After Southern Seminary’s chapel service yesterday, Dr. R. Albert Mohler informed the student body about the tumor in his colon and his upcoming surgery. After the announcement, Dr. Russell Moore called for a special time of prayer for Dr. Mohler, and the student body gathered around to lay hands on him.
Dr. Tom Schreiner voiced the prayer in behalf of the Seminary family. Listening to Dr. Moore’s remarks and Dr. Schreiner’s prayer reminds me of what a great, sovereign, gracious Christ we serve. Both of these clips were encouraging to me, and I hope they will be to you too.
Dr. Russell Moore’s Remarks
Dr. Tom Schreiner’s Intercessory Prayer
Here is a transcription of Dr. Moore’s remarks:
‘I’d like to ask for us to have a time of prayer right now: a time of prayer of thanksgiving, that the Lord enabled the doctors to find this when they did, so that it can be treated; a time of prayer for the healing of the president in a very quick and rapid way, knowing that our God is a Father who listens to the cries of his children; and also a prayer for all of us, that we would follow the president’s leadership in the way that he is responding to the crises and trials that he has had with his health this year.
‘You know, all of us in this room have come here different ways, but most of us are here because of his leadership. Some of us came here as students because we believe in his vision. Some of us came here as faculty members because he brought us here because of his vision.
‘He taught us as soon as he got here that we ought to take seriously what the Word of God says: God is sovereign, He speaks truthfully. “Don’t just do something; stand there.”
‘He’s taught us since then that we ought to be carrying out the mission of Christ all over the world. “Don’t just stand there; do something.”
‘Now let’s pray that we will all see the way in which a man of God responds to crises, that we might learn in his life, not just his words: “Don’t just do something; kneel there.”‘
Note: Dr. Moore makes an allusion to Dr. Mohler’s 1993 chapel sermon that launched the reformation of Southern Seminary. The title is “Don’t Just Do Something; Stand There!”, and you can read it here.