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September 19, 2011

In Their Own Words: Faithful leadership for the common good

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College is a time to explore big questions and pursue worthy dreams, and time abroad can be transformative in the lives of college students, both spiritually and intellectually.

The second imperative of the Gordon Commission is to deepen the faith.

In a day and age when Christian colleges are lessening their commitment to biblical and theological literacy among their students, Gordon has just added a class in theology to its core curriculum. In an era when schools are diminishing their support for campus chapel programs, I am pleased to say that Gordon has devoted considerable resources to connecting the big question of "What makes for a great life?" to the person of Jesus Christ.

Gordon is also unusual in that following Christ here has never been relegated to only intellectual assent or pietistic devotion. A.J. Gordon himself once wrote of the importance of connecting service to Christian devotion by saying, "If we fully serve the Lord, the majority of the good we do happens in such a way that we are unaware of it happening. Service overflows from us."

Social justice, evangelism and worship have always been closely connected at the institution that bears Gordon's name, and we are committed to all three at Gordon College today. This is part of the wonderful heritage that I inherit from former Gordon presidents Harold Ockenga and two men who have become dear friends and wonderful colleagues, Richard Gross and Judson Carlberg.

When Gordon mails out its alumni magazine, it is read in 75 countries representing 25 different time zones. Quite literally, over 20,000 Gordon alumni are serving the Lord around the globe.

Members of the Gordon community have developed malaria diagnostic tests that are being used in Africa and throughout the developing world. Our graduates are doing good in places like Burkina Faso and Sri Lanka, compelled by their Christian commitments and our world's greatest needs.

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