Issue: Spring/Summer 2013

President's Reflection

No matter how many times we have met spring, it is always new. Fresh green shoots still surprise us each April as if we had never seen them before. As Christians, we should be accustomed to this pattern of eternal newness coming from what is at the same time foundational and utterly reliable. Our God, who is from everlasting to everlasting, “the same yesterday, today, and forever” is also the grand innovator — creating “new hearts” (Ezekiel 36:26); issuing “new commandments” (John 13:34); revealing “new covenants” (I Corinthians 11:25); making us into “new creations” (II Corinthians 5:17); and promising ultimately a “new heaven and a new earth” (Revelation 21:1).

This God who is at work in all generations “making all things new” is our model at Houghton College. In our work as students, faculty and alumni, we seek to imitate our God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — in the eternal work of innovation and regeneration. Through studying the Scriptures, analyzing texts, producing or performing a work of art, exploring the natural world, we are about the task of creatively applying longstanding truths to new circumstances, prompting new answers through asking new questions, inviting deeper understanding through an artistic performance, and translating historic realities into new language to meet today’s challenges and opportunities.

In this issue, you will be inspired by the stories of Houghton faculty and alumni who are about the work of innovation in a wide range of disciplines and in many circumstances around the world. Some of the stories are dramatic. Some reflect
the quiet and daily creativity that ought to characterize each of our lives. May you be surprised by God’s ever-renewing work in your own life.

Grace and Peace to you.

Shirley A. Mullen, Class of 1976


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