Derek and I were able to attend the last TBI (The Bethlehem Institute) graduation on Sunday (now that TBI has phased out and the Bethlehem College and Seminary has started). Pastor Sam Crabtree gave the address to the students, and, as usual, it was very good and very unique.
Asked to speak at the Bethlehem College & Seminary graduation, I offered a review math lesson by writing the following formula on the board:
If N > 1, then (Fa + V + K + Sc + S + G + Ba + L) N = E + Fr
It comes right out of 2 Peter 1:5-8.
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The point of highlighting such a text at a graduation is to show that knowledge—even as important as it is—does not stand alone. If we are going to be effective and fruitful, knowledge must be accompanied by and compounded by other things in increasing measure.