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Tempe Pastor Addresses Chapel on Prayer

September 19, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Pastor Justin Anderson of Tempe-based Redemption Church brought a thought-provoking message on prayer to this morning’s Chapel in GCU Arena, insisting, “Almost nobody’s good at prayer.” Using parables from Luke 11 and 18, Anderson said Christians need to be “audacious and annoying” in prayer. “The problem with our prayer life is a fundamental disbelief in the Gospel,” he said. “We don’t believe we’re deeply in need of anything outside ourselves. The heart of the Gospel is admitting we need grace and mercy. Ask (in prayer) out of a heart-level belief that He is God and He is for you and He loves you.”

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Slideshow: Chapel Hears Message From Josh Riebock

September 12, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Josh Riebock, the author of “My Generation,” spoke to this morning’s Chapel in the Arena, using Matthew 13:44 as his scriptural text and talking about a time in his life when he was chasing success. “Jesus says, ‘Life with me is like a treasure hidden in a field,’” Riebock said. “Is the Kingdom really the treasure for you, or is it something else? All other things are elusive. You’ll find the Kingdom when you get on your knees and look right in front of you.”

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Brian Mueller Kicks Off First Chapel of Fall

August 29, 2011 / by / 3 Comments

Our CEO, Brian Mueller, spoke on the subject of transition at this morning’s first Chapel of the fall semester — also the first in the new Arena. “Grand Canyon is transitioning from a small, sleepy college to a large university, and a lot of people are paying attention,” Mueller said. “In this period, there’s an opportunity to create momentum. We’re going to start each week with using this building for worshipping God.” The crowd for Chapel filled the horseshoe of the Arena, with the seven-piece band positioned at the north end of the basketball court.

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Slideshow: Contractor Insists on Safety First on Arena Project

August 03, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The August job walk at the Arena, the last one before the grand opening Sept. 1, was one for the record books. About 200 people, many of them first-timers, showed up to get the last behind-the-scenes look at the stunning new building before it opens to the public. And stunning it is.

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Slideshow: Arena Job Walk 7.5.11

July 06, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The countdown is on. “57 more days and then I’m out of here,” jokes Superintendent Neal Baker of Perini Construction. Starting July 5, there are now two separate shifts coming in to finish things up meaning things are shaping up quickly in the new GCU Arena. The July Arena Job Walk, which took place Tuesday afternoon, was attended by several first timers. With only one more job walk taking place in August, July boasted one of the largest crowds yet.

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A Year Later, It’s an Arena (But It’s Still Hot Outside)

June 24, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

One year ago Saturday, more than 300 GCU employees and guests assembled on a grassy plot on the southeastern corner of campus, the site where a new Event Center would be built. The groundbreaking took place on a sweltering, 92-degree morning, with a large tent providing only temporary relief. A year later, it’s similarly hot — the temperature exceeded 110 degrees this week — but everything else has changed, including the facility’s name.

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Arena’s Big Board Already a Big Win for GCU

June 22, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Atlanta-based Innovation Sports Marketing began installation of the main scoreboard in the new GCU Arena on Tuesday, adding another piece to a state-of-the-art facility that figures to rival some professional sports venues. The display itself is massive, hanging at the south end above the court. It measures 15 feet tall by 35 feet wide and weighs around three tons.

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Slideshow: Arena Job Walk 6.7.11

June 08, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

On Tuesday’s monthly tour of the Arena construction site, Superintendent Neal Baker of Perini Construction said the facility is only 85 days from its scheduled completion by Sept. 1. “That’s exciting to me,” Baker said. “I think I’ll take off work on Day No. 86.”

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Slideshow: Photos from Joplin

June 07, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Russ Pennell, GCU’s head coach for men’s basketball, grew up 20 miles from Joplin. Mo., and describes the May 22 tornado as “a little surreal.” Troy Hill, his best friend from their high school days in Pittsburg, Kan., is an accountant in Joplin and lives less than two miles from the worst destruction. Although his house was not damaged, Hill was without power for eight days. “He says it looks like a war zone,” Pennell says. Tornado warnings are commonplace for residents of southwestern Missouri and southeastern Kansas. “People live with that,” says Pennell, who played in games at Joplin High School and visited people at St. John’s Hospital, both of which were obliterated by the savage storm. With its population of 50,000, Joplin was the “big city” to those who lived in smaller Pittsburg. “It was where you went when you wanted to get out of town,” Pennell says. The GCU relief team of Aaron Johnson, Jose Moreno and Jennifer Willis made it back to campus shortly before 5 p.m. Monday. Over the weekend, they personally delivered clothing and supplies to four families displaced by the tornado.

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Slideshow: GCU’s Military Division Salutes Vets at VA Center

May 25, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Military Division turned out in force Wednesday morning for a pre-Memorial Day visit to the VA Medical Center in central Phoenix, distributing coffee, doughnuts and American flags to veterans.
Memorial Day recognition of veterans has become a tradition at GCU, and Senior Vice President Bart Burkert said it’s a highlight for the division.

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