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Thirteen to Graduate from Bethany

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Bethany Theological Seminary will hold its 108th commencement in Nicarry Chapel on the Bethany campus at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 11. Eleven master of divinity degrees will be conferred along with one master of arts degree and one Certificate of Achievement in Theological Studies.

This year’s commencement speaker is J. Nelson Kraybill, lead pastor at Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart, Indiana, and president-elect of Mennonite World Conference. With his Dry Bones teaching ministry, Kraybill is a frequent speaker in church and academic settings. The theme of his address will be “Who Is Worthy to Open the Scroll?” drawn from Revelation 5:1-10.

A service of worship and blessing at 2:30 pm on May 11, also in Nicarry Chapel, will be open to the public. Planned and led by the graduates, the service will include reflections by Erik Brummett and Robert Miller on the scripture text Isaiah 55.

The commencement ceremony and the worship service will be webcast live. Those interested in viewing the events can access the webcasts at
https://new.livestream.com/bethanyseminary/campusevents2012-2013.

Brian Mackie
Master of Divinity '07

BrianSometimes it takes looking back to see God's leading in life. I graduated from Bethany in May 2007 and realized that God led my entire theological training. In the summer of 2002, however, it was a little tougher to see where it was going.

I realized my call to full-time ministry and knew it was to journey into the educational training part of my call. My campus pastor and I had several conversations about this next step. I fasted and prayed and sought the Lord but had no clear answer by the end of the fast. As I was preparing to break my fast, the Lord asked me, "What is the desire of your heart?" I replied, "Oral Roberts University."