by Rick Bee
In this issue
- On Orthodoxy East and West
- The Recent Past and Future of Evangelicals in Ukraine
- Dean's Column
- Alumni Focus
- Campus News
- Faculty Activities
At dinner a few weeks ago, sitting with a pastor and several elders and leaders in the church, we were considering what challenges the upcoming election results might bring in both local and national leadership. The discussion moved to the economy and the desperate state of so many in the community who are on the brink of losing so much. Likewise, the changes in faith demographics that we are seeing in the United States and elsewhere around the world highlight the challenges we as Christians will face in a culture that is moving away from faith in Christ to any number of cults, world religions, and deceptions. All are truly jarring considerations. For me, if left to my own emotion, the topics become depressing and my thoughts turn desperate.
As we visited, of course the discussion returned to the goodness of our amazing God and what He does for us to prepare us for difficult times. Nowhere in scripture are we ever promised physical comfort or freedom from pain and trials. In fact, if anything, we are told to expect trials and seek refuge in the arms of our Father! What we are promised is a peace that passes all understanding, and if we persevere under trial, once approved, we will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to all of us who love Him (Philippians 4:7, James 1:12)!
So how should we deal with the times in which we live? The beginning of James answers that question. “Consider it all joy when we encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of our faith will bring endurance!” One of the hardest things to do, but what an amazing promise!
During this Centennial Year at Biola, much has been shared about the impact of Talbot alumni and their influence on numerous ministries and organizations around the world. My prayer for each of us, as Talbot alumni and friends is that God will use the training we received at Talbot to make a difference for His kingdom wherever we are planted. And, that we won’t grow weary as we serve our Savior in very difficult times!
I thank God for Talbot and the godly men and women who have been brought to this place to help prepare us to meet whatever comes. I hope you will draw on the Word of God and those things that you learned here, and keep Talbot in your thoughts and prayers as we look to continue preparing future generations for the King’s service.