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I got schooled…

After deciding earlier that I would let school slide a bit, so that I could do ‘more important’ things with my life, I got slammed on my last assignment.

I still don’t really care for my grades, but my urban ministry prof, one I greatly admire, called me out on it, and wrote this to me:

Lon; I really like you, and in making time to meet with you, I am in fact saying that I believe God has his hand on you. You are so much smarter than this. This is OK, and from many others I would let this pass. You have the potential to shape the church. If you think this shallow you are dangerous. I hope I am not just annoying you because I am really trying to say “there is so much more in you”.

Take a chance; risk; come dance with me. Bend me out of shape.

Make me have to be brave to keep up with your thinking. We could have fun.


He wrote more in response to me than I did for my entire paper. It really wasn’t my best effort, and I admire him all the more for taking the effort in setting me straight.

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  • Dave Sutherland October 20, 2007, 8:31 pm

    This reminded me of a paragraph of John Stott’s communion message at Urbana ’73. In reference to verse about a kernel of wheat going into the ground he said:

    The death we die may take one of a thousand different forms. Basically, we die to ourselves. In our career, we may be called to die to some cherished academic ambition in order to give our lives in practical service, or it may be the exact opposite: that
    Christ may call us to die to an activist role in order to qualify academically to do research, to teach or to write. Again, it may be that we are called to die to a social life in order to occupy some lonely outpost for
    Jesus. Or it may be the exact opposite: that we are called to die to the love of our own company in order to serve in the hurly-burly of the city, factory or hospital. It may be that we are called to die to the freedom of a single life in order to marry. Or it may be the exact opposite: that we are called to die to marriage in order to live a single life. There is no Christian stereotype in this or in any other aspect of the Christian life. Only the principle is clear: In order to follow Jesus we have to die to self.

  • tony sheng October 20, 2007, 9:15 pm

    wow, what he wrote to you gives me goose bumps. painful to hear at the beginning, but how cool that someone is that intentional to make sure you are doing your best…

  • Alan October 20, 2007, 11:52 pm

    yep. called me out too. one of the few who pushed me. but then, then he passed me by the skin of my teeth, so that i could graduate with my class…

  • Lon October 23, 2007, 5:27 pm

    Hey guys, thanks for commenting. It was inspiring in an odd kind of way. Ain’t it always cool to hear that someone cares more about us than we do ourselves sometimes?

    Alan… is that a blog comment from the day after your wedding!? glad to hear I wasn’t the only one though!

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