Join Us for Chapel Tuesday: Repentance, Reconciliation, Justice, and Healing

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni, and Friends,

Our world continues to be ravaged by violence. This week, we are grieving because of police officers who killed Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the sniper who killed and wounded Dallas police officers and bystanders; and the 82 shooting victims in Chicago over Fourth of July Weekend. We are living in a time of deep racism, white privilege, injustice, and gun violence. But we are not without hope. You have been commissioned “for such a time as this.” Northern Seminary is equipping you to be Christ’s reconciliation agents and servant leaders. Many of you preach in neighborhoods and to people who deal with these issues and live in fear on a daily basis. On Sunday, we have yet another chance to be one of many first responders to herald the good news of the gospel.

As you prepare, I’m sure you already have many resources from our professors. I also want to commend Dr. Scot McKnight’s recent podcast interview with Pastor Derwin L. Gray; Dr. Geoff Holsclaw’s blog; and download this edition of Christian Reflection on “Patterns of Violence.”

On Tuesdays each week in the summer, we normally have prayer time instead of Chapel. This coming Tuesday at 11:30a, we will have a special prayer time for repentance, racial reconciliation, justice, and healing in Jesus’ name. Greg Armstrong will lead us in worship. At noon, we will serve lunch and offer fellowship for the seminary community. Invite others to join us.

I am praying for your courage and obedience Sunday.


William D. Shiell, Ph.D.

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