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They’re all in this together on Canyon Worship

September 07, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Having a song chosen for a Canyon Worship album is quite an honor, but it’s not at all like a competition for Center for Worship Arts students. The final story of the GCU Today series on the 2018 release, scheduled for Monday, focuses on the camaraderie in the Recording Studio. “It’s an amazing community. You can tell that God is the center of everyone’s focus within our friendships,” sophomore Chris Calderon said.

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Inspirational stories behind Canyon Worship songs

September 04, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Writing a song isn’t a simple process, and the inspiration for some of the music for Canyon Worship 2018 happened when the student artists least expected it. Part 3 of the GCU Today series provides an inside look into three more of the songs on the Center for Worship Arts album, scheduled to be released Monday.

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Upbeat ‘Rhythm’ sets tone for Canyon Worship

September 04, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Canyon Worship 2018 begins with “Rhythm,” a song that “is just upbeat and makes you want to dance,” said Eric Johnson, manager of the GCU Recording Studio. Part 2 of the series on the album, due to be released Monday, looks at how Harrison Russell created “Rhythm” and “Come to Me” for the album and what into the songs of two repeat Canyon Worship artists, Katie Brown and Kristyn Marie.

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Coming soon: Canyon Worship 2018 shines bright

August 30, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The trend in Christian music is toward corporate (aka congregational) worship songs, and Canyon Worship 2018 has a lot of them. But the Center for Worship Arts student artists also came up with a variety of other sounds. “There are so many creative and talented students here,” said one of the producers, Geoff Hunker. On the album’s release date, Sept. 10, Harrison Russell will sing “Rhythm” at Chapel.

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Online student aims to be pastor for the disabled

August 28, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

Ray Carawan’s path to GCU wasn’t without obstacles. This online student pursing a bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies hopes one day to be a pastor for people like him — people who have disabilities. “In our weaknesses, His glory is revealed,” Carawan says.

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Mueller’s talk provides Chapel with a care package

August 28, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

When everything is going great, you think you don’t have a care in the world. Oh yes you do, President Brian Mueller told Chapel on Monday morning. He urged listeners, especially students, to help people who are hurting. “We need to look for them. We need to care for them,” he said.

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Theology Thursday: Promoting acceptance and unity

August 16, 2018 / by / 12 Comments

“I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, ‘I follow Paul,’ or ‘I follow Apollos,’ or ‘I follow Cephas,’ or ‘I follow Christ.’” (1 Corinthians 1:10-12) By Pastor Jim Miller GCU Corporate Chaplain Either/or.  Both/and.  I got to thinking about those distinctions over vacation. (Yes, this is what I do on my vacations!) In John 17, Jesus prays that his followers would be one, that they would experience the same oneness that Jesus and the Father experienced, and if they did then the whole world would know that they had been transformed by Jesus. Now that’s a pretty profound prayer! Paul has to have that in mind when he encounters this early church and, well, its dysfunction. Can’t you just hear him? “What are you thinking? You’re supposed to be one, to be unified, to be both/and kinds of people. This is how people will be attracted to […]

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Theology Thursday: Rejoice in suffering?

August 09, 2018 / by / 8 Comments

This week, Pastor Jim Miller explains the oxymoron “rejoice in suffering.” He writes that “God is using our suffering in our lives to bring about something that we need.”

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Why diversity matters (and is organic) at GCU

August 09, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s approach to diversity starts with its Christian mission and is demonstrated in a variety of ways, starting with making tuition affordable. The key is that it happens organically. “Yes, diversity means dialogue. But for us it also means, ‘How do you really help the people around you, how do you have real impact – not just for today, but for generations?'” said Dr. Antoinette Farmer-Thompson, chair of GCU’s Diversity Council.

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GCU Magazine goes in-depth and gets INside

August 06, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The August issue of GCU Magazine, available here, features two in-depth looks into two important issues at Grand Canyon University: the recently completed transition back to nonprofit status, and the importance of diversity on campus. Also featured are stories on women’s basketball coach Nicole Powell, who recently was inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame, and on a group of Phoenix-area firefighters who are former Grand Canyon baseball players. And you can get an inside look at campus trends and developments with the annual GCU INsider.    

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