Message from the Alumni Director
“As the people of God, we are to live, to eat, and to breathe the story of God… We are to know it and to be transformed by it. It is to give us language and vocabulary to explain what is happening in our lives and what we are living for.” Dr. Mike Roth (M. Div ’03, BS ‘00)
This past weekend, I had the privilege of hosting a Bible Marathon in my home for our church community. As we read aloud through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, I was inspired yet again by such a remarkable story. What a beautiful narrative, the story of Scripture is for our lives – unchanging truths that have served as a framework for God’s people down through the ages. This story of Scripture – the Bible – revered by many and yet understood by few is not only God’s story… It is OUR story, and one that needs to be remembered, rehearsed, and retold as we journey through life.
Revered and Rehearsed
If you were a freshman in Dr. Garry Friesen’s Pentateuch class, you may remember rehearsing part of this story in the Walk Through. ”Creation, Fall, Flood, Tower of Babel..." – 36 years later, we are still rehearsing.
And as has become tradition at Pearl Church, our pastor, Dr. Mike Roth (M Div ‘03, BS ‘00), takes one Sunday a year to walk us through the full narrative of Scripture – Genesis all the way through to Revelation. “As the people of God, we are to live, to eat, and to breathe the story of God,” Mike says. “We are to know it and to be transformed by it. It is to give us language and vocabulary to explain what is happening in our lives and what we are living for.”
Part of a Bigger Story
As the holiday season approaches, let us celebrate the coming Messiah and remember that we are a part of a bigger story – God’s story – and that the author of this story is at work within us, using these truths to shape and direct our lives. In the midst of our busyness – meetings, bills, family activities, and holiday parties – let us not forget His story, Christ’s death and resurrection, and the Holy Spirit’s power to draw us into a deeper intimacy with Him.
My prayer for us today is that God’s Word would continue to shape our lives and give meaning to our life experiences. As we rehearse this story, may it capture our gaze and attention; and become more and more a part of OUR story as God’s people.
Thankful to be a part of His-Story,
Michelle M. Peel, MA ’10, BA ‘00
Director of Alumni Relations
Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary