I congratulate you and your families on this remarkable achievement. You will look back upon these days as sacred times when the Lord fulfilled His promises to you as you accepted your first call in your larger vocation of ministry: the call to prepare, to study to show yourselves approved, and to deepen your love of Christ, the Church, the ordinary means of grace, and the Great Commission by being nurtured under the wings of pastor-scholars at RTS Charlotte. A surprising Providence has kept me from being with you. I am weak and unwell, but my spirit soars. My spirit soars for I see in you—many of whom I had the privilege to teach—preachers who will stand between heaven and hell and declare the unsearchable riches of Jesus Christ to this generation. My word to you is simple: there are many potential opportunities to do good in this world with the gift of your seminary education. There is no greater singular use than to pour your seminary experience into the narrow channel of preaching. For as it has been said, “if you have been called to preach, never stoop to be a king.” In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.