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January 4, 2016
Happy New Year!

I trust that everyone has enjoyed the time away. This is the day of the new year when our resolutions become official—or at least that is how I approach them. (It’s tough starting a diet or exercise program when you are technically still “on holiday”!) As we begin 2016 I would like to share with you a challenge that a friend shared with me several years ago. As I re-read this challenge just this morning, I resolved afresh to pursue these attitudes and actions in 2016:

1. Let’s be more amazed that we are forgiven than that we are right.
2. Let’s focus on the magnificent things we hold in common.
3. Let’s look for, and assume, the best motive in others’ viewpoints, especially when we disagree.
4. Let’s avoid gossiping altogether.
5. Let’s identify evidences of grace in each other and speak them to each other and about each other.
6. Let’s speak criticism directly to each other if we feel the need to speak at all.

A source of encouragement to me each day is the email devotional that I receive from Bible Gateway with excerpts from the writings of A.W. Tozer. It’s called “Tozer on Christian Leadership.” If you are looking for a new devotional to start off the new year, I recommend that you subscribe to this one.

We will start the new year off with some great basketball action tonight in Tyler Gymnasium. Both teams take on Brewton Parker. The women play at 5:30 followed by the men at 7:30. Come out and cheer on our Toppers! Both teams will be on the road Thursday and Saturday.

This year our Board of Trustees is taking the lead in making prayer a priority at BMC. The first quarterly prayer meeting will be this Friday at 11:00 in the sanctuary of Lowrey Memorial. Bro. Randy Bostick will lead our prayer time as we focus on thanking God for His blessings upon our College and on lifting up our petitions for BMC. You are welcome to attend if your schedule permits.


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

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9

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Posted by Monday Messages on January 4, 2016 at 3:29 PM
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November 30, 2015
Welcome back!

It is the last Monday of class as next Monday will mark the first day of final exams. For students, this is a season of heightened anticipation, a time of anxiously awaiting both the tests and the results. As the calendar turns to December, the anticipation that accompanies Christmas affects us all. During this “most wonderful time of the year,” there are family traditions and holiday experiences that we each eagerly await. Perhaps some of you are like me and think Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas if for some reason you miss seeing your favorite holiday movie (White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Danny Kay), listening for your favorite holiday song (“Angels among Us” and “White Christmas”), singing along to your favorite carol (“Silent Night”), wearing your ugly Christmas sweater (I’ll definitely be wearing mine), and joining your family in your own special traditions (we “camp out” under the Christmas tree on the eve of Christmas eve).

However, while these traditions are certainly to be enjoyed, they are not the things to be most greatly anticipated. During this first week of Advent, let us ponder anew the prophecy found in Micah 5:2: "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times." Even in the midst of these busy and demanding days, may we not lose sight of the fulfillment of our greatest need: the birth of our Savior, Jesus the Christ.

Today Dr. Ronnie Barefield will lead us in worship during the chapel hour. On Thursday we will devote our attention to celebrating the coming of the Messiah during our annual Lessons and Carols program at 6:00 at Lowrey Memorial. For many, this special and beautiful service marks the beginning of the Christmas season. This event is open to the public; we hope you will join us in this celebration.

Prior to the Lessons and Carols service on Thursday evening, faculty, staff, and students are invited to Armstrong for the annual Christmas open house from 4:00 until 5:30.

Tonight our men will take on Freed-Hardeman at 7:00 in Tyler Gymnasium; they will face Morthland at 7:30 on Thursday. The women are on the road this week. Plan to come out tonight and Thursday to show our guys your support!

On Saturday Dr. Sharon Enzor’s mother went home to be with the Lord. Please keep Dr. Enzor and her family in your prayers.

I will be traveling this Saturday to Dallas and then on to Houston for the annual SACSCOC meeting. I will be returning Tuesday evening.

Blessings to all for a productive and focused final week of class!

Dr. Mc



Posted by Monday Messages on November 30, 2015 at 3:24 PM
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November 17, 2015
Greetings to all on this blustery Tuesday!

The busyness of the week before Thanksgiving break defines our campus today as students and faculty focus on completing the assignments and grading that must occur before all depart to spend time with family around the holiday table. I pray that each of you will experience a productive week so that next week you will indeed have an opportunity to enjoy some time to relax with your loved ones. Yesterday in faculty/staff meeting, Dr. Bullard challenged us to consider what we would have today if we only had what were thankful for yesterday. Let us take to heart this insight into the importance of giving thanks, and let us be mindful of the many ways in which God blesses us at Blue Mountain College.

I am delighted today to issue a special word of congratulations to Drew Warford and William Thompson for earning first and second place recognition in the sophomore class category at last weekend’s regional National Association of Teachers of Singing regional conference. This conference includes participants from institutions of all sizes, so this recognition is especially meaningful. Way to go, Drew and William!

Our basketball Toppers will be on the road later this week for games in Georgia on Thursday and Saturday. Our baseball Toppers will play their Blue/Gold series today at 4:00 at Ripley High School.

On Thursday evening Richard Yarber will present his senior worship project at 7:00 in the auditorium.

Nancy McDonald, Jody Hill, Ryan Dewberry, and Kayla Maddux will accompany me on Friday to Starkville for an area-wide Hilltop Happening. We hope to see lots of BMC folks for this special event at 10:00 at Meadowview Baptist Church.

Travel safely and enjoy the Thanksgiving break!

Dr. Mc


Pray for Paris!



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

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9

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Posted by Monday Messages on November 17, 2015 at 3:21 PM
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November 10, 2015
Good Tuesday Morning to All!

Many thanks to everyone who made Founders Day, the Scholarship Luncheon, the Cliff Duren concert, Topperfest, and Homecoming such special events. It was great to see the Hill bustling with so much activity. We are grateful for all the guests who joined us for these events and contributed to the festivities.

As I noted last week, the season of Thanksgiving is upon us. This week let us pause and give thanks specifically for those who serve and have served as a member of the military. I saw a sign recently which read “Thanksgiving is the day when we give thanks for the things we have. Veterans Day is the day when we give thanks for those who fought for the things we have.” We salute our veterans, acknowledging the sacrifices that they make to preserve and protect our great nation.

Congratulations are in order for our cross country team. Page Rowland and Breanna Snipes have qualified for the NAIA national meet in Charlotte, North Carolina, on November 21. Page finished third and Breanna fifth in the SSAC championship last weekend. The women’s team finished second overall. Rachel Starnes was named to the all-freshman team and received the individual Champions of Character award. Page and Breanna are two of only four SSAC competitors in the NAIA meet. The men’s team finished fourth in the SSAC, with Carter Witt making the All-Conference team and the All-Academic team. Michael Matheny earned All-Academic honors as well; Jordan McKay was named the individual Champions of Character winner. These students also made the All-Conference team: Page, Breanna, Rachel, Catherine Snyder, and Nikki Taylor. Catherine, Page, Nikki, Cassidy Blaylock, and Micayla Everett earned spots on the women’s All-Academic team. The women brought home the Sportsmanship Award. Way to go, XC runners!

Today we are happy to welcome the 55+ Club from First Baptist Church of New Albany to our campus for their Thanksgiving program. On Thursday we will host the chaplaincy training program in the Education building, and we will celebrate Thursday afternoon the new initiates into Kappa Delta Pi.

Our men’s basketball traveled to UT Martin last night and will hit the road again Friday to play Ohio Midwestern and then travel to Bluefield College on Saturday. The ladies travel to Williams Baptist on Thursday.

We are delighted to have Dr. Enzor back on campus. Continue to pray for her full recovery, for Chris Driskell, and for Rita Newby, who is recovering from gall bladder surgery.

Jody Hill and I will be traveling on Thursday to Jackson for the annual meeting with the Hearin Foundation.

I am grateful to all who have responded so favorably to the civility initiative that I announced in chapel on Monday. Student leaders have already stepped up to participate in the planning of this initiative. There’s room for more. Let me know of your interest.

May your week be productive and blessed!


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

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9

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Posted by Monday Messages on November 10, 2015 at 3:20 PM
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November 2, 2015
Good Morning,

Yesterday I came across a picture of Buddy the elf from the movie of the same name. Acknowledging that Halloween is over and November has arrived, Buddy asks, “Can we start talking about Christmas now?” Like Buddy, I’m always excited to talk about Christmas—but let’s not be in such a hurry to get to Christmas that we miss the opportunity to savor the season of Thanksgiving. While the colors of fall are still with us, let’s use the days leading up to the Thanksgiving break to concentrate on the many reasons to be thankful at BMC. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:6

I’m thankful for the extra hour we enjoyed by “falling back” over the weekend because this is going to be a busy, exciting week. I hope everyone was able to rest up for the Humanities lecture, for the beginning of basketball season, for Founders Day, for Topperfest, and for Homecoming. We kick the week off today with the opportunity to hear from our own Dr. Delise Teague in chapel. We’ll enjoy our first action on the hardwood tonight as our Toppers take on Fisk University at 5:30 and 7:30. This evening will mark the debut of our Topper cheerleaders. At 7:00 in Garrett auditorium this year’s featured humanities lecturer is Dr. Elizabeth Crews. She will deliver an address on “’The Still-Existing Parts of a Life’: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Editor Mary Louise Aswell.” This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday evening our men will take on Crowley’s Ridge College at 7:30 in Tyler Gymnasium. Our cross country teams travel to MC on Friday to compete in the SSAC Conference Championship meet. Go, Toppers!

On Friday we will welcome alumni and friends back to campus for the celebration of Founders Day. This year’s program features a look back at the history of our “Victorian house.” Many members of the Palmer and Donnell families will be with us for this special emphasis. We will share information on Friday on how to support our initiative to complete the renovation of this home and prepare it for use as a welcome center.

Other special guests on Friday will include the many individuals who have given so generously to support our endowed scholarship program at BMC. These guests will attend our annual scholarship luncheon and have the opportunity to meet the student or students to whom their scholarships have been awarded. Friday evening at 7:00 Cliff Duren and Overflow will perform in the Modena Lowrey Berry auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. Cliff will conduct a workshop for worship leaders on Saturday. Check the website for information on registration for this event.

On Saturday Topperfest runs from 9 until 2, offering fun for the whole family, including arts and crafts, live music, face painting, flu shots, food, and more. Upon arrival be sure to register your attendance and become eligible for the grand prize—a beautiful painting of the Little Dell by our own Bill Dowdy. Take a break from your shopping/dining at 12:30 to enjoy the presentation of our Homecoming Court in the MLB auditorium. Basketball action starts at 2:00 with the women taking on Freed-Hardeman, followed by the men against Louisiana College. What a day! What a week!

Dr. Sharon Enzor returned to campus on Friday afternoon for the first time since her fall on October 2. Welcome home, Dr. Enzor! Please remember to pray for her as the healing process continues.

I am grateful to the many who have responded so quickly to our 2015 Annual Fund initiative. Your support for BMC is vital and highly appreciated. Thank you!

Members of the community, Tebow tickets are now on sale. Call 662-841-6528. For more information, check our website.

Enjoy a wonderful week at BMC!

Attached is a pic of the pres and BMC’s First Man attempting to capture an 1873 moment in preparation for Founders Day. J

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

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9

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Posted by Monday Messages on November 2, 2015 at 9:37 AM
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October 26, 2015

Good Morning,

It has been a while since we have had a rainy day and a Monday. We are thankful for these much-needed showers of blessing. As I write this morning, I am in Jackson preparing for the Mississippi Baptist Convention, which begins in the morning. Please pray today for Dr. Jim Futral, our executive director, and for Dr. Matt Buckles, our convention president. Pray for all who will be leading in worship and all who will be conducting the business of the convention. How thankful we are for Mississippi Baptists and for the opportunity to gather for this special event.
On Tuesday evening BMC ministerial alumni will gather for their annual convention dinner at 5:00 in the Christian Life Center at FBC. Marc Hoover will share a message from God's Word, and I will have an opportunity to share an update on the college.
Wednesday at 9:20 I will give this year's college report to the full convention. My focus will be on our celebration of 60 years of ministerial education at BMC. Please pray specifically for this special presentation. May we appropriately express our gratitude for the privilege that is ours of serving in this capacity and may God receive the glory.
Back on the home front, Jennifer Brock Marshall will share in chapel today. She is the author of Out Came the Son. On Wednesday students can "choose a chapel"; on Friday they will complete the Student Satisfaction Survey.
Let's hope for a break from the rain for this afternoon's trip to the Pumpkin Patch at 5:30.
I encourage everyone to make plans to attend tomorrow evening's Fall Chorale Concert at 7:00 in the Modena Lowrey Berry auditorium. You will most certainly enjoy a wonderful evening filled with beautiful music.
On Friday tickets will go on sale for the spring scholarship gala with Tim Tebow. Students, faculty, and staff will have an opportunity to receive tickets at a discounted rate. I will provide more information on how to obtain these tickets later this week.
Blessings to all for a great week!
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October 19, 2015
Good Afternoon,

I hope that your week is off to a good start. Bro. Rick Blythe blessed us this morning with his chapel message. We are thankful for him and for his service to the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board.

I want to encourage everyone to attend this week’s production of Leader of the Pack. Performances are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 in Garrett. (Check the website for matinee times.) Our students and faculty have worked diligently to prepare what will most certainly be a delightful performance. Don’t miss it!

Tomorrow at 11 the Graduate School and Seminary Fair takes place in the SUB. Students, this is a great opportunity to check out some excellent programs and make plans for your studies beyond BMC.

I have the opportunity this evening to share with the Alcorn Baptist Association a report on developments here at the College. I will travel to Ecru on Friday to give a report to the Pontotoc Association.

On Sunday afternoon Nancy McDonald, Anna Quinn, and I will be traveling to Puckett Baptist Church for a meeting with prospective students. If you have friends in the area, let them know that they are welcome to join us. Contact Nancy McDonald for more information.

Here’s a challenge worth pondering and practicing: Let’s identify evidences of grace in each other and speak them to each other and about each other.


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

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9

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Posted by Monday Messages on October 19, 2015 at 9:53 AM
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