to difficult questions from national TV celebrities with grace, humility, and wisdom.
But seeing Dr. Mohler up close is even more impressive. His wife, Mary, spent some time with us last night and her obvious joy,
security, and heart to serve was a clear tribute to her husband’s
loving leadership. He is genuinely committed to strengthening the church, training pastors in biblical preaching and counseling, equipping families, challenging the ungodliness in our culture, and proclaiming the glorious Gospel. His life is built around what really matters – the glory of God in Jesus Christ.
May God give us many more leaders like Al Mohler whose lives demonstrate what their lips declare.
We are so excited to have you at Southern this week! I hope that you are blessed as you teach us what our Lord is teaching you. I am also thoroughly excited to learn from you as I play bass guitar under your leadership on Thursday!
As a former student at the James P. Boyce College of the Bible, I can personally attest to the quality and sincerity of Dr. Mohler’s Godly and effective leadership. My family is continually thankful for men like him that God has raised up in the face of the folly of this sinful world’s attitudes.
By the way, Bob… I’m jealous (wink). You get to hang out with BOTH of those awesome men of God.
Amen to that.
I am not in the music school, but sat in the lectures and was extremely encouraged. I pray that I can pastor alongside a man whose vision is similar to yours.