Sean Myers has strong opinions about what it means to put God's will ahead of earthly desires. Photo by Darryl Webb
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Chapel: Look past ‘trinkets’ and see God’s gifts

January 27, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Chapel speaker Sean Myers urged the audience Monday to avoid “righteous swagger” and realize that God works through our weaknesses. Myers considers himself blessed to be in God’s service after a tumultuous childhood in which his parents both were drug addicts, and he said we all need to realize that we can be soldiers for Christ no matter how flawed we are — after all, look at all the major figures in the Bible — if we just ignore the messages of the modern world and turn to God for our needs.

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Albert Tate had a passionate Chapel message for the crowd in GCU Arena on Monday morning.
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Chapel: What is your response to God?

January 13, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Albert Tate of Fellowship Monrovia in Monrovia, Calif., lit up the Arena on Monday morning with a Chapel talk filled with humor and passion. Tate used a series of stories to describe what John 3:16 means to him.

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Spiritual Life, Theology blogs get the word out about GCU

January 07, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

New blog sites for Spiritual Life and the College of Theology debuted this week, giving faculty and staff another way to connect with students. Blogs for other colleges at the University are in the works.

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GCU CEO/President Brian Mueller addressed a large audience at the first Chapel of 2015 on Monday, and asked the question, "why can't there be more heaven on earth?"
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Chapel: Mueller calls for Biblical leadership

January 06, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The first Chapel of the new semester was an opportunity to recharge the campus after the winter break, and GCU President/CEO Brian Mueller provided the proper spark with a talk that challenged students to think big — and we mean really big. Mueller said the key to solving issues is an emphasis on Biblical leadership.

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Members of the Shafi family open some of their gifts Monday in GCU's Learning Lounge. The gifts were provided by staff in the University's Tempe office complex.
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Christmas comes early to Learning Lounge families

December 16, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Since it first began tutoring students at Alhambra High School last year, the Grand Canyon University Learning Lounge has been embraced by the campus community — faculty, staff and student tutors. On Monday, 15 months to the day after it opened its doors, the Learning Lounge got another big hug. This time, its teenaged clients came on campus, not for free help in reading, writing, math or other subjects, but to receive Christmas gifts from those jolly St. Nicks in the GCU Tempe office complex. Staff in the University’s international, College of Education Mid-Atlantic enrollment and non-degree/single course divisions brought dozens of gifts for three Alhambra students and their 17 family members. The delivery of gifts, including jeans and T-shirts, remote-control cars, roller backpacks and a “Frozen” waffle maker with pancake mix and syrup, came just a day after more than 350 children and their families in the GCU neighborhood visited campus for Canyon Cares Christmas. The annual event, supported by hundreds of faculty and staff members who purchased gifts and volunteered time, provided the guests lunch, crafts and visits to Santa in the Arena on Sunday afternoon. Alhambra junior Jane Sabuni and her sister, Lillian, came to the Learning Lounge […]

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New band, local churches highlight spring Chapel/theGathering

December 10, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Cooper Nelson GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University will continue its fall Chapel/theGathering theme, “Making a Difference,” in the spring semester with a new crop of pastors from West Valley churches scheduled to speak at the popular Monday morning service in GCU Arena. Chapel will remain at 11:15 a.m., with message-board announcements beginning at 11. Students and staff will hear messages from pastors from Fellowship Church, Catalyst Church, New City Church and Bethany Bible Church of Phoenix, along with Faith Bible Church and Church of the Cross of Glendale and Gateway Church of Scottsdale.  Pastors from East Valley parishes, including The Grove Church and Redemption Church, also will be on campus next semester. GCU’s Director of Spiritual Life Danielle Rinnier said a conscious effort was made to bring in pastors from churches near campus to encourage students to join local church communities and expand their worship habits. “We know Chapel isn’t a church service and we really want students to get involved with local churches,” Rinnier said. “We really want to allow students to hear the message from pastors of great local churches so they will hopefully reach out and try these churches and find a good fit.” Jared Ulrich, worship coordinator, held freshman-only auditions in […]

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GCU Today Magazine highlights revitalization plan

December 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The latest edition of GCU Today Magazine — featuring a comprehensive look at the University’s new plan to strengthen its west Phoenix neighborhood — is available here. The December issue also has a story about GCU nurturing its spiritual-life roots, a feature on the men’s basketball team’s debut on the national sports stage and an article about what a new name and a new dean mean for students in the Colangelo College of Business. Don’t miss our stories about alumni Gustavo Anton’s journey to medical school and Michelle Lara’s road to recovery from a near-fatal accident, plus a profile of online student Komi Lokossou, a broadly smiling goodwill ambassador on GCU’s main campus.

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GCU students worship at Chapel last fall in the Arena. On average, about 5,000 people attend the service each week.
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Campus ministries a nurturing force for students

December 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Magazine The trinity of sacredly held campus ministries at Grand Canyon University — small group Bible studies, chapel services and local/global outreach activities — not only are surviving unprecedented student population growth, they are thriving amidst it. Call it a God thing. “The more people who come, the more opportunities we have to impact the kingdom, and it’s up to us to figure out how to reach them,” said Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin. “God is allowing thousands and thousands and thousands to come to this campus, and it’s a great opportunity that we don’t want to miss.” Upon Griffin’s arrival at GCU a little more than four years ago, he spelled out spiritual life at GCU and drew a line in the sand with Christian organizations clamoring to provide those services on campus. In those early days, Griffin might have felt like Daniel in the lion’s den. “We told them they were welcome on campus but that they would have to do something different from small groups, worship and outreach,” he said. “We defined our field of play, what the rules would be and how we would engage […]

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GCU's Dance Department will present its winter dance concert, "Balance/Opposition," this week in Ethington Theatre.
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Winter dance concert to explore opposing themes

December 02, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Faculty and students in GCU’s dance department have been working on their winter dance show, “Balance/Opposition,” since last fall. On Friday and Saturday, beginning at 7:30 p.m., the talented artists will present a sophisticated series of pieces that communicate the trials of humans through movement. Be prepared to laugh and cry.

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Chris Brown of North Coast Church was an animated and engaging storyteller at Chapel on Monday. Photo by Darryl Webb
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Chapel: Don’t limit your faith to ‘The Box’

December 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Chris Brown of North Coast Church in Vista, Calif., is an animated storyteller, scene-setter and humorist, and his Chapel talk Monday morning was filled with references to everything from genies to Pop-Tarts. He challenged listeners to examine whether they’re using God or truly worshipping Him and making Him central in their life.

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