From all of us here at Urbana Seminary…Merry Christmas! And Happy New Year! I hope that your Advent season has been excellent—with friends and family, safe travel, and most of all with remembering God’s gift of Himself in the person of Jesus.
I encourage you to prayerfully include Urbana Seminary in your Year End giving for 2011. Each year we rely on a significant proportion of donations coming in during December. Many of you have given generously this year, others yet plan to, and we are so thankful for each and every one of you. We know we couldn’t do it without you. God is always at work and it’s exciting to trace what He’s been doing and anticipate what lies ahead in the New Year. Reflecting back on 2011 brings to mind several signal moments. . .
- Outstanding accomplishments of alumni: planting a church that launched very successfully this year, coming home from a furlough in India after a fruitful first term abroad, daring work planting the church in a land closed to the Gospel, and many others working for the Kingdom of God.
- The first seminar on Bioethics jointly sponsored with Carle Hospital. This year’s focus was Anti-Aging Science.
- Significant progress in the process of accreditation for the school, with a deeply encouraging annual visit from a representative of the organization.
- The ongoing life of a school that prepares God’s people for serving Him.
Praise God! For all of this we are so thankful! As President, I’m so grateful to all those who serve Christ here at Urbana Seminary . . . to faculty—Dr. Joe Thomas, Dr. Todd Daly, our Lecturers, and Adjuncts—as well as to those who have tended the administrative side of the work—Ann, Carrie, Katie, Brent, Gee. And on behalf of all of us, we’re most grateful to you for your support and prayer and encouragement through 2011. Thank you!
President, Professor of Biblical Studies