Fall 2001
Volume 6 Number 1

  

Inspirational Students

Thank you very much for sending me the winter 2001 issue of inSpire. In “The Hopes and Fears of All the Years”, I found a picture of my beloved friend Gloria Yi, with whom I became friends when I studied at PTS—though I was only there for three weeks, because of my health circumstances. However, I will never forget the love and concern of the PTS family. I’m most thankful for inSpire, which encourages me not to be discouraged in the service of the Lord, but to struggle with hope and let Christ be my hope. 

I appreciate the field education internship assignments of PTS, and I’m also impressed with students like Craig Hunter and Gloria Yi who dedicated themselves and learned through field education in a place of refugees and military struggle. Their experience [in Israel] inspired me—that only Jesus Christ is the hope of the world.

May the Lord Jesus, the hope of the world, bless the students and every part of their internship. Thanks again for inspiration and joy with each issue of inSpire.

Htoo Htoo (’00G)
Karen Baptist Theological Seminary
Insein, Myanmar

Reaching Ecuador

Thank you so much for the Princeton Seminary Bulletin and for inSpire. Living in Ecuador I don’t have the best access to the latest books and journals, and I find the two publications very valuable—in spiritual and intellectual, as well as personal, ways. You sure know how to make us proud of being part of the Seminary and its ministry around the world.

Joseph Castleberry (’88B)
Quito, Ecuador

Summers of Change: From Seminarian to Minister

I want to thank you for “Theology from the Pew,” the fine article by Leslie Dobbs-Allsopp. I, too, received from PTS the gift of a summer internship at Old Church in Cumnock, Scotland. Working under the direction of the Reverend John Paterson made me a believer. Like Don Mossa, I left Princeton at the end of my middler year as a seminarian and returned a parish minister ready for a call. I will always be grateful to PTS for that gift and so much more.

Mike Baynai (’98B)
Sumter, South Carolina

Mackay’s Ripple Effect

I enjoyed your article on Nancy Schongalla-Bowman [winter 2001]. Did you know that I was the roommate who also kept my clothes in the kitchen cupboards? I have enjoyed swapping Tennent stories with one of my dearest friends in our church who also lived there—almost forty years before me. Bertha Murphy, one of our saints, was married to a student at Princeton in the early 1940s. She comes to pray with us every Sunday before we preach [in West Hills Presbyterian Church, Omaha, Nebraska]. I have passed on a number of issues of inSpire to her, and she has enjoyed them.

Deena Candler  (’81B)
Omaha, Nebraska

Striving for Peace

I am a graduate of 1947 and 1953—and one of “the disciples of John A. Mackay.” My interest in Mackay led me to give a series of lectures in 1989 at the Union Evangelical Seminary in Buenos Aires on his life and ministry. Those lectures grew into a biography of Mackay, published in Spanish in 1991 and Portuguese in 1998.

My interest in Mackay, as well as my own background as a Presbyterian missionary in Latin America, has continued during the past decade as I’ve shared Mackay’s story in a part of the world where his books are still highly valued. An example of interest in his writings is that in the past ten years four editions of the Spanish El Otro Cristo Español (The Other Spanish Christ) have been published. The book first appeared in English in 1932.

In recent years I have worked with the library at Universidad Biblica Latinoamericana in San Jose, Costa Rica, to expand their Mackay collection. The seminary established an endowed chair in his honor about twenty years ago. The Mackay collection now includes a nearly complete collection of Mackay’s writings, perhaps the best in the world after Speer and Luce Libraries.

To encourage scholarly research on the life and work of Mackay, my wife and I have established in the Costa Rica seminary an annual “John A. Mackay Award” for the best essay on his thought and service to the world church. The seminary has ten extension centers across Latin America whose libraries will soon also have collections of the writings of Mackay.

John Sinclair (’47B,’53M)
Roseville, Minnesota

Editor's Note

The Other Spanish Christ (The Macmillan Company, 1933), by John A. Mackay, has been reprinted by Wipf and Stock Publishers and is again available. It can be ordered through Princeton’s Theological Book Agency for $18 (paperback). 
Email books@ptsem.edu.

Delicious Memories

I recently reread your deliciously conceived column about the era of Dr. Einstein and his favorite tea cakes [“Princeton’s Children and Einstein,” spring 2001]. The account carried with it the remembrance of my return visits to your [William Harris’s] archival throne room. I do envy your descriptive gift and its refreshing style. I wanted to let you know how special you are to our alma mater’s quality of past, present, and future.

Virginia (Carle) Haaland (’50E)
Sitka, Alaska

Miller Chapel Moments

The article on Miller Chapel
is indeed inspiring. Between two World Wars, I sometimes attended worship in the chapel and remember most clearly the visiting minister Kagawa. As a pastor on The College of Wooster campus, I heard him again and had a good conversation with him. When he shook hands, his hand, like his voice, was soft. But he had a grip on the gospel and was impatient with what American Christians sometimes did with the Good News.

Except for Pearl Harbor day, the most memorable day for me, as for Manfried Geisler, during the war, was the weekday chapel service when Otto Piper told us of his son’s death in battle, not far from where he had been born [see “end things” in this issue of inSpire]. Never have I heard Scripture as he read it that day, one of Paul’s triumphant passages—like Romans 8, which concludes “in all these things we are more than conquerors,” or in I Corinthians 15, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory.” I marked that passage in a Bible since worn-out from use and laid aside, so I cannot recall the exact passage—only the indelible impression of a father who lost a son, able still to celebrate the resurrection.

Thank you for your gem of history.

James R. Blackwood (’45B, ’46M)
Sarasota, Florida

Gratitude for Seminary “Home”

Every time I receive a copy of inSpire or other Seminary material, I think of PTS again. Although I have learned many new things since leaving Princeton about Christian mission in postmodern North America, I have always valued the foundational education I received there. Perhaps the fact that I have been able to continue to learn from success and failure, and adapt to both academic and professional ministry in so many ways, is a tribute to the mentoring of many at Princeton. In particular I have always been grateful for the teaching and guidance I received from Professors Diogenes Allen, Bruce Metzger, and Freda Gardner.I am one of these mobile people who never seems to return home, but the debt I carry is embedded in my lifestyle.

Thomas G. Bandy (’75B)
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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