Dr. Chris Rappazini serves as associate professor and program head of the BA/MA in Pastoral Studies at Moody Bible Institute and Moody Theological Seminary.
As a former student at Moody Bible Institute, I will forever be thankful for the men and women who have donated and partnered with Moody to help students, including me, to graduate without the burden of excessive debt. Every time I think of my Bible and ministry education, and the opportunities I’ve had to serve the Lord, I can’t help but thank God for the countless people who gave to make my Moody education possible.
As I spent time in the Word, I realized I did not give enough thanks to God or to the people in my life. It is easy for all of us to get to a point of routinely expecting things from God and others. As a result of my research for this month’s devotional, my appreciation for the people God has placed in my life grew tremendously. I learned to change my perspective and turn my inward attitude of gratitude to an outward expression of thanks and praise.
I am a millennial who believes the Bible is still relevant, the Church is not just for previous generations, and God isn’t out to lunch or on vacation. I hope to inspire my students to mature into the men and women God has called them to be, to grow as critical thinkers, and to become ambassadors for Jesus around the world.
I like to explore new places or return to the white sandy beaches and emerald green waters of Destin, Florida, where I grew up. I love to spend time with my wife, Ashley, a 2012 Moody Spokane graduate, and our three children, Adeline Jane (3 years old), Thomas Gibson (1 ½ years old) and Graham Haddon (4 months old). I also enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes. While I am on sabbatical from teaching at Moody, Ashley and I currently live in Texas, where I am a post-doctoral fellow at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University.