The President’s Pen

The President’s Pen: “A Model Home”

By | 2016-12-06T11:11:10+00:00 December 6th, 2016|The President's Pen|

President Larry Carter Dr. John Nugent, one of our gifted professors, has written a provocative book entitled, “Endangered Gospel”. I would recommend it wholeheartedly. It made me think about my understanding of the church and its purpose in the world. In one of his chapters he makes these observations: “When developers plan to [...]


By | 2016-07-28T13:54:38+00:00 July 28th, 2016|The President's Pen|

I read not too long ago that there are two things we desire as humans: aspiration and affiliation. We aspire to do something significant in our lives. And we want to be affiliated – we want to belong. If that is true then the church is in the perfect place to meet those desires. Unfortunately, [...]

Drifting Away from Hope

By | 2015-12-07T10:16:58+00:00 December 4th, 2015|The President's Pen|

I commented recently to some family members, via email, how some of the current events reported on the news were very discouraging and made me realize anew that “this world is not my home.” Some of my family misunderstood me. They thought that I was simply becoming a grumpy old man that has lost faith [...]

The President’s Pen: Abandonment

By | 2016-01-22T15:25:47+00:00 May 17th, 2015|The President's Pen|

Unfinished Artwork by Michaelangelo   Jean-Pierre De Caussade was a Jesuit priest who lived in France in the early 1700’s. Not much is known of him except that he was a teacher of theology at a number of schools and colleges. His book, “Abandonment To Divine Providence”, is a collection of letters that [...]

The President’s Pen: God Is Able

By | 2015-04-19T16:12:48+00:00 November 20th, 2013|The President's Pen|

Last May Judy and I celebrated 42 years of marriage. The fact of it seems incredible to me. I remember a time when I thought those who celebrated their 25th positively ancient and decrepit. I thought their next step was the grave. Yet, here we are 42 years later bowed, but not broken, bloodied, but [...]

The President’s Pen: Rescue

By | 2015-04-19T16:10:19+00:00 July 23rd, 2013|The President's Pen|

When our son Brian was a freshman in High School he was accosted by an upperclassman during an intermural basketball game. Now, I know that tempers can flare during a game and that some shoving and pushing occurs as a result. But, this was something different. This kid seemed to go out of his way [...]

The President’s Pen: Blessed To Be A Blessing

By | 2015-04-19T16:04:53+00:00 June 19th, 2013|The President's Pen|

The message of Christ has always been consistent with the desire to benefit all mankind, not just the church. We were blessed to be a blessing. The problem is that many who have attached their names to Christianity have obscured or contradicted that message. Gandhi, while without excuse in rejecting Christ, was not able to [...]

The President’s Pen: The Adventure of Faith

By | 2015-04-19T16:02:19+00:00 May 30th, 2013|The President's Pen|

I often tell people that Great Lakes Christian College is a faith-based organization. We exist because of God’s faith in us and our faith in God. It’s all about faith. But, sometimes we get confused on the issue. Things get complicated. Problems mount. Crises loom. Failure or success seems to hang in the balance. Livelihoods [...]

The President’s Pen: Success

By | 2015-04-19T15:52:59+00:00 May 3rd, 2013|The President's Pen|

  We were blessed recently to have Sidney Bonvallet share her life story at our Women’s Spring Celebration. Her story is an amazing one of faith, determination, and perseverance. She had gone from the poverty of a one-room house in west Texas to occupy an executive suite in Detroit. She had climbed the corporate ladder [...]

The President’s Pen: Social Justice

By | 2015-04-19T15:49:49+00:00 April 19th, 2013|The President's Pen|

It is interesting to me how particular we are when it comes supporting various causes. On our campus we have seen a growing interest in matters concerning social justice. It has been great to see students become passionate about the rights of others – whether they are found in the sweatshops of Southeast Asia or [...]

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