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McMillion’s Legacy

June 17, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

Dr. Phil McMillion will shift from full time to adjunct status this fall. He has taught Old Testament courses at HST for over 20 years. This fitting tribute from Nathan Myers, Master of Divinity student, expresses the respect and appreciation we share for Dr. McMillion.

phillip.mcmillion.2As Dr. Phil McMillion’s time as professor of Old Testament comes to an end, he leaves a legacy that I am blessed to have been a part of, even if for a short time. I have had the privilege to take several classes with Dr. McMillion, including an archaeology class in Greece and Israel May 2011. I distinctly remember one of
his favorite phrases, which he would repeat in every class from behind that ever-present mustache of his: “The Old Testament still has much to say to us today.”

One must look no further than his teaching and his life to know that he, without a doubt, believes this to be true. Dr. McMillion strives to make known the inestimable value and richness of the Old Testament, which still speaks today with illumination and power to the Christian life and community of faith. More than that, he lives it. If the heart of the Old Testament presents a God who engages and relentlessly pursues his creation and his people with the character described in Psalm 86:5 (to name one of several occurrences), then Dr. McMillion certainly is “a man after God’s own heart.” His commitment to biblical scholarship, his teaching excellence, and his gentle and compassionate spirit will be sorely missed. It has been an honor to learn under him and to follow the example of a man who reflects the words of Psalm 1:
“Blessed is the man whose pleasure lies in YHWH’s law and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which produces its fruit in season, and its leaves do not wither — he makes everything that he does thrive.”

This tribute appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of The Bridge.

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