Hey readers! I hope your fall is moving along well. It’s my last semester of school and I have a serious case of senioritis. Most days I wake up and have no desire to leave my warm bed or do any of the homework that I had assigned to me. Shocking right? I still keep charging up the mountain though, knowing that at the top awaits a diploma and hopefully a job offer. Read more
Our 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
We 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
We are excited to share a new blog category on the Out of the Ordinary blog: Realign. The purpose of the new Campus Ministries Realign blog series is to further the spiritual growth of students and readers by in-depth studies of the spiritual disciplines. We will share a bi-weekly post and challenge centered around a particular spiritual discipline. We encourage you to respond to the posts and challenges by commenting or submitting responses. Members of our Campus Ministries team will respond to he challenge here on the blog. We look forward to journeying with all of you and exploring the spiritual disciplines to realign ourselves to the Lord.
To kick start our Relaign series, we’ll talk about worship and confession. Read more
As 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
Hello 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
Things 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
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
In 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