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.
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."
A mixture of logical debate strategies for pro-life arguments and anecdotes about the sanctity of human life highlighted GCU's second annual Bioethics Conference, Human Dignity: Clash of World Views. One speaker refused to abort her daughter and refused to use stem cells from fetuses to aid her brain damaged son. Another speaker shared heartfelt steps to ease grief from the loss of a newborn.
Many Chapel speakers draw from personal experiences to deliver their message, and Mia Koehne's message about forgiveness Monday at Chapel was that much stronger because her lapse into pain and brokenness was so deep. She's so thankful God exposed her sin. “That was His gift to me,” she said.