81st Annual Convocation

September 15, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009
PRESIDING
President Peter A. Lillback, PhD
PRELUDE
Vince Treadway, piano     
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Peter A. Lillback, PhD
President
CALL TO WORSHIP
Carl R. Trueman, PhD
Vice President for Academic Affairs
HYMN OF PRAISE
New Songs of Celebration Render
Hymn 14
PRAYER  OF ADORATION AND CONFESSION
Vern S. Poythress, PhD
Professor of New Testament Interpretation
SCRIPTURE READING
Romans 9:1-8
Steven Ko, MDiv Student
ADDRESS
“Can God Be Trusted?”               
David B. Garner, PhD
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
Vice President for Advancement
HYMN OF RESPONSE
The Heavens Declare Your Glory, Lord
Hymn 138
RESPONSIVE READING
Psalm 119:89-112
John S. Leonard, PhD
Associate Professor of Practical Theology
GREETING THE ENTERING STUDENTS
Peter A. Lillback, PhDPresident
HYMN
O Lord, I Love You, My Shield, My Tower
Hymn 620
CLOSING PRAYER
Gregory C. Hobaugh, ThM
Dean of Students and Ministerial Formation
POSTLUDE
Dr. Trueman and Dr. Lillback singing hymn 14

 Dr. Garner facing a new generation of WTS students at 2009 Convocation

"In Romans 8, we have a climax of confidence.  In Romans 9, we have a crisis of credibility..."


"Has the Word of God failed? Paul writes here as a pastor...many of you are going to go into pastoral ministry...after serving for some years...you will know biographies of obedience and biographies of sorrow..."

Dr. Garner diving into Romans 9 at 2009 Convocation

"Why does Paul call us to trust in God's Word? Because it is the Word of God..."


"I love speaking to our 50 year year alumni about their Westminster experience. Recently one said to me, 'I remember not just the content of lectures but also how the faculty loved the Word of God..."


"Do we love the Word of God or do we love what we do with it?"

  2009 Convocation attendees