[ITC Commencement Address and Student Sermon by Green]

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Bishop Allen gives the 1968 commencement address at the Interdenominational Theological Center. The title of the address is “Undiminished Faith in the Unbroken Promise”. In the address, Bishop Allen challenges the graduating students to go follow the road of humility and unselfish service. Also included is a short sermon by Interdenominational Theological Center student titled “The Forgiving God”.

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00:00:10 Green introduces Jeremiah 18:1-8.

00:01:23 Introduces sermon: The Forgiving God.

00:05:02 Talks about forgiving someone deliberately y out to get you.

00:09:17 Talks about the three insights of what God can do in helping forgive someone who has it in for you so that they can move closer to the will of God.

00:10:10 Dr. Harry V. Richardson introduces Bishop Allen.

00:11:47 Bishop Allen thanks Dr. Richardson greets members of the faculty class of 1968 and distinguished guests.

00:12:20 Introduces sermon: Undiminished Faith in the Unbroken Promise, from Matthew 28:18-20.

00:16:10 Challenges graduating students to follow the road of unselfish service.

00:20:09 Talks about conviction of call.

00:24:00 Talks about how the preacher is called to a specific task and is not to do everything.

00:29:22 Admonishes students to not think to highly of themselves to be humble and dedicated.

00:37:05 Talks about fend and pass on the freedom to learn and know. Says preachers should uphold the claim of intelligence against all forces of stupidity and vulgarity not with an attitude of snobbery but in spirit of humility.

00:38:59 Ends address.

00:39:25 Unidentified man asks candidates for the masters in religious education degree to stand.

00:46:05 Unidentified man ask the candidates for the masters in sacred theology.

00:49:08 Unidentified man presents Lilly Bell Spell.

00:51:59 Dr. Harry V. Richardson makes announcements and gives recognitions.

01:06:54 Selection by ITC choir.

01:10:18 Dr. Darnell give benediction.

01:10:59 Audio ends.


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