Category: Community

09 Mar 2015 FirstNameLastName

Urban Plunge Day One

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This week, several Regent University students are spending their spring break caring for others during the annual URBAN PLUNGE. Follow their journey on this daily blog, and #RUMission on Twitter. Shea Savage ’15 (College of Arts & Sciences) reports on DAY ONE.


Ever since God pressed gave me the desire to volunteer on this trip, my life has been completely topsy-turvy. He provided unexpected financial help and showed me how He’d been preparing me to take a more active responsibility in ministry through prayer, praise and Scripture and even the words and encouragement of friends. He’d brought many identity issues to light and dealt with them swiftly and dramatically. And in this fresh season that coincided with this new semester, I knew He was telling me, “Now take all the glory I’ve poured into you and pour it into others for Me.”


I’ve done homeless ministry before, I’ve done children’s ministry before, and I’ve done youth ministry before, but it’s always been local until now. So in some ways I felt “qualified,” but in another more frightful way I knew I had no idea what I was in for and was completely under-prepared.


I’ve heard again and again the potential woes of short-term missions work, and how great and common the potential for abuse, misuse, condescension and vanity, not actually serving others in Jesus’ name, but serving ourselves and our name in the guise of humility.


I was, and to some extent still am terrified about that possibility. I’d rather not go at all then go with a bad heart and spread my words and actions rather than the Spirit’s. I can’t imagine that I could help anyone. And I can’t.


The thing is, I have a double-minded heart. I have corruption and evil. I have bad intentions. I can do no good thing at all. I am a wretched man, a blind guide to the blind and absolutely devoid of righteousness.

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30 Oct 2014 JaclynHenegar

Study and See Responses

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Regent University - studyA few weeks ago I challenged students to practice the spiritual discipline of study. The challenge: For your study sessions with the Lord this week, find a passage of Scripture that is no more than ten verses long. For at least thirty minutes, study and meditate on those few verses with the Lord. See responses from our Campus Ministries team below.

Breanne Thornton, Regent Serves Apprentice, said:

“Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be. Ask the former generations and find out what their ancestors learned.” Job 8:7-8

These words were spoken to Job to give him hope and direction during a time of great loss. God used these verses to speak into my own life two things: the importance of patience and the importance of learning from those before me. Read more

22 Oct 2014 BrianTaylor

Reading at Regent

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Regent University - LibraryOne of the greatest things about the month of October is the fact that all around the country, people are celebrating National Book Month. his is special tome because I love reading books. In fact, one of my dreams is to become a published author. To that end, I’ve spent quite a few hours perusing the library on campus at Regent University. I count it a privilege to know that so many great authors have studied and graduated from here. What’s even greater is that some of their works can be found here. Read more

20 Oct 2014 VictoriaHedman

Reflections on Fellowship

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Regent University - fellowshipThe amount of fellowship I see among students is one thing that I’ve always appreciated about Regent. It’s amazing what brings people together. It’s even more remarkable that these sorts of gatherings happen regularly. Despite busy class schedules, extracurricular activities, and homework, students always find the time to meet together. Events such as prayer meetings, sharing food, or watching a favorite T.V. show draw students into groups like birds to a feeder.

I enjoy cooking and the end result is often enjoyed by more than just myself. In the three years that I’ve been a part of the Regent community I’ve been a witness to the strength of the love that members of this community have for each other in different forms.

To say that the community fostered at Regent is a support system would be over -simplifying the relationships between students. For example, last year I saw a group of students come together to raise money for a plane ticket home for an exchange student. That goes beyond offering support and sympathy—that’s taking action and meeting a need. I think that is a big part of having fellowship with others. It’s a lifestyle modeled by both Jesus and the apostles in Scripture:

“And they continued steadfastly in the Apostle’s doctrine and fellowship, and in the breaking of bread, and in prayers…And they, continuing daily with one accord in the Temple, and breaking bread from house to house did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people…” (Acts 2:42, 46,47a).

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Salmon–cooked by me and shared with others.

Getting together and shooting the breeze is great. However, friendship and fellowship is also about taking the initiative to be engaged in the lives of others on multiple levels. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been given hugs, been prayed for, and shared meals with others over the past few years. These are practical ways that people show that they care and I’ve been encouraged more than words can say by those small expressions.

These actions are a reflection of the attitude of service and love that dominated the early church, actions that should be a norm among believers. The love that God has given us for one another is a practical sort. It requires action. So, I encourage you to reach out to those around you. It doesn’t have to be big deal. Just take the time to engage someone. The effects are greater than you know.

13 Oct 2014 ErinCofield

4 Lessons I Learned From Unfriending Facebook

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Regent University - devicesOur society is addicted to the “update.” Facebook asks, “What’s on your mind?” and we are happy to answer. What’s on our mind, our plates and our calendars. Twitter asks us to make it concise– 140 characters or less, please– and we edit our experiences down, re-tweeting and hash-tagging accordingly. As soon as we take a picture on our smart phones, we upload it to Instagram, smack a filter on that bad boy, and share it with the world. Whether we are in a meeting, a museum, or a mosque, we are never out of reach from the rest of the world. So what happens when the “convenience” becomes… inconvenient? Read more

09 Oct 2014 BrianTaylor


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Regent University - professor and studentWe can laugh about it now, but as children many of us watched shows like Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and Sesame Street. We were enamored by the interactions that took place between the different characters. Whether it was Ernie and Bert, Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupagus, or Mr. Rogers and all of the people in the Land of Make Believe, we all saw what it meant to be in community. On Sesame Street in particular, you’d often see the importance in getting to know the people in your community by singing the song “Who are the People in Your Neighborhood?” Read more

02 Oct 2014 BrianTaylor

Getting Connected at Regent University

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Regent University - fountainAs I listened to our Chancellor, Dr. Pat Robertson give his inaugural address at the Chancellor’s Chapel, I was reminded that in everything that we do, no matter how big it becomes, it begins in seed form. As is customary of the first Chapel of the year, Dr. Robertson recounts to the students, faculty and staff of the humble beginnings of Regent University. The key point in it all for me is found in the scripture he quotes which says, “Despise not the day of small beginnings (Zech 4:10).” Read more

28 Sep 2014 ElizabethMorrison

Volunteering and the Struggle Within

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Regent University - Apprehensive faceHello friends. I can’t believe the summer is almost over and that it’s my last semester in college! For those of you who might be just starting, savor every minute of it and take lots of pictures. These are the best times of your life. To begin my school year on a good note, I decided to volunteer at my church to as a crew leader at Vacation Bible School (VBS). You have no idea how scary this is for me.

The photo I’ve included is my “I’m apprehensive face.” Read more

25 Sep 2014 BrianTaylor

When It All Comes Together

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Regent University - CAS AssemblyThings can all come together for you in ways that you don’t expect. This weekend alone, I had the opportunity to see the premiere of a movie called the Holy Ghost Movie, attend my local church where the subject was dealing with community, and participate in the first CAS Assembly event dealing with the subject of exiles. It all fit together so uniquely in the context of the earlier admonishing of Pastor Dan Backens, the speaker from Regent University’s 2014 Convocation.

The event that was held on this Monday dealt with what it means to be an exile  as a Christian. You get so many opinions of that word, and you see even greater how people have felt as a result of their own personal experiences. From one point, you realize that you’re not so different from someone else. In another aspect, you begin to see how someone who has had a different experience is more closely connected to you. In other words, you find your common ground. Read more

22 Sep 2014 BrianTaylor

Come, Holy Spirit

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Regent University - Convocation Director of Campus Ministries, Jason Peaks said, “It has been a tradition for generations that  Regent University dedicate its new faculty, staff and student leaders to the tasks of service” during the annual Convocation Service. Convocation is meant to be something that not only consecrates each person in the employ of Regent, but also to bridge the faith and fellowship of all who matriculate through the year of education, ministry, and worship.

Speaking at this years convocation was local pastor and Regent University alum Pastor Dan Backens, who is the senior pastor of local New Life Providence Church, a ” 5000 member multi-ethnic, multi-campus church in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Norfolk, Virginia.” Read more