Joining in Service
“And how are they to preach unless they are sent?”
I was recently reminded of this passage and struck by the privilege and strategic stewardship that has been entrusted Westminster to assist the church’s mission by preparing those who can be sent. In less than a month the class of 2012 will graduate from the halls of Westminster and 101 new alumni who, to one degree or another, have been trained here will go out to proclaim the unchanging truth of the good news to a changing world. They will join the ranks of over 6,000 alumni in over 80 countries who are seeking to do the same.
When I think of how they are joining you in service, I’m thankful for the trustworthiness of that central tenet of Westminster’s confession and education: Jesus Christ is the Risen Lord! As you know, a Westminster student is equipped to see and proclaim that historic and cosmic reality from all of Scripture in a unique and powerful way. The opportunity before these new graduates is to now serve in the assurance that what they have seen is reality—that Christ really is Lord and really is with them and really does really does save sinners through the proclamation of his gospel. This is the kind of assurance they need to embolden and strengthen them for ministry in this present age and our rapidly changing times.
So, as you read this newsletter and think about what’s happening at Westminster this month, would you take a moment to remind yourself that you really do serve the one who is head over all things and is working all things according to his purpose. Would you also take a minute or two to pray for the class of 2012, that they would be strengthened in their faith, faithful to the one they believe in, and fruitful in their service for his name sake.
Partnering with you for kingdom purposes,
Rev. John Currie, MAR, director of student development and alumni relations
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Patty Comber with the Lord
Jayne Clark, associate dean of students, remembers her friend and predecessor Patty Comber (M.Div., '90). She was 62.
Patty Comber, who served Westminster as associate dean of students and director of international students for eighteen years, died peacefully in her sleep on Monday, April 23rd after a three-year battle with cancer. She was the first woman to graduate with the M.Div. General degree, and began working at Westminster soon thereafter.
Alumni Rev. James La Belle (M.Div. '06) and Dr. Joel Beeke (Ph.D. '88) recently published Living Zealously: In Living Zealously, Joel R. Beeke and James A. La Belle address the much overlooked topic of Christian zeal. Having mined the depths of Puritan wisdom on what it means to live earnestly for Christ, they explain it in a way that is familiar to our modern ears and applicable to our souls. Beeke and La Belle do us a valuable service by helping us see the importance of Christian zeal and encouraging us to obtain it. Read this book and ask God to deepen your Christian life with a burning and holy zeal.
Dr. Paul Jeon (M.Div. '05) recently published a simplified version of his dissertation with Wipf & Stock: True Faith: Reflections on Paul's Letter to Titus.
The Alumni Office at Westminster is always interested to hear how the Lord is using you in ministry. Drop us an email anytime at email@example.com and share what’s new in your life.
Ministry to York, England
Alumni Simon Arscott (M.Div. '08, pictured) and Matthew Roberts (Ph.D., '08) have started a church plant in York, England, Trinity Church York. In this interview, Simon talks about the church plant, what it means to pastor an Evangelical church in England, and how Westminster has impacted his time in York.
"Westminster convinced me that what happens on Sunday morning at 10:30 is the high point of my week. To worship the Triune God with his covenant people, through Word, sacrament and prayer is what makes the church the most relevant, cutting-edge, culture-shaping institution she can be."
A Woman's Wisdom
How the Book of Proverbs Speaks to Everything
Alumna Lydia Brownback (M.A.R., '93) recently published a book on the wisdom of the book of Proverbs, specifically geared towards women. Buy it at the Westminster bookstore.
"Advice books are no short-lived trend, even though much of the advice parading as “wisdom” proves shallow in the long run. What we need is biblical wisdom, and even more than that we need hearts set on the One who governs all our practicalities."
This past month, many within the Westminster community passed on to glory. Patty Comber is mentioned above, but the following also are now at peace with our Lord and Savior:
Paul Clowney, son of Westminster's first president, Edmunc Clowney, died on April 6th. A memorial website has been established here.
Lisa K. Weidman (M.A. '06) 1964-2012: Miss Weidman died on April 8th after a brief illness. She was Vice Presidet for Communications at PBU before she died. Read the memorial on PBU's website here.
James Skidmore (B.Div. '58, Th.M. '59) 1933-2012: Mr. Skidmore died on Sunday, April 22nd. He was a member of Waterstone Community Church in Littleton, CO. An obituary can be found here.
Westminster Conference on Science and Faith: God and Materialism
The Westminster Conference on Science and Faith on April 14th was a great success! Drs. Vern Poythress, Richard Sternberg, and Ed Welch gave plenary addresses and many Westminster professors and Discovery Institute members gave breakout session talks on issues of God and Materialism.
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