Thursday, August 9, 2018

C. Henry Gold

Everyone ought to have a Dr. Henry Gold in their life. My original and longtime mentor in higher education told me to study and complete my MBA after completing my BS in Chemistry. He told me to work for him as a graduate research assistant and then as a teaching GA. He said I should apply for a full time faculty position and as the Dean of the business college he hired me in my first faculty appointment in 1985. He counseled me to enroll at OU and complete my PhD. When I began preaching and pastoring bivocationally, it was Henry Gold as Church Clerk, and my other mentor, Pastor Gerald Tidwell who signed my license to preach.

I never planned my career. Henry Gold did.

He was my professor, my boss, my mentor, and friend. He was a dedicated churchman, deacon, husband, father, and grandfather. When I left his employ to take a dean’s position, he was as proud as was my own family. When I returned to Oklahoma a decade later to serve as OBU president, he was appointed as a Trustee and once again served as my boss. He was a gentleman, fisherman, well spoken, erudite, genteel, and kind—so very kind. He loved Jesus, became most animated when talking of the Lord, and today, Henry Gold met Him face to face.

The photo is from his last day of service as a Trustee of the OBU Board.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Regarding Denominational Entities and the Church

A little perspective regarding denominations and their entities, conventions, seminaries, and religious universities: The church is often confused with the entities and organizations meant to serve and facilitate the purpose of the church, but that are not the church.  

As important as conventions, denominational entities, seminaries, and universities are, and as valuable as they can be, God is about the church. Conventions will end. Denominational entities will end. Seminaries and universities will end. Their days will conclude. 

Not so the church. It is the church for which Jesus died. It is the church against which the gates of hell will not prevail. And in the end, it is the church that will be at the wedding supper.  

Friday, March 30, 2018

Isaiah 53

Isaiah 53:1-12

[Messiah] had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. 

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces.

He was despised, and we esteemed him not. 

Surely he has borne our grief and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 

But he was pierced for our transgressions.  

He was crushed for our iniquities.Upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned—every one—to his own way. And the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted. 

Yet he opened not his mouth. Like a lamb that is led to the slaughter and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. 

And as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?

And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief. 

When his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring. He shall prolong his day. The will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied. 

By his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors. 

Yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.

Isaiah prophesied these words 700 years before Messiah was crucified on a cross. His name is Yeshua—Jesus. He died as a sacrifice for the sins of those who by faith seek forgiveness and turn from sin. He conquered death three days later rising from the tomb and promises eternal life for those who follow Him in faith. 

Ask Him for forgiveness. Turn away from the things that have separated you from the God who loves you. Put your faith in Messiah. Follow Yeshua. He died for you. Follow Jesus. He is risen!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Shalom and Racial Reconciliation

The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission published an article—the first of a two-part series—I wrote on racial reconciliation. You can access it by clicking the link below.