Athletic Success and Academic Quality

Belhaven University arguably had our most successful athletic year ever across all 13 of our sports.  In the latest news:

  • Our softball team was ranked 5th in the nation this week, and started their playoff run yesterday with a win.
  • Baseball is ranked 11th and will get into the conference tournament soon.
  • If you want to read about our two players going to the NFL, here is the link the the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks.

Our winning on the field and court, also means winning in the classroom.  I thought it was interesting that during our recent honors convocation, the time each academic department honors their top seniors, five of those awards went to student-athletes: two from baseball, and one each from men’s soccer, men’s cross country, and women’s basketball.

Bobby Fong, the president of Butler University, whose team missed winning the national championship by only one shot, articulates well the importance of athletics within a campus committed to academic success for athletes.  It’s a good read:

How Butler Won the NCAA Tournament

By Bobby  Fong

I am not the first university  president ever to crowd-surf: Penn State’s Graham  Spanier was one who experienced that particular thrill before I did.  But I’ll tell you that my moment was one of the more exhilarating of  my nine years as Butler University’s  president.

Our men’s basketball team, the  Bulldogs, had just beaten Kansas State to earn a berth in the  first Final Four in Butler’s  history. A crowd of students began to congregate in front of our  union. My wife, Suzanne, and I gave a lot of high-fives, shook hands,  and posed for pictures.

The crowd began to pack  together. Suddenly I found that three football players were protecting  me, watching my blind side. One of them, Ryan Myers, said, “Dr. Fong,  get on my shoulders.” Up I went. It was my Peyton Manning moment.  Cheers erupted, and I raised four fingers on each hand to signify the  Final Four. People took photos of me with cellphones and cameras and  forwarded them around campus and to the team. The next week, sophomore  guard Ron Nored was asked what was the most unusual thing that  happened as a result of the victory. He said, “Getting pictures of the  president crowd-surfing.”

I was touched by the joy and  affection that evening, which marked the beginning of a wild 10-day  ride for Butler. Our  small university of 3,900 undergrads and 550 grad students found  itself in the national spotlight as we basked in the reflected glory  of our team’s success. It was in many ways as if the institution  itself had caught a wave. Preparation and opportunity came together in  a remarkable confluence of circumstances. Not only were we playing in  the Final Four, but we were playing at home. The games were six miles  from campus, in downtown Indianapolis,  and interest in our university and team grew immensely.

The public wondered about this  little university playing on the national stage. They heard that our  players continued to go to classes, even on the day of the national  championship game, and wondered whether that could be true. (It was.)  Many were curious about whether the Butler  Way, as we like  to call it, could be replicated.

The attention was gratifying.  Butler didn’t  just stand as a model for small institutions being able to compete in  the tournament. For many people, we exemplified how a university could  seek a proper balance between academic seriousness and athletic  excellence—and without breaking the bank.

Internally, we have always  positioned ourselves as a university with a basketball team, rather  than the other way around. We take to heart our commitment to  student-athletes. The overwhelming majority of them will never play  professional sports. Get an M.B.A., yes. Go to the NBA, probably  not.

The National Collegiate  Athletic Association estimates that only 2 percent of college  basketball players go pro. I tell potential Butler  basketball recruits: “Your odds of going to medical school are better  than your odds of playing in the NBA. If you understand that we’ll ask  you to work as hard in the classroom as you will on the court,  Butler may be  the right fit for you.”

We keep in sight what  Butler’s  approach to education is. We want our students not just to make a  living but to make a life of purpose, where individual flourishing is  intertwined with the welfare of others.

A fellow president wrote me:  “When the announcers were pointing out that there were two academic  all-Americans on the floor tonight and both of them were from  Butler, and  that eight of your players were in class this morning, I swelled with  pride. This is what intercollegiate athletics is all about. I am a  member of the NCAA Board now and we are struggling with what is  appropriate for college sports. All we need do is look to Butler, and we  have our answer.” That was the image I wanted us to project during the  Final Four, and I think that is what occurred.

Meanwhile, we received  overwhelming encouragement from around the world—from a Butler alumnus  serving in Iraq, from  New  Zealand, from Europe, and  from a cruise ship at sea. We had former Butler basketball  players come back from Sweden and  Switzerland  to attend an alumni reunion and pose for a picture with the  team.

Our bookstore sold in one week  what it usually sells in a year. T-shirts came in literally hot off  the press—they were actually warm in the boxes as they were  unpacked.

News-media coverage was  abundant and overwhelmingly positive. After reading an article by the  sports columnist William C. Rhoden of The New York Times, an Oakland Tribune reporter in  California discovered that I grew up  in Oakland. After  the Tribune reporter  wrote his story, I heard from old elementary- and Sunday-school  friends from 50 years ago. I also suggested to Mr. Rhoden that our  ballet program was as distinguished in its way as the basketball team.  He proceeded to research the program, and Butler ballet  became an item in the Times‘s sports  page.

We saw increased pride in  Butler from  friends and alumni. On the day I’m writing this, we received a check  from a man with no ties to the university and a note that said: “Here  is a gift to your scholarship fund; a place represented by such a  classy coach and students has to be a wonderful  university.”

A friend put it best, I think,  when she said, “Duke won the game, but Butler won the  hearts of the nation.”

Now that the games are over,  everyone wants to know what’s next for Butler. I was  asked in a Parents Council meeting: With the heightened attention,  what do you see Butler  becoming? I thought for a moment and said, “We’ve become an  inspiration to other colleges—that they could do what we did. We don’t  want to be anything other than the best version of what we are. I  think our future is continuing to be Butler.”

Our men’s basketball coach,  Brad Stevens, was asked how such success would change his recruiting  practices. He said he wasn’t planning to change. “The guys we  recruited got within one shot of a national championship,” he said.  “Why would we want to change our formula?”

The best news for us is that  more people now know who we are. The Nielsen ratings showed that 134  million people saw some portion of our game against Duke. As Tom  Weede, our vice president for enrollment management, pointed out: 100  percent of students who have never heard of an institution will never  apply to it. We don’t have to worry about that now.

Athletics has become the front  porch to a university, and our front porch has been crowded of late.  We’re proud of the attention because our athletic achievement has been  consonant with our academic mission. As the president of an  educational foundation wrote, “It was a privilege … to appreciate  how the educational values of an institution can be so perfectly  reflected in the accomplishments of its athletes.”

Many college leaders are  devoted to finding the right stories to tell that tap into our past  and legacy, our present challenges and opportunities, and our hopes  for the future. I hope this experience has helped us create more  stories that get to the heart of what Butler is. Our  basketball triumphs have become a metaphor, a trope, for the larger  story of Butler  University.

Bobby Fong  is president of Butler University.

NFL Contracts for TWO Belhaven Players

This has been a year of history making accomplishments for Belhaven athletics, and we crossed another important milestone today when two of our football players signed NFL contracts.

Tramaine Brock and Jacob Phillips both signed NFL free agent contracts following the conclusion of the NFL draft.

These are the first Blazers in our 11 years of football to ever sign NFL contracts, and to have two players in the same year is remarkable.

Jacob signed a three year contract with the Seattle Seahawks, and Tramaine signed a two year deal with the San Francisco 49ers.


Congratulations to Head Coach Joe Thrasher and our coaching staff for developing such a strong program that the NFL is looking to us for talent.

Here is the rest of the story from our news release:


Brock, a senior from Long Beach, MS, had a team high six interceptions and returned two for touchdowns. Brock tied the Belhaven single season record for most interceptions and compiled 51 total tackles with 2.5 sacks, and 13.5 tackles for a loss in the 2009 season. Brock also returned kicks for the Blazers averaging 17.4 yards per return with a long of 55 yards. Brock was named to the Mid-South Conference Western Division All-Conference Team.

“It was great to have Brock on our team this past season,” said Belhaven Head Football coach Joe Thrasher. “He was the team defensive MVP and came into his own during the second half of the season. I expect big things for him at the next level and he has the best natural ability of any player I have ever coached.”

Phillips, a senior from Baton Rouge, LA, helped anchor the Belhaven offensive line in 2009. Phillips who is 6’6 305 pounds, contributed to a Blazer offense that averaged 308.8 yards per game while scoring 22.1 points per contest. Phillips has the potential to be a long snapper along with possessing tremendous blocking skills.

“It has been a privilege to coach Jacob Phillips here at Belhaven,” said Coach Thrasher. “He has put in four years of hard work and deserves this opportunity at the next level. It has been a pleasure to watch him grow as a player and a person and we wish him the best at the next level.”

“I am very proud of both of the guys and this is a big opportunity for our program, adds Thrasher. “This will be a good recruiting tool for us here at Belhaven in that we provide an opportunity at a great education along with the possibility for our players to move on to the next level following the completion of their time in a Blazer uniform.”

Belhaven finished the 2009 season with an overall record of 6-5 and finished second in the Mid-South Conference Western Division with a mark of 4-2. It was the first winning season for the Blazers since 2006 and a vast improvement over the teams 2-9 finish in 2008.

Covenant College and Belhaven University Agreement

Our verse of the year has been lived out again at Belhaven University.  God continues to lead us to places of safety – and this one is a big surprise that clearly shows the hand of God in guiding the University in ways we could never plan or predict.

Below is a public announcement we are making with Covenant College this afternoon. More details will be shared soon, but enough to say for now, God has done a remarkable work among us.

I’m overwhelmed at Covenant’s graciousness in having Belhaven take over the leadership of this wonderful Quest program.  Their president, Niel Nielson, and their Vice President for Academic Affairs, Jeff Hall, have had such a Kingdom spirit and outlook about this.

The continuation of the Quest program in these cities is tremendous for students, our growth as a University as well as using well our gifts are running distant campuses, and God’s work in these new communities we will be serving.  (Their Quest program is very similar to our current adult programs.)

I’ll share more about this soon, but want to give you the public announcement simultaneously with Covenant’s press release.


Covenant College to Transfer Quest Program to

Belhaven University

Institutions agree on plan to continue serving adult students

A year ago Covenant College announced plans to phase out its highly respected non-traditional organizational management major offered through Quest in Chattanooga and northern Georgia in order to focus more strategically on the College’s mission as a Christ-centered, residential, liberal arts college.

Desiring to assure the needs of adult students are met with academically rigorous and biblically grounded education, Covenant has arranged for Belhaven University to take leadership of the Quest program.  In addition, Belhaven will be adding new undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the current Quest educational centers in Chattanooga, Dalton, Rome, and Atlanta.

The institutions are working through the many remaining details in the hope that students currently enrolled in the Quest program will experience a seamless transition when Belhaven takes the leadership of the program, pending approvals from the higher education governing agencies, Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Belhaven University is a Presbyterian school serving 1,000 traditional students in Jackson, Mississippi, and offering adult degree programs similar to Quest for 2,500 students at its Jackson campus as well as three other campuses – Orlando, Houston, and Memphis. In addition, Belhaven enrolls over 500 master level students in business, education, and public administration, and offers online undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Both Covenant and Belhaven are members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and share the common goal of quality academic programs offered from a biblical foundation.

“I’m overwhelmed at the bold vision of president Niel Nielson and the Covenant College leadership to serve adult students by joining this unique blend of our institutions’ strengths to assure that the great tradition and academic strength of Quest will continue,” said Dr. Roger Parrott, president of Belhaven.  “This level of commitment to put students above all else speaks volumes about the caring, integrity, and biblically grounded calling of Covenant College.”

“We are delighted that this good program will continue to serve adult students and the local community,” said Dr. Jeff Hall, vice president for academic affairs at Covenant. “We are confident that Belhaven University will be able to provide a quality program that will both sustain and extend the educational opportunities at Quest. We are eager to work through the details of this transition.” Covenant’s other adult degree-completion program, the Bachelor of Science in early childhood education (BSECE) program, is separate from and not affected by this change. The BSECE program continues to enroll new cohorts for courses at the College’s main Lookout Mountain campus.

With Belhaven, students will find the same curriculum, academic quality, and personalized service that have characterized the Quest program for the past quarter century.  Belhaven University Quest students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management in as little as 18 months or choose from a wide variety of individual courses. Quest provides a rigorous, yet practical, curriculum designed to fit the busy schedules of working adults from its classroom locations in Chattanooga, Dalton, Rome, and Atlanta.

Quest currently enrolls 400 full-time and part-time adult students, and many of the 3,000 Quest graduates are in leadership positions throughout the Southeast.

New 2010 fall classes are scheduled to begin at these sites:

  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Dalton, GA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Rome, GA

Along with the Quest program, Belhaven University plans to offer additional graduate and undergraduate degrees when approved by the governing agencies.

Covenant College serves approximately 1,000 traditional students on its Lookout Mountain, Georgia, campus, as well as offering an adult degree program in early childhood education and a master of education program.

Release:  April 23, 2010

Further media contact: Covenant College:  Dr. Jeff Hall,
Belhaven University, Dr. Roger Parrott,

Softball Wins First Conference Championship

Coach Fremin and the Softball team won the University’s very first Gulf Coast Athletic Conference softball championship Tuesday night at the University of Mobile.

The Blazers backed up their new #6 national ranking with a strong performance, including a national record for single season stolen bases (71) by Brittany Webb.

The final home game of the season is today at Freedom Ridge Park – 3:00 p.m. double header – versus Spring Hill College.

Go Blazers!!!

The final home game of the season is today at Freedom Ridge Park – 3:00 p.m. double header – versus Spring Hill College.

Important Supreme Court Case

This week the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that has far reaching implications for Christians, and especially universities like Belhaven as well as other ministries.

While the case focuses on the rights of religious organizations at state universities, legal scholars predict that a loss in this case could, eventually, over time, open the door for religious based institutions like ours to be challenged over our ability to hire based on our faith standards.

Leading up to the oral arguments there have been several key editorials in support of the position supported by Belhaven University and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

Washington Post

Jonathon Turley of George Washington University

Wall Street Journal

We expect to hear the court’s ruling in June.  I trust you’ll be praying for this important decision.

Below is an editorial from Christianity Today which summarizes the issue and is a wonderful reminder that God has always provided protection as the Christian faith has been threatened through the centuries.

The End of Religious Freedom?

The nightmare scenarios could very well unfold, but they are not the last word.
A Christianity Today editorial | posted 4/19/2010 09:52AM

The U.S. Supreme Court hasn’t taken on many significant religion cases lately. Perhaps the justices were resting up for what could be one of the biggest rulings yet: Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, which went before the court April 19, is in some eyes the title fight between anti-discrimination laws and religious identity. It’s a case that both sides have long been waiting for.

At issue is an anti-discrimination rule at Hastings College of the Law (part of the University of California). Hastings says the rule means that the Christian Legal Society’s (CLS) on-campus chapter cannot make its leaders sign a statement of faith and abstain from “unrepentant participation in or advocacy of a sexually immoral lifestyle.” The school said student group leadership positions must be open to all students—even to those who would seek such positions precisely in order to destroy the purpose of the group.

If CLS loses the case, in time it would mean that “religious and other groups that adhere to traditional moral views could be driven from the public square in the name of enforcing nondiscrimination,” CLS told the court.

A loss could “effectively remove evangelical organizations from state college and university campuses throughout the United States,” according to a friend-of-the-court brief filed by the National Association of Evangelicals and other evangelical groups.

Even more than that, “It is not hyperbole to argue that … this case ultimately threatens the future of public education as we know it,” said a friend-of-the-court brief from the Rutherford Institute. Hastings is subjecting the freedom of association on campus “to state censorship grounded in political ideology,” the organization said.

The American Civil Liberties Union, on the other hand, argued that a CLS win would “considerably weaken our civil rights protections” and set civil rights law back to the days of state-funded racism.

Other friend-of-the-court briefs referenced a related debate that’s even more core to the debate on anti-discrimination laws and religious identity: hiring at faith-based institutions.

“If this court determines that CLS does not have any constitutional right to religious association in the context of this case, then there will be little constitutional protection for religious employers, particularly if they receive any kind of government benefit, use government buildings such as schools and convention centers, and/or participate in government-funded programs,” said a brief from World Vision, Compassion International, Prison Fellowship, Samaritan’s Purse, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and others. “[H]ow this court characterizes the religious associational policies and rights of religious organizations … will likely establish the framework for future deliberations within all branches of government on questions of religious hiring.”

The CLS v. Martinez decision will be widely cited, no matter the outcome. But as CLS made clear in its own briefs, it’s very much a separate battle. (The CLS case is mostly about speech at a university forum, and money is not central.) If CLS loses, it is far from a foregone conclusion that religious groups that partner with the government will lose their ability to consider faith commitments when hiring. And it’s a far journey from that step to the much-discussed scenario of protesters joining organizations en masse to nullify the groups’ religious identity or ethical commitments.

Defenders of religious identity safeguards are not scaremongers. The scenarios they propose are actually quite likely if government entities like Hastings or the Supreme Court treat biblical principles as invidious discrimination and then shun organizations with faith commitments.

But none of these scenarios represent the end of the story. In our 2,000 years of history, this would not be the first time Christian behavior has been treated as bigotry. We have seen states take control of religious organizations and churches. And we have seen restrictions on assembly, speech, and free exercise of religion lead to human suffering. We have also been reminded time and again of God’s sovereign rule.

Hastings’s lawyers say CLS attendance has actually doubled since it was denied recognition as a campus organization. All’s well that ends well? No: justice and legal precedent should prompt a ruling for CLS regardless.

CLS says, to the contrary, that “non-recognition has nearly destroyed the CLS chapter.” The light of the gospel that CLS proclaims is in no danger of being extinguished. Some evangelical organizations will meet off campus if they have to—in the catacombs, if it comes to that.

Meanwhile, we will work for justice in the courts, and pray for a day when those who conspire to infiltrate Christian organizations would find the Leader whom our leadership requirements point to, and enter into the relationship that our sexual standards model. Ours is a God whose stories end in redemption and reconciliation, not nightmare scenarios.

BU – Butler University . . . Belhaven University

What a game tonight………Butler was just one bounce away from a national championship.

I have great respect for Duke and their long time coach, but it was amazing for Butler, a school of only 4,000 students, to nearly beat one of the dominating programs in all of college sports.

Which made me think, it is remarkable what a team can accomplish when their fans cheer “BU”

Since we switched to BU on January 1, look at what has happened to Belhaven athletics:

1.  Men’s basketball team to the national championship tournament for the first time in 38 years.

2. Softball ranked #9 nationally – their first top 25 ranking EVER for Belhaven – and marching toward a national tournament bid.

3.  Baseball ranked in the 16th nationally and poised to move forward.

4.  Both Men’s and Women’s tennis teams have a shot at a winning season for the first time in many years.

This new BU cheer has worked out better than some expected!

We are………….


The Price of Integrity and Media Interpretation: How Much Does It Cost

This is the theme of a conference sponsored by our Communications Department.  April 21st will bring together the news directors of all the major media outlets in Mississippi for this discussion.

As I understand from Dr. Elayne Hayes Anthony, Department Chair, these news directors are usually so busy in the competitive world of journalism news, this will be the first time they have all been together at one time.

This conference is primarily for our Communications students, but if you’d like to attend, contact Dr. Hayes Anthony for space availability.


Basketball’s March Madness

Tonight is the final game of the college basketball season.  I don’t usually have a favorite, but this year is different.  I think most of the country is rooting for Butler in their “David and Goliath” battle to reach the finals.

But here is the back story about basketball – and it is all about sports ministry – not March Madness.

From the Wall Street Journal:

The Spiritual Pathway to March Madness

David vs. Goliath.

That is arguably one of the best parts of March Madness—the exciting possibility of a small-college program beating a nationally ranked team. Who can forget Princeton’s upset win over UCLA in the mid-’90s or, more recently, Davidson College’s triumphs over Gonzaga, Wisconsin and Georgetown in the 2008 season? Many wonder if this will be the miracle year that the 16th seed finally topples a No. 1 seed.

The biblical imagery of triumph against the odds would have greatly appealed to the game’s founder, Dr. James Naismith.

Naismith himself overcame great tragedy and adversity early in life. Orphaned at age 9, he was raised primarily by his grandmother (until her death two years later) and then by a bachelor uncle. Although he was a high-school dropout, he eventually finished both secondary school and college.

As a young Christian, Naismith received a master’s degree from Montreal’s Presbyterian Theological College. Convinced that he could better exemplify the Christian life through sports than in the pulpit, he moved to Springfield, Mass., to serve as a physical-education instructor at the Young Men’s Christian Association’s International Training School for Christian Workers (now Springfield College). Naismith’s vision? “To win men for the Master through the gym.”

Encouraged by his director, Luther Gulick, Naismith set out to create an indoor activity for students during the winter months. Having studied European gymnastics models, and toyed with indoor versions of football, soccer and lacrosse, Naismith spent two weeks testing various games with his assigned athletics class—with no success. Finally, Naismith decided to draw from all of these sports: with a ball that could be easily handled, play that involved running and passing with no tackling, and a goal at each end of the floor. Thus, at a Springfield YMCA in 1891, was the game of basketball born.

Naismith and Gulick held the sport and its players to a high standard. In an 1897 article addressing foul play, Gulick underlined basketball’s noble origins: “The game must be kept clean. It is a perfect outrage for an institution that stands for Christian work in the community to tolerate not merely ungentlemanly treatment of guests, but slugging and that which violates the elementary principles of morals. . . . Excuse for the rest of the year any player who is not clean in his play.”

Men like Naismith and Gulick sought to develop the whole person—mind, body and spirit—and the YMCA emblem, an inverted red triangle, symbolized their threefold purpose. As Gulick stated, “Christ’s kingdom should include the athletic world.” From their beginning in 1851, YMCAs on college and university campuses had tremendous participation nationwide. Close to 50,000 men were enrolled in YMCA college Bible studies by 1905. There were 1,000 men at Yale alone in 1909.

One notable characteristic that defined these college YMCAs—particularly those among the Ivy League schools—were their weekly “deputations,” or local mission trips. Groups of college students ministered to needy children in nearby urban neighborhoods and rural areas. These trips would last three or four days and included musical entertainment, sporting events and Christian instruction, both in the schools and from the pulpits of local churches. On a February 1911 trip to New Hampshire, 43 out of 70 boys enrolled at Kimbell Union Academy embraced the Christian faith. Weeks later at a church visit in London, N.H., the official deputation logs recorded an eyewitness account from Dartmouth student Cedric Francis (class of 1912): “One very touching case was where it was through the young boy of the family that the mother and father were led to Christ.”

This was the generation of the Student Volunteer Movement which sought to reach the world for Christ “in this generation.” Basketball served as an important evangelical tool for many during its first 50 years. In his 1941 book “Basketball: Its Origin and Development,” Naismith wrote, “Whenever I witness games in a church league, I feel that my vision, almost half a century ago, of the time when the Christian people would recognize the true value of athletics, has become a reality.”

Amazingly, Naismith never profited from the sport he invented, nor did he accept speaker fees when he spoke publicly about basketball. And although the sport may have lost its relationship to Christianity, it will always have the tremendous legacy of a founder who, like his Lord, put others before himself, as he awaited his blessed hope, as the Scripture says: “the glorious appearance of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Billy Graham Preaches Again

I have the joy of serving as chair of Leighton Ford Ministries.  Leighton is one of the great statesmen of Church, has been an evangelist all around the world for a half century, and now focuses on mentoring young evangelists.

Leighton is married to the sister of Billy Graham.  Jeanie is one of the wisest people I know. And she’s always been gracious in treasuring and respecting the unique relationship she has with her older famous brother.

Billy is 91 years old and has been very weak physically these past couple of years.  He’s confined to his house in North Carolina and has not even been able to hold any media interviews for about three years.

Leighton sent to some of his friends the follow reflection for Good Friday – asking the question, what would Billy preach if he was strong enough to stand behind a pulpit one more time?

Billy Wants to Preach One More Time

When Jeanie took some friends to visit her 91-year old big brother a few weeks ago he was feeling better and chippier, and his voice was much stronger than it has been.

And he told Jeanie: “I would like to preach one more time.”

That’s unlikely at his age. But, who knows, with that desire?

But: if he was able to preach one more time, what do you think his text and theme would be?

You have a guess?

If you visited the sitting room where he spends much of his days you would know.

On the wall Jeanie saw a Bible text written in very, very large letters.

Galatians 6:14

But God forbid that I should glory,

save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

That gives more than a hint doesn’t it!

And wouldn’t you like to hear him preach the cross? One more time?

Perhaps he will. Or perhaps he did, to that small congregation, Jeanie and her two friends, at his mountain home.

God forbid that I should glory … save in the cross.

That’s good to hear on Good Friday.