Picture courtesy of my dad
My graduation from Sangre de Cristo Seminary was a bittersweet day indeed! Sweet because the culmination of the degree I had started at Southwestern in 1990 was finally completed. Bitter, because after developing wonderful relationships with the three men in this picture, their families, and many others, we had to leave. We loaded up our Penske truck on Tuesday and headed east. As I type this post, we are in Merrillville, Indiana but preparing to go see the Riverwalk in Chicago for the day, then we head to Ohio for one night before going on to Meadville. We’re excited and the drive to accomplish our next goal helps us overlook how tired we are from the miles. Beyond all of that, we do it all for Christ! He is worth it all! That was the theme of my graduation message, “What Really Matters.” When you skim away all the dross of human effort, worldly pleasures, goals and dreams, Christ is the One Who really matters. That was Paul’s perspective, passion and pursuit in Philippians 3:7-14 and it should also be true of us as we follow Him. This will also be the sermon, Lord willing, that I will first preach at St. Paul’s.