The Pentecostal idolizes tongues and healing and the evangelicals condemn them. The evangelical idolizes leadership and receives praise. I grow tired of the arduous leadership propaganda of our low church. Could it be that when our Lord told his apostles to be lowly servants he meant what he said? How is it that the church has constructed an inversion of Christ’s message? He did not tell his apostles to lead, but to serve in love.
Walking in truth is not as easy as I once thought. As a college student, it is easy to catch yourself trying to live up to other’s expectations. Life in the House of Veritas has not always been easy for me, but looking back I see how God used different circumstances to impact the person I am today.
Taylor graduated from CIU with a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies. He currently is the programs director at Camp Living Stones where he teaches students about the global mission of God.
After returning from a couple of years living and learning in North Africa, my wife and I came back to the States in order to spend five intentional years processing our experiences and seeking future direction. Unlike most that pursue graduate studies
Let us not kill one more moment of the grandest gift of all - life itself.
"Truth be told, most of us are faking our way through life. We pick only those battles we are sure to win, only those adventures we are sure to handle, only those beauties we are sure to rescue." - John Eldredge (Wild at Heart)
The degree of one's manhood can be defined by what a man is willing to do for their most loved ones. You can agree or disagree with this statement, but it is the way I have always looked at a man's life
I’m a student. I’m a collegiate athlete. I’m a youth pastor’s wife. I’m a friend, sister, daughter and employee. My life encompasses several roles I fulfill on a daily basis which is often very challenging. How on earth do I manage it? To be honest, I don’t know. A year ago, I never would have been able to accomplish this much. However, the lessons I have learned over the years prepared me for this time and I have a hunch these few lessons are the secret to my success.
Spring is a season of new birth, warmer weather, and in America’s public schools, standardized testing. Several springs ago I was a high school English teacher. The day arrived when all 10th graders across the state of South Carolina would take the first of a series of tests called the HSAP (High School Assessment Program). At my high school where 99% of our student body was African American and most of the students were eligible for free and reduced meals, this acronym spiked fear in students and teachers alike. We knew we were a low performing school: our standardized tests scores for the past few years were extremely low. No one wants to belong to a low performing school. Low performing schools drag down the mean for a district’s more affluent schools and prompt district administrators to eye the principal, teachers, and students with suspicion and resentment.
Each year at Columbia International University, a group of students majoring in Youth Ministry travel to Costa Rica to work side-by-side with a local church and explore this amazing country. The experience gives them skills in leading and serving others cross-culturally.
If “hospitality” was an inkblot in a Rorschach test, my first thoughts would be: Southern, superficial, stilted, and fake. I instinctively think of Southern ladies sitting on their porches, sipping sweet tea and gossiping about everyone in the neighborhood. I think of Hilly Holbrook, Elizabeth Leefolt, and Skeeter from Kathryn Stockett’s The Help playing a game of bridge. I think of Emily Gilmore from Gilmore Girls, entertaining guests with her perfect manners and polite dinner conversation.
Before I went to college that was all I knew of hospitality. To me, its denotation was being a perfect hostess, setting an extravagant table, and striving to impress all of the guests. And its connotation was very negative. Then I went to college and learned how wrong I was.
kindled. produced by Christine Benz
Last Thursday night, we took time to tell stories. Everyone loves to hear a good story; moreover, everyone loves to tell a good story. Whether it's to a large group or to a few close friends, there is something special about crafting a tale full of suspense and wonder. Humans are storytellers by nature. We want to feel heard and valued. There is something unique about looking into a friend’s eyes and knowing you have them completely captivated. Stories are essential to our nature because stories are essential to God’s nature. All of humanity is a divine novel. God uses man as a living narrative, to tell of creation, fall, redemption, and new creation.
Welcome to Blue & Gold: a mixture of advice for incoming freshmen, student life highlights, and professors' insights into living with a biblical worldview. In short, everything a CIU student needs to know or a place to inform yourself before you apply!