09 Oct 2014 BrianTaylor

Community

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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

03 Oct 2014 JaclynHenegar

Worship and Confession: The Same Word

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Regent University - worshipWe 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

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

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