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January 29, 2018
Good Morning,
Greetings to each of you on a beautiful Monday morning! The beginning of another week brings with it the opportunity for us to worship together at 10:00 and hear a message from Dr. David Hamilton, a BMC alumnus and trustee and pastor of West Heights Baptist Church in Pontotoc.

Despite some challenges posed by winter weather, the spring semester is off to a great start. For a record spring enrollment of 578 we say thanks be to God! To celebrate this great number and God’s favor we will gather at 2:30 this afternoon in the foyer of the admin to express our thanksgiving and to enjoy a special treat. Please plan to join in the celebration at 2:30.

Please join me in congratulating our Lady Toppers who are riding a three-game winning streak and our Topper baseball team for winning the series over LSU-Shreveport in their season opener. Our varsity basketball teams are on the road this week. Head over to Tyler tonight and tomorrow night for JV doubleheaders. The JV women will be in action again Thursday night at home. Topper tennis begins this week as well—best wishes to Coach Creekmore and team for a great season. Please pray for Coach Creekmore’s husband, Sam today as he undergoes surgery at 11:30 in Columbus. The home opener for Topper baseball is Friday with a doubleheader at the BMC Sportsplex.

I will be on the road Friday attending the ten-year anniversary observance of the F-4 tornado which destroyed much of Union University’s campus. We join with our colleagues at Union in thanking God for His providence and protection. Monday through Wednesday of next week I will be in Washington D.C. attending the NAICU meeting.

See you at 2:30 this afternoon!


Barbara C. McMillin
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President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18


Posted by Monday Messages on January 29, 2018 at 10:32 AM
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January 8, 2018
Welcome Back!
It is great to see students returning and the campus springing back to life after the holiday break. I had the pleasure this morning of meeting a group of new students to BMC during their orientation session. Join me today in extending a warm welcome to these individuals as they begin their first semester on the Hill.

The start of a new semester is always a busy time, but I encourage you to take time to join in prayer for our special worship services scheduled for January 22 with Voddie Baucham. All are invited to join in a time of corporate prayer daily at 4:15 in the auditorium this week and next week.

Clint Gannon, our assistant athletic director, has announced that he will be leaving BMC to follow a new employment opportunity. We are grateful for Clint’s service and wish him the very best as he pursues this new venture. His last day on campus will be this Friday.

I will be traveling on Friday to represent BMC at the winter meeting of the Education Commission at MC.

Blessings to all for a great start to Spring 2018!


Barbara C. McMillin
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President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18


Posted by Monday Messages on January 8, 2018 at 2:00 PM
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January 3, 2018
Happy New Year!
I hope that you enjoyed a blessed and restful break. A single-digit day with a near zero wind chill makes getting back into the swing of things a bit more challenging, but I am nevertheless glad to return and partner with each of you as we launch the spring semester of 2018.

Did you happen to see the full “wolf moon” that lit up the sky last night and early this morning? What a gorgeous site! I was reminded of Matthew 5:16: “In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” As we begin a new season of teaching and learning at BMC, let us commit this semester to glorifying God in all the good works He has given us the privilege of doing. In all that is pursued and accomplished, may He and He alone receive the glory!

We are now less than three weeks away from the arrival of our special guest Voddie Baucham on January 22. Voddie will speak to us from God’s word in chapel that morning and that evening. I invite you to circle this special time of worship with me in prayer daily. All who wish to pray corporately for Voddie and for the services on January 22 are invited to gather daily at 4:15 in the auditorium beginning today through January 19.

Please continue to pray for the family of Mrs. Lucille Travis.

Blessings to all for a productive and joyful 2018!


Barbara C. McMillin
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President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18


Posted by Monday Messages on January 3, 2018 at 2:44 PM
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November 27, 2017
Good Morning,

Today marks the beginning of “dead week,” which means we have reached that critical point in the semester when faculty and students are intensely focused on finishing well. I pray that each of you will have the time, energy, and determination to press on through these final challenging days of the 2017 fall semester toward a strong finish.

We are pleased to welcome as our chapel speaker today Dr. Jerry Rankin, former president of the International Mission Board. On Friday we will enjoy our annual Christmas concert featuring members of the BMC Chorale.

Congratulations are in order for the charter members of Alpha Lambda Delta, the freshman honorary society. These students will be initiated tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 at Armstrong: William Douglas Bain, Edward Britt Bender, Luke Steven Bennett, Taylor O-Lynn Collins, Jacob Mitchell Derrick, Jacob Ryan Heffner, Noah Walton Hill, Hailey Elizabeth Horne, Kyler Andrew Mahar, Dustin Elliott Matlock, Abigail Taylor Mattox, Harrison Christopher Moss, Taylor Dee Smith, Richard Dalton Tudor, Faith Ann Walgenbach, Mallory Marie Wooldridge.

Two very special Christmas events are on the calendar for this week. Tonight at 7:00 the SBA will host its annual Christmas party, including a reading of “Twas the Night before Christmas.” Don your favorite Christmas sweater and join us for this annual tradition in the SUB. On Friday evening “Lessons and Carols” will be held in the auditorium at 7:00. For many, this special service signals the beginning of the beautiful Christmas season. This year’s program will include our Chorale as well as Blue Sound (the BMC band), and Impact (our drama team). I encourage you to make this a part of your holiday traditions.

Topper basketball fans have plenty of options this week. Our JV women are in action at home Tuesday night. The varsity men and women play Thursday and Saturday at home. Come out and cheer the Toppers on to victory!

Finally, tomorrow is “Topper Tuesday,” our name for our annual giving day. Follow the happenings all day on social media—and be sure to like and share so that more folks can learn about BMC. This year’s “theme” focuses on our “God-sized dream” for Blue Mountain College.

Blessings to all for a productive “dead week”!

Barbara C. McMillin
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President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18


Posted by Monday Messages on November 27, 2017 at 12:53 PM
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November 20, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving Week to All!

Among the host of blessings for which I am grateful is the opportunity to serve at Blue Mountain College alongside each of you. For each gifted faculty member and each dedicated staff member I give thanks. For each faithful trustee I give thanks. For each BMC student I give thanks. For each loyal donor and friend I give thanks. “Abounding in thanksgiving” (Colossians 2:6), I say thanks be to God for His unspeakable favor to us individually and to Blue Mountain College. May you and your family enjoy a restive season of reflecting on your blessings.

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Jerri Lamar Kantack has been chosen as the 2017-18 HEADWAE faculty honoree at Blue Mountain College. Catherine Snyder has been selected as the student honoree. Dr. Kantack and Catherine will be invited to attend the 31st Annual Higher Education Appreciation Day—Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) program, scheduled for Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at the Jackson Marriott Hotel. Congratulations!

To allow everyone ample time to prepare the turkey for the big day, offices will close at 4:30 on Tuesday and reopen at 8:00 on Monday, November 27.

Happy Thanksgiving!



Barbara C. McMillin
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President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18


Posted by Monday Messages on November 20, 2017 at 12:52 PM
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November 6, 2017
Good Afternoon,

I begin this week’s Monday Message asking that each of you remember in prayer the families affected by yesterday’s shooting at Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church near San Antonio, Texas. We pray for those who are grieving and for those who are recovering. May God grant them an extra measure of grace and peace.

The BMC blessing list is exceptionally long this week. Among the host of things for which we give thanks is the wonderful day we enjoyed last Friday as we celebrated Founders Day. Dr. Ron Madison challenged us to consider our legacy during Founders Day chapel and our own drama team, Impact, inspired us with their personal stories during the scholarship luncheon. Avery Thorn, Myra Gilmore, Hope Brown, and Logan McCoy expressed their gratitude for the generous support of our scholarship donors, representing all recipients very well. Macy Gibson, Nicholas McGlown, Joseph Taylor, and Dr. Darwin Brooks provided a beautiful musical interlude prior to the meal. Kudos once again to Chelsey Griffin for her leadership of the scholarship luncheon and to Kayce Bragg for her work on the Founders Day and Topper Fest activities. Congratulations as well to the cast and crew of Amahl and the Night Visitors; it was a lovely production.

I am thrilled to report that the BMC XC teams had a very impressive showing last Friday, with our men bringing home third place and our women capturing first place in the SSAC Conference Championship. As if that weren’t enough, our team won the sportsmanship award and Coach Laney earned Coach of the Year honors. If you are keeping track, this is two years in a row for our women. Go Toppers!

Congrats to Coach Bingham and the varsity men’s basketball team for their big win Friday night over Belhaven. The only home basketball action this week is Thursday evening when the varsity guys take on Crowley’s Ridge at 6:00 in Tyler. Varsity women and JV men and women are on the road.

I’ll be on the road myself part of the week with meetings in Atlanta on Wednesday and Thursday.

We will have special guests on campus Thursday evening as Dr. Kenny Digby hosts the Christian Action Commission banquet on our campus.

Days of class left: 15 (counting today) plus exams! Make the most of your time and prepare to finish well!

Fall at Armstrong!

Barbara C. McMillin
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President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18


Posted by Monday Messages on November 6, 2017 at 12:51 PM
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October 30, 2017
Greetings to all on this chilly Monday!

I begin with a word of congratulations to the BMC Chorale for their outstanding performance Saturday evening with the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Commemorating the music of World War I and World War II, the entire performance was stellar. Thank you, Dr. Long and Chorale members, for representing BMC so well.

Today begins another extremely busy week at Blue Mountain College. Several of us will be traveling to Jackson today to participate in the annual meeting of the Mississippi Baptist Convention. This year is a special one for BMC with our own Dr. Ronald Meeks delivering the convention sermon on Tuesday afternoon. Please say a prayer for Dr. Meeks as he prepares for this special service.

We look forward on Friday to welcoming many guests to our campus for our annual Founders Day celebration. Dr. Ron Madison will be our speaker during the 10:00 program. We will express our gratitude to our many scholarship donors at the annual scholarship luncheon following the program.

Amahl and the Night Visitors, a one-act opera, premiers this week with a matinee on Wednesday at 10:30 and performances Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30. Our Fine Arts faculty and students have worked diligently to prepare for what will certainly be a magnificent evening of entertainment.

Students, let me encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to complete your required FAFSA paperwork tomorrow. Between 9:00 and 3:00 our financial aid staff will be available in the conference room of the SUB to assist you in completing this critical step in the registration process. Bring your laptop and your FSA ID username and password. Get this done tomorrow so you don’t have to worry with this later.

Make weekend plans now to participate in Saturday’s Topper Fest and in the presentation of our Homecoming Court. With a host of vendors selling their wares you should have no trouble checking some names off of your Christmas list. The Fest begins at 9:00 and the homecoming celebration happens at 12:30 in the MLB. Congratulations to our homecoming maids and to their escorts.

Topper athletes will be covering lots of ground this week; check the website for specifics. Thursday evening will afford the only opportunity for home action as the varsity women’s basketball team takes on Williams Baptist at 6:00 in Tyler Gymnasium.

Happy Homecoming!


Barbara C. McMillin
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President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18


Posted by Monday Messages on October 30, 2017 at 12:49 PM
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