A few months ago, Dr. Tim Green approached me about a growing desire to more singly devote himself to ministerial preparation through the Millard Reed School of Theology and Christian Ministry. He felt that this would entail stepping down from the chaplaincy of the university. I listened carefully and suggested that my friend, Tim, think further and more carefully about this move. He did, and I respect his discernment. Dr. Green will transition from the role of chaplain in the coming year after 25 years of service. To my knowledge, a quarter of a century in the role of university chaplain is the longest tenure in the Church of the Nazarene. Heaven only knows the contribution that he has made to the spiritual formation of thousands through the Trevecca chapel program. He is, in my opinion, one of the finest servants of God that I have known. Dr. Green will continue in his role as dean of the School of Religion and full-time professor.
We gather in moments like these to remember and rehearse what we most
deeply believe. In the face of death, we become soberly serious about life.
On casual days we make decisions based on our most deeply held beliefs,
and over time, we take the form of those beliefs and actions. Death seems to
be that clarifying moment when it becomes apparent whether our beliefs
were about convenience or conviction. The death of my Mother punctuates
When Christians talk about deeply held beliefs, it is possible that we are
talking about a list of doctrines. I prefer to think that we are talking about the
story we find ourselves living out. For us, that story is succinctly captured in
The Apostle’s Creed, one of the oldest statements of our faith.