Convocation Opens 2014-15 Academic Year

Dr. Jon S. Kulaga addresses the student body in the first Chapel of Asbury's 2014-15 academic year.
Dr. Jon S. Kulaga addresses the student body in the first Chapel of Asbury's 2014-15 academic year.

WILMORE, Ky. - Asbury University President Sandra Gray welcomed all of the school's new and returning students Monday morning at the first Chapel service of the school year. The Academic Convocation service included a full-faculty processional, an award ceremony to honor Dr. David Bosch for winning the Excellence in Teaching Award and a message from Dr. Gray.

Gray’s message stemmed from her genuine love of students and her vision for this coming school year. Focusing on what it means to be kingdom minded, Gray’s discussion explored many different aspects of the Kingdom of God and its many applications.

“The kingdom of God refers to God’s activity in the world. In other words, every king has to have a kingdom and every kingdom has to have a king. Jesus is our king and His order and His activity in the world and theuniverse is His kingdom,” she said.

This kingdom-minded attitude not only refers to the physical kingdom, but also to each individual as kingdom-minded thinkers.

“What happens in our minds ultimately affects everything. So, therefore, we have to invite the Holy Spirit daily to guide and shape our thinking,” Gray said.

Dr. Sandra C. Gray encouraged students to align themselves with the kingdom of God — God’s activity in the world today — as they pursue their studies at the University this year.
Dr. Sandra C. Gray encouraged students to align themselves with the kingdom of God — God’s activity in the world today — as they pursue their studies at the University this year.

Even though Asbury is a University where the intention is to grow intellectually and focus on a lifetime of learning, Gray encouraged the student body to do it within a community of faith where all students can grow and learn from each other. She reminded students that faith has everything to do with whatever major they might have chosen. Time at Asbury is crucial to learn how to grow and defend what it believes before entering a world that will challenge and pull in all directions.

“We are open to new discoveries and understandings, but we have to test the ideas,” she said. "Not all claims of fact are true. Asbury is a safe place to search for faith and knowledge and for us to have the difficult conversations.”

With the first week of class underway, Gray urged students to seek truth in everything they do, whether it be in the classroom or outside the classroom. It is through this truth that all will become more kingdom minded.

“Seek excellence… but understand that excellence can not fully exist outside the kingdom of Christ,” Gray said.

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