Sunday, May 20, 2007

You've Got to be Kidding!

Yes, that's right, the nut in the sunglasses with his mouth wide open, they let that nut graduate yesterday with a Masters of Divinity Degree. What is Princeton Theological Seminary coming to?

It's been an exciting 3 years here in Princeton, filled with a lot more than what ended up on this blog. And most of the best parts of it will still remain. Friday Night, after our Baccalaureate service, a group of us got together with our families to celebrate together not just our accomplishment of graduating, that was special yes, but our friendships that we developed over these three years.

I knew I'd get a good education at Princeton. In fact, depending on who you talk to, you might be lead to believe that you'd get the best education (Presbyterian education) at Princeton Theological Seminary. But I didn't come to Princeton just for that, and it wasn't their financial assistance although that was significant as well. One of the main reasons I chose Princeton and one of the main reasons I've stayed at Princeton is the people, the friendships I've developed through these years. These are the kind of friendships that don't try to make you into something you're not, don't try to make you fit into some preconceived mold of what a "minister" or a "Christian" is supposed to be. I mean, there are some agreed upon things there - but these friendships accept the quirks, the oddities - simply put, they accept a guy who wheres sunglasses to Baccalaureate...

I've been so blessed over these years and I know these friendships will continue when we leave here. I can only hope that where we go next we will develop those same kind of relationships. But after all, isn't that what being part of the Christian COMMUNITY is all about? I think so, and I'm looking forward to continuing that...

6 comments:

jlee said...

You are a true friend and I am looking forward to the witnessing and hearing about the fruit God bears through you in the coming years.

And... you put up with my showing up late to pick you up for both graduation events...

Lars Rood said...

Don- Congratulations. So stoked for you both for the graduation and for the new job. Ohio will be lucky to have you all. If you ever need a break from it come on down to Dallas. I'll put my cowboy hat on and we can ride our big wheels around the neighborhoodl

Lars Rood said...

Don- I'm committing to drive up and see you at the barn sometime this calendar year. Looking forward to talking to you about your years at Princeton.

Lars


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Rhett Smith said...

congrats dude...that is so great. i'm graduating in three weeks with my MFT...so i'm stoked...no more school after this.

rhettww

Robert said...

Congratulations Colonel! You certainly sound like you have enjoyed both the learning and the fellowship at Princeton. I am totally pumped about your candidacy at Liberty! If all that works out, you will be sooooo close to my grandma's. I think I might crash at my grandma's for a month just to make up for all the time Mish and I have missed you, the General, and the Lieutenant. Man, blessing to you and your family... I am very excited for you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Don - Congratulations from Tim and I both. I heard you are settling in Ohio - funny how things happen - Tim has just accepted a position in Ohio - we will be living just outside of Barberton - a small town called Orrville. We look forward to reconnecting with you and your family. Sorry - I have misplaced your email address.
Elizabeth Hicks