President Kemper's Blog

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This is what we do!

We have all heard that saying, over and over again (usually in reference to "saving money on car insurance!"). At Grace Bible College we recently celebrated our seventy-first annual commencement ceremony. Throughout the weekend of graduation events, more than 120 graduates shared their incredible stories of how their lives were changed by their time and attendance at Grace Bible College. The stories were abundant – telling of ministry experiences, studying together with friends, and the rich insights gained through mentoring relationships with faculty and staff... Full Article >

The End is Near!

Like me, you have probably seen someone carrying such a sign or shouting loudly while wearing a sandwich board as they proclaim the message that the world is approaching a very abrupt end…or at least, a much unanticipated interruption. (But now that I think about it, I have seen those signs for over 40 years now, so the end wasn't as near as predicted!) Full Article >


I met a very nice man dressed in a sharp suit in the Administration Building yesterday. After learning his name I asked him what brought him to Grace. He told me he was an “ambassador.” Before he could add that he was an ambassador of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, I replied with great enthusiasm, “So am I!” Full Article >

Choosing Thankfulness Even in Sorrow

So many times during the month of November we seek to encourage people to look around at all their blessings and abundance and stop to thank God and show appropriate gratitude. It often seems we are like the little child excitedly opening presents when our mother stops us in the midst of our indulgence in the gifts—reminding us to thank the giver. Full Article >

Grace Grads are Serving Effectively

I just returned home from a visit to the East Coast, and am thrilled that I can report firsthand to you how God is using GBC graduates in our world. My wife Kathy and I visited Long Island in New York, and fellowshipped at Eastport Bible Church, which is pastored by Jerry and Deanna Olson (both are 1984 GBC graduates who previously served for many years as missionaries in Bolivia). Jeremy and Laura Herr (both 2004 graduates) are serving in the youth ministry and student outreach. Full Article >

Work is drudgery!

What is it that differentiates drudgery of task fulfillment from vigorously serving with enthusiasm?
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The "Last Minute" Anxious Scurry!

Isn't it amazing how the final days prior to a big event like a wedding, or a long-awaited vacation are an absolute whirlwind of activity? That is my best description of how our campus is during these last weeks of summer. Full Article >

I can hardly see it!

I have said, and have often heard others exclaim those words when looking skyward or toward the horizon to observe an object. I have also heard them when one is looking at a page in a magazine or book, hoping to capture a fleeting thought or concept. In both cases, there is a desire to transfer what is “external” through our eyes and into our mind. Aristotle is quoted as saying “the soul never thinks without a picture.” We long to visualize in our minds what it is being discussed. A lack of clear vision -- both individually and corporately -- will always result in hesitancy, misunderstanding, and will impede decisive action and cooperation. So, what is vision, really, and why is it so important to all of us? Full Article >

Grace Bible College Commencement 2015

On April 24, Grace Bible College graduated the largest class in our history. We rejoice and are amazed at God’s grace as our number of graduates continues to grow. Upon graduation, these men and women, prepared to serve Christ in church and society, are ready to embark on a new journey into God’s plan and purpose for their lives. Full Article >