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Moriah Peters Celebrates New CD Before Appreciative Campus Crowd at Thunder Alley

April 18, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Peters’ strong, soulful voice has hints of R&B, country, folk and pop, similar to what Christian-music audiences have heard for years from Amy Grant. The GCU freshman is off to Florida this weekend as one of the opening acts for the band MercyMe.

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Need for Student Leaders to Increase With Influx of Campus Residents

April 13, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

About 1,500 students currently live on campus. By this fall, the number climbs to around 3,200. Campus officials already have begun training and organizing dozens of new student leaders to cover the numbers of underclassmen filling two new residence halls.

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Students Visit Mayo Hospital to Connect Faith With Wellness

February 23, 2012 / by / 1 Comment

The north Phoenix hospital offered Dr. Tim Larkin’s class a glimpse at some of the most tranquil, comforting amenities available in modern health care. The students met chaplain Patrick Hansen as part of a Spirituality and Health Care course that emphasizes the impact of faith on health and wellness.

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Christian Studies Dean Outlines Long-Range Plans for College

February 22, 2012 / by / 1 Comment

Dr. Steve Gerali says respect has been slow in coming for youth ministry, but that’s changing and an opportunity awaits a well-rounded curriculum at GCU.

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Pastor Addresses Morning Chapel on Love

January 23, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Kent DelHousaye, the teaching pastor for Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix, spoke about love at this morning’s Chapel in the Arena. “If we had a slogan as Christians, what would it be? I think it would be ‘Love One Another,’” said DelHousaye, citing teachings found in 1 Peter 4:8, 1 Corinthians 13:8, John 15:12-13 and John 13:34-35. DelHousaye said love for others must neither give up nor run out. “Love is borne out in commitment and proven in faithfulness,” he said. “We need to do better on love.”

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Francis Chan Brings Hard-Hitting Message to Campus

January 23, 2012 / by / 1 Comment

In a message that was about as subtle as an oncoming freight train, pastor and author Francis Chan called on Christians to leave their comfort zone and take the business of making disciples seriously. Chan, speaking at a packed GCU Arena on Friday night, didn’t sugarcoat what he described as “the failure of the church” to adequately equip believers to advance the Gospel message. “We haven’t been training people to stand on their own two feet,” said Chan, who for the past year has been planting churches in an especially tough part of inner-city San Francisco. “Your gifts are to equip you for the work of service. The goal is for you to be able to make disciples.”

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‘Crazy’ Life of Rachel Chan Is All About Faith

January 19, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Throughout the Bible, people do crazy things for the glory of God,” says Chan’s 16-year-old daughter, Rachel, a high school junior and musician who will perform before her father’s speaking engagement Friday night in GCU Arena. “Jesus calls us to deny ourselves. If we’re really living for eternity, these things aren’t crazy at all.” On Friday, she will perform three original songs and also join the Irish band Rend Collective Experiment onstage.

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Spring Chapel and the Gathering look to Continue Momentum with Familiar Faces

January 06, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

By Jennifer Willis Communications Staff Chapel and the Gathering got a burst of energy when they moved into the new arena this fall semester and Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin hopes to capitalize on that momentum by continuing to bring in some of the best pastors and Bible teachers the Valley has to offer. “I’m excited to pick up right where we left off last semester with our chapel experiences,” says Griffin. “Our worship teams will continue to lead the music portion of the services and our list of communicators will challenge us from their own personal life stories and God’s Word.” Some of the faces at chapel will be familiar favorites, including Pastor Tim and CEO Brian Mueller. Others, including the new College of Christian Studies Dean Steve Gerali, will be introduced for the first time. Additional speakers include Kent DelHousaye from Bethany Bible Church, Courtney Cleveland from Women of Faith, Darryl DelHousaye from Phoenix Seminary, Glenn Packiam from New Life Church, Jeff Gokee from Phoenix 1 and popular author and speaker Josh Riebok. The focus of the Gathering will change slightly this spring. While there will continue be a few outside faces, such as Cleveland and Riebok, Hudson […]

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Choirs Sound Better Than Ever in Christmas Concert

December 13, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Weary souls needing an extra push to the Christmas finish line received that welcome boost Monday night from “A Grand Canyon Christmas,” the Music Department’s annual holiday concert, at First Southern Baptist Church. GCU’s four choirs performed for nearly two hours in all, taking a 15-minute intermission before concluding with Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” which was sung in Latin by the Choral Union. Under the direction of Dr. Juan Hernandez (Choral Union, Canyon Chorale), Dr. Sheila Corley (Canyon Singers) and Gabe Salazar (New Life Singers), the choirs collectively hit the highest note for the music program since its return to campus in the fall of 2010.

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Actor Talks to Students on Value of Strong Faith

December 07, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Actor Stephen Baldwin was back on the GCU campus Tuesday morning, this time to speak about being a Christian in Hollywood. Having wrapped up the shooting of a comic short he was working on with producer Maria Yano and several COFAP students, Baldwin spoke at two different times at Ethington Theatre. “We wanted to invite Stephen here to talk about having a Christian worldview in Hollywood,” said Christian studies instructor Chip Lamca. “You don’t normally think of Christians in that setting, but they are there.”

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