Andrews University Agenda News and Events at Andrews University en-us Copyright 2018, Andrews University Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:37:00 -0000 Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:37:00 -0000 Eighth Annual Honors Church at Andrews University <p> On Saturday morning, Nov. 10, 2018, attendees gathered in the Howard Performing Arts Center to enjoy the eighth annual Honors Church program, titled &ldquo;Women of Faith: Past, Present &amp; Future.&rdquo;</p> <p> The service began with a selection of hymns written and composed by women of faith including Cecil Frances Alexander and Fanny Crosby. Led by Chelsea Lake, honors alum and music director for WAUS, the Honors choir then delivered an introit of Tom Trenny&rsquo;s song &ldquo;A Place at the Table.&rdquo; After opening prayer, Haley Butler, senior biology major and Honors president, welcomed the congregation. When explaining the inspiration for this year&rsquo;s theme, she said, &ldquo;At the suggestion of our student leaders, this year&rsquo;s Honors Church focuses on the heritage of female ministry within the Protestant tradition. We do not seek simply to celebrate that history but to also promote action and renew energy after the recent Autumn Council votes.&rdquo;</p> <p> The service was split into three sections: &ldquo;Part 1: Created Equal &amp; Fully Human,&rdquo; &ldquo;Part 2: The Challenge&rdquo; and &ldquo;Part 3: Called to Minister.&rdquo; Each section included scripture passages, readings, hymns and personal testimonies. The scripture passages centered around affirming the full humanity of men and women, and the readings were a sample of the historic and continuing Protestant debate surrounding the principles of gender equality and the call to ministry. L. Monique Pittman, director of Honors and professor of English, says, &ldquo;Something I really wanted to be sure we were showing in the readings was the long arc of women actively asking for equal status, for a role&mdash;a recognized role&mdash;in ministry.&rdquo;</p> <p> At the end of the first section, Amanda Bange, theology and speech-language pathology &amp; audiology major and senior Honors scholar, poignantly shared about a negative experience within ministry this past summer. While she admitted that this was very frustrating and discouraging, she passionately addressed how this affirmed her desire to minister to other women who are seeking a place in ministry.</p> <p> Later, Nancy Kardos-Moldovan, religion major and senior Honors scholar, also reflected on her recent experiences in ministry. Despite the more positive nature of her experiences, she did share how difficult it is to serve and love when there is so rarely a place for women in ministry. After her touching reflection, the audience enjoyed a music arrangement of &ldquo;Blessed Assurance&rdquo; played by Honors scholars Danya Wilson, Grant Steinweg and Jesse Gray.</p> <p> At the end of the third section, Hyveth Williams, professor and director of homiletics at the Seminary, delivered a passionate homily about her experiences in ministry and what she has learned from them. She first reflected on how hard it was to start out as a woman in ministry with no female mentor. After sharing a short list of the people she currently looks to for female mentorship, Williams then went on to share five lessons from 1 Peter 5:1&ndash;3 that had been a powerful mentoring force in her life.</p> <p> After the homily, the song &ldquo;Precious Lord, Lead Me Home&rdquo; received its world premiere by the Honors choir and orchestra members. Written and composed by Marguerite Samuel and commissioned by Chelsea Lake, this piece is specifically dedicated to women in all positions of leadership in ministry.</p> <p> The Honors church service would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication shown by numerous faculty, staff and students in the J.N. Andrews Honors Program; the Honors officers; Danya Wilson, Honors music coordinator; Howard Performing Arts Center staff; Department of Music colleagues; and Hyveth Williams and the members of her Grace Place Congregation in South Bend, Indiana, who willingly joined the Honors worship service.</p> <p> &ldquo;I was so moved by it [the service] and really grateful for Dr. Williams who put the punctuation, the exclamation mark, on it. It was such a lovely experience to be worshipping with her congregation, as well,&rdquo; reflects Pittman.</p> <p> Kara Herrera, a junior honors biotechnology and English major, shares her response to this year&rsquo;s service. &ldquo;Honors church is always a great experience every year. I&rsquo;ve attended it every year since my freshman year, and it has always been super fun and a joy to attend. The theme this year was extremely timely, and it was really powerful to hear so many women&rsquo;s voices come to life through the Honors family.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2018 14:57:14 +0000 "Welcome Christmas" Concert at Andrews <p> &ldquo;Welcome Christmas,&rdquo; an annual concert at Andrews University, will take place Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Howard Performing Arts Center.</p> <p> This year&rsquo;s program, directed by Stephen Zork, professor of music and conductor of the University Singers and University Chorale, is titled &ldquo;When You Come.&rdquo; It will present a garland of Christmas carols proclaiming and reliving the advent and gospel of Jesus Christ as portrayed through scripture and oral traditions throughout the ages. The collaborative concert will feature Andrews University Department of Music ensembles: Singers, Chorale, Symphony Orchestra and tenor Charles Reid, associate professor of voice and artist-in-residence at Andrews University. The Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Chris Wild.</p> <p> Numerous seasonal favorites will be featured, such as &ldquo;Christmas Dinner&rdquo; and &ldquo;When You Come, We Will Shout Hallelujah!&rdquo; arranged by Stephen Zork for choir and orchestra. Fresh settings of traditional carols will include Dan Forrest&rsquo;s &ldquo;O Come, Let Us Adore Him,&rdquo; John Rutter&rsquo;s &ldquo;Shepherd&rsquo;s Pipe Carol,&rdquo; Courtney&rsquo;s evocative arrangement &ldquo;Mary Did You Know?&rdquo; and Peter Anglea&rsquo;s lyrical setting of &ldquo;Silent Night.&rdquo; The centerpiece of the program is Ralph Vaughan Williams&rsquo; &ldquo;Fantasia on Christmas Carols,&rdquo; for which he took familiar modal English Christmas tunes and enriched them with his romantic, harmonic language and a variety of instrumental combinations. In it, Williams&rsquo; selected Christmas carols include&nbsp;&ldquo;The Truth Sent from Above,&rdquo;&nbsp;&ldquo;Come All You Worthy Gentlemen,&rdquo;&nbsp;&ldquo;On Christmas Night,&rdquo;&nbsp;&ldquo;There Is a Fountain,&rdquo; and&nbsp;&ldquo;God Bless the Ruler of this House.&rdquo; For &ldquo;Fantasia on Christmas Carols,&rdquo; the Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the University Singers and vocal soloist Charles Reid.&nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;Welcome Christmas&rdquo; is a &ldquo;full-house&rdquo; event; doors will open promptly at 6:30 p.m. A free-will offering will be received, and no admission will be charged.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2018 17:31:55 +0000 Andrews Symphony Orchestra "Christmas Concert" <p> On Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at 8 p.m., the Andrews University Symphony Orchestra will be performing their &ldquo;Christmas Concert&rdquo; in the Howard Performing Arts Center on the campus of Andrews University. The Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Chris Wild, will perform with special guests&mdash;the Andrews University Singers and baritone vocal soloist Stephen Zork, professor of music and conductor of University Singers. The evening will feature extended musical selections from Peter Tchaikovsky&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Nutcracker&rdquo; as well as a sampling of English Christmas carols following intermission.</p> <p> The concert will begin with portions of Peter Tchaikovsky&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Nutcracker.&rdquo; Anytime &ldquo;The Nutcracker&rdquo; is performed, it usually involves some sort of curatorial interpretation, whether it be a dance production or instrumental selections. For example, the Joffrey Ballet company has a new production of the work that reinterprets it as occurring during the 1893 Chicago World&rsquo;s Fair rather than in the German village imagined by author E.T.A. Hoffmann. By the time of this concert, Walt Disney Studios will have contributed a completely new adaptation with its film titled &ldquo;The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.&rdquo; To enable orchestras to perform the ballet without dance, Tchaikovsky completed an instrumental &ldquo;Suite&rdquo; in 1892 that features eight orchestral excerpts from the ballet. For the purposes of this concert, the &ldquo;Suite&rdquo; does not suffice since it leaves out some of the ballet&rsquo;s most memorable musical moments. Therefore, the Symphony Orchestra&rsquo;s December 1 performance will feature approximately half of the ballet&rsquo;s music, enabling the listener to perceive the full arc of the ballet&rsquo;s story.</p> <p> The second half of the concert will include two compositions by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872&ndash;1958) for which he took familiar English Christmas tunes and enriched them with his Romantic harmonic language and a variety of instrumental combinations. For Vaughan Williams&rsquo; &ldquo;Fantasia on Christmas Carols,&rdquo; the Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the University Singers and vocal soloist Stephen Zork, professor. In it, Vaughan Williams&rsquo; selected Christmas Carols include &ldquo;The Truth Sent From Above,&rdquo; &ldquo;Come All You Worthy Gentlemen,&rdquo; &ldquo;On Christmas Night,&rdquo; &ldquo;There Is A Fountain&rdquo; and &ldquo;God Bless the Ruler of this House.&rdquo; The Symphony Orchestra will also perform a second &ldquo;Fantasia&rdquo; by Vaughan Williams, one based upon the English folk tune &ldquo;Greensleeves,&rdquo; that features the orchestra&rsquo;s string section, flutes and guest harpist for the evening. The evening will close with American composer Leroy Anderson&rsquo;s stirring medley of Christmas Carols titled &ldquo;A Christmas Festival,&rdquo; which includes excerpts from &ldquo;Joy to the World,&rdquo; &ldquo;Deck the Halls,&rdquo; &ldquo;God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,&rdquo; &ldquo;Good King Wenceslas,&rdquo; &ldquo;Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,&rdquo; &ldquo;The First Noel,&rdquo; &ldquo;Silent Night,&rdquo; &ldquo;Jingle Bells&rdquo; and &ldquo;O Come, All Ye Faithful.&rdquo;</p> <p> Conducted by Chris Wild, the Andrews University Symphony Orchestra is the core ensemble of the orchestral program at Andrews. In addition to their current series at the Howard Performing Arts Center, the Andrews Symphony Orchestra travels within the Great Lakes region as well as internationally. Since 2006, the orchestra has performed in Italy, Austria, Germany, France, Philippines and Costa Rica.</p> <p> Tickets can be purchased at Prices are $6 for general admission and $4 for students and seniors (limit two tickets per student ID). For more information, call the Howard Box Office at 269-471-3560.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2018 17:28:07 +0000 Transforming Worldview(s) Conference <p> You know your symposium is a grand success when people are still discussing its subject long after the event has ended. From October 18&ndash;20, 2018, the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary (under the leadership of Ante Jeroncic and Ji&rcaron;&iacute; Moskala) held a worldview symposium that stimulated much enriching discussion. This important event was sponsored by the Adventist Theological Society and Biblical Research Institute&mdash;the theme being &ldquo;Transforming Worldview(s): Biblical Faithfulness in a Pluralistic Age.&rdquo; In addition to the promised academic exploration of the &ldquo;significance of worldview formation for Adventist identity, theology and mission,&rdquo; attendees were led to examine their own worldview and its impact on their spirituality and ministry.</p> <p> The symposium&rsquo;s keynote speaker, Kevin J. Vanhoozer, research professor of systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Theological Seminary in Deerfield, Illinois, presented a topic titled &ldquo;Being Biblical in a Pluralistic Academy.&rdquo; He used this presentation to establish the primacy of the Scriptures over every other resource, be it academic or otherwise. He punctuated his assertion by reminding his hearers of what was to be Israel&rsquo;s God-given response to pluralism. Moses&rsquo; counsel in Deuteronomy 4:5&ndash;6 reveals not just the primacy but the singular nature of the lens with which God provided His people: &ldquo;See, I have taught you decrees and laws as the Lord my God commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it. Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, &lsquo;Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people&rsquo;&rdquo; (NIV).</p> <p> Vanhoozer further declared that, &ldquo;If faith&rsquo;s influence is failing today, it may be because we (as Christians) have failed at connecting the Bible to this age. Living biblically is not just following principles but living what God the Father is doing through the Son and Spirit to redeem creation.&rdquo; This thought-provoking statement led a number of seminarians to a self-examination of their witnessing influence toward others.</p> <p> The critical question for the weekend lay in determining the length and breadth of biblical thinking and living. Is the biblical worldview to be the sole, primary one or a secondary contributing factor that guides our perspectives, practices, ministries, policies and rules of life?</p> <p> One of the most impacting and often repeated statements came from Kwabena Donkor&rsquo;s Sabbath sermon, &ldquo;Worldview, Deception and Christ.&rdquo; In sharing the Colossian church&rsquo;s struggle with divergent worldviews, Donkor, associate director, Biblical Research Institute, stressed the fact that such struggles remain in Christ&rsquo;s church today. As an example, he noted that in his country, Ghana, &ldquo;we struggle with a certain ontology that embodies a hierarchy of beings in a certain order: God, angels, spirits, ancestors, male, female. This is the African ontology. And this has significant implications for how we live our lives&hellip;and impacts us spiritually.&rdquo; The collective verbal responses emitting from the congregation indicated that he made a very critical point, and it was received. His revelation brilliantly highlighted the issue of dual allegiances and the relevance of this issue to those who are in the business of soul winning.</p> <p> <strong>WORLDVIEW: THE CONCEPT</strong><br /> Essential to the symposium was the revelation of the dynamic nature of the term &ldquo;worldview.&rdquo; Each presenter highlighted a specific nuance of the concept, and some redefined it altogether.</p> <p> Bruce Bauer, director of the Doctor of Missiology program at Andrews University, began with a more traditional view of the concept, establishing that &ldquo;worldview is the totality of the culturally structured images and assumptions (including value and commitment or allegiance assumptions) by which a people both perceive and respond to reality.&rdquo;</p> <p> For Larry Lichtenwalter, president, dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, and director, Adventist Institute for Islamic and Arabic Studies at Middle East University in Beirut, Lebanon, &ldquo;The essence of a worldview lies deep in the inner recesses of the human self. It is situated within one&rsquo;s self. It involves the mind but is more a matter of the heart than of the mind. It touches the soul. It is an ethical and spiritual orientation.&rdquo;</p> <p> Encouraging attendees to see two aspects of the concept, John C. Peckham, professor of theology and Christian philosophy at Andrews University, noted, &ldquo;Worldview in the minimal sense might refer to some core beliefs that shape one&rsquo;s perspective of reality, and worldview in the maximal sense may refer to the totality of one's experiences that shape one&rsquo;s overall perspective of reality.&rdquo;</p> <p> Martin Hanna, associate professor of systematic theology at Andrews University, took hold of a surgeon&rsquo;s knife and dissected the term for his hearers explaining that &ldquo;a worldview facilitates science-theology dialogue by the way it answers questions of epistemology (how do we know?), ontology (what do we know?) and axiology (how should we respond to our knowledge?).&rdquo;</p> <p> <strong>WORLDVIEW: THE IMPLICATIONS</strong><br /> With the necessary definitions in place, attendees were taken on thought-provoking journeys that revealed profound implications.</p> <p> Speaking in relation to the Christian university, Vanhoozer, in his keynote address, asserted that &ldquo;the biblical story of the triune God&rsquo;s self-communication to creation ought to be the ground and grammar of the social imaginary that serves as the unifying framework of the Christian university.&rdquo; Elaborating further, he put forth the idea that &ldquo;every Christian scholar ought to follow Plantinga&rsquo;s advice to Christian philosophers to let faith rather than secular concerns set your discipline&rsquo;s agenda or dictate its methods.&rdquo;</p> <p> When it comes to Bible study, exegesis and theology formation, Ed Zinke, retired associate director of the Biblical Research Institute, made it clear that &ldquo;we cannot come to Scripture through any other philosophical system than Scripture itself if we are to understand the biblical worldview. Neither is it appropriate to synthesize Scripture with other worldviews, if we are truly to come to a biblical understanding of our world. Our concept of God, Scripture, faith, epistemology, etc., must all come from Scripture. We must accept the power of Scripture, God&rsquo;s Word, above that of all other human philosophies or disciplines.&rdquo;</p> <p> Lichtenwalter and Boubakar Sanou, assistant professor of world mission at Andrews University, offered perspectives relating to mission. Lichtenwalter&rsquo;s work with Muslims has led to the understanding that &ldquo;in order to effectively engage Muslims on the level of either their internal narrative or their exterior practice, Adventists must first grasp the implications of their own distinctive biblically informed worldview and faith in relation to that of Islam. Only then can they more fully understand the implications of Islamic worldview and the nature of Islam within their Great Controversy metanarrative. Only then can they better intuit the existential impact which Islamic worldview has on the heart, soul and everyday life of a Muslim.&rdquo;</p> <p> Using the Bible as his primary source, Sanou reminded attendees that &ldquo;Scripture narrates the various missionary endeavors undertaken by God to redeem humanity. Because humans are all influenced and limited by the assumptions of their worldview, God takes into consideration various aspects of their less-than-perfect contextual frame of reference in the process of revealing his Word so that they can understand His revelations and meaningfully relate to Him. With this precedent, biblical scholars who care about the spiritual transformation and growth of their audiences must be acquainted not only with the principles and methods for interpreting Scripture, but also with the principles and methods for interpreting the context of their audiences.&rdquo;</p> <p> In the final presentation of the symposium, Bauer presented the topic &ldquo;The Importance of Worldview Change in the Conversion Process.&rdquo; His paper revealed sobering realities regarding our conversion numbers. He pointed out that &ldquo;too often Adventists only stress the importance of converting a person&rsquo;s belief system and changing their behavior to reflect Seventh-day Adventist lifestyle and behavior in the conversion process and neglect dealing with the deep cultural values and assumptions. This lack often contributes to syncretism and dual allegiance.&rdquo; His presentation shed light on the danger of &ldquo;neglecting worldview change in the conversion process and offer[ed] several missiological suggestions for remedying this situation.&rdquo;</p> <p> With such eye-opening realities, an obvious question begged to be asked&mdash;and Moskala asked it when he moderated the panel discussion: &ldquo;How do you transform a person&rsquo;s worldview?&rdquo; In answer to that very necessary question, Sanou offered the following wisdom: &ldquo;We know God is out there where we have not yet been. Since He is there&hellip;we should pray and ask God to reveal to us where He is already at work in other people&rsquo;s lives. And then it is our job to only join God, on God&rsquo;s terms.&rdquo; This sentiment was shared by the panelists who, in their own way, surmised that worldview transformation is, ultimately, God&rsquo;s very necessary work.</p> <p> To find out more about the symposium and its presenters, contact Ante Jeroncic, associate professor of ethics and theology, Andrews University, at <a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2018 17:26:13 +0000 2018 Children's Leadership Conference <p> Over the weekend of October 12&ndash;13, 2018, the Center for Youth Evangelism hosted the 2018 Children's Leadership Conference at Andrews University. Ministry leaders, seminary students and interested parents came from near and far. This year's theme was &ldquo;The Domino Effect: Empowering Children to Reach Children!&rdquo; The conference provided attendees with what they desired most: a unique encounter with God and practical ministry training.</p> <p> A well-chosen group of presenters shared from the wealth of their tried experiences in local, national and international fields:</p> <ul> <li> Trina Ware, children&rsquo;s ministries director, South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventists</li> <li> Don MacLafferty, president, In Discipleship</li> <li> Francini Reis, NAD children&rsquo;s ministries</li> <li> Robin Galon, children&rsquo;s ministries specialist</li> <li> Pamela Daly, children&rsquo;s ministry director, Lake Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists</li> <li> Justo Morales, associate ministerial and Hispanic ministries director, Illinois Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and Rosa Morales, bilingual literacy coach, Naperville School District of Illinois</li> </ul> <p> Their deep sense of commitment to reaching children and empowering them to reach others was evident. Engaging and practical demonstrations enabled participants to come away from the conference charged with useful ministry tips and renewed inspiration.</p> <p> Second-year seminarian Aubrey Toup reflects, &ldquo;I left the conference feeling that if we can break things down into something hands-on, fun and memorable, we can reach our children with the gospel and remind ourselves of its power too.&rdquo;</p> <p> The power of the Children&rsquo;s Leadership Conference was the foundational truth that children are to be intentionally evangelized and discipled because Jesus has called them, too, and they are quite capable.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2018 17:11:27 +0000 Andrews Signs Agreement with Ghana Ambassador <p> On Monday, Nov. 12, Andrea Luxton, president, signed a formal partnership agreement with the government of Ghana at a meeting with His Excellency, Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, the 19th ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to the United States of America.</p> <p> The agreement is part of the Ghanaian government&rsquo;s commitment to expand educational opportunities for its citizens, including a focus on assuring a free senior high school education for each of its citizens and expanding opportunities within Ghana and throughout the world for university-level education.</p> <p> This new agreement will welcome its first participants in summer 2019.</p> <p> &ldquo;Andrews University is proud to be one of the most ethnically and internationally diverse national universities in the United States, and this agreement with the government of Ghana expands and deepens our commitment to be a place where world changers are made,&rdquo; says Luxton.</p> <p> &ldquo;In my professional experience, I&rsquo;ve had the opportunity to see the impact and possibilities that come with further education. If we talk about socio-economic development in our society, and of Ghana in particular, I believe that will best and truly come as we invest in our students and open the door to the possibilities of the future that come with further education,&rdquo; says Adjei-Barwuah, who was educated in Ghana, England and the United States and who has taught in universities in England.</p> <p> Individuals who would like to be considered for participation in this partnership should send an email to <a href=""></a>. For a full list of requirements for international students, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:43:52 +0000 Interfaith Prayer Service <p> An interfaith prayer service took place on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Over 200 individuals attended the standing room only program, which promoted solidarity and healing and took a stand against all forms of hate and prejudice.</p> <p> Following the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Interfaith Committee of the Andrews University Community Engagement Council reached out to the Temple B&rsquo;nai Shalom of Benton Harbor and together they began to plan the service. Southwest Michigan&rsquo;s Interfaith Peace &amp; Justice Collaborative and The First Hebrew Congregation of South Haven joined the effort as co-sponsors.</p> <p> The program began with a welcome from Marcus Muhammad, Benton Harbor mayor, who shared both a Scripture reading and a reading from the Quran. He commented, &ldquo;I would like to challenge those who are here today to take this as a moment of new opportunity, freedom, love and justice for all, regardless of creed or religion.&rdquo;</p> <p> Teresa Reeve, chair of the Interfaith Committee at Andrews University, introduced the evening&rsquo;s focus on prayer in the midst of mourning. She said, &ldquo;Your action in being here tonight can help take some of the momentum out of the tide of hate that surrounds us. We share profound commonalities as we gather tonight&hellip;and we believe there is no place for hatred among God&rsquo;s children.&rdquo;</p> <p> Christian, Muslim and Jewish calls to prayer were offered by various local faith leaders, and two inspirational musical selections provided messages of overcoming and healing.</p> <p> Diane Rapaport Yampolsky, of Temple B&rsquo;nai Shalom, shared the reflection, saying, &ldquo;I am a Jew because wherever there is suffering the Jew weeps&hellip;I am a Jew because we must be partners in God&rsquo;s creation.&rdquo;</p> <p> Significantly, candles were lit in honor of the victims of the Pittsburgh shooting&mdash;one for each victim and a twelfth for all others who have been victims of hate.</p> <p> Attendees were given opportunity to participate in a litany that talked of moving forward. They read, &ldquo;Amidst the darkness of hatred, we advance the light of love. Amidst the threats of violence, we advance the balm of peace&hellip;We come together, different people from different places, united in a common humanity and seeking a common good. In that there is hope.&rdquo;</p> <p> A representative of each of the three Abrahamic faiths (Christian, Muslim and Jewish) shared a Scripture, prayer and/or contemplation. Barry Fidelman, of the First Hebrew Congregation of South Haven, shared his struggle to come to terms with the events in Pittsburgh. Ultimately, he says he realized, &ldquo;It was me.&rdquo; He explained that he or anyone else who passes by an act of hate or injustice without standing up against it shares in the responsibility for such acts that follow. &ldquo;There are three choices: anger, teaching and apathy&hellip;Yes, my apathy killed these people. I have always been afraid of losing friends or alienating business associates by calling them on their racist comments. I will choose never to miss a teaching opportunity again. Our generation must shed the moniker of the &lsquo;generation of the ostrich&rsquo;!&rdquo;</p> <p> Time was also given for silent prayer and stone laying, a custom within the Jewish faith that commemorates the deceased. In this setting, the stones also symbolized a commitment to build a better world. Sid Mohn, convenor of Interfaith Action, ended the evening, saying, &ldquo;Now this sacred time of gathering comes to a close, but we leave vowing to birth another sacred time&mdash;a time where love and inclusion and justice will again be the hallmarks of this community and this our fractured nation. We leave now to act&mdash;to act as people of faith, hand in hand, building justice, repairing this our world.&rdquo;</p> <p> After the program, Reeve reflected, &ldquo;I have seldom been in a room where the spirit of peace and harmony and dedication was so strong and palpable. This happened because people cared enough to reach outside their comfort zones and go beyond what fit in their busy schedules. God is good for planting the idea and bringing us all together!&rdquo;</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:40:36 +0000 2018 HMS Richards Lectureship <p> When attendees took their seat for the 2018 H.M.S. Richards Lectureship held October 28&ndash;29, they little expected the treat that was to come.</p> <p> The annual H.M.S. Richards Lectureship on Biblical Preaching, coordinated by Hyveth Williams, chair, featured guest lecturer Donald Sunukjian of Biola University. Sunukjian&rsquo;s lecture taught seminarians how to use their words to create pictures in the minds of their audience, in order to keep them engaged and attentive. He highlighted the importance of doing this by noting that &ldquo;today&rsquo;s culture is dominated by images&rdquo; and stressed that speakers have to know how to take hold of the mind&rsquo;s eye.</p> <p> Elaborating on this idea, Sunukjian presented three ways for this to be done:</p> <ol> <li> Expand on the biblical author&rsquo;s original images so that listeners can form a mental picture of them.</li> <li> Create contemporary images similar to the author&rsquo;s to convey the same meaning.</li> <li> Describe contemporary situations and scenarios of how the biblical truth &ldquo;shows up&rdquo; in the lives of listeners.</li> </ol> <p> Attendees were reminded that these techniques were used by two of the best speakers in the world: Jesus and Paul. &ldquo;Use your voice,&rdquo; he encouraged, &ldquo;like men of God have used theirs all through time. Forget PowerPoints and movie clips. Rummage through your life and the lives of others for relevant illustrations.&rdquo;</p> <p> For Monday&rsquo;s worship in the Chapel, Sunukjian did just that. He artfully demonstrated the use of storytelling as an attention grabber and a handy exegetical tool. Seizing 1 Corinthians 10:13 as the basis of his sermon, &ldquo;Quick as a Wink and a Snail&rsquo;s Pace,&rdquo; Sunukjian expanded the meaning of the text and discussed applicable contexts which highlighted the faithfulness of God and relevance to the lives of the audience. During the second portion of his presentation, Sunukjian deftly shifted his presentation style, demonstrating the kind of speaking he had been describing throughout his lectures.</p> <p> The lecturer-turned-storyteller held the audience in rapt attention as he used his words to recreate scenes from his own experience with temptation and God&rsquo;s faithfulness. His was an experience that the seminarians could all relate to: ministry envy. The genius of his storytelling laid not in his transparency or humor but in his masterful use of story to explain the innards of the text he had so deftly pried open. Shifting again, the storyteller, now turned pied piper, ended by leading the unsuspecting congregation to feel the weighty sense of honor toward them that God has and desires to convey in every pre-weighed trial. The apostle Paul&rsquo;s point was made. With that accomplished, Sunukjian was done and, after a brief pause, his audience erupted in sounds of praise to God and acclamation for having experienced such a meaningful and surprising treat.</p> <p> DVDs of Sunukjian&rsquo;s presentation may be requested from Hyveth Williams at <a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:33:02 +0000