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Leading off with the president

January 25, 2013

Celebrating the faith of those before us

I turned to a favorite chapter for my devotions today: Hebrews 11. A friend of Dordt College and a mentor of mine died just days before this issue of the Voice went to press.

Dr. John B. Hulst, Dordt’s second president, came to Dordt College to teach theology in 1968 and was president from 1982 to 1996. He passed away on February 8, 2013, in Pella, Iowa, with his loving and devoted partner in the gospel, Louise, at his side.

Hebrews 11 is a biblical memory book of God’s provision of faith-filled leaders through the ages. The chapter begins:

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”

The chapter goes on to list Abel, Abraham, Moses, Samuel, and others whose faith was sure and who lived lives of faithful service to God. Reading and praying this chapter as I mourn John’s death was a gift of the Holy Spirit to me. For those of you who knew John, I’d recommend reading Hebrews 11 as your devotion as well—and say a prayer of thanks and praise to God for John’s life while you also ask God for peace for his family as they celebrate and mourn.

As I live and learn together on this campus with our current students, I’m reminded of and energized by God’s faithfulness in calling and equipping a people—the church—to be his hands and feet in the world. The students here today will take up the work from those who have gone before, by faith, and will experience the joy and privilege of serving the Triune God, our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend. And God will continue to bring forth new servants to lead, until he comes again.

As you read this issue of the Voice, please thank God for John Hulst’s contributions to Dordt College and to Christ’s kingdom and accept my thanks for your role in helping Dordt College equip the next generation of Christian leaders for faithful leadership.


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