Some of the personalities on Fox News are now objecting to the disrespect that Christians are facing and advocating that we stand up for ourselves. Laws have been passed in Indiana and Arkansas to protect freedom of religion. As much as that resonates with us from a human perspective, it must be compared to the predicted reality from the words of Christ. In Matthew 10:22 (NASB), “"You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.” In thinking about that, I realize that I must be hated for the right wrong reason. I don’t want to be hated because of the wrong wrong reason – because I am pushing an agenda that I am comfortable with and reinforces my traditional comfortable life as a Christian. Rather, it must be because I am naming the name of Christ in love and as my Savior. It must His name that gives offense to them who are offended – and not me and my actions.
One of my favorite Southern Gospel songs is the one by the Cathedrals entitled “I’ve Read the Back of the Book (and We Win). I love Easter because He is truly risen and I can have an assured hope despite the despair of Friday. There is a time coming when His Name will not be offensive but will be truly glorified. Phil 2:9-10 (NKJV) “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
On Thursday, March 26, My elder daughter, Michelle and her husband, Joey, welcomed August David Aucoin ("Auggie”) at 5:39 PM PDST (after 38 hours in labor). He was 8 pounds, 8 ounces and 20 inches - and undoubtedly the best-looking and brightest child ever born! He had a bit of physiologic jaundice treated with phototherapy and which required a 24 hour readmission. He has done well at home since that time. We are chomping at the bit to visit the little child the first week of May. I am also struggling not to be the grandparent who will whip out the pictures of his grandchild at the slightest provocation – but it is hard if only because he is obviously SO special.
Rev. Stan Key, the Spiritual Dean of PAACS and the head of the Francis Asbury Society, did an e-mail interview of me that will soon be published. For a preview of my interview, click here.
PAACS has kept me busy with continued work on the exams and on next year’s budget. On Tuesday, April 7, I will be flying out to Chicago for a day’s meeting with the PAACS Executive Director. It will be largely for a budget-setting session but while I am there, I hope to meet the new Chief Development Officer who was hired. He lives near Chicago as well. They are still negotiating the final details so I can’t yet announce his name, but I was impressed with him over the telephone and pray that this God’s man for God’s time. He is taking a significant cut in pay to join us, feeling that significance is more important than success.
During one of three weekends in April, the PAACS residents will be taking the basic science entry exams on a test run. The West African College of Surgery (WACS) has a requirement for a primary exam – three 100 MCQ sessions in anatomy, physiology and pathology. In order to better test the validity and reliability of the exam, all the residents will be taking it even if most will not need it for WACS certification. I have also spent a fair bit of time getting the PAACS annual exam ready for June 6. I am waiting on some additional questions, and then will send it out to the PDS for their input before the residents write their exams on that first Saturday of June. There are two complete 200 MCQ exams that will be ready. This PAACS exam is a high-stakes exam for our residents. Please pray for them.
On the schedule for the rest of the month of April: I will be attending the CMDA-CMDE Commission Meeting in Chicago, April 17 and 18. On April 25 – 28, we will be taking advantage of the generous gift of three days in a mountain cabin, given to us by the PAACS Commission as a gift of appreciation back in November. It is in Pigeon Forge, TN and we will go from there to the Ridgecrest Conference Center near Asheville for the CMDA Annual Meeting, April 28 – May 1. There, I will be honored to receive the CMDA “Educator of the Year” Award.
Prayers and Praise:
- Praise God for a healthy grandchild; pray for Michelle’s and Joey’s adjustment to godly parenthood.
- Please pray that those at Liberty University who committed their lives to missions will persevere.
- Please pray for the exam sessions – that the residents who have ready and studied will be justly rewarded and that the others will get the message.
Most of all, praise Jesus for His sacrifice on the cross for our sins, His power in overcoming death and for His wonderful salvation.