The chapel speaker was Rev. David Kirkland, Truett-McConnell College’s campus minister, who used 2 Corinthians 5:20 as his text: We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. He presented the idea that all Christians are ambassadors of Christ and the kingdom of God and should, therefore, make certain that their walk matches their talk. Christians must be keenly aware that their lives, actions and speech are open to observation by other Christians and those who do not know Christ. Therefore, it is incumbent upon Christians to live lives of integrity, honor, and sincere devotion to God and his kingdom.
The Uganda Children’s Choir performed a program of Christian music for the Truett-McConnell College family, singing some pieces in English and some in their native language. Energetic, talented, and very pleasant, the children’s huge smiles, pleasant personalities and rhythmic movements in time to the beat of their drums captured the hearts of the audience.
Each year the Uganda Children’s Choir tours in the southeastern United States to raise funds for the care of the large number of orphans in Uganda who lost their parents in the civil strife that has gone on for years in the African nation approximately the size of the state of Georgia. Almost $2,000 was raised as a result of the chapel service at Truett-McConnell.
The entire college audience responded to the Children’s Choir with enthusiasm and excitement.
The first chapel service of the 2008-2009 academic year at Truett-McConnell College featured the college’s newly-named president, Dr. Emir F. Caner, as speaker. Dr. Caner used as his text a passage from Acts 26:24-29 and preached from the story of Paul’s witness to Festus and Agrippa. His topic was the confrontation between Paul, a believer, and the cynics Festus and Agrippa. He challenged students, as well as faculty and staff and a number of community residents who attended, to be believers like Paul instead of cynics like Festus and Agrippa.