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

18 Sep 2014 RyanSmith

The Legacy Left Behind

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Regent University - Orientation LeadersIn June, the monotonous slow crawl of summer was broken by the sounds of laughter and shouting as incoming freshmen flooded Regent’s campus. It was SOAR, Summer Orientation Advising and Registration, and droves of young high school grads had traveled from all over to come get their first glimpse of Regent as an accepted student. A large banner flew high over the Library Plaza and bright colors adorned every doorway – blue, orange, green, purple, pink, and red. Regent was coming to life, not in an eerie way like Frankenstein’s monster resurrected from the dead, but more like the budding blossoms of spring that seem to remember their old song as the sun calls them forth. Now the sun was shining on me, and in the same way, an old forgotten song from my own time here at Regent had begun to stir deep inside my chest. I recalled earlier days when I first stepped on that very same brick-paved plaza. Read more

15 Sep 2014 BrianTaylor

You Don’t Have to Do It Alone

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Regent University - communityAs we begin the process of a new school year on campus at Regent University, there is all kinds of buzz going around in the wake of the recent deaths of both Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall; especially in light of the circumstances surrounding the death of Robin Williams. Both of these actors made great contributions to the world of film and stage. Read more

12 Sep 2014 ErinCofield

School Year’s Resolutions

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Regent University - School  YearHere we are again at the beginning of another school year. An old Staples commercial used the Christmas song, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” to describe how parents feel about this season of supply lists, schedules, and sports tryouts.

While I am not careening through the aisles gleefully, I will admit to a certain excitement about the start of the new school year– but not for the reason you may think. While I always look forward to getting back to the “routine” of concrete bedtimes, homework, and yes, less junk food, the real reason I love the start of the school year is this: It’s the perfect time for New Year’s Resolutions. You might be thinking I’m about 8 months late on this. So if it helps, we’ll call this “School Year’s Resolution” instead. Read more

10 Sep 2014 VictoriaHedman

Reflections on a Boring, Yet Necessary Task

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Here we are again at the beginning of another school year. An old Staples commercial used the Christmas song, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” to describe how parents feel about this season of supply lists, schedules, and sports tryouts. While I am not careening through the aisles gleefully, I will admit to a certain excitement about the start of the new school year-- but not for the reason you may think. While I always look forward to getting back to the “routine” of concrete bedtimes, homework, and yes, less junk food, the real reason I love the start of the school year is this: It’s the perfect time for New Year’s Resolutions. You might be thinking I’m about 8 months late on this. So if it helps, we’ll call this “School Year’s Resolution” instead.  This is my oldest child’s senior year. I know that it will fly by, for him and for me. This is the last first day of school he will have in grade school. And on that first day, as I have every year for 12 years, I will ask him about his goals for this year. Every year we set a goal, hoping that by June it is a reality.  Whether it is to make better grades, be more organized, or just simply to pass the class, setting a goal seems to cement the idea that this year will be different than the last.    For the past two years, the kids in my family aren’t the only ones making School Year’s Resolutions in August. My husband and I both went back to school last year and so now we, too, are setting goals, along with making sure we have several sharpened pencils and notebooks for every class.  What about you? What’s your School Year’s Resolution? Perhaps this is the year you complete every assignment on time. Or this could be the year you improve your GPA by 1 point (or more).  But along with our academic goals, what if we evaluated our spiritual state, as well? What if God has something more in store for you? Maybe it’s not the books in your backpack that need to be dusted off, but the Bible on your nightstand. Maybe having a sharpened pencil isn’t as important for you as having a friend who sharpens you (Proverbs 27:17). What is God asking you to do this school year?  Set a goal for yourself this year spiritually and academically. And then make that goal a reality.The end of summer is fast approaching. It feels like I was just getting off the plane in Anchorage, ready to start the summer off and now I’m preparing to return to Virginia Beach and Regent for my senior year of college. The anticipation builds. I don’t know what the new year will bring. It’s as if I’m waiting for a roller coaster to lurch forward–there is a knowledge of what will come, but knowing what the ride is like and actually going on it are two different things. Read more

15 Aug 2014 BrianTaylor

In Times Like This

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Regent University - sunsetThis week was not an easy one for me and my family. We spent the week in mourning as my grandmother made her transition to her eternal home in Heaven. While I can honestly say that I nor my family grieve as others might grieve who have no hope, it is no less disheartening knowing that the presence of my grandmother is no longer with us physically. In traveling back to my home in Baltimore, Maryland, I took note of the many changes that had taken place, not only in the geography, but also in many of the people that I have known over the years. Read more

07 Aug 2014 ElizabethMorrison

Mission Trips: Let’s Try Something New

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Regent University - sponsor childHey readers! I hope your summer is going swimmingly (pun intended)! This summer, I’m focusing largely on this blog and my personal blog, along with gaining support and sponsors for the charity I am involved with. Every summer I find myself stuck in the house with nothing to do, having surrendered to the oppressive heat outside. I thought it was time to actually do something productive!

I am a child ambassador for World Vision International. We provide kids and communities in poverty with the resources to start building a decent infrastructure in their area. I’ve been sponsoring a child in Costa Rica since last April. She’s six years old and is entering the 1st grade. Her dad is a farm laborer and doesn’t make enough to send her or her sisters to school. Having learned this, I stepped in. A few months later, I applied to be an ambassador. I was accepted and given the task of finding sponsors for 10 kids a year. At first, I thought this would be the easiest thing I’ve ever done! However, I was so wrong. Read more

05 Aug 2014 ErinCofield

Not Used for Purpose Intended

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Regent University - Not for Purpose IntendedA long time ago, WAY back in 2002, Rick Warren published a book simply titled, “The Purpose Driven Life.” Since then, the book has become the bestselling hardback non-fiction book in history, and is the second most-translated book in the world, after the Bible. Apparently, there are a LOT of people who want to know what their purpose is, and also how to live according to that purpose.

Businesses often outline a purpose, usually referred to as their “mission statement.” Regent University’s mission statement is: “[To serve] as a center of Christian thought and action to provide excellent education through a Biblical perspective and global context equipping Christian leaders to change the world.”

What about you? Do you have purpose statement? Do you believe that you have a purpose to your life?

The Bible says you do. God designed you with a purpose in mind. Yes, God designed you with a broad, global purpose (to worship Him and glorify Him) but also a very specific purpose–one that only you can accomplish. Read more