In 1999, the political situation in Venezuela declined to the point where Carlos Macias and his family knew they had to get out. Most of his family fled to Spain, but Macias had a different path out through soccer. He landed in Arizona, bounced around through a vastly different culture and finally found his solitude at GCU. Macias strongly believes that God opens doors to blessings, and now he spreads that message to his high school soccer team and the Major League Baseball players who call him pastor.
Grand Canyon University continues to be asked why it does not participate in the U.S. News & World Report college rankings, which came out this month. President Brian Mueller issued a statement explaining the University's decision: GCU believes that the rankings do not measure things that are important to the learning outcomes of students.
It wasn’t even quite 6 a.m. but the 2,700 volunteers were pumped up, electrified and ready to go. So Move-In volunteers opened the gates early, letting in a flood of cars carrying parents, new and returning Lopes, and their mattress toppers, bath caddies, mini refrigerators and the like. This morning marked the first day of Move-In, a party-like, high-energy scene of volunteers cheering on arriving vehicles, descending on them and moving out all those items in record time. It’s a scene that will be repeated over the next week. As one parent said of Move-In, “We heard stories. This exceeds the stories.”
This is the time of year when students start getting into the thick of school, when they will hear many voices telling them it's really important to be engaged in this activity and that activity, and that they need to make those groups or events or projects a part of their life. But Dr. Tim Griffin, GCU Pastor and Dean of Students, said, "Next thing you know, Jesus will be pushed to the end of the day -- to the edges of our life -- and we can't hear his voice because we're so busy." At Chapel on Monday, Griffin urged students to take a step back from the business of life, be mindful, find a quiet spot and think about how important it is to hear from Jesus. "Sit in front of Him and let Him speak to your heart," he said.
Joni Eareckson Tada's heartfelt talk Monday at Chapel was all about getting up and doing something for people with disabilities. "Christians are the agents of comfort and mercy," she said, "and when you reach down and help the least and the last of the brethren, you not only give them the Gospel of friends, you're becoming the Gospel to them."