My Father’s Business -- By: R. Calvin Guy

Journal: Faith and Mission
Volume: FM 13:2 (Spring 1996)
Article: My Father’s Business
Author: R. Calvin Guy


My Father’s Business

R. Calvin Guy

Visiting Adjunct Professor of Missions
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Sermon delivered in Binkley Chapel
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Wake Forest, NC, January 31, 1996

Introduction: Dr. Wayne V. McDill

I went to seminary a long time ago, before many of you were born. And one semester, I can recall, finally getting to schedule a missions introduction class that I had heard so much about, and wanted to be in, because not only was the professor I was going to take, Dr. Cal Guy, a great teacher, but he also had a great heart. And he had a great spirit of worship and faith. So I went into that classroom with anticipation. It was a wonderful experience; it was in about 1965.

Dr. Guy started to teach in Southwestern Seminary in 1946. He taught there for thirty-six years. Probably he has trained more missionaries, and helped to train more missionaries, than anybody else in our whole fellowship of Southern Baptists, and maybe anybody beyond that. We are privileged this semester to have him on our campus as an adjunctive teacher. He’s teaching a full load, three courses; and I want to encourage you, if you are not enrolled in one of these courses, to enroll. You’ll wish you had. This is an opportunity to be exposed to and to be around Dr. Cal Guy.

One of the things that I heard early on was that you can learn best by just hanging around the best people. And that’s what you’ll want to do by taking advantage of being in his class. We’re privileged to have him come and preach today, and I know that God will bless as you hear him prayerfully. And one day you’ll be able to say to your children or to another generation, “‘I heard Cal Guy at Southeastern in January of ‘96.”

If you’ll let me be what I am; that is, someone whose whole life has been centered around missions, I will share with you what I think are some of the most startling times and opportunities in the world and see if I can somehow let you feel some of the things I feel. One of the lessons I learned a long time ago is the futility of trying to make somebody else have the convictions and the actions that God has patiently, gradually led me to have. So relax. I’m going to talk about missions and God’s will, but I’m not going to try to make you do anything.

Several years ago I resigned as general manager of the universe. It’s been so relieving. But there are some things that have impressed themselves on me. I’m well aware of the Scripture in Ps. 127:1 that says, “Except the LORD build the house...

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