From my journal today ~
Twenty seconds stole the spotlight in Chapel today. The preaching pastor at the largest church in North Carolina was preaching today. He of the 14,000 person megachurch. A phenomenally gifted communicator, a man who had previously taken over Dauphin Way after the whole Steve Lawson deal went down and actually reformed the church the way Lawson wanted to.
But he was not the star today. Before he spoke, an 85 year old man was honored. Graduated from Southern in ’54, pastored a few small churches, lived as an itinerant evangelist for a while. They dedicated a suite in Legacy to him, decked out with his portrait donated by his friends. He didn’t know it was coming, and was given the microphone for a moment by Mohler. This wise old man full of the battles of pastoral ministry stared at us young seminarians and said “The last time I was in this room was as an insignificant member of the graduating class of 1954.” He paused. “I am still insignificant, but I thank you for the honor.” With that he stepped back, thanked Dr. Mohler, and walked off the stage.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time. 1 Peter 5:6