God calls us to lay aside our doubts and believe in Christ:
Jesus said, "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have faith.”
The hearts of the saints have been refreshed (Philemon 7).
Every year at this time we bid farewell to our seminary interns. This has been the year of the two “Matt’s”: Matt Arildsen and Matt Rucker. Believe me, there have been some confusing moments in the church office when people ask for “Matt.” Which one? Matt A? Matt R? Matt R? We’ve managed to deal. Otherwise, these two young men have served faithfully and well. They will be missed!
Matt Arildsen: During my internship, I’ve had opportunities to minister to various church groups, from third graders, to middle schoolers, to young adults, to the general congregation, to older adults, to those with serious infirmities. God has taught me how love is tied practically to respect and dignity. The imperative to love our neighbors has its origin in humanity’s common imaging of God. So it’s not surprising that one of the ways to love people is to take them seriously when they are being serious. Through every stage of life, we face different affronts to our dignity. The infirm face different circumstances from third graders, but they share that same image-bearing worth that warrants love and respect. My internship has been an opportunity to love people as bearers of God’s image. I’m thankful for the pastors, staff, and congregants that have helped make that possible.
Matt Rucker: One of the most valuable gifts I have been given during my internship is the gift of discernment and clarity about where it is God is leading Madeline and me: specifically, towards ministry in the church. I have always felt a calling to minister, but doubted that I could ever handle it. My time at Stone Hill has affirmed that I can, in fact, handle pastoral ministry, and that the Lord has gifted me for teaching and serving in his church. This directional clarity is such a blessing, and I will always be grateful for the wonderful season of discernment God has blessed me with here. Madeline and I will always be grateful for the fellowship and love we have received from Stone Hill.