I am sending news of more ripples caused by the article you wrote about
me in inSpire [see "Pastor without Portfolio" in the
winter 2000 issue]. Someone passed along the article to Don Postema, the
chaplain at the University of Michigan, who has written some nice books on
the spiritual life—Space for God and Catch Your Breath. He
then initiated contact with me and sent me a copy of Catch Your Breath.
Also, I received a call from Tom De Bree, a 1977 PTS graduate, who
invited me to come and speak to a group of twelve diverse clergy in Denver
who meet monthly for growth and for support in their commitment to urban
And so it continues—because you followed a moment of inspiration!
Thank you for the way you have impacted the present and future of what God
is working out in my life!
Gary Barckert (’67B, ’68M)
Could you tell me from which version of the Bible the words of
Revelation 14:13 in In Memoriam are taken?
Robert W. Richards
We appreciate your calling our attention to this rendering of the
verse. We were using a paraphrase, but we are now using the NRSV.
I just read the latest and very best issue of inSpire. I read it
all, though most interesting for me was the article on the three new
faculty members. InSpire is interesting, informative, and
educational. You are improving something that is already excellent. Thank
Gerald Mills (’56B, ’75P)
Waxhaw, North Carolina
The Other Spanish Christ
Thank you for the latest issue of inSpire and especially for the
article "Companions on the Journey." Some years ago while doing
mission work in Ecuador, we found John Mackay’s The Other Spanish
Christ to be a very helpful resource. My son and his wife are now
serving in the Dominican Republic and have interest in using the book. I
no longer have a copy. Could you please give us information about where we
could obtain The Other Spanish Christ, preferably in English but also in
Merle Crouse (’66M)
St. Cloud, Florida
The Other Spanish Christ
is out of print, but it can be requested
through interlibrary loan by contacting Speer Library at 609-497-7940.
I appreciate receiving inSpire and enjoy all of it, particularly
reports by retirees on ways in which they continue to fulfill their
vocation through volunteer service. This has been very rewarding for me.
For the first ten years after I retired at "475," I continued to
serve the Presbyterian Foundation as a volunteer in opening the Synod of
the Sun for a regional representative. When they were able to employ a
person, I served for eight years as volunteer chaplain for the
not-for-profit hospice program in this area. When they were able to employ
a person, I shared in organizing a Presbyterian AIDS Care Team on which I
continue to serve.
I find that retirement can be just as enjoyable and fulfilling as the
happy experience of my employed years.
Jim Spivey (’36B)
Bodybuilding and Bike Riding
To follow up on (not compete with) the article about the bodybuilding
pastor, on May 20 I did my fifth successful Assault on Mt. Mitchell, which
is a 102-mile bicycle ride (not a race) from downtown Spartanburg, South
Carolina, to the peak of the highest mountain in the East—over 6600
feet. Is there anyone else out there who does this? I’d like to know so
that maybe we can do it together, or could do some other kind of serious
bike touring. Thanks!
Thomas Blair (’83B)
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Christian Art in Korea: The Reverend Yun-ho Ye
I thank you for your sincere service to alumni/ae. I enjoy reading inSpire
here in Korea. It is always nice to hear about the Seminary and the people
who are making a difference for the glory of our good Lord.
I would like to share information about the painter, the Reverend Yun-ho
Ye, whose painting of Miller Chapel was shown on the inside cover of the
spring issue of inSpire. I recently got to know him because I am
interested in Korean Christian art, as he was. He passed away a few years
ago (my condolences to the Reverend John Valk) and left his numerous art
and antique collections to the Presbyterian college and seminary in Korea.
He used to teach there, and he was a director of the museum where most of
the items are his own collections. I recently visited the museum and found
his painting of Princeton Seminary with which he won a prize at the
National Art Exhibition in the 1960s. He was one of a few people who
appreciated and promoted the value of Christian art in Korea. Since I am
doing a project on the history of contextualization (or indigenization) of
Christian art in Korea, I will use some of his writings and collections to
learn more about him.
Jung-Sook Lee (’97D)
PTS Connections Continue
I had the honor, as an executive committee member of the World
Alliance of Reformed Churches, to vote for Setri Nyomi as our new
general secretary [see "Breaking
the Chains" in the spring 2000 issue of inSpire]. Some
years of our studies overlapped at PTS, and we were both in the same area
of concentration. I am now professor of pastoral theology at Near East
School of Theology in Beirut. I still miss many parts of PTS life and
often meet graduates and classmates at ecumenical meetings.
Paul Ara Haidostian (’88M, ’93D)
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Good Statement, Bad Title
It is always good to receive my copy of inSpire, to read its
varied and informative articles, and to catch up on happenings among
alumni/ae. I see my Class of ’54 gradually moving closer and closer to
the front of Class Notes.
In the spring 2000 issue were a surprise and a disappointment. The
surprise was to find some "beefcake" on page 36 (On and Off
Campus). I wondered if I was reading a muscle magazine or if this was
really a product of my theological seminary. The Reverend William Buie Jr.
makes a profound statement about the body being the temple of the Holy
Spirit, which is a corrective to the anti-body stance of mainline
Protestantism. What a surprise to see this connecting of body and spirit!
Thank you for including it.
My disappointment was the line used as a title: "I bet my pastor
can beat up your pastor." The secular world sees physical prowess as
a tool for violence and domination. Further-more, our society continues to
value male physiques as tools for war and killing. In addition, the
Presbyterian Church (USA) has made a commitment to peacemaking, and the
title for the article does not honor that intention.
What a surprise it would have been and what attention it could have
received if your article had been headed, "A thing of beauty is a joy
forever." Some might even have begun to rethink their assumptions
about the body and the spirit, a needed task in this violent-prone
Thanks for reading this far and I hope my comments serve a positive
E. Ellwood Carey (’54B)
We apologize for any negative connotation in the title. We were
humorously recalling playground braggadocio, where boys boast to each
other about their friends, brothers, fathers, etc. saying things like,
"Well, my dad is stronger than your dad." The violence in our
culture, especially directed at children and at women, is anything but
humorous (see end things article in
this issue). At the same time, one suspects that eight-year-old boys in
the Reverend Buie’s congregation are secretly quite proud of his
physique, which is not that of the average minister! We appreciate your
calling our attention to handling with care the subject of violence; we
are in full accord.