No Respecter of Persons

Pastor Mitchell Bland of The Sanctuary UPC in Hazelwood, Missouri asked me to teach the Adult Bible Class on October 30, 2022. This was the day scheduled for All Nations Sunday, and I taught from Acts 10 and Acts 15, texts capturing the idea that salvation is available for all, regardless of their their ethnic roots.
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Writing well.

I recently came across this short video I recorded before my retirement from UGST. I think it is one of several videos on a variety of subjects our faculty recorded to help prepare online students for their experience. Although you may not be studying online at any school, you may find this helpful.
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Is Thy Heart Right With God?

It has been a while since I have posted a piano video, but our friends ask for them. This morning Susan and I were going about the house singing “Is Thy Heart Right With God?” As she was preparing breakfast, I sat down at the piano to play this song. Here she came with her phone, so here it is! I hope you enjoy it.
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A visit to the seminary classroom via the Book of Proverbs

Today as I worked on writing a lesson for God’s Word for Life, the curriculum published by the United Pentecostal Church International, I came upon a video recording of a classroom session at Urshan Graduate School of Theology. The video features the first session of a series on the Book of Proverbs. I thought some readers of my blog may be interested to see what goes on in a seminary classroom, so here it is!

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The Ten Commandments

The Sanctuary UPC, located in Hazelwood, Missouri, uses the Sunday school curriculum published by the United Pentecostal Church International. Mitchell Bland is the pastor of this church, and each Sunday morning all classes study the same Bible lesson so that the entire family can be involved with the same text of Scripture each week.

On the adult level, the teachers rotate from week to week. On September 18, 2022, I taught the lesson on The Ten Commandments. I chose to focus on the prophetic significance of the fourth commandment, the Sabbath.

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We arrive in Orlando!

This afternoon Susan and I arrived in Orlando, Florida via Southwest Airlines to attend the 2022 general conference of the United Pentecostal Church International. Several of our friends were on board with us. Our flight was pleasant and uneventful. More than 16,000 people are registered for the convention.

As we approached the baggage claim area to retrieve our luggage, it was our intention to seek out an Uber driver to arrange transportation to our hotel. Instead, an Uber driver already in the area offered his services. We accepted and enjoyed the trip to the Hyatt Regency, a beautiful hotel connected to the conference venue by 3 walkways.

Our only negative experience so far had to do with my CPAP machine. When we got into our hotel room, it was nowhere to be found. I knew we had brought the CPAP, so I descended the 13 floors to discuss the matter with the hotel staff. Here’s the story:

As we entered the car, our driver appropriately placed all our luggage in the storage area behind the back seat of the SUV. When we arrived at the hotel, the staff there removed our bags while the driver remained in the car to accept payment. The staff member who removed our luggage from the car brought the items into the hotel, where a bellman transported them to our room. As I looked about the room in search of my trusty CPAP, I interpreted the bellman’s nod toward the couch to mean it was behind the couch. But when he left, the area toward which he had nodded held no CPAP.

So I wound up in a conversation with the staff member who brought our luggage into the hotel, the bellman who carried it to our room, and another hotel employee of higher rank. The latter two of the three acknowledged that they both needed a CPAP because of their snoring, or at least that’s what their wives thought, if I understood them correctly.

The first of the three apparently didn’t sense any need for a CPAP, which may mean he was unmarried. Instead, he assured us he had left the driver’s briefcase in the car.

Now you know! Of course the driver had not left a briefcase in the car along with our luggage!

The top-ranking hotel staff member helpfully called the Uber driver and arranged for him to return to the hotel with my CPAP.

I will sleep well tonight.

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Celebrating Our Ninth Anniversary!

Yesterday Susan and I celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary. On June 13, 2013, God answered my prayer and informed me that Susan Fuller was the person I could invite to go with me to the Ambassadors of Harmony concert who would accept my invitation and enjoy the event. The concert was scheduled for Saturday evening, June 15, 2013.

Not only did we both enjoy the music, but when I asked her nine days later, “Will you marry me,” she answered, “Yes, I will!” One of our friends who was also at the concert, P. D. Buford, predicted we would marry before the General Conference of the United Pentecostal Church International that Fall.

He was right!

Our story has been published in the Pentecostal Herald, now known as Pentecostal Life, in a book by Norma Clanton titled Letters from Friends, which consists of stories of the loss of spouses and later expanded with an introduction by Scott Graham as A Light in Darkness: Stories of Grief and Loss. This edition of the book includes accounts not only of the loss of spouses but also parents and children.

The story of our marriage has also been published in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Therefore, I will not tell it again here.

In celebration, we spent the evening at the Seven Gables Inn, located in Clayton, Missouri, a historic hotel built in 1926 and restored in 2020.

Today is the first day of our tenth year of marriage, and on October 3 we will be on our way to our next general conference!

Susan struggles a bit to get the ring on Daniel’s finger!

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God Chose a Day of Rest

I am scheduled to teach the Adult Bible Class at The Sanctuary UPC, located in Hazelwood, Missouri, this next Sunday, September 18, 2022. Mitchell Bland is our pastor. The class will begin at 10 A.M. and continue until 10:45 A.M. Throughout all classes, we follow the curriculum God’s Word for Life, published by the Pentecostal Publishing House.

Next Sunday’s lesson is included in Series 1: The God of Deliverance, and its focus is on the Ten Commandments.

We will not, of course, be able to discuss all ten commandments thoroughly during our forty-five minutes, and that is why I have posted the article below. I wrote this article, “God Chose a Day of Rest: The Principle of the Sabbath,” and it was published in the January 2018 issue of “Pentecostal Life.” All of the ten commandments are important, but I plan to focus on the prophetic significance of the fourth commandment.

How did the fourth commandment anticipate the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ? The answer to that question is the essence of this article.

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“The New Birth,” Second Session, Purpose Institute

Daniel Segraves, Ph.D.

I am in the process of teaching the course on The New Birth for Purpose Institute. The second session will meet this coming Saturday, September 10, 2022 on the campus of New Life Church in Cabot, Arkansas. It will also be available on Zoom.

The session begins at 10:40 A.M. and concludes at 1:10 P.M. After this Saturday, the class will meet twice more on October 15 and November 5 with the same schedule. I will teach on Zoom, and Larry Gimnich, Associate Pastor of New Life Church, will host the on-campus presence of Purpose Institute. He can be reached by email at lgimnich@newlife.com.

I have taught courses for Purpose Institute for quite a few years, including The New Birth, and I look forward to the opportunity to present material I have not offered before.[archive]

Finally, the thesis.

On July 18, 2022, my post was titled “My Journey from Theory to Thesis.” It was the story of my development of a theory concerning the identity of “that which is perfect” (I Corinthians 13:10). If you have not read that post, I encourage you to do so before reading further in this one.

My original plan was to share my M.A. in Exegetical Theology thesis online in short sections, but I have changed my mind. Instead, I will post the approval page here, followed by the full thesis.

The thesis, titled “That Which is Perfect (I Corinthians 13:10): A Non-Eschatological Approach,” is a seventy-nine page document I wrote as my final project in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Exegetical Theology after three and one-half years of study at Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, now known as Western Seminary (Portland, Oregon). The degree was granted on June 26, 1993.

At the request of M. James Sawyer, Ph.D., one of the faculty members who read and approved the thesis, I presented a forty-nine page condensed version of the thesis at the West Coast meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.

Here is the approval page:

And here is the thesis:

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