Carol and I are in So Cal to celebrate Jonathan’s graduation from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. Jon is receiving two master’s degrees this afternoon, one in New Testament and one in Old Testament. Thursday evening was the Baccalaureate service where the graduates were hooded. The graduates were hooded by the professor of their choice and each gave words of thanksgiving and praise. With about 200+ grads, it made for a very meaningful, personal evening.
After the ceremony, Carol and I reconnected with one of my mentors, Dr. Donald Sunukjian. Don was one of my professors at Dallas Theological Seminary 30+ years ago, where he taught me much of what I know about preaching. During the late 90’s and early 2000’s, Don and his wife, Nell, spoke at two of the Couples Conferences we held during my time on staff at Crossroads Bible Church in Bellevue, WA. It was encouraging to get caught up briefly.