First Chapel of 2016 Extols “A More Excellent Way”


Chapel 2016

As students, faculty, and staff returned for the first Chapel of the spring semester, Rev. Willis Van Groningen, Ph.D., Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual Formation, reminded those in attendance that we are entering the season of Epiphany and that “God really is with us.”

Van Groningen’s message, entitled “A More Excellent Way,” made frequent references to popular television shows and even the latest “Star Wars” movie. But along with humor, he encouraged the Trinity community to remember the words of the Psalmist, who in Psalms 1 and 36 urges everyone to turn away from the ways of the wicked and towards the Lord. Van Groningen suggested five guidelines to accomplish that:

  1. We need to confess that we need to dethrone ourselves
  2. It would do us well to remember that we belong to God
  3. We need to participate in activities and practices that keep us focused on God’s ways in the world
  4. Be genuinely nice
  5. Screen your connections and delve more deeply in the world

Chapel is held every Wednesday and Friday at 10am in the Auditorium at Ozinga Chapel.