A Message from the President

Which Way? The Way!

My smart phone has a GPS, and that wonderful device has directed me to my destination many times. I’m extremely appreciative, especially during a rainy night, in a strange town, and without my glasses! But as much a I appreciate a GPS, I’m still an old-fashioned map kind of guy. A GPS provides a narrow focus—a block-by-block path. But I can’t get a bigger sense of the city. I can’t always tell which way is north. When I use a map, I automatically get a bigger perspective, seeing my destination as part of a larger whole.

This catalog—is it a GPS or a map of your journey into ministry? Like a GPS, does it focus you on specific courses you need to complete? Or, like a map, does it provide a larger picture—the outline of a minor, a major, a degree?

It does both, I think. But I’m going to ask you to see an even bigger picture. Everything in this catalog points to the Way! Jesus once made an astonishing claim. I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6). From Scripture we learn that in Jesus are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments (Colossian 2:3-4).

For you, a Christian student enlightened by the Spirit, every academic discipline reveals the wisdom and power and grace of our Savior Creator. There is no divide between secular and sacred. In him all things hold together (Colossians 1:17).

Your education at this Lutheran institution will be used by the Spirit to strengthen and sustain you in a biblical and Christocentric worldview. This worldview allows you to make decisions based upon the Savior’s mindset, not your own. It gives you discernment to assess the world’s priorities. It shows you that in Scripture, God has revealed the very answers to the soul’s yearning: answers to the questions of identity and purpose, of suffering and death, of the meaning of life and the hope of eternity.

Every course at MLC will reveal the goodness of God in Christ. Every course will point to him who is the Way, so that you are prepared to help others find him who is the Way.

Blessings on your journey.

President Mark Zarling