Spring Semester 2016 : David and Lynn Buschman
I continue pouring my energies into the undergraduates and larger campus community at Princeton University—teaching, discipling, writing curriculum, meeting 1-on-1, counseling, planning worship, serving on committees. A sustained commitment to the fundamentals has opened new doors of influence and, hopefully, continued effectiveness. Each class of students is distinct and each year has its transitions. Here are a few highlights from this past school year:
• An especially strong class of guys who comprised my senior Bible study—4 baseballers, 6 wrestlers, 1 Rhodes scholar, and 2 others. What a treasure to be able to speak into their lives and learn alongside them. A true joy.
• The building (Murray-Dodge Hall) with my longstanding office was renovated so I was displaced to Green Hall for the year—I look forward to returning soon.
• Became a faculty-fellow for the swimming & diving team
• PU eliminated their varsity sprint football team (i.e., ≤ 172 lbs), which was a founding member in that league. Three of their players are involved with us and it’s been a confusing time for them and alumni & others in athletic department.
• After three years of prayer & efforts, a study for coaches that I’ve been trying to launch finally emerged—nice mixture of head & assistant coaches, interns and staffers, both men & women. A true answer to prayer and an uplifting group.
• Discussions about Woodrow Wilson’s legacy plus issues surrounding Black Lives Matter have made for a charged and contentious environment on campus. Those of us who lead multi-racial ministries need wisdom from God to serve various constituencies well. I long for the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be seen as the hope and way forward.
• In the absence of a retired Dean, I singularly led the weekly Hour of Power Christian worship service for staff workers each Wednesday throughout the year. I felt really good about the nature of this gathering and my role in it.
• My seminary interns led other team studies: Hilary with softball & w.hockey; Brice with m. & w. crew.
• Good Friday was truly a remarkable day of speaking opportunities. In the morning, I was asked to address “What Good Friday means to Christians” at a local private high school—500+ in attendance. At noon, I spoke on the 2nd word from the cross (“Today you will be with me in paradise”) at the official Good Friday observance in PU chapel. Then at night, I was the featured speaker for the inter-fellowship coalition of †n groups—to a filled Richardson auditorium in Alexander Hall. I wouldn’t have planned them all at once but that’s how it unfolded. I was honored to be asked and felt empowered by God’s Spirit as I pointed to the Cross.