Academic year begins with Convocation Chapel

Academic year begins with Convocation Chapel

Convocation Chapel marked the opening of a new academic year at BBC&S, with the special August 22 program serving as an official welcome back and encouragement for students, faculty, and staff.

Held annually at the beginning of the fall semester, this year's event marked the 80th Convocation. President Jim Jeffery used the hour to challenge those in attendance to focus on God's revelation in creation, in Scripture, and then to respond.

His message, "God's Revelation and Our Response," was based on Psalm 19. He highlighted elements from the text, such as valuing and taking pleasure in Scripture daily, welcoming with repentance the conviction and cleansing of the Word of God, and allowing its power to change hearts as we delight in Jesus Christ.BBC&S

"Biblical higher education calls us to respond to God's revelation," he said. "God is not silent. God has spoken."

"If you're looking for joy, saturate yourself with the Word of God. God's work and words should change our words and hearts."

Convocation Chapel, other messages from President Jeffery, and messages from additional chapel speakers throughout the year, are posted online at

A special morning
BBC Professor Dr. Janet Hicks opened the chapel and the school year with an invocation. Dr. David Harris led those in attendance in the hymns "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" and "My Hope Is In The Lord." BBS Professor Dr. Gary Gromacki led a Scripture reading in Psalm 19. The benediction was given by BBC Professor Dr. Ritchie Kelley.

Convocation also featured BBC&S' academic mace, a traditional symbol of authority and integrity carried in formal processions first introduced on campus a year ago. It was carried by Vice President and Provost Dr. Jim Lytle.

The wooden mace was a gift from Dr. Russell Kooy of Jacksonville, OR, a retired surgeon who designed and crafted the mace himself and donated the piece.

Read more about the mace here.

Dr. Lytle recognized Professor Chris Davis, who is marking his 40th year at BBC&S.

Great events ahead
The fall semester includes many exciting events on the BBC&S campus.

"Celebration on the Summit," October 3-8, will include the annual Bible Conference, Alumni Day, and Homecoming & Family Day. Events scheduled during the week include a special fireworks display, and a event with 321 Improv Comedy.

Read more about "Celebration on the Summit" and get ticket information at

Also taking place this fall is the BBC production of "The Boys Next Door" by Tom Griffin October 20-22. Other events include the annual Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics, Church Ministries Conference, Community Appreciation Day, and the Growing Leaders Conference.

For more details on selected campus events, go to

Work continues on the new Kempton Athletic Center, set to open in 2012. When completed, the building will include a running track, climbing wall, and a range of other facilities.

See more about the Kempton Athletic Center, including stories, videos, and special interviews, at

Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers an outstanding Christian education through on-campus, online, and other distance learning options. Students go beyond the ordinary, learning to learn and serve with excellence as they gain critical leadership and life skills.

To learn more, go to or call 570.586.2400.

Posted on: 8/22/2011 7:42:18 AM

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