Dr. Max Botner: Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak and Slow to Anger

By Bailie Rouse on May 3, 2019

This week in chapel, Dr. Max Botner taught on James 1:19-21. As we consider our identity as followers of Christ, the question "Do I belong?" arises. This passage of James gives us an opportunity to think through and to consider the radical foundation of our counter-cultural community. We are the Diasporic community of people who should be leaning into God's radical vision.

As James identifies and…

Dr. Rik Stevenson: Who We are in Christ

By Bailie Rouse on April 26, 2019

This week in chapel, Dr. Rik Stevenson preached from Mark 15:21, and he emphasized that Simon having to carry the cross of Christ demonstrates that as Christians we are called to get dirty and, like Christ, carry a cross that is not our own. A man or a woman who carries the cross with Jesus is co-laboring and commissioning with Christ. Dr. Stevenson outlines five key points of being commissioners with…

Dr. Bill Rudd: Keeping Your Faith and Sanity When Your World Falls Apart and the Bad Guys are Winning

By Bailie Rouse on April 12, 2019

This week in chapel, Bill Rudd preached on Psalm 73, in which Asaph almost lost his faith and his ministry, but he was able to realign his trust back to God. Asaph almost lost his faith by misunderstanding the goodness of God, by envying the wicked and obsessing over the prosperity of the wicked. Asaph began to feel that his efforts were fully in vain, and he started to stir up an entitled attitude…

Pastor Brenda DeVries: An Appropriate Identity Mark 14:3-9

By Bailie Rouse on March 29, 2019

This week in chapel, Pastor Brenda DeVries taught on Mark 14, which takes place at Simon the Leper's home in Bethany. During the meeting, a woman enters into the very center of the seating arrangement, and it is evident that she was not a guest. In this setting, it was not appropriate or polite for a woman to interrupt a meal. The woman proceeds to anoint Jesus' head with nard, in a similar fashion…

Dr. John Hilber: An Appropriate Identity in Christ

By Bailie Rouse on March 22, 2019

This week in chapel, Dr. John Hilber shared a video that compared the size of earth to the rest of the universe, which depicted how great and vast the universe is and how small we as individual human beings truly are. Dr. Hilber preached from the Scripture Psalm 8, which emphasizes "Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name." In verse 5, we are reminded that despite how small and insignificant we as…

President Stowell: Be Still and Know that I am God

By Bailie Rouse on March 15, 2019

This week in chapel, Dr. Joe Stowell preached from Psalm 46, which reminds believers that the Lord is our refuge and strength, and in our trouble, He is our ever-present help. God has a plan for the church and His people even in the midst of chaos and turmoil. As his children, we are called to cease striving and to be still and know that He is God. We are to be vulnerable by allowing ourselves to put…

Rev. Dr. Howard Earle: Extreme Makeover

By Bailie Rouse on March 1, 2019

This week in chapel, Rev. Dr. Howard Earle preached on 2 Corinthians 5:15, which states, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ Jesus, he is a new creation. The old has gone, and the new is here." Rev. Dr. Earle depicts the extreme makeovers of external transformation that is often shown in the media, but there is a genuine makeover that is initiated and started by God in Christ. This extreme makeover…

Dr. Tim Gombis: The Identity of Disciples in the Gospel of Mark

By Bailie Rouse on February 25, 2019

This week in chapel, Dr. Tim Gombis taught on how the Gospel of Mark constructs the identity of disciples. The Scripture already assumes that we do not know our true identity. Our identities are constructed by the surrounding culture and conferred on us by family members. The Gospel of Mark invites believers to reflect on how we construct our identities from fears, false hopes and desires for self-preservation…

Dr. Kenneth Reid: Living as Children of God

By Bailie Rouse on February 15, 2019

This week in chapel, Dr. Kenneth Reid preached from Romans 8:12-17 regarding what it means to be adopted into Christ's family. Adoption into Christ's family expresses the blessing of salvation, and we are adopted into a Trinitarian relationship. John 1:12 expresses that all who received Christ and believed in His name have been given the right to become children of God, and the Spirit is the very sign…

Dr. Mike Wittmer: Who Am I?

By Bailie Rouse on January 25, 2019

This week in chapel, Dr. Wittmer highlighted the questions "Who Am I, and what is my identity?" In today's culture, objectively and outwardly speaking, life could not be more easy and simple with life's comforts and access to so many resources. Yet, there is still a great wave of anxiety and questioning of who we are. Colossians 2:9-10 states, "For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily…

Alexiana Fry: On the Lips of the Faithful

By Bailie Rouse on December 7, 2018

This week in chapel, Alexiana Fry taught from James 5:13-18. Alexiana reminds us that James is a letter to Jews by Jews, and as James writes, he is expressing what it means to live as kingdom people, a people group who are holy and set apart. In this Scripture, James is inviting us into confession and intercession, two things that distinctly distinguish members of the body of Christ. Alexiana emphasizes…

Sharon Brown: As Dearly Loved Children

By Bailie Rouse on November 30, 2018

This week in chapel, Sharon Brown led us through a time of prayer by incorporating prayer exercises. We opened in prayer with open hands facing upwards as a way to cast all our cares upon the Lord.  She emphasized that as we pray to God we are releasing and receiving with open hands. 

Sharon taught from Ephesians 4:32-5:2 to guide us in this time of prayer. We were reminded that we can only be kind…

Veverly Austin: It's Time to Put on Some New Clothes

By Bailie Rouse on November 16, 2018

This week in chapel, Pastor Veverly Austin preached on Colossians 3:12-15, which compels us to put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience and also to put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Though our original identity of being a sinner is found in Adam, our new identity is found in Jesus as a holy, blameless new creation. Colossians 3:3 states, "For you have…

Darrell Yoder: What's Blocking Your View?

By Bailie Rouse on November 12, 2018

This week in chapel, Darrell Yoder began his teaching by asking the question, "what is blocking your view, and are you willing to move?" Darrell taught out of 1 John 4:7-12, which calls us to love one another, and the Scripture stresses that if we do not love one another, then we do not know God. God's love is made complete in us when we move toward loving one another, but this love requires that we…

Joy Bonnema: Practicing Kindness

By Bailie Rouse on November 2, 2018

This week in chapel, Pastor Joy Bonnema taught from John 13:34, which says "a new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." As believers in Christ, we are to practice kindness by loving one another. Joy emphasized that to practice kindness "costs nothing, and it gives everything." When we act out of kindness, it can change the demeanor of the ones we…

Walter Gibson: Valuing Others Above Yourself

By Bailie Rouse on October 25, 2018

This week in chapel, Dr. Walter Gibson preached from Philippians 2:1-4, and he highlighted that we are to do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. We are to look to the interests of others over our own desires and interests.

The astronomer Copernicus discovered that the earth is not at the center of the cosmos. Rather, it is the sun that is at the center, and the earth revolves around it…

Doug Fagerstrom: Here I Am Lord, Send Me

By Bailie Rouse on October 18, 2018

This week in chapel, Dr. Doug Fagerstrom, emphasized that the Gospel is the sum essence of the person, the work and the words of Christ Jesus. As disciples of Christ Jesus, we are purposed to demonstrate who Christ is. Many individuals in the work place are longing to be known and to be heard. The Scripture Isaiah 6: 8 says, "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will…

Marcus Little: Bearing One Another's Burden

By Bailie Rouse on October 10, 2018

This week in chapel, Pastor Marcus Little preached from Galatians 6:1-2, which emphasizes that we are to bear one another's burdens, and, in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ. Pastor Little reminded us that as believers the way we serve one another is founded and rooted in love, and this is seen through the fruit of the Spirit. He states, "You cannot demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit in…

In Our Image, After Our likeness

By Bailie Rouse on October 8, 2018

This week in chapel, Dr. Turner discussed Perichoretic reciprocity and the difference between Christian reciprocity and human reciprocity. He emphasized that as Christians, we are not called to be just a club of fans, but we are to take a different approach to love one another well. Dr. Turner also expressed the difference between the ontological Trinity, which acknowledges that the Father, Son and…

Wheat and Weeds

By Bailie Rouse on September 28, 2018

This week in chapel, Chaplain Bowditch spoke on the wheat and weeds parable found in Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43. Throughout the parable, Jesus utilizes several comparisons to help demonstrate the basic truths of how God sees things and informs our Christian worldview. God is the sower; the world is His field, and Christ followers are the good seed or the kingdom of God who are to spread the Good News…

Speaking to One Another with Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs

By Bailie Rouse on September 21, 2018

This week in chapel, Pastor Brenda DeVries, preached from Ephesians 5:15-21, which emphasizes that we are to speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. As a community of believers who follow the way of Jesus, we are called to put into practice what it means to love and care for one another. Those who are God's redeemed people are God's temple, a place in which God desires to fill…

Bearing with One Another

By Bailie Rouse on September 14, 2018

This week in chapel, Dr. Max Botner taught from Ephesians 4:1-2 and Ephesians 2: 4-10 to emphasize the importance of being patient and bearing with one another in love. We are unable to bear with one another, if we do not truly know one another. He asks the question, "How are we to fight to maintain the unity of the Holy Spirit if we do not know our brothers and sisters?"

This is especially critical…

Our Testimony of Loving One Another

By Bailie Rouse on September 7, 2018

The theme for chapel this semester is "An Appropriate One Another." This week, Dr. Kenneth Reid asked the question "How do our lives speak?" Are we living a lifestyle, which glorifies God and overflows with love for one another? In John 13:34-35, it is evident that as followers of Jesus, we are to live a life, which demonstrates love for God and love for one another. It is clear that love is the defining…

Hope in the Risen Christ

By Bailie Rouse on May 7, 2018

This week in chapel, Jennifer Greer eloquently shared and taught the passage John 20:11–18 in the form of a personal narrative of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection from the perspective of Mary Magdalene. Jennifer emphasizes how Jesus came to Mary and chose her to be the first to announce the good news. Instead of sending the angels to announce the magnificent work of Christ, Jesus sent Mary, an…

The Meantime

By Bailie Rouse on April 20, 2018

This week in Chapel, Dr. Gibson encouraged students to engage in specific disciplines and led students through a journaling exercise over Acts 1: 9-11. As Christ ascends into heaven, the disciples are simply gazing at him. As the disciples look upward toward heaven, they are in the “meantime.” The “meantime” in which we are waiting is often a "mean" time, in which “one is placed in a situation where…

Trillia Newbell: “Humility and Race”

By Andrew Kischner on April 6, 2018

Editor's Note: Over the last two weeks, we are featuring several messages from Cornerstone University's undergrad chapel, which engage the topics of justice, race, reconciliation and love (listen to all CU chapel messages here). Today's message is by Trillia Newbell, Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. With each message…

A Compass Orientation

By Bailie Rouse on April 6, 2018

This week in Chapel Dr. Hilber preached from Habakkuk 1, in which the prophet is complaining to the Lord and anguishing over the injustice that is caused by the Babylonian people. As the conversation between Habakkuk and God continues, God reminds Habakkuk that the righteous person will live by his faithfulness, which is bound together by fearing God with a whole heart. Our life should be oriented…

Christina Edmondson: "Luke 19: An Act of Restorative Justice and the Response of the Exploited"

By Andrew Kischner on April 5, 2018

Editor's Note: Over the last two weeks, we are featuring several messages from Cornerstone University's undergrad chapel, which engage the topics of justice, race, reconciliation and love (listen to all CU chapel messages here). Today's message is by Christina Edmondson, Dean of Intercultural Student Development at Calvin College. With each message, we've provided a “Talking Points Takeaway” as a point…

Hope of the Resurrection

By Bailie Rouse on March 30, 2018

This week in chapel, Pastor Kizombo Kalumbula preached from the scripture 1 Corinthians 15:1-21 to emphasize the hope found in the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord and because Christ rose from the grave, we can trust that God will also raise our bodies after death. Without the truth of the resurrection, our Christian faith would be hopeless. Pastor Kalumbula taught that there are grave consequences…

Christ-like Humility

By Bailie Rouse on March 23, 2018

This week in chapel, Jeff Lash preached a message on how we should seek to be humble as Christ is humble. Each day the media and culture bombard us with the notion that we must promote ourselves and put ourselves above others. Jeff showed from Philippians 2:1-11 that Jesus humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death­—even death on a cross. As Christ gave Himself up for His church, we as followers…

The Responsibility of Being a Witness

By Bailie Rouse on March 22, 2018

This week in chapel, Dr. Evans preached about our responsibility as believers to be a witness of Christ and to attest to the truth of the Gospel. As Isaiah cried out to the Lord to "send me," we should have the same level of conviction. We should no longer be spectators, but we are required to become an active participant and witness for the Gospel. Dr. Evans emphasized that a witness is not silent…

The Power of the Spirit + the Boldness of Believers

By Bailie Rouse on February 22, 2018

This week in chapel, Pastor Christy Lipscomb spoke on the essential need of receiving the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the one who empowers us and enlivens us for the mission of the Kingdom of God. Her key texts were Acts 1:7-8 and Joel 2:28-29.

Pastor Lipscomb emphasized six ways the church is impacted when the Holy Spirit gives power and when believers respond in obedient boldness…

Hope is an Action Word

By Bailie Rouse on February 15, 2018

As Pastor Joe Lane began his message this week, he emphasized that first as Christ followers, we have a call to mobilization. As leaders in ministry, there must be a sense of urgency placed on our hearts and minds about living out the gospel and serving others.

Secondly, we have a call to hope. Hope is possibility. Pastor Lane used Romans 8:22-25 as a reminder that hope that is seeing, is not a hope…

Why Wait?

By Bailie Rouse on February 9, 2018

This week in chapel, Dr. Kenneth Reid asked the question, "why wait?" Jesus gave His disciples the great commission, but in Luke 24:45-49, He tells them to wait. They needed the Holy Spirit. It was essential that they wait for the Holy Spirit to come upon them, in order that they would be given divine enablement to fulfill the tasks God had for them.

Today, though, followers of Christ do not have…

A Call to Action

By Bailie Rouse on February 2, 2018

The theme for chapel this semester is "A Call to Action." This week, Dr. Tim Gombis urged us to return to the biblical text, in order to be guided to do the things Jesus has called us to do.

In the Gospel of Mark, two warnings are woven throughout the text. First, "be wary of ballpark Gospels," and, secondly, "take no comfort in Christian symbols." Contrary to what our culture says, as followers of…

The Bottom Line

By Bailie Rouse on December 7, 2017

This week in chapel, Dr. Denyes asked the question of what is the bottom line for believers. He expounded upon the theme verse Micah 6:8 as a reminder that believers are called to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. As Christ followers, we cannot only pity those who are suffering from injustice in the world. We must respond and take action. William E. Gladstone once said, "Justice delayed…

Responding to Persistent Structural Injustice

By Bailie Rouse on December 1, 2017

During chapel this week, Dr. Rebecca DeYoung shared two stories of individuals who have experienced persistent injustice. First she shared a story of her friend Douglas, who has been wrongly convicted and is living in the prison system. Despite the hardship of living in what seems like exile, Douglas chooses to trust God by persisting and living in victory and in peace. Then, Dr. DeYoung taught from…

Remaining in Christ

By Bailie Rouse on November 10, 2017

This week in Chapel, Dr. Joy Bonnema spoke on how producing fruit occurs when an individual remains in Christ, and this remaining happens through love. Often as Christians, we often forget the importance of remaining or abiding in Christ. If we abide in Him, then God will call us into a deeper understanding and a more personal experience of His love. Dr. Bonnema's main texts include John 15:1-17 and…

Love of the Other

By Bailie Rouse on November 3, 2017

During chapel this week, Rev. Kate Kooyman encouraged students to think about what the "love of the other" or Christian hospitality looks like tangibly. She taught from the text Luke 10:30-37, the parable of the Good Samaritan. Check out the full teaching below.

Reformation Chapel

By Bailie Rouse on October 27, 2017

In this week's chapel, Dr. Wittmer recognized the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Dr. Wittmer asked the same question Luther did 500 years ago: "How can I a miserable sinner pass God's judgment," and there is only one answer. By grace alone, by faith alone, and in Christ alone can we receive salvation. His main texts include Colossians 2:9-10 and Colossians 3:23-24. Check out…

Jesus on Justice

By Bailie Rouse on October 20, 2017

Last week in chapel, Rev. Dr. Howard Earle preached out of Luke 4:14-21 on the topic of Jesus on Justice. He reminded us that the Spirit of the Lord empowered Jesus to carry out specific activities for the benefit and justice of people. Christ released captives and healed the blind and the deaf not for his own celebrity but in order to be in relationship with people.

The Spirit comes to empower us…

Prayer with a Regard to Justice

By Bailie Rouse on October 13, 2017

In chapel this week, Dr. Tim Gombis spoke about the importance of prayer with a regard to justice. In Ephesians 4:20-24, Paul reminds believers that we are to put off the old self and be renewed in the Spirit to put on the new self. This new self is created after the likeness of the Lord's righteousness and justice. As believers we participate in an ongoing dynamic of righteousness, and we must take…

Mercy Not Sacrifice

By Bailie Rouse on October 6, 2017

This week, Dr. Mariano Avila concentrated the chapel message around the attribute of mercy. He stressed that mercy is the "main medicine" Jesus gave his people to receive true healing. Jesus is our example of how to live in a way that is according to the will of God, and the Gospels show us how to live as Jesus lived. In Matthew 9:13 Jesus refers to Hosea 6:6, and he stresses that God desires mercy…

Rejected by the Accepted

By Bailie Rouse on September 22, 2017

Last week in chapel, Jennifer Greer brought us a message based on Luke 4:14-30. In this passage, Jesus traveled to Nazareth, his hometown, and as was his custom, Jesus went to the synagogue on the Sabbath to speak. Jesus picked up the scroll, and he began to read from the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 61:1-2 and Isaiah 58:6). Upon doing so, Jesus proclaimed that the scripture had been fulfilled and that this…

A Heart for Justice

By Bailie Rouse on September 15, 2017

Last week, Dr. John Hilber continued the theme of justice with his sermon entitled "Heart for Justice," by exploring Psalm 101, a psalm of David. In his message, Dr. Hilber emphasized that David drives straight to the heart of the matter—justice and mercy demand that an individual's character be aligned and committed to the Lord.

Waiting with Confidence

By Brittany Stichter on April 21, 2017

As Dr. Walter Gibson began his message this week (entitled "Waiting with Confidence"), he asked two introductory questions: "How does it make you feel when someone goes out of his/her way to ask how you are doing?" and "How does it make you feel when no one asks how you are doing or what is going on in your life?"

He drew a message from the text which exhorts believers to encourage each other. As…

Waiting with Faith

By Brittany Stichter on April 14, 2017

This week in chapel, Dr. Don Denyes spoke a message called "Waiting with Faith" which was based on John 2:19. Like the disciples in this passage, "we are slow to believe everything the Scripture says. We have Kingdom in our theology, and glory, but we don't have suffering and cross." Jesus patiently explained the promises of the Scriptures to His disciples until they finally got it. In the same way…

Waiting with Discernment

By Brittany Stichter on April 7, 2017

Lenski Llorens gave a message in chapel this week based on Acts 27, when Paul was shipwrecked on his way to Rome. Lenski shared about our need to wait with discernment, faithfully pursuing God's plan for our lives and not depending on human wisdom.

"If you look back, wherever you are now, if you honestly look back, are you able to say 'I am here because I have inquired of the Lord and He has reassured…

Waiting Well

By Brittany Stichter on March 31, 2017

Sharon Brown began this week's chapel by praying with us Psalm 130, a Psalm written by one who was waiting on a forgiving God. Sharon gently pointed out to us that, while we are frustrated when our internet takes ten seconds too long to load, we are willing to wait in a three-hour line at an amusement park. So, it must not be the waiting itself that is the problem, but instead our perception of the…

Waiting with Hope (When We’ve Blown It)

By Brittany Stichter on March 24, 2017

This week in chapel, Darrell Yoder gave a message that addressed when we've "blown it," and are waiting for healing and forgiveness. His message explored how we can wait and rest and deal with our sin, while still moving forward.

In Psalm 25:1-7, King David prays through a time of waiting in shame and pain. Darrell draws out three lessons from these verses for us. First of all, Darrell points out…

Waiting with Compassion

By Brittany Stichter on March 17, 2017

Marco Salazar spoke in this week's chapel. He began by helping us consider that we already understand what it means to wait with anticipation. We have experienced it in waiting for a diploma, waiting before your wedding day, or waiting for Christmas morning. In the same way, we also wait in anticipation for Jesus’ return. But while we understand waiting with anticipation, we may wonder how compassion…

Waiting with Promise

By Brittany Stichter on March 3, 2017

This week's chapel speaker was our own Dr. Jonathan Greer. He explored "waiting with promise" through the lens of the Old Testament.

As he led our students through an experience of the story of Moses and the people of Israel during the time of the Exodus, we were able to understand afresh that they all waited under the promise God had given to them. They waited for the promises to be fulfilled, but…

Waiting with Correction

By Brittany Stichter on February 24, 2017

Pastor Nate Wagner brought a message this week that explored the idea of "waiting with correction." He opened by sharing the image of an airplane flying from one coast to another: if that plane takes off and starts its course even one degree off, it will end up at a drastically different end point. He also informed us that planes are actually "on course" for only about 5% of their travels. Flying is…

Theology of Waiting

By Brittany Stichter on February 17, 2017

This week in chapel, Dr. Mike Wittmer spoke from Hebrews 9:28 about a theology of waiting. He began by sharing that though waiting is subjective, it has an objective focus. For Christians, the object of our waiting is the return of Christ. The wait is hard because it humbles us and reminds us we are not in control. We wait for the salvation that Jesus will bring when He returns, but we do not determine…

Waiting with Power

By Brittany Stichter on February 10, 2017

In this week's chapel, Jennifer Greer brought us a message based on Acts 1:1-44. In this passage, the disciples wait between the resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit. Luke reminds his readers that Jesus is Who He says He is, and will accomplish what He says He will.

Based on this truth about Jesus, we can be confident that we will receive the power of the Holy Spirit, because Jesus tells…

Waiting with Commitment

By Brittany Stichter on February 3, 2017

Susan Rieske spoke in this week's chapel service. The message she brought, based on 2 Corinthians 6:3-10, explored waiting with commitment—having a radical commitment to God and His mission. As she reminded us, we can have nothing but still possess everything.

Susan also reminded us that enduring our present sufferings is different from the way distance runners endure: while distance runners often…

An Appropriate Anticipation: Waiting with Hope

By Brittany Stichter on January 27, 2017

Our semester-long chapel theme is "An Appropriate Anticipation: Waiting with Hope," which comes on the heels of our semester-long reflections on lament. The anticipation theme's key passage is Isaiah 40:31. This week, Dr. Peter Osborn introduced the theme for the semester by exploring the idea of waiting and having the strength to wait well.

Peter explored Isaiah 40:27-31, voicing the frustration…

Lamenting with Naomi

By Brittany Stichter on December 2, 2016

This week, Pastor Artie Lindsay looked at Naomi as an example of lamenting well. He drew out three points from Naomi's story.

We have to be honest about the reality of life in a broken world. So often, we struggle to allow lament to exist, being tempted to call ourselves and others to move on or "consider [trials] pure joy" (James 1:2). Pastor Lindsay pointed out, "The Bible calls us to mourn with…

Wisdom to Count Our Days

By Brittany Stichter on November 4, 2016

Dr. Mariano Avila brought this week's chapel message from Psalm 90:11-12 and Ephesians 5:15-16.

He called us to "lament seeking wisdom," to make the most of every moment. Make each day a profitable day. Pay special attention to the unique opportunities God gives us. Don't miss them.

Grief, Anger and Trust: Coming to the Lord in Lament

By Brittany Stichter on October 28, 2016

This week, Dr. Todd Billings began his message with Psalm 102:1-11, 23-27. He reminded us that we do not need to "get our emotions in order" before we come to church. All of our emotions are brought to God in the Psalms, but when the Psalms complain and protest against God they do so in a specific way. Psalm 102 protests against God hiding His face.

Intercultural Lecture Series: Pastor Kizombo Kalumbula Casts Vision for True Compassion in Grand Rapids

By Andrew Kischner on October 26, 2016

During his lecture, Kizombo Kalumbula identified what many in Grand Rapids already understand—that Grand Rapids delivers a Garden-of-Eden-esque existence for some while others do not experience the same benefits. For some, Grand Rapids defines 'family-friendly'; for others, it is, economically, one of the worst places to raise a family.* At the same time, Grand Rapids is ranked among the most charitable…

Lamenting with Integrity

By Brittany Stichter on October 21, 2016

This week, Dr. Robert Lehman explored the integrity of lament, using Job as a case study. Through his experience as a pastor and a counselor, Dr. Lehman has observed many who lament with integrity, but he has also observed many who do not.

Scripture repeatedly presents and describes Job as a man of integrity, and this extends to his expressions of lament. Dr. Lehman drew our attention to the fact…

Tears

By Brittany Stichter on October 14, 2016

Pastor Joy Bonnema led us this week in chapel through a very tangible practice of lamenting. Regarding the chapel service, she wrote, "For anyone who is burdened by the headlines, aching with grief, overwhelmed with sorrow, tempted to despair or frustrated with systems and situations that never seem to change, this chapel is for you. Keeping with the theme of lament we're going to revisit John 11 using…

Ministry Goes, Sees and Feels

By Brittany Stichter on October 7, 2016

This week in chapel, Pastor Joe Lane spoke to us from Luke 19:41 about ministry. He pointed out that we need to go to ministry, that we need to see ministry and that we need to feel ministry. Since Jesus approached Jerusalem, Pastor Lane challenged us to go to ministry. He challenged us to—the next time we are at our churches—stop and look around. Where are the real needs in our churches? Finally,…

Praying Lament

By Brittany Stichter on September 30, 2016

This week in chapel, Dr. Gombis and Dr. Greer helped us to sit in the story of Lazarus' death and Mary's reaction to it (John 11:28-37). They invited us to "soak in the story and lament alongside Scripture."

They briefly looked at the New Testament's perspective on lament, but spent the majority of chapel praying as a community. "In the New Testament, lament is portrayed as truth speaking about the…

The Virtues of Lament: How Lament Arises from Faith, Hope and Love

By Brittany Stichter on September 23, 2016

In this week's chapel, Dr. Mike Wittmer posed that the language of lament is not on our lips because we do not exercise faith in God's power over all things, hope for the new creation and love for our hurting brothers and sisters. If we have full faith, we believe that God will remedy wrongs. We do not grieve without hope, because we believe that God has a plan. It takes true love to grieve for and…

Flip the Switch

By Brittany Stichter on April 8, 2016

Pastor Kizombo Kalumbula spoke this week in chapel. His message, entitled "Flip the Switch" was from Matthew 5:13-16. He explained how obeying God's command to "be the light," can have a profound impact on our communities.

Pastor Kalumbula challenges us to consider the the effects of being "appropriately present." As we embrace living differently because of Christ's work in our lives (flipping the…

Walls

By Brittany Stichter on April 1, 2016

In this week's chapel, Darrell Yoder gave a message entitled "Walls" from Ephesians 2:11-22. He drew our attention to walls in our personal lives and in the Church as a whole, going back even to the Jews and Gentiles in the early Church.

On the cross, Jesus demolished the walls between us and the Father. He also demolished the walls between us and those who are different than us. While it doesn't…

Jesus as Our Purposeful Example

By Brittany Stichter on March 25, 2016

In this week's chapel, Pastor Joe Lane brought a message from Philippians 2:5-11, exploring "Jesus as our Purposeful Example." He describes how Jesus' purpose affected other areas of His life and how His example relates to us.

Jesus' purpose was more important than His pleasure, power, prominence, or pain. Ours is too. Our God-given purpose cannot be fulfilled if we are not becoming like Christ.

Most Likely, Least Likely

By Brittany Stichter on February 26, 2016

This week in chapel, Jennifer Greer began by playing a game with the chapel community. She asked questions like "Are you most or least likely to ride a roller coaster?" and "Are you most or least likely to eat liver?" Through her message, she shared how Jesus often chooses the least likely to use in big ways. When Jesus healed the ten lepers in Luke 17:11-19, only one came back to Jesus. The only leper…

GRTS Chapel: "An Appropriate Presence: Living as the People of God"

By Kris Rolls on February 1, 2016

Every Wednesday morning at GRTS, we gather as a community to worship God and reflect on His word. Chapel is an important part of who we are as a seminary. It's an intentional time for us to pause our work, turn off our technology and stop our lectures to gather as the people of God in worship.

Here is the chapel schedule this semester. Chapel is held on Wednesday mornings from 9:50 a.m. - 10:30 a…