Spring Semester 2009

Chapel Series

Spring 2009 Chapel Schedule

January 8, 2009 | January 15, 2009 | January 22, 2009 | January 29, 2009 | February 5, 2009 | February 12, 2009 | February 19, 2009 | February 26, 2009 | March 5, 2009 | March 19, 2009 | March 26, 2009 | April 2, 2009 | April 9, 2009 | April 16, 2009 | April 23, 2009 |

Chapel Services

The Chapel Services are recorded live on thursday mornings and made available online the following day. We have made the audio portion available to download via MP3 format or if you prefer to stream online via WMA format. You will need Windows Media Player to listen to the streaming format, or if you prefer, your own MP3 player to download and listen offline on your I-Pod or MP3 player.

January 8, 2009

 The first chapel service of 2009 at Truett-McConnell College featured the college’s president, Dr. Emir Caner. Dr. Caner used as his text Hebrews 1:1-8, one of the Christological passages that demonstrate Jesus’ divinity and humanity. Dr. Caner preached about Jesus Christ being superior to the angels and that we should not give up on our faith in Jesus Christ.

Dr. Caner noted three things about our Lord:

1. Jesus is the final and Supreme Word.
2. Jesus is the final and Supreme Sacrifice.
3. Jesus is the final and Supreme Exaltation.

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January 15, 2009

Reverend Jeff Crook, who is the Senior Pastor of Blackshear Place Baptist Church in Oakwood Georgia, spoke about Standing Tall on Your Knees. He challenged us to work on our prayer life. Our prayer is the lifeline to God. If we do not attend to God’s will in our life, our confidence to come before God in prayer will be hindered.

Reverend Crook shared from 1 John 5:14-15
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (NKJV)

Let us take up this challenge to spend time with God, to build our prayer life so we will have acceptance and access to our Heavenly Father.

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January 22, 2009

The music portion of the chapel program was led by TMC music major Heather Palmer, accompanied by two guitarists. Truett-McConnell president Dr. Emir Caner told the assembly first about the significance of January 21 in the Christian church: on January 21, 1525, the Free Church Movement was born in Zurich, Switzerland, calling for religious liberty and democracy. It was a momentous day in the history of the Christian church, especially the Protestant Reformation.

Dr. Caner introduced the speaker, Dr. Stephen Rummage, pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC. Dr. Rummage holds a master’s degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctorate from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Rummage used as his text a passage from 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. The topic of his address was “Our Reason for Running the Race: God’s Purpose for Our Lives.”

He established first that, from this passage of Scripture, it is clear that the purpose of the Christian’s life is to glorify God. What does that mean? It means that every day must be lived to please God, that every aspect of life will be changed, that everything a Christian does is for the purpose of glorifying God.

Dr. Rummage spoke of three motivations mentioned in this passage of Scripture that Christians have for glorifying God in their lives:

  1. The Holy Spirit lives in each Christian, and the body of each Christian is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
  2. Each Christian belongs to—is possessed by—the Father in Heaven. “You are not your own” means that each day a Christian gets up with the question, “God, what do you want of me today?”
  3. Every person who belongs to God was bought with a price. That implies that a change of ownership took place, that the person no longer belongs to himself or herself but entirely to God. The price that bought each believer was the blood and life of Jesus Christ. God did not buy his people at bargain basement prices or the lowest price he could attain but paid the highest price he could pay—the very life of his only son.

The challenge to all of us, according to Dr. Rummage, is to remember that we dare not come to Christ and offer him any less than our lives and everything we have because he gave everything he had for us.

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January 29, 2009


 The speaker, Dr. Keith Eitel, Dean of the Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, used as his text passages from the Book of Genesis to emphasize the theme of his sermon—making a leap of faith to engage in mission work. He talked about the faith of Abraham when he believed God’s message that a son would be born to him and his faith in preparing to offer Isaac as a sacrifice to God.

Dr. Eitel challenged the congregation to “place their ‘yes’ upon the altar of God.” At the end of the service, a special commissioning service was held for Truett-McConnell students who will be serving as summer missionaries in 2009.

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February 5, 2009

 Truett-McConnell president Dr. Emir Caner introduced the speaker, Dr. James G. Merritt, pastor of Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA. Dr. Merritt’s wife, Teresa, is a graduate of Truett-McConnell College, and he was instrumental in having one of the first crosses placed on top of the hill on the Truett-McConnell campus. (For story concerning the tradition of TMC’s cross on the hill, see Once Upon a Hill.)

Dr. Merritt took his text from Ecclesiastes 1. He introduced his topic by describing the author of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon, as the wealthiest, most popular, most powerful man of his time. The conclusion that Solomon drew is that all that had and had experienced is worthless: Everything is nothing when everything is all there is.


The speaker made three major points from the Scripture text:

  • Apart from God, there is no point to life.
  • Apart from God, there is no profit in life.
  • Apart from God, there is no purpose in life.

He concluded his sermon with a quote from Augustine many centuries ago: “He who has God has everything; he who does not have God has nothing; he who has God and everything has no more than he who has God alone.”

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February 12, 2009


The chapel program featured Enthroned Praise, a music group directed by Dr. John L. Davis, chairman of the Music and Fine Arts Department of the college. Members of Enthroned Praise include Bailey Dollar, Heather Palmer, Lana Palmer, Traci Lawson, Ivey Norton, Sarah Rogers, Cameron Burgamy, Andrew Hillis, Cason Moody, Evan Paul, Nathan Pillsbury, Drew Stone, Will Taylor and Trent Williams.

The group sang several pieces of contemporary Christian praise and worship music, accompanied by Jennifer White at the piano and Trent Williams at the keyboard, as well as several instrumentalists.

Trent Williams led in a brief devotional period, taking his text from Isaiah 6: “I saw the Lord high and lifted up.” He challenged the audience to ask themselves: “Am I the kind of person in whom others can see God?”

Dr. John Davis shared a time of personal testimony, talking about the grace for living our lives that God gives us. He read Psalm 23 and talked about a difficult time in his life when God provided for his needs and led him through.

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February 19, 2009

The speaker was Rev. John Smith, a 2004 graduate of Truett-McConnell College, an evangelist who lives in Washington, GA. His wife, the former Brandi Beck, is also a 2004 graduate of TMC. The couple has two sons: Elijah, 3, and Benjamin, 4 months.

He shared his testimony as a former drug addict who became a Christian shortly before he came to Truett-McConnell and whom God called into the ministry.

Using a Scripture text from 1 Peter 1:3-5, he made these three major points:

  • Verse 3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Christians have a second birth unto a lively hope.
  • Verse 4: To an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you. Christians have a sure blessing in heaven.
  • Verse 5: Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Christians have security based upon Him.

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February 26, 2009

Dr. Emir F. Caner, Truett-McConnell College president, was the speaker. He used as his text a passage from Jude 1:3-4: Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

He stated that according to recent surveys, on almost all issues, the current generation of college students is more Biblically-centered and more conservative than the previous two or three generations. However, 80% (or more) of college students don’t attend church. Then he asked the questions: “How would you defend/define your faith? What does your faith mean to you?”

He invited the listeners to be a retro church, saying that if we are to be what God wants us to be, we will be Christians according to the New Testament.

Pulling four terms from the Jude text, he talked about four characteristics of our faith:

  • It is a faith that we can and should struggle for. We have been taught an “easy believism,” but obeying God’s command means being willing to stand for our faith regardless of the consequences.
  • It is a faith that we can and should defend. God has already proved himself—the designer of all creation—and we can contend earnestly for the faith, not any faith.
  • It is a faith that is complete. Salvation is complete at the time of the new birth. We all continue our maturing process as Christians, but our salvation is a completed fact from the time we accept Christ.
  • It is a faith that we can be confident in. One of the greatest ways that we can grow in Christian maturity is to be discipled by each other—in other words, to be an active part of a church congregation. Mature Christians must go to church because Jesus Christ died for the church.

Dr. Caner concluded by saying that if we gain respect for those who have gone before us, we will never forget what God has given us.

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March 5, 2009

The chapel service featured the talent and testimony of Dennis Jernigan, a renowned singer and songwriter in the world of contemporary Christian music. A native of Oklahoma, Jernigan shared his powerful testimony about the areas of his life—particularly his homosexuality—that he had given over to Christ and how God had healed his life and his heart of the emotional problems and scars that had marked his early year.

He showed photos of his family members—the grandmother who had such a strong influence on his life—and his wife and nine children. He sang a number of his songs, accompanying himself on the piano.


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March 19, 2009

The chapel speaker was Dr. Daniel Moosbrugger, Truett-McConnell’s Vice President for Administrative Services. He brought a message from Romans 3:10, 3:23, 5:8, and 10:9-10.

The theme of his message was “Romans Road Message”. Dr. Moosbrugger explained that God provides providential crossroads. He forces us to make decisions. He has many things to show you—bigger and better things.

God challenges us to make a difference in someone’s life. Let us take up this challenge to spend time with a loved one, a neighbor or friend that need to hear the “Good News” of the Gospel.

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March 26, 2009

Truett-McConnell College Inaugurates Eighth President


In a very special service attended by approximately 700 people on Thursday, March 26, Truett-McConnell College officially installed its eighth president, Dr. Emir Fethi Caner.

Attended by TMC trustees, faculty, staff and students, as well as local area residents, friends of the college and family and friends of the Caner family, the service featured remarks by a number of Southern Baptist and Georgia Baptist leaders.

At 38, Dr. Caner is the youngest president to serve Truett-McConnell and the first former Muslim to be elected president of a Southern Baptist-affiliated college. He is married to the former Hana Titerova of Prague, Czech Republic; the couple are parents to John Mark, 6; Daniela, 4; and Anna, 1.

For additional information,

click on Gainesville Times

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April 2, 2009

Like most people, Dr. Terry Mortenson grew up in an education system that taught evolution as fact. During his first year at theUniversity of Minnesota (where he majored in math) and shortly after becoming a Christian, he began to see the fallacy of the idea of millions of years of evolution. With a Ph.D. in the history of geology from the University of Coventry in Englandand an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, Dr. Mortenson has lectured on the creation-evolution controversy in 18 countries since the late 1970s. He has spoken in homes, churches, schools (primary, middle and secondary), secular universities, Bible colleges and seminaries. Several of his popular lectures have been produced as DVDs and as TV programs. He has also participated in seven formal debates with Ph.D. evolutionary scientists in secular venues in four countries.

He is the author of numerous magazine and journal articles and several book chapters. The revised version of his PhD thesis was published as The Great Turning Point: the Church’s Catastrophic Mistake on Geology-Before Darwin (Master Books, 2004). With a deep burden for seminary professors and students, he co-edited and contributed two chapters to the scholarly 14-author book, Coming to Grips with Genesis: Biblical Authority and the Age of the Earth (Master Books, 2008). He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, has presented six creation-related papers at ETS annual meetings, and spear-headed the formation of the “Creation Consultation” sessions at the ETS annual meeting beginning in 2008. He has also helped to lead two by-invitation-only 7-day rafts trips down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon for seminary and Bible College professors and other key Christian leaders. He and his wife, Margie, have been happily married since 1976 and have eight children and three grandchildren.

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April 9, 2009

The chapel speaker, Dr. Gary Habermas, Distinguished Research Professor of Apologetics and Philosophy at Liberty University, used as his primary text a passage from 1 Corinthians and supplemented with verses from Galatians and the gospels.

He emphasized from the beginning that, although the events of history are fascinating, a Christian’s faith is not in the events of history but in the person of history–Jesus Christ. The Christian believes in Jesus, about whom the known facts are true. Using information that even the severest critics of the New Testament acknowledge to be authentic, Dr. Habermas systematically examined the question: Is the New Testament account of the resurrection true?

His main point of emphasis was that the accounts in Paul’s writings of his own information and the message that had been passed along to him by Peter, James and other eyewitnesses of the resurrected Christ date to within a year or two of the actual event of the resurrection. By any historian’s measure, those accounts can be held to be authentic and true.

He concluded with three main points that Paul made with his message of the resurrected Christ: (1) Stand firm because Christians have the best message and the strongest argument in the world, (2) Get to work, becoming more involved in the lives of others because Christians have the best reason in the world to help others, and (3) Death has been defeated because, when Jesus rose from the grave, there was nothing more that Satan could do to him. Because he lives, we also live.

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April 16, 2009

The chapel speaker was Dr. Harris Malcom, Ministry Resource Consultant for the Southwest Georgia Region of the Georgia Baptist Convention. Dr. Malcom is a 1973 graduate of Truett-McConnell College, and his wife, Phyllis Rainwater Malcom, is also an alumnus of TMC. The Malcoms are the parents of three daughters and live in Americus, GA.

Harris and Phyllis Malcom were chosen to play the roles of the parents in the movie Fireproof, recently released by Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany. Their lives have changed considerably since that time because of the fame associated with the success of the movie.

Taking his text from Psalm 119:9-11, Dr. Malcolm spoke on the topic, “How can we maintain purity in heart?” His challenge to the audience was to develope and maintain a pure heart in an impure/immoral world. His point was that, instead of following our hearts, we should be leading our hearts by feeding them with God’s word and Biblical principles, by seeding them in the soil of God’s love, and by deeding them to God as the sole owner of our lives.

Four things that we can do on a daily basis:
(1) Check our heart (where it has been, where it is now, and where it is headed)
(2) Guard our heart (against sin and its consequences)
(3) Set our heart (on an appropriate course)
(4) Invest our heart (in things that honor God).

A pure heart doesn’t happen accidentally; a pure heart happens intentionally.

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