Studies have value in obedience to God
August 24, 2005

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con1_crop.jpgStudies may be what God has in mind for students today, but there is intrinsic value in that if it is obedient to God’s will, Bryan students were told as Convocation opened the school’s 76th academic year Aug. 24.

Michael Cromartie, chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, challenged the college community that “We are all called to full-time Christian work, no matter what our occupation. Wherever God calls you to be, whatever God calls you to serve you can bring glory to God in your work. Every job has intrinsic value. There is no mundane work in God’s eyes. Nothing we do in the sight of God is ordinary.”

While we should be life-long learners, college presents a special opportunity for study. As students learn about God, the Bible, and worldviews, he encouraged them to remember that education about issues will not give life to the Gospel before a hostile world; living the Gospel will.

Jesus’ statement that “all men will know you are my disciples if you love one another,” offers what Francis Shaffer called “the final apologetic,” he said. “You will learn much about apologetics, and that is good and important. But I urge you, may your life be your apologetic.

“We want to learn to talk the talk, but we also must learn to walk the walk, so the world will know we are Christians, not by how much we know, but by how we walk.”

Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay said the Convocation “commences the next 75-year chapter in Bryan College history.” He welcomed the more than 225 new students, including 183 freshmen from 36 states and four countries.

Academic Vice President Dr. Cal White, pointed out that “our motto, ‘Christ above all,’ is more than just a slogan. It is the driving force behind everything we do.”

During the program, the 12 new Presidential Scholars, recipients of Bryan’s highest academic scholarships, were introduced, together with returning Presidential Scholars.