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President Ergun Caner Speaks on “The People in Your Neighborhood”

Chapel Worship
Brewton-Parker students worship during the Feb. 4 chapel service.
God's Gospel Group
Lead singer of God’s Gospel Choir Dionte Smith praises God while leading worship.

By Lauren Moye

BPC Staff Writer

MOUNT VERNON— “For somebody in this room today, this text is for you,” President Ergun Caner stated in his opening address to Brewton-Parker College’s students, faculty, and staff. “For some Christians, the single hardest moment and Achilles heel is contained in this text.” His Feb. 4 message was a continuation from the last chapel’s message and was subtitled, “These are the People in Your Neighborhood.” The text came from John 9:13-29.

Caner told BPC students, “Even though we’re from different generations, I still submit to you that there are certain commonalities between us.” He went on to describe humorous caricatures of different people who are present in every generation of students at every college. These people include such types as Activist Amy, who majors in twenty different clubs instead of a degree and Frank the Flexor, who works out twenty hours a day. But the last one, Caner went on to explain, “has always been with us. His name is Hyper Holy Harry.” According to Caner, Hyper Holy Harry is the same kind of person as the Pharisees with whom Jesus addressed in the gospel text.

President Ergun Caner talks about how to spot a Pharisee as he continues his chapel series in John 9. (Photos by Mandy Corbin)

President Ergun Caner talks about how to spot a Pharisee as he continues his chapel series in John 9.

(Photos by Mandy Corbin)

The President told students, “The hardest lesson for you will be to sift between everyone who claims to be your friend and everyone who really is your friend.” Later, Caner added, “Pharisees are never your friends. They will rob you of your joy.”

Dr. Caner gave six ways to spot a Pharisee. First, Pharisees need a crowd before they speak, as seen in John 9:17. He stated that the need for making conflict into a public spectacle is in contradiction to the Biblical mandate for direct confrontation between Christians. “Walk away from the person who always drags you into drama,” Caner stated. Second, Pharisees attack character instead of theology. In verse 18 of the text, the Pharisees set out to prove the healed man was lying about being blind. As part of this quest, the Pharisees went to the healed man’s parents. The President indicated that the third sign of a Pharisee is how they drag friends into drama. He taught that Pharisees also make assumptions, abuse their victim, and display arrogance.

“Beware the man who has firm convictions, but no compassion,” Caner said. He concluded his message by saying, “I don’t follow Christ because of Christians. I follow Christ because of who He is.”

God’s Gospel Choir provided music for the worship segment of chapel. This was the 4th of 15 chapels scheduled for the Spring 2014 semester.

Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college south of Macon and north of Jacksonville, FL. The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.

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The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application
of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.
 
Brewton-Parker College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Brewton-Parker College.
 
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February 6, 2014 3:48 PM