We were privileged to open a new chapel today at IWU. It is a magnificent building that will make graduations much easier. Although we are staying with two chapels, we were able to house everyone in one service today.
My favorite part of the service today, strangely, was the closing prayer of Joan Bardsley, wife of the late Rev. Harold Bardsley. She spoke vibrantly of her husband's enthusiasm for the ministry of IWU and his excitement about this chapel, which unfortunately he was not able to see opened.
I hope God will help us keep that spirit of spontaneity and spiritual vibrancy amid the professionalism and traditional academics that seem so much the new emphasis of our current phase of existence. May IWU continue to be a living, Spirit-filled, personable, exciting and entrepeneurial place to be, as well as a place of increasing respectability and traditional rigor!