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A Word From the Head

April 17, 2014
Mr. Rod Gilbert, Head of School

Grandparents, Resurrection, Quilts and Tobacco

You possess a treasure deep in your soul if your grandparents demonstrated a belief in the material, bodily, historically truthful resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Silver and gold are nice. Resurrection of the Savior transforms. In fact, Paul affirmed, if we do not have the resurrection, then we have NOTHING.

Some of you may recall as a little child standing in uncomfortable church pews while holding a bigger than life Hymnal, hearing your grandparents sing with full gusto “Up from the grave He arose!! With a mighty triumph o’ver His foes, He arose a Victor from the dark domain, And He live forever, with His saints to reign. He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!” Robert Lowry blessed Christendom when he penned those words in 1874.

Some of our Regents grandparents are already on the other side in heaven. My Papa and Granny Olive are there. Angie’s Grandpa and Grandma Baker are there. My Papa Love is there. Deep, deep spiritual lineage abounds. My Granny Love still lives in Raleigh, NC at the stout, youthful age of 94. What a woman!

Those people were broken and not perfect. But, I tell you what, they all fully believed in the power of the resurrection of Christ, and they all made sure that I knew it.

Please approach me at Grandparents Day and let’s swap stories. Even better, please introduce me to your family tomorrow. I want to hear about their stories. And, if they want to hear mine, I am bringing some quilts that my Granny Olive made along with two quilts that Angie made. There’s nothing like swapping quilting stories. For those that prefer a man story, let's talk about my Papa Olive who was a respectable tobacco farmer. Godly yes – but he was also a rascal. I imagine that phrase also describes many of the grandfathers who will be walking in our Plaza tomorrow – godly rascals.


Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior,
Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!


Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes,
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Vainly they watch His bed, Jesus my Savior;
Vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!


Death cannot keep its Prey, Jesus my Savior;
He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!

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You possess a treasure deep in your soul if your grandparents demonstrated a belief in the material, bodily, historically truthful resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Silver and gold are nice. Resurrection of the Savior transforms. In fact, Paul affirmed, if we do not have the resurrection, then we have NOTHING.
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Rod Gilbert
Head of School

B.S. Economics
M. Divinity, Mid Amer Sem
Ph.D. (candidate) S Baptist Sem
Interests: soccer, Alpine dairy goats

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