Many of you know that I have been teaching theology and other subjects at Columbia International University for about 19 years. That chapter in my life has now come to an end.
Because of declining enrollment in the seminary and the need to get the budget in line with our upcoming accreditation visit, I and nine other CIU employees were let go: four faculty and six staff. It was a sad day when we each learned that our contracts would not be renewed for the coming year.
The Lord is teaching me and my wife Linda a great deal through this unexpected end to my full-time teaching career at CIU.
Although the release was completely unexpected, we are working our way through our emotions and seeking the Lord’s will in our situation. We have taken as our verse for this time Psalm 118:17 which says, “I will not die, but live and will proclaim what the Lord has done.” (to be continued)
July 6, 2016 at 8:20 am
Larry, could you please send me your personal email as I have a couple of messages I want to forward to you? I also want to keep in touch, but I will a little bit by reading your blog every day!!
Dr. Larry Dixon
July 8, 2016 at 4:12 pm
Of course, Joyce. My personal email is: email@example.com. I’m still getting my Outlook mail from CIU at this point. By the way, I need to bring some copies of the book I did for the last “Methods & Issues” class to you for you to get to the students, if you don’t mind. Blessings. Larry
July 6, 2016 at 9:10 am
Dear Larry: How my heart goes out to you. The loss of income is bad enough, but the sense of disrespect can be a far more difficult thing to bear. One thing is for sure. This is the Lord’s doing. You didn’t initiate it. It seems obvious that the Lord is positioning you for an even more fruitful and fulfilling ministry. Until that becomes obvious, may the Lord give you a double portion of faith in this supreme test. The Lord has used you in my life; He will yet use you in the lives of many others.
Dr. Larry Dixon
July 8, 2016 at 4:13 pm
Tom: Thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciate your encouragement in the Lord! Larry