According to Solomon, “there is a time and season for every purpose under heaven.” Sometimes God moves in a direction or through a situation that causes you to pause, . . . reflect . . . and realize your dependence is solely on Him. I am in this position right now.
This new beginning is one that I do not take for granted, and as a matter of fact, consider it a privilege and honor. It centers on my new administration and faculty responsibilities at Baptist Bible Seminary, Summit University. God has graciously provided me with an opportunity to continue to affect change in the lives of students while teaching them Greek. But to me, it is more than that. I’m following in the footsteps of one of my mentors, Dr. Rodney Decker.
Dr. Decker’s passion was to teach men the Word of God in order that they may also teach others. This too is my desire, to teach men to love Greek and know the God of the Bible more intimately in the process. Part of this not only includes teaching courses at the Seminary, but also the writings on this blog. It is my goal to continue the legacy of Dr. Decker by providing information that relates to the New Testament, Greek, and pastoral ministry. I want the blog to be informative and practical; that is, touching both the academy and the local church.
You will see posts on this blog that strive to teach and encourage others. Although the goal will be to write posts on a regular basis (e.g., weekly), this may not happen. And it is at these times I ask for your patience, . . . more than likely the administrative responsibilities at the seminary have occupied my time. None-the-less I will, as Dr. Decker would often sign his emails to us as PhD students, “press on.”
I want to thank Linda Decker for patiently assisting me through the transition of this blog’s care from her husband to me. I know it was not easy, but I’m thankful for God’s grace that enables both of us in our new roles to move on.
This is a new season for me, one that includes teaching, writing, developing, and growing for God’s honor and glory. I look forward to the days ahead with great anticipation that what God has purposed for me during this ‘new beginning,’ He will supply the necessary grace to accomplish it. But I will also look back each day with humble reflection that what I indeed accomplished was helping others interact, engage, and impact their global society with the gospel, love & service to others, while growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.