A Place of Confrontation – 11/2019

“And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.” (2 Thessalonians 3:13 NIV)

What led you to become a Christian? What led you to become a librarian? More importantly, what has led you to remain a Christian librarian through the passage of time? As Christians, engaging with our loved ones and neighbors in a world increasingly ignorant and hostile toward the faith can push us to retreat or to abandon our hope. As librarians, leaving the honeymoon phase of our work along with the awe that once drew us to libraries can result in discouragement and burnout. As Christian librarians, we are challenged with staying true to our calling, both spiritually and professionally.

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Bob Triplett – 10/2019

Bob is a Reference Librarian at Palm Beach Atlantic University (FTE: 3,019) in West Palm Beach, FL. He has been a member of ACL since 1983.

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A Greater Hope- 10/2019

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13 KJV)

If you’ve been in Christian circles for any amount of time, there is no doubt you’ve seen this verse on bookmarks, t-shirts, mementos, and home décor. For many years I used this verse with exuberance as a battle cry, “Watch out, world! I can accomplish anything through Christ.”

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Deborah McConkey – 09/2019

Deborah has served in libraries in higher academia for 10 years at institutions in Canada. She is currently consulting with a Bible College in California. She has been a member of ACL for 9 years.

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Growing Pains – 09/2019

“And though you started with little, you will end with much.” (Job 8:7 NLT)

Each fall semester I teach a section of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s First Year Experience course. This course is designed to assist first year students as they acclimate to college life and help them develop the skills they need in order to succeed, both in college and beyond. I start each class session off with a devotion. The verse that I share on the very first day of class is Job 8:7. Although the Book of Job may be an unusual choice to begin the year with, I like starting with this verse because it is a good reminder that we are all growing, and that there may be some suffering along the way. Things may seem overwhelming at times, especially when you are new, whether you’re a new student or a new employee. But in the end, when you look back over your time at a particular institution or a specific phase of your life, you can see how much you learned and grew.

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Ruth Kinnersley – 07/2019

Ruth retired last month as the Director of Library Services at Trevecca Nazarene University (FTE: 3,417) in Nashville, TN. She has been a member of ACL for 18 years.

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Jon Jones – 06/2019

Jon is the Director of Library Services at Baptist Bible College & Theological Seminary (FTE: 256) in Springfield, MO. He has been a member of ACL since 2012.

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Disturb Us, Lord – 06/2019

“Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.” (Luke 1:29 NLT)

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Mona Hsu – 05/2019

Mona is an Operations Librarian at San Diego Christian College (FTE: 570) in Santee, CA. She has been a member of ACL for 12 years.

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We Are the Sheep of his Pasture – 05/2019

“Know that the Lord is God! It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” (Psalm 100:3 NIV)

Imagine a young boy who did not like memory work being asked by his grandparents to memorize the One Hundredth Psalm for the thank offering over a weekend. The incentive was to earn one dollar and learn more about our God. I spent the weekend with the Bible working on memorizing this psalm in the two upstairs bedrooms. Finally, on the second day I could say it all the way through. I took the Bible with me, gave it to Grandma, and stood to recite it in front of my grandparents who were sitting in two walnut rocking chairs. That sunny afternoon on the front porch of a farm house in the Ozarks was fragrant with fresh cut hay and lilacs in the air and accompanied by the song (pretty, pretty pretty) of the cardinals in the surrounding trees.

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