In August 1998 I arrived at Kansas City, MO with my family in tow. Mark DeVine, who at that time taught theology at Midwestern Seminary, was leaving to teach at a school in Southeast Asia. I was tapped to fill in for him. (Mark presently teaches at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, AL.)

My first day on campus was also the first day of faculty workshop. That’s when I found out that I was scheduled to teach that weekend at Midwestern’s extension center in Chicago. So on Saturday I flew up before daylight, taught from 8 am to 5 pm, and then caught an evening flight back to Kansas City. On my first day of teaching I taught eight hours. Those poor students.

Today my fall classes begin. A lot has happened over the last 20 years; a lot of changes in my life and in theological education. I hope to share a few thoughts about those changes in upcoming posts. Still, what is most important remains the same: God is still faithful, and we are still called to reach all nations.

Bonus points to those who caught the Sgt. Pepper reference.