March 23, 2015
The CCU Men’s Basketball team wrapped up their season by competing in the NCCAA National Tournament last week. The team went 2-1, finishing in 5th place at the tournament held in Winnona Lake, Indiana at Grace College, losing only to the eventual National Champion. Not only did the team compete on the hardwood, they also made a difference in the lives of some local residents.
Before the tournament started, the players volunteered at Grace Village, a Christian assisted-living home. The players took the time to interact with residents—playing games with them, serving them dessert, and even taking residents for a spin around the dance floor. One of the residents was a military veteran and retired missionary to Africa named Robert. His way of life is hampered by a parasite in his leg that he acquired during his 30 years serving on the continent. Yet at the retirement home, he’s a positive influence; he ministers to his fellow residents and helps them memorize Scripture. He’s also pursuing a degree at nearby Grace College.
Junior guard DJ McCommons recounted his experience saying, “we had a great time with residents like Robert. The fact that he’s getting his degree in his 60’s is inspiring. Our team enjoyed the experience and it was nice to talk with them, serve them, and hear about their life stories. Serving at Grace Village was one of the best parts of the trip to the National Championship.”
March 23, 2015
As Christianity grows in the midst of an ever-changing culture, it will be critical that believers learn to express the foundations of their faith in a more articulate manner. It was this fact that inspired CCU to host the Room For Doubt Seminar this past weekend. CCU Old Testament Professor Dan Dyke was joined by Dr. Hugh Henry, Physics Professor at Northern Kentucky University, and Dr. Richard Knopp, Professor of Philosophy & Christian Apologetics at Lincoln Christian University in this two-day presentation.
The three educators grappled with issues such as cosmology (the origins of the universe) as well as theodicy (why a good God would permit evil in the world). The conversation engaged pervasive scientific thought, while providing a thoughtful Christian response to issues that tend to provoke doubt. Attendees benefited from the opportunity to talk to the presenters and further discuss the issues at hand.
This Room for Doubt Seminar was the first of many as a means of providing valuable content to our alumni and friends. President Ken Tracy, who opened the Seminar, remarked, “not only are we interested in preparing the next generation of Christian leaders to defend their faith in the public realm, we also want to be a resource for all Christian leaders longing to learn more about their beliefs so they can do the work of the kingdom.”
Session One: The Big Picture: Reason for Hope with Dr. Richard Knopp
Session Two: Christianity and Other Worldviews with Dr. Richard Knopp
Session Three: Doubts Because Of Science with Dr. Richard Knopp
Session Four: Genesis and Time: 6 days and 13.8 Billion Years with Dr. Hugh Henry
Session Five: “Shall Not the Judge of All the Earth Deal Justly” with Professor Dan Dyke
Session Six: Doubts Because of Evil with Dr. Richard Knopp
Dan Dyke, Ken Tracy, Hugh Henry, Richard Knopp
March 23, 2015
During his Spring Break, CCU education major Jordan Payne experienced history firsthand. He accompanied a church group to Selma, Alabama for the fiftieth anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march. The event marked an unforgettable moment in U.S. history, when a peaceful march for voting rights turned violent. When Civil Rights protestors crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965, they were met by Alabama State troopers who attacked them. The brutality of the day led President Lyndon Johnson to immediately submit a voting rights bill to congress.
Jordan appreciated the opportunity to see the impact that Selma had on the civil rights movement. While there, he had the opportunity to meet many national figures. Pictured above, he was able to speak with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Georgia Representative John Lewis (leader of the Bloody Sunday march) and Rev. Jesse Jackson.
In describing this experience, Jordan recalls, “I got to see President Obama give an excellent speech on the importance of remembering the sacrifice of those before us and continuing our own march. I was able to meet many unique and intellectual African-Americans with whom I share a mutual passion—breaking barriers of racial stereotypes.”
March 6, 2015
Dr. Danny Ciamarra is passionate that our education students learn the importance of the laws that impact education policy. Last week he led his Critical Issues in Education class to the Ohio Capitol Building to meet and engage with state lawmakers about how these future teachers can make a difference. The focal point of the course is to critically explore the challenges facing the public education system with a goal of discovering possible solutions.
Each student in the class has been working on a research project about a specific critical issue in education. Topics range from school shootings to the issue of impoverished students engaging in criminal activity. While in Columbus, the students conversed with elected officials to raise their concerns about their issue of study. Dr. Ciamarra believes the trip was successful, stating, “I was so proud of them. They were poised and spoke with conviction and clarity. They asked poignant questions. They were extremely professional, yet critically focused on the problems at hand.”
This trip is just one example of the many hands-on experiences that enhance the CCU educational experience.
March 6, 2015
It’s Spring Break this week at CCU and while some of our students are hitting the beach, a few are headed overseas to make an impact. There are two service learning trips in Dundrum, Northern Ireland and Birmingham, England.
Dr. Rick Cherok, Professor of Church History, is leading the team in Northern Ireland. They are staying in the Murlough House and working with young people in the community of Downpatrick. The team will also minister at the Kairos Centre, a place where young people meet, and assist the established ministries there.
Dean of Students Kris Merrill is leading the team in England. They are staying at The Mill Retreat Centre in Shipston-on-Stour. This week they’ll be serving at the youth workers training conference hosted by Reign Ministries, helping with the cooking and clean up each day of the conference. The team will not only sit in on the conference, they’ll also get the opportunity to see firsthand how they serve.
Please keep these groups in your prayers as they travel, learn, and love the people they meet.