Monday Messages
[ Blog Home ]     [ Our Blogs ]

About
Dr. McMillin's Monday Messages
Recent Posts
Archives
Categories
Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
March 21, 2016

Most likely, during this Holy Week, you will lift your voice in praise with fellow believers, proclaiming “up from the grave He arose” and “He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!” A favorite hymn of mine during any season was written by Isaac Watts in 1707. Pause and ponder with me the weight and wonder of the truth conveyed in these words:

When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

2 Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
save in the death of Christ, my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them through his blood.

3 See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown?

4 Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were a present far too small.
Love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.

May you and your loved ones survey with fresh and abundant awe the wonder of the cross and the unspeakable joy of the empty tomb!

With what we hope will be the last appearance of snow for a very long time, we look forward to the return of spring-like temps—which will make tomorrow afternoon the perfect time to take in some baseball. Plan to support our Toppers tomorrow afternoon and for their weekend home stand at BNA Park. The softball Toppers head to Freed on Saturday for a big series.

Tomorrow night we welcome Dr. and Mrs. Fisher back to campus as our special guests at the annual Accolade Dinner. We look forward to being inspired and challenged by Dr. Fisher’s address.

The Tebow event is less than a month away (April 12); tickets are still available in the business office or by calling 662-720-7788. Remember to pray for Tim as he prepares to share with us at the first BMC scholarship gala.

Pass the word that BMC is recruiting students to be in our first band and first drum line and to form varsity tennis and bowling teams as well as junior varsity softball, baseball, and women’s basketball teams. The cheer squad is also expanding. For questions about athletics, check with Coach Lavon Driskell for more details or visit the website. Check with Dr. Long or Dr. Enzor regarding band and drum line. We are also recruiting students to form a yearbook and newspaper staff. We need your help to get the word out about GROW BMC!

Easter blessings to all!


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




Posted by Monday Messages on March 21, 2016 at 8:17 AM
DirectLink

tweet this  share this on facebook  

February 29, 2016
Greetings to all on a beautiful Monday morning!

Frequently we find ourselves lamenting the fact that we lack the extra time that we need to fulfill our good intentions. We say that if we just had a few more minutes . . . . Well, today, February 29, we have a few more minutes! Let’s claim this leap year day as a time to do something that we’ve been putting off. I’ve already checked one such item off my list today, and it feels great!
Today is also a good day to decide when you will be attending this week’s performance of The Taffetas. The show opens tomorrow night with additional performances Thursday through Saturday. Please come out and support our students who have worked so diligently to prepare for what will surely be a delightful show.
I am thrilled to announce today that several of our students were big winners this weekend at the NATS competition at Ole Miss. Jordan Noble received first in her division, Drew Warford received first in his division, and William Thompson earned second. We are so proud of these BMC winners!
Our Lady Toppers will take on Martin Methodist at 4:00 on Thursday in the SSAC conference tournament in Montgomery, Alabama. Look for opportunities this week to encourage the team, Coach Driskell, and Coach Moser as they represent BMC in the SSAC.
Our baseball Toppers continue to show their strength on the diamond as they advance to 12-4; they will be on the road this week at Freed and at the University of Mobile. Softball action includes a double header tomorrow at BNA before the team heads to Foley to take on Lindsey Wilson and then on to the Gulf Coast Invitational.
Special guests on campus this week include the members of our Palmer-Donnell house committee and the members of our Alumni Association Board. We are grateful for these individuals and for their devotion to their alma mater.
I am especially thankful today for the outstanding meeting last Friday of our BMC Board of Trustees. The GROW BMC concept was approved, and the members of the Executive Committee and the Finance and Administration committee will meet tomorrow to address the specifics for moving the plan forward. Please continue to pray for these dedicated leaders as they launch this strategic vision for the growth of Blue Mountain College. I will be sharing details of the plan soon. Soli Deo Gloria!
I look forward to being with Dr. David Hamilton and the congregation of West Heights Baptist Church next Sunday night.

Grace and peace,
Dr. Mc

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



Posted by Monday Messages on February 29, 2016 at 8:15 AM
DirectLink

tweet this  share this on facebook  

February 22, 2016
Good Morning!

I bring you greetings at the beginning of what will surely be a very busy week at BMC. The week begins with our regularly scheduled faculty and staff meeting at 3:30 this afternoon and concludes with our semi-annual meeting of the full Board of Trustees on Friday. We welcome Bro. Tommy Vinson to campus today as our chapel speaker and look forward to hearing from graduate Bre Anna Heard on Friday.

Today through Wednesday future Topper cheerleaders will hone their skills at the mini cheer camp taking place in the auditorium at 3:45.

The Topper softball team (4-4) will be in action at home on Tuesday for a doubleheader against Crowley’s Ridge before hitting the road later in the week to take on Williams Baptist. The baseball Toppers will take on Calumet College in Ripley on Friday and Saturday. The guys are off to a great start with an 8-4 record. The basketball Toppers will make their last home stand of the season Thursday and Saturday. Plan to be here, especially on Saturday, to honor our seniors.

Start clearing your calendar now for BMC’s spring production of The Taffetas on March 1,3,4, and 5.

I enjoyed being with the Chorale at First Baptist in Baldwyn last evening and look forward to joining Dr. Meeks next Sunday night in Walnut for the January Bible Study attended by Falkner, Tiplersville, Providence, and Walnut Baptist.

Join me today in praying for our trustees as they prepare to gather on campus on Friday. We are thankful for their service to Blue Mountain College.


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

cid:3EF02409-6D0C-4AB1-9070-B23695C0FC33

Posted by Monday Messages on February 22, 2016 at 8:14 AM
DirectLink

tweet this  share this on facebook  

February 15, 2016
Good Morning!
Happy President’s Day and belated Valentine wishes to each of you! I hope that you had ample opportunities to express your love for all the special folks in your life and that you took the opportunity to reflect upon the magnitude of God’s love for you.

Today is Preview Day; we are delighted to welcome a large group of prospective students to BMC. Please join me in greeting these students and their families and in encouraging them to become a part of the Topper family.

Our chapel speaker today is Matt Brown. On Friday our BSU Fine Arts team will lead us in worship.

All in-season sports teams are on the road this week; keep all of our Topper teams in your prayers as they travel.

On Friday members of the Executive Committee of our Board of Trustees will be on campus to prepare for the full Board meeting on February 26. Please greet Chair Linda Gholston, Mary Childs, Randy Bostick, and Tommy Tapp and thank them for their service to BMC.

Emma Ainsworth, Jody Hill, and I will be traveling to Jackson on Thursday to meet with several of our state legislators. I will also have the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion at the WHEMN in leadership conference Thursday afternoon.

One of our students, Sierra Lesure, was hospitalized this weekend with a blood clot. Please keep Sierra in your prayers. I encourage you as well to pray for the Ole Miss community as they are mourning the loss of volleyball player Ty Laporte, who was killed in a car accident over the weekend.

I close by sharing the bittersweet news that two of our beloved faculty members have announced their retirements at the end of the 2015-16 academic year. Mr. Bill Dowdy, associate professor of art, began his career at BMC in 1976. Mr. Jim Andre, associate professor of speech and theatre, began his service at BMC in 1980, served until 1988, and then returned in 1999. We will pay tribute to these two outstanding members of the Department of Fine Arts and Speech during our end-of-year festivities.

Tebow tickets are still available. Check the website for more information.

Have a blessed week!

Dr. Mc

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



Posted by Monday Messages on February 15, 2016 at 8:13 AM
DirectLink

tweet this  share this on facebook  

February 1, 2016
Good Morning,

Are you ready for some . . . BASEBALL? While it certainly is warm enough today for a trip to the ballpark, it is still hard to believe that it is time to play Topper baseball—but it is definitely time. The season cranks up Friday at New Albany at 2:00 against Judson with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1:00. Let’s help our guys start the season strong by showing our support. Of course, there’s still plenty of basketball action to enjoy. Both teams are at home Thursday evening to take on Martin Methodist and again on Saturday to take on Bethel. Congratulations to the Lady Toppers for a great win over William Carey on Saturday!

Steve Robbins and I will be traveling Wednesday and Thursday to Michigan to study some programs offered at a sister institution. Keep us in your prayers as we head north.

We are delighted to have Dr. Cindy Townsend as our chapel speaker today. Dr. Townsend is the executive director of our state WMU.

Blessings to all for a great week on the Hill!


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

cid:3EF02409-6D0C-4AB1-9070-B23695C0FC33

Posted by Monday Messages on February 1, 2016 at 9:19 AM
DirectLink

tweet this  share this on facebook  

January 19, 2016
Greetings to all on a very cold Tuesday morning!

This message is coming to you on a Tuesday because yesterday was a very full day at BMC! I am grateful to our Service Committee for planning such a productive day filled with opportunities to minister both on campus and throughout our community. Brett Fowler, Jason Wells, Dot Locke, Phillip Laney, and Beth Rinehart did a great job identifying options for service on our annual “day on” in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. Many thanks to all who braved the cold to join in on one of the projects.

If you weren’t at Tyler Gymnasium yesterday afternoon for our games against Brenau and Dalton State, all I can say is you missed out in a big way. Our ladies claimed another conference win, and our men defeated defending NAIA champion Dalton State by a score of 88-75. The atmosphere in Tyler was electrifying as fans used their “Topper Boppers” (thanks, SBA) to express their support for our BMC athletes. Both teams are on the road to face Loyola and then the University of Mobile later this week.

Tonight at 7:00 James Lewis and Marc Lewis will lead during Prime Time at the BSU. This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss either.

I’m looking forward to our TACT Leadership Seminars this week at 4:30 tomorrow and then again at noon and 3:00 on Thursday. See Kayce Bragg if you haven’t signed up.

I’ll be on the road Friday attending the meeting of our MBC Education Commission at Mississippi College.

Stay warm!

Dr. Mc


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

cid:3EF02409-6D0C-4AB1-9070-B23695C0FC33

Posted by Monday Messages on January 19, 2016 at 9:18 AM
DirectLink

tweet this  share this on facebook  

January 11, 2016
Good Morning,
How pleased I am to welcome our students back to campus for the Spring 2016 semester! It is going to be a great spring at BMC. In addition to engaging in active learning under the tutelage of our stellar faculty, this semester will afford you the opportunity to hone your leadership skills as we launch our first series of TACT Leadership Seminars. In chapel on Wednesday, I’ll share more information about how you can participate. I strongly encourage you to commit to being a part of this special initiative.

Monday, January 18, is MLK Day—a time traditionally observed at BMC as a “day on not a day off.” Brett Fowler will be sharing with us in chapel this Wednesday some of the service projects that are planned for that day. I hope that each of you will plan to give back to our community through service in some way on this special day. I will share more about the significance of the day in chapel on Friday.

A major event on our campus this spring will be our first Ministers and Wives Dinner on Thursday, April 7. Drs. Chuck and Rhonda Kelley will provide words of encouragement for our special guests—the ministers and their wives who so faithfully serve our area congregations.

Of course a highlight of Spring 2016 is BMC’s first scholarship gala on April 12 with Tim Tebow as a special guest and speaker. Student tickets are available in the Business Office. Join me in committing now to pray for Tim as he prepares to address our community in April.

I’m pleased today to announce that Mr. Jody Hill is transitioning from his role as development consultant to a new role as Director of Development at Blue Mountain College. Please join me in congratulating Jody and in welcoming him to our campus.

Tonight’s the night to cheer on your choice for the national college football championship. Students can enjoy the pre-game hype and the game itself at the welcome back party in the SUB at 6:00.

The Topper basketball teams take on Middle Georgia at 2:00 and 4:00 on Saturday. If you haven’t been to a Topper game this season, I encourage you to turn out for Saturday’s games and show your support for our athletes and coaches. Let’s pack Tyler Gymnasium and cheer our teams to two victories!

Also, let me encourage you to visit HeBrews this week and let Mr. David know how much we appreciate having such a great place to hang out and enjoy our favorite form of coffee--I’m all about the sugar-free caramel latte with skinny milk and no whip (as Mr. David describes it)!

As you read this, I am en route to Jackson for the winter MAICU meeting. I will look forward to welcoming everyone back in person on Tuesday.

Dr. Mc

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



Posted by Monday Messages on January 11, 2016 at 10:23 AM
DirectLink

tweet this  share this on facebook