Wednesday, June 29, 2005

JOHN BOWLING

ELECTED TO THE HIGHEST PLACE. The President of my college alma mater, Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois, was just elected a General Superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene (the closest thing to a bishop the denomination has; there are six GS's internationally.) on the 21st ballot by General Assembly delegates. I had classes with Bowling when I was a student at Olivet...back in the eighties. Right after he became President--in the nineties--he invited me to speak to students in chapel.

DECLINES IN ORDER TO SERVE IN A SPECIFIC MINISTRY. More significantly, Bowling declined the election. After the election in the RCA Dome here in Indy, Bowling asked for a few moments to pray. After praying, he told the General Assembly delegates that he did not feel God was releasing him from his present assignment in Christian education leadership. He received a standing ovation.

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