Mississippi College Alumni Magazine | Summer 2010

By the Beacon's Light

“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.” – Matthew 6:9

God could have chosen any word or any idea for us to use to relate to Him, but He chose “father.” A critical role of the earthly father is to help his children better understand their Heavenly Father. Absent, cruel, or indifferent earthly fathers can lead their children to believe that God is also absent, cruel, or indifferent. A concerned, compassionate, and approachable father, however, paints a picture for his children of the boundless love of their Heavenly Father.

In the following pages, you’ll meet men who have risen to the challenges and experienced the joys of fatherhood. Some are fathers in the traditional sense of parent to children; others are surrogate fathers, men who have seen a need in a child’s life and moved to fill that need. What all have in common is their desire to fulfill the role of “father” as modeled by God.

On the Cover

Michael Catt ’75 is senior pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church and executive producer with Sherwood Pictures, the church-based film company behind Facing the Giants and Fireproof. For a behind-the-scenes look at the busy life of this pastor, producer, husband, and father and a sneak peek of Sherwood’s new film,



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