Originally published in Southern Seminary’s Towers – http://equip.sbts.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Towers-June-2017-web.pdf
In December 2001, Jane Kratz said “yes” to the man she would marry. His name was Stephan. Before their marriage, her pastor’s wife, Annemarie Lombard, asked, “Jane are you sure this is what you want?” She didn’t ask this question because of a f law in Stephan’s character or concerns that they were incompatible. Lombard asked her this question because she knew that Stephan could die at any moment.
“He is my best friend and I am going to have to deal with his death one way or another. Yes, I am sure I want to marry him,” was Jane’s reply. She knew that Stephan had cystic fibrosis, an incurable, genetic disease that progressively worsens throughout a person’s lifetime. But since her conversion when she was about 30, Jane had prayed for the Lord to send her a godly husband. Continue reading “Southern Story-Blessing the bereaved: JANE KRATZ TURNED HER GRIEF INTO MINISTRY”
Originally published in Southern Seminary’s Towers – http://equip.sbts.edu/publications/towers/towers-issue/2017/may-2017/monks-meditation-matthew/
Growing up in Vietnam, Giang Tran had never heard the word “Christian” in his life. As far as he can recall, he’d never even met a Christian. His entire family was Buddhist, and he grew up in a culture steeped in ancestor worship.
In second grade, after the death of his grandfather, he began to ponder the meaning of life. Buddhism taught reincarnation and karma, and Tran realized, “I have a problem: I love fried chicken. But I don’t want to be fried!” Continue reading “Monks, meditation, and Matthew: A VIETNAMESE STUDENT’S ROAD TO FAITH”
Originally published at Southern Seminary Towers – http://equip.sbts.edu/publications/towers/towers-type/towers-featured-article/540-1040-skateboarders-journey-sbts/
Freddy Sinarahua almost didn’t make it to the meeting he thought was a job interview because he had plans to be hungover that morning. He’d just finished college and now passed his time partying his life away as a semi-pro skateboarder in Lima, Peru. He spent his days giving lessons at the skate park and representing his brand — and his evenings drinking, smoking and partying. For some reason though, he couldn’t bring himself to go out and party the night before.
“Freddy, you need to get a job,” his mother had been telling him. “You went to college for five years. It’s not possible that you’re going to keep doing what you are doing right now, which is nothing.” Continue reading “From a 540 to the 10/40: A skateboarder’s journey to SBTS”