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Prayer For Multnomah

Let me start by saying "thank you!" to all of you who faithfully pray for the ministry of Multnomah.

Prayer Needs

  • Dr. Dan and Eric Rice as they travel to the Alaska Student Aid Banquet, Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 7:00pm at ChangePoint Church in Anchorage Alaska
  • Multnomah staff, faculty and students who are travelling around the world in support of missionaries or on vacation.
  • Alumni missionaries
  • Staff who have been laid off or downgraded in hours - that they would find a new place to work before their MU end-date of June 30th, 2009 arrives.
  • For ProCom and the Web Team as they embark on the Website redesign this summer and fall - while maintaining all the rest of MU's communications tools and current site.
  • For our Advancement Department who is out in the field seeking donors to support scholarships and student aid.
  • For new students who are still on the fence about coming to Multnomah - that they would make a confident decision for Multnomah if that is God's will for them.
  • For the safety and energy of our Campus Services department as they embark on the many facilities projects this summer.

Thank you all for your prayers. May they be answered in the form of many future generations of ministers who love Jesus, know their Bibles, and advance God's kingdom.

Brown Bag Bible Study

Comments Off Written on May 30th, 2009 by
Categories: Dr. Lockwood, General

In an effort to keep the "summer dust" off of Multnomah employee Bibles, I (Dr. Dan Lockwood) will be conducting lunch-time staff Bible studies (most likely from the book of John).

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President’s Annual Report

1 Comment » Written on March 18th, 2009 by
Categories: Dr. Lockwood

Just for posterity - we want to make sure that everyone has access to the 2008 President's Annual Report just published in February. You can find it online in the President's Corner or at the end of this post.

Inside:

  • Dr. Dan Lockwood recaps the year
  • Paul Griffin lays out the financial facts
  • Charts-a-plenty for spatial readers
  • Student profiles
  • Multnomah timeline with cultural cues
  • Our esteemed donor list for FYE 2008
  • Enrollment figures
  • Financial aid dispursements
  • Donation charts
  • And many great photos

2008 President's Annual Report

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A Tribute to Dr. Joe

2 comments Written on February 27th, 2009 by
Categories: Dr. Lockwood, Faculty, Joe Aldrich

Given by Multnomah's President
At
Dr. Joseph C. Aldrich
Memorial Service
February 20, 2009

It is my great privilege to speak of Dr. Joe’s impact on Multnomah University.

Dr. Joe Aldrich served as Multnomah’s third president for nineteen years.  As his successor, I believe it is impossible to overestimate his imprint on this institution both then and now.

When Dr. Joe became president in 1978, he was God’s man for God’s time.   When he arrived, Multnomah stood at a generational crossroads between a School of the Bible of the 30’s and what it is now becoming in the 21st century, a university.  Joe walked the narrow tightrope between the past and the future, negotiating the tricky winds of change that were swirling around our culture and blowing through the church.  It was a challenging task which he shouldered with grace, courage, and class.

It is tempting to summarize his influence through listing some of his tangible accomplishments.

  • He built Multnomah’s Mitchell library and the Scruggs married student housing.
  • He envisioned and launched Multnomah Biblical Seminary, and oversaw its accreditation.
  • He pioneered the pastor’s prayer summits, and shepherded them into a movement that became International Renewal Ministries.

But his impact is so much more than that.  Joe came to the presidency with youth and vigor, with vision and energy, with passion and perception.  He helped us in the Multnomah community to define what authentic biblical education and professional pastoral training would be for the next generation.  In a word, he gave all of us hope for what we could become and that we could make a difference.

But Dr. Joe not only showed us how to be God’s man for God’s time, he was a man who embodied powerful leadership gifts with unprecedented personal piety.

And, oh my, what amazing gifts he had! He could move you to tears with his sermons and stories.  He could cast a vision that would electrify you and charge your batteries.  He could motivate people from all kinds of diverse backgrounds to follow Christ and become more like him.  And he could roll up his sleeves, change the oil of his neighbor’s car while telling him about the Savior.

What amazing gifts!  And believe me, his successor has often envied such gifts.

But Dr. Joe was a paradoxical blend of professional leadership gifts and personal humility.

In the early 90s, a Christian leader of a national reputation and a close friend of Joe’s became furious with him.  A meeting was called; people from both sides gathered.  For thirty minutes, this man delivered to Dr. Joe face to face the harshest of criticisms.  And Dr. Joe’s response?  He simply said, “Well, I don’t walk on water.”  He gave no rebuke, no venom, no self-defensiveness.  Instead he worked to destroy that wall of hostility, seeking to reach across the rubble to restore a ruptured relationship.

When Parkinson’s struck his body, Dr. Joe modeled to us how to accept from the hand of the same Lord both prosperity and adversity.  Joe told me that many pastors, with the best of intentions, asked if they could lay hands on him and pray for him to be healed.  And Joe never turned one away.  But he said to me, “Dan, I know in my heart, that this is what the Lord has for me.”

I once asked Joe what he missed most about being sidelined from public ministry.  He looked at me for a long time in silence.  Then, with tears in his eyes, he said, “I asked the Lord to give me one hour—just one hour—when I could stand before an auditorium full of people, open the word of God, and preach again with power and passion.  But I know I never will.”

I will not remember Joe Aldrich for the buildings he built, the books he wrote, the students he taught, the sermons he preached, the prayers he prayed, or even the remarkable gifts he possessed.

Nor should you.

Rather, I will remember Joe Aldrich as a man who was willing to be God’s man for God’s time, shouldering the unrelenting mantle of the presidency like a champion.  I will remember Joe as a servant-leader who wrapped powerful leadership gifts in the clothing of personal humility.  I will remember Joe Aldrich as a man who taught us what it means to live a life truly devoted to the Lord.

And above all I will remember Joe as a mentor and friend who showed me how to finish well to the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Dr. Joe Aldrich, You Will Be Missed

113 comments Written on February 12th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, Dr. Lockwood, Faculty, Joe Aldrich

A Letter from President Dr. Daniel R. Lockwood

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Dear Multnomah Family and Friends Worldwide:

I just received word this morning that Dr. Joe Aldrich, Multnomah's third president, has passed into the presence of the Lord.  He was surrounded by his wife, Ruthe, his two children, Kristi and Stephen, and other members of his family.  While his Parkinson's condition was progressively degenerating for many years, he recently took a severe turn for the worse.  Last weekend, he lapsed into a coma and the doctors told Ruthe he did not have long to live.

This morning the Lord took him home.

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A Memorial Service For Dr. Joe

Dr. Joe provided important leadership for Multnomah during a significant time of transition.  The author of many books, his book Lifestyle Evangelism became a classic.  His vision was the impetus for the founding of Multnomah Biblical Seminary, and he pioneered the pastoral prayer summits, shepherding them into what is know today as International Renewal Ministry.  His love for students and his lasting imprint on Multnomah is memorialized in the naming of the Joseph C. Aldrich Student Center (JCA) dedicated in 2007.

What You Can Do

I know that Ruthe and the family would cherish deeply your prayers in this dark valley of their loss. We will collect your written condolences, print them, and send them to the Aldrich family.

3 Options

  1. Leave a comment below
  2. Email: drjoe@multnomah.edu
  3. Mail: 8435 NE Glisan Street, Portland, OR 97220

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Update (2/17/09): We released a formal Multnomah University press release that details some of the accomplishments of Joe Aldrich's life.

Update(2/19/09): The Oregonian has done a nice writeup about Dr. Joe Aldrich.

What Is This “Emerging Church” You Speak Of?

3 comments Written on February 10th, 2009 by
Categories: Dr. Lockwood

As president, I receive a lot of mail with all kinds of questions.  A recent persistent question is:

"Where does Multnomah stand on the emerging church?"

My usual answer is brief: "Multnomah has not chosen to take a stand on the emerging church issue."  This is because the emerging church, like a number of other issues batted around in evangelical circles, means a lot of radically different things to different people. 

I just read an insightful article by Mark Driscoll that helped me unravel some of the dispirit threads of this issue.  The article, "Navigating the Emerging Church Highway," was published in a recent issue of The Christian Research Journal (vol. 31, no. 04). Mark, the preaching pastor at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, provides a helpful synopsis to the four "lanes on the emerging church highway."

Briefly, those 4 lanes are:

  1. Emerging Evangelicals
  2. House Church Evangelicals
  3. Emerging Reformers
  4. Emergent Liberals. 

The first three are united in embracing orthodox theology, while holding different views of the mission and purpose of the church.  The Emergent Liberals, on the other hand, have rejected much of orthodox theology.  Driscoll directs most of his attention on this final group, including an intense analysis of its major proponents: Brian McLaren, Doug Pagitt, and Rob Bell.

Because one can get the impression from reading many of the contemporary books on this topic that there is only one emergent church movement (and it's the liberal one), many conclude there really cannot be any legitimate evangelical expression of the movement.  Mark Driscoll clears away some theological smoke for me. 

Perhaps it will for you, too.

Dr. Dan’s Jigsaw Puzzle Challenge

Comments Off Written on January 27th, 2009 by
Categories: Contests, Dr. Lockwood

On January 13, 2009, in Convocation Chapel, Dr. Dan spoke from Jesus' last prayer in John 17:20-26. In those verses, Jesus prays specifically for us, and, of all the things our Lord could pray for, our unity is his central emphasis. He prays that we will be one-that we will enjoy visible community with one another on earth in the present and glorious reunion with Jesus in heaven in eternity.

Illustrating Unity
To illustrate this unity, Dr. Dan distributed to each student, faculty, and staff person, a piece of a jigsaw puzzle.

He made 2 suggestions:

  1. First, keep the piece (or pieces) in a place where you will see it every day as a reminder to pray this semester for unity.
  2. Second, prayerfully consider steps you might take this semester to build unity and community-whether it be personal, institutional, ecclesial, national, or global.

The Challenge
Then, when you do something to promote unity, you are invited to participate in the Jigsaw Puzzle Challenge. Simply take your puzzle piece to the Prayer Chapel. There you will find a large picture frame with the outer edge of the puzzle already assembled. On the frame and in the puzzle box are many other loose puzzle pieces.  See if you can fit your piece into another piece of the puzzle. If you can't, just leave it on the frame, or try to connect some of the scores of other loose pieces that are there. You might even drop by from time to time to see if you can help complete the puzzle picture by connecting more of the pieces.

By the end of the semester, let's see how much of the picture we can see in the puzzle that we assemble together. Let's see how much unity we can build on campus.

Chapel Recording

Have fun!

The Debate at “The Shack”

Comments Off Written on November 25th, 2008 by
Categories: Books, Dr. Lockwood, Faculty, Media

It seems everywhere I turn these days I see and hear someone talking about this extremely popular book by Paul Young titled: "The Shack"

A Faculty Response
It seems to have stirred both raving fans and controversy. Recently, Seminary professor Dr. Paul Louis Metzger was interviewed by Zach Dundas of Portland Monthly magazine for what I will call his "evangelically informed theological take" on this book in the November 2008 issue.

Read it for yourself here

However, As Great As That Is
Our very own President, Dr. Daniel R. Lockwood, was on the cutting edge months ago when he wrote his review of the book for the Summer 2008 issue of Multnomah Magazine - (if you're not a subscriber, then do it, because it's free and worth every penny! Drop a line at magazine@multnomah.edu).

Here is the 2-page PDF for your ease.

We might get one more post up before Thanksgiving Break (hooray for Higher Ed holiday schedules!) - so check back again - otherwise, we'll see you on Monday or Tuesday with fresh fodder.

Federal Regulations, Financial Aid, & Constitution Day

Comments Off Written on September 23rd, 2008 by
Categories: Dr. Lockwood

I'll make this brief:

  1. Constitution Day was on September 17th.
  2. All institutions enrolling students who receive federal funding for financial aid must "observe" this day in "some way" by "emphasizing the constitution" on the actual day.
  3. There is no mandate for "how" we are to "emphasize" the constitution.
  4. Multnomah University disperses financial aid from the federal government to our students, so our way to "emphasize" is to pray for our country that was founded on the principals laid out in the constitution.

Here's a brief quote from Dr. Dan Lockwood, President:

We’ve done different things: a panel discussion, a lecture by Dr. Scalberg, etc. .  The last two years we have simply asked students who can to gather around the flagpole and pray for our nation...

...I wonder what Reed College does?

Well Dr. Dan, here is what they did last year:

This year, Reed is partnering with Seton Hall University and participating in a simulcast presentation entitled: Interrogation as a Means of Intelligence Gathering.
http://web.reed.edu/career/calendar/2007/September/constitutionday.html

It's definitely a different approach.

New Things In Store For Multnomah Bible College & Biblical Seminary

7 comments Written on November 9th, 2007 by
Categories: Dr. Lockwood

The following letter was sent to many of Multnomah's constituents this month. This information now exists publicly amongst the student body, Faculty, and Staff. We welcome any comments you may have and we will do our best to keep you all informed of any updates we may have along the way.

- Robert Leary, Director of Promotions & Communications.
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Dear Alumni, Donors, and Friends:

There's never a dull moment at Multnomah.  In fact, sometimes, things are downright exciting!  I want to bring you up to date on a recent board of trustees' decision that has some wonderful ramifications for the placement and ministry impact of our students and for the strategic fulfillment of Multnomah's mission in the years ahead.

In its September board meeting, the board, after prayerful consideration, unanimously passed a motion that empowers the administration to take all the necessary steps for Multnomah to become a university.  This will involve notification of the State of Oregon and all accreditation agencies, making the necessary legal changes to our institutional documents, and communicating effectively with you, our alumni and supporters.  Our target date for this change is July 1, 2008.

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