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Ministry Forum delves into Scripture on the topic of baptism

October 06, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

What does the Bible say about whether babies should be baptized or whether the sacrament should wait until after an individual can profess his or her faith and join the body of Christ? As four faculty members from the GCU College of Theology pointed out during a Ministry Forum on campus Monday, a definitive Biblical answer is not available. The debate on paedobaptism (infant baptism) and credobaptism (believer’s baptism) continues.

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Enough with the excuses, God says: Follow Me!

October 06, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Jonah denied God’s wishes, doing an end run around Nineveh, and look where that got him?, Pastor Travis Hearn pointed out to a full GCU Chapel audience Monday morning. In challenging students and staff to get off their duffs and follow Jesus, Hearn admitted that path may not be easy. “The most dangerous prayer is whatever You want me to do and wherever you want me to go, I’m Yours,” he said. But, Hearn concluded, “When you give everything to God, He’s going to give everything back to you in ways that you never dreamed or imagined.”

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Brian Kruckenberg
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Covenant with God is about more than golden rule

September 29, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

In his Chapel talk Monday morning, Brian Kruckenberg of New City Church used Paul’s letter to the Galatians to teach the difference between a contract and a covenant — and the importance of not getting caught up in “rules-based faith.” “Covenants are always about grace, love and faith, not keeping a list of rules,” Kruckenberg said.

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Wade offers a makeover — on the inside — in Chapel talk

September 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Deb Wade, GCU’s vice president for counseling and psychological services, turned Chapel into an edition of “Extreme Makeover” Monday, but this transformation was designed to work on what’s inside us, not how we look on the outside. Wade urged everyone to stop dwelling on past hurts and focus on healing ourselves through the power and love of Christ.

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Lessons learned in ‘Work as Divine Calling’

September 21, 2015 / by / 2 Comments

The first Integration of Faith, Learning and Work “Lunch and Learn” for Grand Canyon University faculty featured two teachers who have an important perspective of “Work as Divine Calling.” The session drew an overflow crowd Friday to Howerton Hall.

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Tim Beal
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Beal: Nothing defective about how God uses you

September 15, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Tim Beal, college/young adults pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Chandler, delivered an unusual but highly effective Chapel talk Monday morning in which he challenged listeners to stop thinking they aren’t good enough to do God’s work. Beal made his point by underscoring how different he looks and sounds and how deficient he feels — and yet God chose him.

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Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin addresses Chapel
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Griffin: One thing we can expect — God’s love

August 31, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin used a funny story about his sixth-grade class trip to Disneyland to get into a message for students that everyone needs to hear: Expectations can drag us away from God if we aren’t careful. Keep Jesus as the centerpiece of your life, Griffin said, and remember that God is faithful and always forgives.

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Unity is world’s missing link, Mueller tells Chapel

August 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

President/CEO Brian Mueller kicked off the 2015-16 Chapel sessions with an emotional talk about what he sees as one of the most critical things in the world today — finding ways to unite people behind common, positive goals. The University would not be where it is today without unity, Mueller said, and he wants GCU to continue to be a leader in bringing students, staff and the community together.

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Freshmen participate in the Ignite ceremony Tuesday on the Quad.
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Freshmen flock to inspirational gathering

August 19, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

In GCU Today’s third day of 2015 Move-In coverage, we recap two special events, one brand new, that took place on campus Tuesday evening. For the first time, the University held a worship service in the Arena during Welcome Week to bring together some of the 8,500 students who, by the end of the week, will be living on campus. It was followed up by the always-inspirational, candlelit Ignite ceremony on the Quad. Click here for a story, slideshow and video.

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GCU Today Magazine welcomes Class of 2019

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The cover story in the latest edition of GCU Today Magazine introduces you to 10 new faces on campus who are shining representatives of this fall’s incoming freshmen class. Check out the students’ stellar academics, servant qualities and deep faith and watch a cool video about their first-year expectations. The September magazine also has full coverage of a beach get-together for new GCU students from Southern California as well as a story about the University’s new engineering degrees, a feature and video about its promising soccer program and an article about a unique collaboration between GCU and Arizona hospitals to train and employ new nursing graduates. Other content: a look at where GCU students spread the Gospel during summer mission trips, a story and video about new alumnus Zenon Castro, who is moving from school janitor to teacher thanks to GCU’s s online program and a profile of alumna/future doctor Erica Wadas, plus alumni class notes.  

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