THE MAGAZINE OF NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE
THINKING POINTS FOR GRACE-FILLED ACTION
Ho w d o w e mult ip l y di s c i p l e s i n a c l im at e o f po l i ti c a l d i vid e?
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THE MAGAZINE OF NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE
THINKING POINTS FOR GRACE-FILLED ACTION How do we multip ly disciples in a climate of p olitical divide?
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BECOMING FRIENDS WITH DIFFERENCES
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hile in graduate school, I developed a deep personal friendship with someone from my high school days. Our relationship evolved into a “David and Jonathan” type of friendship. Though we are close friends, to this day, he and I hold completely different political viewpoints. We have had numerous debates and disagreements on many topics. Through it all, however, our discussions have always been thoughtful and gracious.
Interestingly, our earliest debates often occurred on long runs (back in my triathlon days). Yet no matter how much emotion our conversations generated, we never took it personally. We can say anything to each other and know we aren’t going to judge or condemn the other for his beliefs. We both tend to be obstinate, but I could always tell when I was making a dent in his thinking, just as he did with mine. My respect for my friend is deep. I even told him once that if he ever ran for elected office, I would work on his campaign. He’s now a university president and remains a very special person to me.
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IN THIS ISSUE
15 Thinking Points for Grace-Filled Action
19 American Christians and Politics: Still Wrestling
21 Professor Selected as Princeton Fellow
22 Designing Political Engagement
24 Practicing Politics with Grace
10 Chapel Snapshots: Brian ‘Head’ Welch
28 Targeting a Passion with Purpose
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NEWS FAMED QUADRUPLET EMBRACES NWC EXPERIENCE
uring a women’s basketball home game in mid-December, NWC Head Coach Aaron Kahl looked across the court and noticed that one of his players was sitting in the stands dressed in street clothes. “Why is Calli Durst not on the bench?” he thought of the freshman. Kahl looked down at the row of players behind him and saw that Calli was indeed dressed in her Eagles uniform and engaged in the game. “Strange,” he thought. Then Kahl saw a third version of Calli dressed completely different from the other two he had seen, and then it hit him. “Ah, yes. The Durst family is here.” Born on February 10, 1993 at 10:51 p.m., Calli Durst became a big sister faster than most girls. Her sister Kendra was born a minute later, followed by Megan and Sarah. And thus, the legacy of the Durst quadruplets began. Because there are only about five dozen sets of identical quadruplets worldwide, the Durst quads have easily gained attention since birth. Throughout their youth, the quads made the rounds of TV talk show appearances from Jay Leno to Montel Williams to Maury Povich. Years ago, Leno told Oprah Winfrey, “You don’t interview the Durst quadruplets, you referee them.” “That’s definitely a true story,” Calli said. “Growing up and becoming adults, we’ve changed a little bit. But through the years, from the first time we were on TV together until we were 10 years old, I think all we did was fight and bicker with our super highpitched voices!”
Starring in reality TV Signing up for their own reality TV series Four of a Kind on Lifetime was a decision the Durst quads made together. “We sat down together to think and talk about whether to do the show or not because we knew it would be life-changing and we’d have to all stick together through it,” said Calli. After filming for three months in 2010, the eldest of the quads learned from her experience. “I was in for a big awakening when we signed those papers,” she said. “The show made me very aware of my choice of words—what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it. How did I want my attitude to be shown through TV?” Calli is quick to acknowledge that despite meeting famous people and having a television show, the Durst family lives a normal life. “The show doesn’t define who I am.”
New place, new identity Going to college gave Calli an opportunity to discover herself away from her sisters. “I’ve been able to branch out and not be known as one of the Durst quads or someone from TV,” noted the Buffalo, Minn. native. “It’s been an awesome opportunity to not be recognized. Everyone from Buffalo knows who we are together and individually, so it’s cool to be here and not be compared to my sisters. Plus, I don’t have anyone to argue with here!”
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“Coming to Northwestern has taught me that it doesn’t matter if you win or lose [at basketball].… Our team plays for an eternal scoreboard.” Calli is also gaining perspective on her education as an elementary education major who wants to teach kindergarten. “I knew I wanted to attend a Christian college, but I feel like I’ve grown so much more in the past semester and a half than I have in my three previous years as a believer,” said the 19-year-old. “It has been very good for me to have chapel every day and to have professors who pray before class begins and who are very approachable.” Calli admits her outlook on basketball has changed since becoming an Eagle. “Coming to Northwestern has taught me that it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, but rather, ‘What are your intentions before you go out and play?’ Our team plays for an eternal scoreboard and we have the opportunity to publicly display Christ. That’s not something everyone gets to do.”
DARYL AARON, PH.D. (BIBLICAL & THEOLOGICAL STUDIES) published Understanding Your Bible in 15 Minutes a Day (Bethany House).
CHUCK KUIVINEN RETIRES
rofessor Charles “Chuck” Kuivinen (Business) is retiring at the end of the 2011–12 academic year after 24 years in the department, 19 of which he served as chair. Department of Business Chair Dick Elliott made note of Kuivinen’s accomplishments:
Chuck Kuivinen joined NWC in 1988, when the business department was very small and not well recognized. He led the efforts to increase the rigor and recognition of the department as it grew to over 300 traditional undergraduate students, plus students enrolled in the FOCUS majors of business administration and business management. One of Chuck’s major accomplishments was to launch our international business major. With grants from the U.S. government and local corporations, he and other faculty made connections in Japan, and later China, so students would be able to travel to those countries and experience meaningful internships. Today, the department is recognized for its high scores on the national standardized test for business schools. It records that 95% of its graduates obtain employment in business within three months of graduation. We enjoy a close relationship with local businesses through our alumni network in firms such as Cargill, General Mills, Target, 3M, Medtronic, and Best Buy, as well as the major accounting firms KPMG, PWC, and Deloitte Touche. Kuivinen gave a farewell speech to students on April 23 and celebrations in his honor, held in early May, were attended by scores of colleagues, students and alumni whose lives he has influenced.
OTHER RETIREMENTS Additional faculty members retiring this year include: Barbara Claussen, Associate Professor of Art & Design; she joined NWC in 1996.
Joelle Raney, Elementary Education Supervisor and Placement Coordinator; she joined NWC in 1992.
CLYDE BILLINGTON, PH.D. (HISTORY) was named to the Editorial Board of Book & the Spade magazine. He also recently became a board member of the Friends of Israel and will be the featured speaker at their annual banquet in May. THOMAS BLACK, D.MIN. (BIBLICAL & THEOLOGICAL STUDIES) successfully defended his dissertation in February for his Doctor of Ministry degree from Bethel Seminary. LARA BRONSON, M.ED. (EDUCATION) and her husband were guest speakers at the Pi Lambda Theta Breakout Chapel and spoke about balancing their work, faith and family life together as educators and parents. ARDEL CANEDAY, PH.D. (BIBLICAL & THEOLOGICAL STUDIES) published “Faith Comes by Hearing: The Inclusivists’ Abuse of Romans 10:9-17” in Credo magazine. He presented at the truthXchange Think Tank conference in Escondido, CA, and accepted an appointment as Senior Fellow of Scripture and Theology with the Center for Cultural Leadership in Mount Hermon, CA. LEONARD DANEK, PH.D. (MUSIC) presented a workshop entitled “So You Want to Compose” for the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, which featured several of his own compositions.
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EXPERIENCING NORTHWESTERN IN FULL CIRCLE BY JANELLE HAMRE ’11 AND JESSICA SLY ’12
mily Jacobs ’11 started her Northwestern journey earlier than most students. As a preschooler, she “graduated” from Northwestern’s Child Development Center (CDC) in 1995 and years later returned to NWC to major in psychology. As one of the early students served by the CDC when it opened in September 1994, Jacobs became an unknowing pioneer in what would become a nationally accredited center offering unique preschool curriculum in music, science, math and creative arts. In
Above: Emily Jacobs celebrates her graduation with the Jacobs family of alumni, Dennis ’77, Idell (Bixby ’46) and Paula F’94. Left: Emily (middle) at her NWC preschool graduation.
addition, the CDC serves as a learning lab for NWC’s early childhood education majors. Jacobs grew up in a Northwestern family. Her grandmother Idell (Bixby ’46) Jacobs attended Northwestern in its early years. Her parents are Dennis Jacobs ’77 and Paula Jacobs F’94. Though childhood memories can feel clouded in a Crayola-colored fog, Emily recalls that a highlight of her time as a preschool student was walking door to
door visiting the elderly residents at the EagleCrest retirement community in which the CDC is located as part of the center’s “Grandfriends” program. Emily completed her Northwestern journey in December 2011, but her education has not stopped. She has been accepted into Wheaton College’s (Ill.) Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program and begins her studies there in August.
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TRANSMITTERS INCREASE GOSPEL PRESENCE IN ASIA
orthwestern Media, in conjunction with Trans World Radio (TWR), dedicated two new radio transmitters in Guam in December. The partnership with TWR began last year to purchase and install the two 250,000-watt transmitters, enabling the Gospel to reach into areas in Asia, the South Pacific, and parts of Southern India and Sri Lanka. An estimated 10 million people listen to the broadcasts from Guam and this new signal will mean millions more. “This gives TWR the opportunity to touch even more lives with the good news of Jesus Christ,” said TWR president and Northwestern board member Lauren Libby. “We thank God for the privilege of increasing our spiritual footprint in Asia.” With the transmitters, TWR is able to reach listeners across Asia with reception that’s excellent anywhere, from large cities to thick forests. President Alan Cureton, along with Paul Virts, vice president for Northwestern Media, and Neil Stavem F’95, M’08, program director for Faith Radio Network, traveled to Guam to be a part of the dedication ceremony hosted by Libby. TWR partnered with Northwestern Media, Moody Radio in Chicago, KCBI-FM in Dallas, and thousands of individuals around the globe to raise money for the purchase and installation of the updated transmitters.
FOCUS ON THE FAMILY AWARDS FAITH RADIO
TIS/Faith Radio was recently recognized by Focus on the Family as Media Partner of the Year. The award was presented to representatives from Northwestern Media during the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville in February. Focus on the Family President Jim Daly shared these remarks: For decades Focus on the Family and Northwestern Media have partnered together to help families and, ultimately, to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. KTIS/Faith Radio is exceptional in many ways. They’ve offered creative promotions on behalf of Focus on the Family programming. They’ve participated with us in outreaches and events. The stations are an outstanding local presence for us. We’re grateful to God for the many, many years of fruitful partnership Focus has enjoyed, and we look forward to the coming years with anticipation of some great times ahead with KTIS/Faith Radio. Pictured above (left to right): John Fuller, Neil Stavem F’95, M’08, Dr. Juli Slattery, Dick Whitworth and Jim Daly.
COURTNEY FRIESEN, M.DIV. (BIBLICAL & THEOLOGICAL STUDIES) presented a paper entitled “This Cosmos and this Community: Self-Referentiality, Deixis, and Ideology in Cleanthes’ Hymn to Zeus” on January 6 at the annual meeting of the American Philological Association. Friesen also won the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies essay prize. MICHELE FRISCH (MUSIC), flute, and Kathy Kienzle, harp, of the Bell’ Alma Duo, released their newest CD, Music of the Dance. W. EDWARD GLENNY, PH.D., TH.D. (BIBLICAL & THEOLOGICAL STUDIES) presented “Flesh, Spirit, and Theology in 1 Peter” at the 2011 National Evangelical Theological Society Meeting and “Translation Technique in the Septuagint of Micah” at the annual Society of Biblical Literature meeting, both in San Francisco. TANYA GROSZ, PH.D. (ENGLISH, UNDERGRADUATE ONLINE LEARNING) completed her dissertation work in March for her Ph.D. in Education with a specialty in E-learning and Teaching Online, from Northcentral University (Prescott, AZ). JOHN HERLIHY, M.S. (MUSIC) has been asked to serve on the team of guest conductors for the Minnesota Intercollegiate Band, sponsored by the College Band Directors National Association-MN Chapter. FRED IGLESIA, D.MIN. (BIBLICAL & THEOLOGICAL STUDIES) was recognized by the National Association of Pentecostals for his service to the Latino community as the director of the Northwestern College Bible Institute. FENG-LING MARGARET JOHNSON, PH.D. (EDUCATION) was invited by the U.S. State Department to serve a three-year team on the National Fulbright Screening Committee. Johnson also gave two presentations at a conference in Hong Kong. S p r i n g /Summe r 2012 PILOT
NEWS WILLIAM HAMEL
KENT KAISER, PH.D. (COMMUNICATION) published the book Company Town: An Oral History about Life in Silver Bay, Minnesota, 1950s–1980s, made possible by a grant from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Connection to NWC
JOANNA KLEIN, PH.D. (BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY) recently won the ACCESS COTY (Course of the Year) award for a blended (hybrid) learning course she authored, DNA: The Language of Life.
Hamel is president of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), having served as a pastor in one church for 14 years, EFCA district superintendent for five years and as EFCA executive vice president before becoming president in 1997. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Wheaton College (Ill.) and holds a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
JERRY LEE, MBA (BUSINESS) spoke at a TedEx event at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He was also awarded the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award from the Minnesota State University, (Mankato) Alumni Association. DICK MIDDLETON, M.S. (BUSINESS) conducted a leadership training session for the Maple GrovePlymouth-Minnetonka Police Academy. He also served as guest teacher at Hope Academy (Minneapolis). MATTHEW MILLER, PH.D. (HISTORY) published a review of Ilya Vinkovetsky, Russian America: An Overseas Colony of a Continental Empire, 1804–1867 (2011) in Russian Review 71:1 (January 2012): 155–156. Lexington Books has accepted Miller’s book Extraordinary Adventures: The Work of the American YMCA among Russians, 1900–1940 for publication.
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RONN JOHNSON, PH.D. (BIBLICAL & THEOLOGICAL STUDIES) presented “How Israelite Monotheism Informed ‘No Other Name’ Theology in the New Testament” at the National Evangelical Theological Society meeting in San Francisco in November.
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William (Bill) Hamel was introduced to Northwestern through NWC students who attended the church he pastored in the 1970s. His family enjoyed attending Northwestern events over the years, and his daughter (Kari ’98) and son-in-law (Eric Berglund ’98) are both graduates. “The college prepared our daughter and her husband well for life and ministry in the church,” Hamel noted.
Education and career
Family and interests Married for nearly 44 years, Hamel and his wife, Karen, have two married daughters and five grandchildren who are “the joy of our lives right now,” according to Hamel. Beyond the hobby of grandchildren, Hamel enjoys reading and all kinds of sports. He reports that he holds the distinction of being the “number-one Green Bay Packers fan in our office, if not in Minnesota.”
What sets NWC apart? Hamel appreciates how Northwestern puts the Gospel and a biblical mindset at the core of the entire curriculum. “Developing the future leaders of the church and the business world with not only skills but also the ability to think biblically is a passion I have observed at all levels of the school,” Hamel said. “I am very impressed with the depth and quality of the students and graduates of NWC.”
Books to read, values to live by A voracious reader, Hamel averages about one book per week. Authors he notes as “must-reads” for organizational life include Jim Collins, Patrick Lencioni and John Kotter. Other Christian authors who “deserve our attention” include Gordon MacDonald, T.J. Addington, Francis Chan and Larry Osborne. Hamel has developed a philosophy on ministry that guides his work: “All ministry must be Word-based and Spirit-empowered. We must major on the majors and extend freedom on the minor issues. Leaders should be equipping, empowering and releasing others to do the work of the ministry.”
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Connection to NWC Michael Meloch’s NWC memories go back to his youth when he would listen with his mother to The Hour of Decision on KTIS and hear about Northwestern College. His wife, Karin, served for 10 years as Northwestern’s women’s soccer coach and since 1997 has run the Ultimate Goal youth soccer camp every summer on campus.
Education and career “Math was the only subject that I enjoyed doing in college,” Meloch noted. When he earned his bachelor’s degree in math from Bethel University, one of his professors encouraged him to take the actuarial exam. “The exams were very difficult to pass and they weeded out many—including me,” Meloch humbly recalled. Still interested in insurance, he moved to the underwriting department and found a better fit. Although he never pictured himself as a business owner, “God had other plans for me,” he said, and Meloch now runs TPAC Underwriters, Inc., a managing general underwriting firm in Minneapolis.
Family and interests Meloch met Karin on a blind date in December 1994; they were engaged two months later and married the following September. They are parents to four children, Jeremiah (14), Matthew (12), Madeline (9) and Gabriella (3). “Coaching is a passion for both Karin and me,” Meloch reported, “and we are usually found in the community on various baseball diamonds or soccer fields.”
Values to live by In July 2010 Meloch’s home in Shoreview, Minn., was struck by lightning and nearly burned to the ground. The family escaped unharmed, but “we lost about ninety percent of all our possessions,” he said. “This made a significant impact on our life, to not hold too fast to the things of this world but to store up our treasures in heaven.” Worshiping at church two days after the fire, his congregation sang Chris Tomlin’s Indescribable, which includes the line, “Who has told every lightning bolt where it should go?” “What do you do?” Meloch pondered. “Do you believe it? When you lose everything, what do you replace?” The family chose to move rather than rebuild on the same site, but they have appreciated the perspective gained and enjoy a different kind of simplicity in their lives. Ultimately, Meloch’s faith was strengthened through his family’s experience. “As we were watching our home burn, my wife prayed Isaiah 41:10. It was perfect, absolutely perfect. God will strengthen, help and uphold. He was saying, and always is, ‘Don’t fear; I’m still God.’”
MARK MUSKA, ED.D. (BIBLICAL & THEOLOGICAL STUDIES) serves regularly as guest professor on Connecting Faith with Neil Stavem on KTIS, fielding Bible questions from callers during “Ask the Professor.” RANDY NELSON, PH.D. (BIBLICAL & THEOLOGICAL STUDIES) was appointed director of the Dual B.A./M.Div. in Pastoral Ministry, a program funded in part by a Kern Foundation Grant. WENDY RICHARDS, M.S. (EDUCATION) designed and presented a workshop to the teaching faculty at Sunnyside Elementary School (Mounds View School District) on using nonfiction text features in literacy lessons. BOYD SEEVERS, PH.D. (BIBLICAL & THEOLOGICAL STUDIES) wrote a new book, Hidden in Plain Sight: Finding Wisdom and Meaning in the Parts of the Bible Most People Skip (Bethany House). YING WANG, PH.D. (EDUCATION) participated in two roundtable presentations at the 2011 American Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) International Convention in November at Jacksonville, FL. LISANNE WINSLOW, PH.D. (BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY) had her scientific paper from her Fulbright research accepted for publication in the March issue of the journal Integrative Zoology. MICHAEL WISE, PH.D. (BIBLICAL & THEOLOGICAL STUDIES) had a book review published: “Review of John J. Collins, Beyond the Qumran Community: The Sectarian Movement of the Dead Sea Scrolls,” in Catholic Biblical Quarterly 74 (2012): 123–5.
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Daily chapel gives the NWC community opportunities to be encouraged and challenged by distinguished speakers.
BY JENNY COLLINS ’05
Brian “Head” Welch
Former Guitarist with Korn; Author and Musician
The first chapel of 2012 featured Brian “Head” Welch, interviewed on stage by NWC Church Relations’ Tim Elrod. While on campus, Welch also visited with youth pastors at a lunch Q&A and sat down with the Pilot for an interview. Following are excerpts from those conversations.
ith the right costume and matching eye patch, Brian “Head” Welch could pass for a pirate. But ever since he “encountered the God of eternity” in 2005, Welch’s treasure has transformed from fame, money and drugs to the joy and peace of being a child of God. Today he exudes an inner light that seems to set many of his tattoos aglow—opting for body art that reflects his faith. For more than a decade, Welch’s success with the heavy metal rock band Korn catapulted upward, while his personal life spiraled downward with addiction. When his wife walked out on him and their daughter, he found himself in a new role as a single father. After visiting a church with a business partner and surrendering to Jesus Christ seven years ago, he threw away the drugs, left Korn 10
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and, for the first time, told his daughter he’d be home to take her to school. Now living in Nashville with 13-year-old Jennea, Welch is pursuing his music with a similar sound but a radically different spirit. In 2007, he released the album “Save Me from Myself,” along with a book of the same title.
Tell us how your faith and music work together. I’m a scary Christian, I guess. I love metal, all right? God changed my heart, but my music…the metal is shouting. I read the Bible, and it says, “Give a shout to the Lord.” And I love other kinds of music. I listen to Kim Walker and Jesus Culture and Misty Edwards. That’s my favorite type of music. But my gift is the metal. I tried to do the softer [music], and He [God] was like, “Come on!” Like a smack on the head. “That’s not you.” [On my new album] the songs are the best songs I’ve done, I think. But my relationship with the Lord is first.
How have you changed as a dad?
Do you ever feel the pull to rejoin Korn? Yeah, we’re on good terms right now. The singer [asked], “Why don’t you open for us?” I could tell my story to my old fans. It’s like an open door, right? So I was praying about it, and I just felt uneasy. I prayed and they [Korn] changed their minds, and schedules conflicted, and God just totally said “No.” But God’s working in their lives, too. One is friends with the pastor that I got saved through. The drummer was baptized. The bass player’s full-on Christian. So there’s three Korn kernels [who] have made a step of faith.
What is your fan base like today? It’s becoming more and more of the old Korn fans. But it’s all over the place. I was at a church and I had an eighty-year-old lady come. She came back she liked it so much. People could be a Michael W. Smith fan and still want to follow me because of God’s work in me. Maybe not listen to my music but maybe they’ll get the books or just hear messages from me.
What fuels you? Prayer. Not to be cliché, but I like to pray a lot. And worship. I walk by the Spirit. He’s speaking to me about pressing in more. I want more of God. And it’s not an addiction thing. Really, the gentle stuff is just wooing me, drawing me into His heart more. And I’m trying to eat healthy, and I got the gym on my list of things to do. You gotta have energy doing the stuff that we’re doing, and I’m not getting any younger.
What’s the first thing you’ll say to God in heaven? Thank you! I could’ve been in Hell forever. So just…thank you, thank you, thank you.
Hear Brian tell his story at iamsecond.com.
I just try to help [Jennea] stay on that path. I gotta be a dad. She wanted to watch Family Guy last night, but I said, “I don’t want you watching that. And besides, they mock God on there, too, sometimes. Why give them ratings?” I don’t want to be this overly strict parent, but at the same time, there are boundaries that I’ll never cross. I’m trying to figure it all out. We argue, we joke around. It’s just [like that] with dads and daughters.
Best-selling author, Crazy Love Founding Pastor, Cornerstone Church (Calif.)
On January 13, Northwestern welcomed pastor and author Francis Chan, along with the Rend Collective Experiment, a core group of musicians from Ireland, for a powerful evening of worship and the Word. Following is an excerpt from Chan’s message on the courage to be a witness for Christ. When I was in high school…I remember going through the yearbook and calling people one by one because I was so concerned about their eternal destiny. And it’s weird because then I started getting into this church system where it’s all about, ‘No, just come and listen to this guy preach. And he’ll lead you to the Lord. And his staff will disciple you. They’ll teach your kids.’ It became this whole system to the point where even I got uncomfortable sharing Christ with people one-on-one. I had neighbors, and I felt so awkward just looking them in the eyes and telling them about Jesus. So I would say, ‘Hey, come to my church and listen to me preach.’ That’s so weird now that I look back. They were probably thinking, ‘Why don’t you just tell me? You want me to come to this building so I can see you stand on a stage and then tell me about Jesus?’ The bottom line is, we’re all scared, right? But instead of just admitting it, and doing what the early believers did, which was get together and pray for courage, instead we just change the system to do something that requires no courage on our part. I moved to San Francisco because I wanted to be in a place where people absolutely rejected the Gospel. Because then I would have to see the Holy Spirit work and every day pray, ‘God, give me more courage.’ It’s amazing how much God has answered that prayer. How much do you believe the Word of God? Are you willing to look at another human being in the eyes and fight to get to know them, to build those relationships? S p r i n g /Summe r 2012 PILOT
NWC Launches Master of Arts in Education
fter 29 years of successful teacher preparation at the undergraduate level, Northwestern is introducing a Master of Arts in Education degree, starting this fall. The Master of Arts in Education (MAED) is a nonlicensure program that will expand educators’ knowledge and skills in the areas of curriculum, instruction, technology and assessment. The MAED, offered in a blended learning format, offers three concentrations: Curriculum & Instruction, Instructional Technology, and Immigration & Education. With this graduate degree, professional educators can advance in their field as they tap into Northwestern’s reputation for excellence in teacher preparation. The MAED is designed especially for licensed educators who want to expand their knowledge, those who serve immigrant
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populations in the education or social service sectors, or business professionals who provide assessment for professional development training. NWC Department of Education Chair Susan Johnson, Ph.D., was instrumental in developing the MAED program and sees it as an excellent fit for those who are passionate about their career as educators. “We want candidates to see professional service as a calling,” said Johnson. “This program will nurture that call as they further develop their skills, and offers a course of study that will nurture a servant-leadership model with a strong community emphasis. With the concentration in Immigration & Education we will also be able to equip our graduate students to work effectively with immigrant and cross-cultural populations.”
ithin her first five years of teaching, Emily (Cromwell ’06) Danger, a music education graduate, received two awards for excellence as a music educator. The South Dakota chapter of the American Choral Directors Association presented Danger with the Overture Award for 2011. The award is presented to choral directors working in South Dakota in recognition of excellence in their first five years in choral music education. “The award was especially meaningful because it came from my peers and colleagues in the choral music education world,” said Danger, the assistant choir director at Washington High School in Sioux Falls. “They know the ‘ins and outs’ of what goes into my job every day.”
In receiving the honor, Danger became the second recipient of the Overture Award in the state. “Sometimes as an educator it’s hard to see the results of what you do every day,” she admitted. “To be recognized like this was a nice confirmation that I’m on the right track.” In 2009–10, while teaching at T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre, S.D., Danger was selected as the National Honor Society’s Teacher of the Year for their chapter. “I am so thankful for the professors and experiences at NWC that helped me prepare for a career in music education,” Danger said. “My professors made sure that I was placed in excellent training experiences that helped shape who I am as an educator today.”
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Pioneering with NASA STEM Program BY NANCY CAWLEY ZUGSCHWERT
s one of Northwestern’s first elementary education graduates, Maralee (Cory ’83) Scott is now pioneering
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raduating in the midst of a recession, social studies education major Jeff Button ’09 was looking at less than stellar prospects. “The job scene for stereotypical history teachers wasn’t there, but the Lord knows better than we do,”
another territory with NASA. Scott was one of 51 teachers across the nation selected to join the NASA Endeavor Science Fellowship Program for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. Scott, who teaches sixth grade and is the science team leader for Meridian Middle School in Buffalo Grove, Ill., has been interacting with other fellows in the program since January. They meet monthly via NASA satellite for interactive high-tech conferences and collaborate on discussion boards in between live classes. Scott recognizes great value in this program for her students and beyond, and noted, “Ultimately, the STEM certificate will lead me into more staff development opportunities for my colleagues and entire district.”
Shaped by excellence A veteran teacher who holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, she looks back on her training at NWC as
Button recalled as he described the faith journey involved in the job search. Open to teach wherever the path would lead, Button landed a job at Liberty Classical Academy, a private Pre-K–12 Christian classical school in Maplewood, Minn. Now in his third year of teaching, Button teaches history, government and law for middle and high school students. His leadership skills were readily recognized and he also serves administratively as student coordinator for the high school. “One of the things I loved about the teaching program was Northwestern got you into the classroom right away—first semester sophomore year,” he said. When he began his full-time teaching job, he had the practice and experience to handle it.
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essential to her success as an educator. “My education was shaped by two exceptional instructors,” she recalled. “The first, Dr. Grace Lund, set up the original elementary education program. She implemented some innovative ideas that gave us advantages in the marketplace.” Beyond the program structure, Scott is grateful for the personal guidance she received. “The second instructor was Donna Samelian. I was so inspired by her example and fortunate to have her as an advisor and professor. “Bringing out the heart and soul of each child gives me tremendous joy,” said Scott of the benefits of a career in education. When asked for advice for young teachers, she shared, “Build a relationship/connection with each child. Remember to respond rather than react. Pray for each child. Pray that you will be the best possible teacher you can be for each child. Be flexible.” Scott is married to Mike Scott ’84 and is the daughter of NWC alumni Allen ’56 and Lois (Keese ’50) Cory.
he observed. “We never really leave our work, never leave our title. I’m ‘Mr. Button’ wherever I see students…at Target, grocery stores, movie theaters. People know Christians should act differently, and they should be able to be recognized for those differences.” He added reflectively, “If we’re not different from the mainstream, what’s it for?” Looking ahead, Button is aware that teaching is a legacy-building endeavor. “I remember the teachers that influenced me,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the day when a student will invite me to their wedding…or an e-mail that says ‘I remember what you were talking about in class.’” Button likes his job tremendously and enjoys an unusual perk at work: he works at the same school as his wife, Natalie (Bayer ’09) Button.
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THINKING POINTS FOR GRACE-FILLED ACTION
BY JENNY COLLINS ’05
How do we multiply disciples in a climate of political divide?
hen it comes to the stereotype of Christians in the U.S., the world seems to know us by our politics.
The people with whom we disagree live next door, attend our churches, interact with us at work, comment on our Facebook posts and even live in our homes.
But Jesus said the world would know we are His not by our political posturing, but by our posture—a posture of love.
Too often, when it comes to areas of difference, we estrange ourselves from the “strangers” God calls us to love, to build relationships with.
So how do we think and act “Christianly” about politics—whether they are local or national issues, workplace or church differences, or personal or family disagreements? Why are some of us quick to dismiss or demonize those with whom we disagree rather than listen and engage in dialogue? Or others of us fearful or threatened by those we perceive will disagree loudly? How do we multiply disciples in a climate of division? These are just some of the questions that sparked this Pilot theme. So we posed these questions to six professors, who offered deep and diverse wisdom along with practical thinking points, all grounded in biblical truth. After hours of rich 1:1 conversations, many aha moments and some hearty amens, one reality became clear: We as Christians wrestle with this in the world because we wrestle among ourselves and within ourselves.
In our efforts to be right, we can behave so wrongly. But our hope for change, ultimately, is not about crowding around the “right” policy or position, as much as it is about spiritual formation—Christian maturity.
Too often, when it comes to areas of difference, we estrange ourselves from the “strangers” God calls us to love, to build relationships with.
Ephesians 4:15–16 says, “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (NIV). Truth. Love. Maturity. The whole body. Different parts. Working together. Enjoy the conversation. Read on for professors’ perspectives.
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THE POWER OF VULNERABLE DIALOGUE By vulnerability, I mean real heart-sharing. Dialogue involves the art of listening to one another. It’s not talking at someone. It’s actually listening to their perspective, and not just listening to what they believe but why they believe what they do. To learn the story that shaped their perspective of something. That’s different than just having a debate where your point is to win the argument. Even in a good debate, you’ve got to listen. If our point is to win or to show that the other person is wrong, well then we’re not really listening. DAVID FENRICK, PH.D. - Director, Center for Global Reconciliation and Cultural Education (C-GRACE) - Adjunct Professor of Intercultural Studies
When we listen, I believe that’s where the Holy Spirit goes to work—to heal, reconcile, restore community, convict us of where our perspectives might be wrong, or where there might be a bigger perspective. Maybe we’re not wrong, but maybe there’s a bigger picture than what we’re seeing. If none of us ever changed our minds, then it shows we don’t have a teachable spirit. That’s pride. Think about the times we thought we knew something, then discovered we were wrong. Well, maybe we should be more gracious to others. That doesn’t mean we give up our convictions. It gives us pause to listen more.
BEING SALT AND LIGHT IN ‘DIRTY’ POLITICS
A lot of Christians have the idea that we shouldn’t be involved in politics, and to be very blunt, I think that is crazy. When the Lord talks about being salt and light, He’s talking about us being involved with the culture. If you’re going to be involved in the culture, you’d better be involved in politics because that’s where all the elements of culture work themselves out.
CLYDE BILLINGTON, PH.D. - Professor of History - Ran for Congress in 2002
Everybody says politics are a dirty business, but living is a dirty business. And people say, ‘Oh, politics are so much dirtier now.’ Really? In a modern democracy, you change the government by vote. In the ancient world, you changed the government by killing the king. Here’s a true story: when Julius Caesar was elected as Roman Consul, he didn’t like the other Consul—there were always two of them—interfering with his political decisions. So Julius had his followers collect the material out of chamber pots [toilets], and every time the other Consul would step out of his front door, Julius Caesar’s followers would throw that stuff all over him. After awhile, the other Consul got the message. The entire year that Julius was Consul, the other Consul stayed in his house. Talk about dirty politics! Dirty politics have always existed in the past—even here in America. Lincoln’s political opponents said some terrible things about him and his family. Dirty politics are not new, even in America! There really is ‘nothing new under the sun.’
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RESPONDING LIKE CHRIST, EXAMINING OURSELVES Christ in public really did some pretty dramatic things, upsetting tables at the temple and rebuking people. But as I look at it, He often answered people in the way that they presented themselves. For example, the pompous Pharisees: they were so opinionated and thought that they knew more than anyone else; Jesus really rebukes them publicly. So in a sense, what you give is what you get.
JACQUELINE GLENNY, PH.D. - Professor of Speech and Business
But on the other hand, we are not Christ, and we very much need to temper how we approach public topics because we’re not omniscient, and we are sinners. As a result, sometimes our opinion gets out of place. So it’s important to be tempered in the Word of God and have that as our biblical foundation. The other thing is to attack the problem and the principle, not the person. So often we make it personality driven—about who said it—rather than principle driven, about what was said. We all have prejudices and we have to be tolerant on things that we don’t agree with. If you ask God to listen to you and you want Him to listen to you, you ought to listen in kind to other people. As believers, one of our most important roles is to offer hope and kindness.
EXPRESSING A COMMON VALUE WITH DIVISIVE ISSUES We have to view politics as a mission field just as we do everything else. Think of politics as being a field where you can’t use ‘Christianese,’ and you can’t push a Christian agenda in an overt way.
KENT KAISER, PH.D. - Assistant Professor of Communication - Senior Fellow, Center of the American Experiment
Try to figure out where you have common ground on values. I teach this formula for writing a letter to the editor and answering a hostile question from a reporter, for example. Let’s take the gun issue and make it a hostile question like, ‘With all the gun crime on the streets, why aren’t you for gun control?’ I might respond, ‘Like most Americans, I believe it is the first priority to protect its citizens.’ Well, nobody’s going to disagree with that, left or right. Then I express some facts: ‘I’m alarmed that Minneapolis has a higher crime rate than New York City, a higher homicide rate than New York City. A friend of mine was mugged near the Metrodome.’ But then my action would be, ‘That’s why I support a 20-year minimum mandatory sentence for anybody who’s caught committing a crime with a gun.’ If you express a common value, that’s what’s disarming. No pun intended. When you don’t just spout your policy position, but couch it in a value that’s common, express some knowledge about the facts and establish credibility. We can still disagree on policy, but maybe they’ll think that I’m rational and understand where I’m coming from.
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QUESTIONING OUR THINKING, RECOGNIZING MALFUNCTION A lot of our perspectives—they are particular. They’re not objective! And everyone has a particularity. That’s the wonder and beauty of being a human being. But we don’t get it. Instead we say, ‘I want my particular way of seeing the world—my lens—to be the normative or dominant lens for everyone.’
ROBIN BELL, TH.M., M.ED. - Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries
That’s where we get into trouble. We make the mistake, without thinking, that what we grew up with is normative. We’ve got to ask ourselves, ‘Is that way of thinking—does that reflect God’s mission in the world?’ Life in the Spirit teaches us how to question what we grew up with as fact. The Scriptures say, ‘Take every thought captive.’ That’s critical thinking, reflective thinking! So there’s a lot of malfunctioning going on in our Christian thinking. That’s why I believe that the world doesn’t want to hear what we have to say sometimes. You never know when the voice of the Lord is going to speak to you through another culture. To say, ‘I won’t listen to this person here because they have a different perspective than I do,’ well, you might be limiting your own development as a child of God. Here’s the funny thing—I always grow more when I’m in relationships with people who are different than me. So are we willing to allow the Holy Spirit to teach us to see Creation from different perspectives so that God gets the glory and we promote a healthy Kingdom-of-God culture?
VALUING RELATIONSHIP, TRUTH, AND LOVE ABOVE THE DESIRE TO BE RIGHT For me, dialogue can go further when I value the relationship more than my need to be right or to prove to someone why he or she is wrong. To build a relationship with you, I need to listen to you as you speak to hear what really matters to you, what you value, etc. I’m not Jesus. I don’t already know all of this, and the only way I can attempt to understand you is by really listening.
MELISSA MORK, PSY.D. - Department Chair, Associate Professor of Psychology
Sometimes a person has been wounded in that area or maybe this is something that their family has held as a very high value. So I can let go of some of my very firmly held opinions if I value our relationship more than I value my opinion. And what I believe to be right can be biblically sound, can be absolutely true, and yet, you will not be able to hear it until we have established a healthy relationship. And then the truth will penetrate. I think sometimes when we say ‘speak the truth in love,’ we really just want to speak the truth. We abandon the love. Ask yourself, ‘What kind of relationship am I being called to develop here?’ [The Holy Spirit] might not be calling you to speak the truth at that point. He might not want you to speak at all. You know, He might want you to just shut up and listen.
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American Christians and Politics: Still Wrestling BY JONATHAN DEN HARTOG, PH.D. ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF HISTORY
of the churches would be improved if there were no governmental t’s an election year, and political news seems almost interference. When Virginia disestablished, it laid the groundwork impossible to avoid. Considering our responsibilities as for other states to follow suit. citizens of two kingdoms—heavenly and earthly—many Christians across the nation are following this election closely, while others are attempting to avoid it as much RELIGIOUS PROTECTION OR SEPARATION? as they can. Though the names and positions of the candidates Madison’s thinking and actions shaped the First Amendment to change with each election cycle, we have come to expect strong the U.S. Constitution, which promised (as the first freedom) that disagreements in the pews as well as in the political arena. “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, This should not surprise us. Christians in America have been or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Many Christians believed this wrestling with how to be involved in politics for over 200 years! In religious protection to be necessary because the nation already had a our media-saturated, spin-cycle, immediate-response society, recent wide diversity of Protestant denominations. Rather than favoring one rounds in this centuries-long denomination, Americans asked for wrestling match appear to be Perhaps we, too, might pause to consider that the equality of religious liberty. more heated and inflamed These freshly minted when we see harsh verbal Americans immediately had God’s goals go beyond our partisan agendas. attacks win out over thoughtful, to figure out what this did and civil dialogue. did not mean. They quickly But does wisdom really come from a single news cycle? As an concluded that it did not mean that religious concerns had no historian of American history, I would advocate that we can gain place in the public square. In 1803, Thomas Jefferson suggested a richer perspective for Christian engagement with politics by to the Danbury Baptists that it meant a “wall of separation” reflecting on our country’s past. between Church and State. Jefferson was playing politics at the time, and his interpretation was not accepted in the nation—not even by the Danbury Baptists! Instead, Christians from a variety of RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AT THE REVOLUTION perspectives continued to let their political opinions be formed by Let’s start by considering religious liberty in the new nation. At religious convictions. This historical recognition offers a rejoinder the American Revolution, some churches were officially recognized to 20th-century Supreme Court cases that have cited Jefferson’s by their states and even received tax monies for support. After the vision as the authoritative interpretation of the period, which is Revolution, the states began to remove these special privileges patently not true. from specific denominations. In fighting for disestablishment (the removal of governmental support) in Virginia, James Madison— who would shape the Constitution and later serve as President— CHRISTIAN DIVERSITY, POLITICAL DIVERSITY drafted the “Memorial and Remonstrance,” a petition signed by In retrospect, we can realize that structurally there have hundreds of Virginians. This document pleaded with the legislature been many positive results from religious liberty and that, while to end the Episcopalian establishment in Virginia for the health recognizing American religious diversity, it should not be seen as a of both the Church and the State. These petitioners—many negative thing for individual faith commitments to shape political Baptists and Methodists—agreed with Madison that the health convictions. On the other hand, this religious liberty also means
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no single model of public or political engagement is best at every moment. Hence, after two centuries, Christians continue to live and wrestle with this tension for faithful engagement. In their wrestling with issues and level of involvement, Christians have demonstrated their capacity to offer positive contributions for civil life. Great examples of this come from the nineteenth century, when, flowing from the Second Great Awakening, American Christians worked to reform society and politics in a more just direction. Part of this contribution was caring for the “least of these.” Evangelical reformers created benevolent institutions
early republic, to the Whigs and the Democrats in the mid-nineteenth century and to Republicans and Democrats in the twentieth century. Recognizing this dynamic should warn us against a triumphalist crowning of a single political party as “God’s Party.”
GOD IN THE CIVIL WAR
The tragedy of this divide played out dramatically—and tragically—in the Civil War. Christians joined armies in both the North and the South, and revivals swept through both armies. It was Abraham Lincoln who pointed to this irony in his second inaugural address. “Both read the same Bible, and pray to the What would happen if instead of posting same God; and each invokes His anonymous potshots, Christians engaged in aid against the other,” Lincoln loving, serious, thoughtful dialogue? observed. This religious fratricide to provide for orphans and widows, to help only added to the sorrows of the war. In sailors on shore leave, and to help young facing this dilemma, Lincoln came to men newly arrived in expanding cities (the assert that “The Almighty has His own origins of the YMCA). Through creating purposes.” In other words, God’s plan public, nongovernmental organizations, transcended the goals of both sides. In evangelicals helped to build ties that would asserting God’s power and sovereignty, bind a burgeoning society together. perhaps we, too, might pause to consider Christians also got involved in politics, that God’s goals go beyond our partisan calling attention to injustices. Many agendas. If so, we might be well served protested the removal of the Cherokee to think long and hard about what Indians under Andrew Jackson—they tried Kingdom goals need to be represented in to prevent the “Trail of Tears.” Christian our political endeavors. motivation also inspired abolitionist activity, as many believers pointed to TRUTH AND LOVE the moral wrong of slavery in the South. This historical background points me Christians thus took a prophetic stand, to consider several passages of Scripture pointing to moral wrongs of the day and more deeply. First, I am reminded of calling for reform. Proverbs 18:17, “The first to present In noting these positive contributions, his case seems right, till another though, the American experience also comes forward and questions him.” reveals that Christians can and do disagree Without being open to having our ideas on policy prescriptions. From any time challenged, we can assume that our period, we can identify devout Christians positions are totally correct. We should who took opposing political stances always be open to being asked questions through emphasizing different biblical and even to reconsidering our positions. principles. Christians rallied to both the Second, I am moved by the injunction Federalists and the Democrats in the of Ephesians 4:15 to be “speaking the 20
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Interested in learning more? Dr. Den Hartog recommends: The Forgotten Founders on Religion and Public Life Edited by Daniel Dreisbach, Mark David Hall, and Jeffry Morrison (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2009) From Revival to Removal: Jeremiah Evarts, the Cherokee Nation, and the Search for the Soul of America By John Andrew III (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1992) God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution By Thomas Kidd (NY: Basic Books, 2010) God’s Long Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil Rights By Charles Marsh (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997) Religion and American Politics: From the Colonial Period to the Present Edited by Mark Noll and Luke Harlow (NY: Oxford University Press, 2007) Separation of Church and State By Philip Hamburger (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2002)
truth in love.” This strategy doesn’t deny truth—it’s predicated on truth. This seems an important point to hold: we can and should bring strong convictions to the public square—and allow others to do the same. But when we communicate our convictions and opinions, we need to do it with love, respect and humility, not anger, dismissal or pride. Tone matters. When facing those with whom we disagree, I’m reminded of James’s direction to be “quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (James 1:19). In our current culture, we are pushed to be the reverse. If you doubt this, check the comments section of any controversial Internet posting. What would happen if instead of posting anonymous potshots, Christians engaged in loving, serious, thoughtful dialogue? It might not produce total agreement, but it might produce goodwill that could be healthy for our republic.
she joined the Civil Rights movement to end that injustice. She made clear that she was working for change out of her Christian love for others. More than just legal change, she aimed for racial reconciliation as an expression of the Gospel, believing that Christ had risked all to reconcile us to God. When confronted with opposition and violence, she didn’t back down because of her faith. Even when she and her companions began to have some success, she proved that she couldn’t be coopted by the political process, despite proffered bribes of politicians. For Hamer, power was not the end, faithfulness was. It was that larger vision, bolstered by faith, which ultimately helped bring about change. Perhaps such examples from our history may encourage us to be “faithfully present” as Christians confronting political matters today.
Jonathan Den Hartog holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Notre Dame. He is married to Jackie, adjunct professor in the Department of English & Literature, and they have two daughters and a son.
I’ll conclude with an example that I love to share with my Modern U.S. History class. Fannie Lou Hamer grew up under Mississippi’s system of racial segregation, and in the 1960s
Den Hartog Selected as Princeton Visiting Fellow BY JENNY COLLINS ’05
or his sabbatical year beginning this fall, Jonathan Den Hartog, Ph.D., will be a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University in New Jersey with the James Madison Program for American Ideals and Institutions. One of 15 fellows selected for this highly competitive program, Den Hartog, who teaches early American history and American religious and political history, explained that the James Madison program studies American principles and policies and explores the question, “What goes into a healthy country?” Den Hartog’s research will focus on two areas: Exploring American responses to the French Revolution and finding out more about John Jay, one of the country’s founding fathers. “We know so much about Washington, Adams and Madison,” said Den Hartog. “John Jay was the first chief justice [in the United States], yet very little is written about him. I find this rather bizarre. I think it’s wrong, actually.”
Den Hartog looks forward to the intellectual camaraderie with the other fellows, as well as the opportunity to recharge and enjoy uninterrupted time for writing and research in the Princeton Library, one of the oldest in the country. “I am thrilled that Dr. Den Hartog has been chosen as a Princeton Fellow,” said Janet Sommers, Ph.D., NWC senior vice president for academic affairs. “His contagious passion for American history and politics will be well served as he furthers his scholarly work at one of our nation’s most renowned research universities. Dr. Den Hartog is richly deserving of this opportunity.” His goals include making progress on a book project and gaining research for future endeavors. “I’ll be in stockpiling mode,” he admitted, wanting to bring back whatever information he can. He’s also eager to bring that knowledge into the classroom and share it with his students, knowing the research gained on sabbatical will benefit Northwestern when he returns to teach in fall of 2013. S p r i n g /Summe r 2012 PILOT
DESIGNING POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT
PHOTOS, CAROLE FORREST
BY JENNY COLLINS ’05
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or his senior project, graphic design major Mike Forrest ’12 created a participatory design exhibit for people to engage more with the political process and to exercise their voice. “The whole project is about design as facilitation for the voice of the people,” said Forrest. “It’s about us standing up and being the government of the people.” The idea started when Forrest, a married father of two from Raleigh, N.C., decided he needed to become more informed about politics, both as an American citizen and as a Christian. “I read the Constitution and I realized that because we have this freedom of speech, we have even more of a potential to make change if we all come together and stand up for ourselves.” For his senior exhibit in the Denler Gallery, Forrest designed accessible booklets of the Constitution—each sporting a red or blue cover—“so people could see what their liberties are and maybe begin to activate their freedom of speech.” To facilitate the speech part, Forrest created two templates for signs visitors could use to articulate their own voice by filling in the blanks. One sign said, “I’d like my ________ back.” The other said, “Give us ________ now.” Kjellgren Alkire, assistant professor in the Department of Art & Design and Forrest’s advisor, said, “I appreciate that Mike pursued this project in a way to define his own political or public understandings. So often design is understood, particularly in the evangelical community, as a thin veneer of ‘pretty.’ And it’s not that. Design is about really good communication, about orderly thought, about considered aesthetics. It’s also about content.” Forrest acknowledged that his purpose was to step back and not push his own agenda. “So if you want this thing I don’t agree with, that’s your right,” Forrest said. “Please exercise it because you’re going to motivate other people. That’s when real political change is going to happen—through people, not politicians.”
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE PARTICIPATES It is perhaps ironic, then, that the first person to participate with the project was Republican presidential candidate hopeful Ron Paul. When Paul visited Bethel University in February, Forrest, his wife, Carole, and a friend arrived with the signs, and even appeared on MSNBC. After some “negotiation” with the guards, they were ushered to the front of the line. The former U.S. representative from Texas autographed the sign and inserted his signature campaign message on the sign, saying, “I’d like my liberty back.”
STARTING SERIOUS CHANGE While Forrest was surprised by how many gallery visitors took a humorous approach to the sign messages, one particularly honest contribution moved him: “I’d like my abortion back.” During his exhibit opening, he did observe the countenances of some participants as they wrote serious personal messages. “There was some sort of sigh of relief, even for a moment, to express themselves,” he noted. “Maybe that’s part of healing or coping. Maybe it was the first step in making a change.”
A participatory design exhibit by Mike Forrest ’12 (pictured at right) featured booklets of the U.S. Constitution and sign templates to spark political engagement. Mike Forrest’s design work is featured on Cargo Collective and the blog OK Great. To see more, visit michaelstevenforrest.com. S p r i n g /Summe r 2012 PILOT
Practicing Politics with Grace BY SHELLY BARSUHN PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSH STOKES
Northwestern students and alumni are forging relationships and seeking healthy conversation in state government
he path between the Northwestern College campus and the Minnesota State Capitol has become a wellworn route, traveled by students, alumni and parents. Northwestern is currently the common connection point for three senators, a representative, a legislative assistant and several interns each semester. Public service is a chance to live out convictions while serving the state and constituents. Internships offer students an opportunity to break out of the “bubble” of college life and get their hands into real issues. In a time when people feel discouraged by their politicians’ seemingly obstinate inability to get along, these public servants may give you hope.
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The art of listening Can people who follow Jesus navigate today’s polarized viewpoints with unique sensitivity? Brian Gordon ’10, who works for U.S. Congressman Chip Cravaack, says that respect matters. Certain topics will create division and even outright animosity, but “respect of the other person’s views” is a good first step. State Senator John C. Pederson ’90 (District 15) views listening as an “obligation of an elected official” and is always open to talk with people who disagree with him. “If people are treated fairly through that process, they’ll understand that they’ve been heard.” Not that it is always a pleasant experience. Representative Pamela Myhra (District 40A) recalls receiving a “very
upsetting, negative” letter. She followed up, and after a long conversation, the writer of the letter asked for forgiveness. “I think it’s important to stay grounded in your convictions,” said Rep. Myhra, the mother of three NWC students. “Listening to others doesn’t mean you give up or give in on key things.” Intern Justin Myhra ’12 is helping with his mom’s re-election campaign and has learned to counter political vitriol with the common wisdom: “Seek first to understand before you’re understood.” Reading constituents’ letters opens windows to understanding. Intern Kayla Schwartz ’13 said letters and e-mails can show, “‘This is how this issue affects me.’ Even if I didn’t agree, it’s made me understand…and made me more informed.”
This page: The Myhra household is well represented in the MN House of Representatives. Rep. Pam Myhra (District 40A) is the mother of three NWC students, all of whom have served as legislative interns: Kathrin ’13 (left) and twins Kristin ’12 and Justin ’12. Opposite: The Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul was designed by architect Cass Gilbert and completed in 1905.
“My relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is the only reason why I’m doing any of this, [which is] deeper than political gain or power.” – Rep. Pam Myhra, NWC parent
Even in disagreement, Christians should be guided by the life modeled by Jesus, said Max Rymer ’13, who interns for Rep. Myhra. “If Jesus Christ were a politician, I think he would be loving and willing to listen to others.”
Cooperation and relationship building At its best, the political sphere is where individuals of diverse convictions come together to work out differences. At its worst, it is the arena for inflexibility, standoffs and bad behavior. Progress can’t always occur without conflict. “Part of being a leader is about making decisions—and sometimes difficult decisions,” said Senator Benjamin Kruse (District 47), who is enrolled in NWC’s FOCUS program. “Sometimes you need to have a healthy conflict and healthy debate.”
But conflict can also become a barrier to process. “There are people who say, ‘If it comes from across the aisle, I’m not going to listen to it,’” said Rep. Myhra. “I don’t find that helpful.” She described the reciprocal interaction that occurs when a bill is taking shape. “You take an idea, write it out, put it in a bill and go to committee. Members on both sides of the aisle ask questions. You improve, improve and improve on it. There are times when people across the aisle have really good ideas.” Sen. Pederson said, “There’s little that we can do by ourselves in this life if we’re always off doing our own thing, unconcerned about the relationships around us. Isolated, we will be ineffective. That’s true in friendship, family, business, church and politics.”
Living out beliefs—even in hardship For many Christians involved in politics, the practice of their faith is critical. “I think there’s a lot of prayer behind the scenes,” said Sen. Kruse. “There’s a group of senators and a like group in the House of Representatives that get together and pray once a week. That’s a huge part of keeping grounded.” Jeanette Purcell ’09, who interned while an undergraduate and now works in her own fundraising firm, said, “One of the most important things that has gotten me through this has been a network of Christian mentors and prayer.” She recalled a time when going with the flow—a direction that she felt was contrary to her Continued on page 27 S p r i n g /Summe r 2012 PILOT
Interior of the House of Representatives Chamber at the Minnesota State Capitol.
CONNECTIONS AT THE CAPITOL The Minnesota State Capitol, as well as other political venues, is currently well supplied with people who have Northwestern connections. Here’s a list of a few the Pilot caught up with for this feature.
Brian Gordon ’10 majored in public relations and serves as constituent services representative for U.S. Congressman Chip Cravaack. He previously worked with the Michele Bachmann for Congress campaign.
Pamela Myhra was elected to the MN House of Representatives in 2010 (District 40A). She is the mother of three NWC students, all of whom have served as legislative interns. Pam’s husband, Chuck, is her campaign manager. Her professional background includes work as a CPA and an educator.
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Benjamin Kruse is a MN State Senator (District 47). He was first elected in 2010 and is up for re-election this coming November. His profession is in real estate with Coldwell Banker Burnet. He is a student in the NWC FOCUS program.
John C. Pederson ’90 is a MN state senator (District 15) who graduated with a business management degree from NWC and received his MBA from Cardinal Stritch University. He is also part owner of Amcom Block & Precast, Inc. in St. Cloud.
faith—would have meant getting a good position. She turned down the opportunity. Being under constant watch can make the political life a harsh reality. Politicians are filmed, photographed and analyzed. Every word is up for scrutiny. And in that super-charged political environment, said Sen. Kruse, “fifty percent of the people in the room disagree with you.” The constant confrontation can be disheartening. “It’s easy to feel like you have to defend yourself; I don’t think that’s a good representation of Christ. We are called to be peacemakers. We’re called to be lights, to shine.”
Kileen Lindgren ’11 graduated with a double major in art and history. She serves as a legislative assistant for the GOP Caucus, MN House of Representatives. “I am more confident in my ability to affect change because I am convinced that God has placed me here and is working through me.”
Jeanette Purcell ’09 has a degree in public relations. While at NWC, she served as an intern with then-MN senator Michele Bachmann. She currently owns Purcell Consulting, a fundraising firm, and serves as consulting development officer at Starkey Hearing Foundation and finance director for Cravaack for Congress.
Serving for a purpose Self-sacrifice. Humility. Love. Listening. Prayerfulness. They are not the attributes typically associated with politicians, but for NWC alumni, parents and students involved in the political sphere, they are core values. Sen. Pederson said, “I believe that each of us is in this spot for a purpose. That purpose is much higher than a lot of us even understand.” Rep. Myhra concurs. “My relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is the only reason why I’m doing any of this, [which is] deeper than political gain or power. If the Lord wants me here, I’m happy to serve him here.”
Zach McClellan ’12, a history major with a theatre minor, serves as a legislative intern for State Sen. Warren Limmer (District 32). “I want to do this because it can prepare me for the world outside of Northwestern and gives me a chance to contribute to the process of the 2012 legislative session.”
Max Rymer ’13, a marketing major, interns for Rep. Pam Myhra. He was recently elected as NWC Student Government president for the 2012–13 school year. “I’ve always had a passion for politics. I like to be at the ground level— especially during legislative session.”
Justin Myhra ’12 is the son of Rep. Pam Myhra, with experience as an intern. He assists with fundraising and logistics for his mother. A history major, he would like to work at the Capitol. His purpose for political involvement is to “make sure that this is a good place for me, my children, and their children.”
Kayla Schwartz ’13, a native of Le Sueur, Minn., was excited to land a position as legislative intern for Sen. Al DeKruif (District 25) from her home district. She hopes to secure a position as legislative assistant while she completes her degree in professional writing.
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Targeting a Passion with Purpose
BY BEN BRADBURY ’09
“Our goal was to use the sport of hunting to make disciples for Jesus Christ...and to produce the best show that we possibly could.” oe Sir ’06 is doing what most sportsmen only dream of— hunting for a living. Sir started and stars in his own awardwinning hunting television show on the Sportsman Channel. It all started for fun. Sir and several of his friends began filming their hunts after he and his wife Lindsey (Slagter ’06), moved to his hometown of Cresco, Iowa, following graduation. He soon entertained the idea of turning his passion for the outdoors into a career. As he began developing a business plan for a Web-based, semi-live hunting show, he needed to find sponsors to help pay for their gear and make this business work. “We were trying to get our foot in the
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door with several sponsors,” he recalled. “Pounding the phones, we quickly realized there were a hundred other guys trying to do the exact same thing!” But their hard work paid off. Sir and his friends landed a sponsorship with a decoy company willing to give them 18 dozen decoys. At about $100 per decoy, Sir was ecstatic about this opportunity.
Divine change of course On his way home from picking up the decoys, however, Sir was hit with a profound sense that something was wrong. “All of a sudden, it was like God just smacked me square in the chest,” he said. “It wasn’t so much that I was [starting the show] for selfish reasons. I don’t
think there’s anything wrong with pursuing something that you’re passionate about or trying to make that into a career. “But it was more of, ‘Hey, can you do something more deliberate with this and can you do something bigger than just trying to go down a career path that’s going to please you?’” Sir pulled over in a nearby parking lot and prayed about what to do next. Not long after that, the vision for Hallowed Ground Ministries emerged. He knew that God wanted him to channel his passion for hunting into a ministry, not only a business. Sir began developing a plan for a TV series that would focus on teaching spiritual truths in an unconventional way. “Our goal was to use the sport of hunting to make disciples for Jesus Christ,” Sir explained. “From a television standpoint, [it] was to produce the best show that we possibly could to attract as many viewers as we possibly could.”
“To be recognized as the best new show on the network was very encouraging [and] provided
Success in season one
Finding an anchor point
As Sir formulated the vision for Hallowed Ground Ministries, he began pitching the show idea to a number of networks. Eventually the Sportsman Channel expressed interest, and work began on the first season of Hallowed Ground Outdoors. “Our first year, we got a very good time slot, so we signed our contract and were in debt $85,000 from day one,” Sir recalled. “We thought we knew what we were doing, but we really had no idea the work that was going to be involved!” The show was well received by viewers, selected as a finalist by the network and voted on by 140,000 people to receive the 2011 Sportsman Choice Award for Best New Series. “We were very blessed to win the award,” Sir said. “To attend the Sportsman Choice Awards and be recognized as the best new show on the network was very encouraging [and] provided a great witnessing opportunity.”
By telling the story of a man and his hunting experience, Sir and his friends are able to share a spiritual message. One of their first-season episodes featured a well-known big buck hunter who places a huge emphasis on faith and family. “What we tried to do through that story was say that, ‘Yeah, I do enjoy this, I do love this, but first and foremost, my priorities are being a husband and being a father,’” Sir explained. “We tried to emphasize the opportunity to pass on your legacy and raise [children] up to know who God is.” Joe and Lindsey Sir both graduated with degrees in kinesiology and are parents to Drake (3) and Liam (1). The second season of Hallowed Ground Outdoors will air on the Sportsman Channel in July. Visit hallowedgroundoutdoors.com or hallowedgroundministries.com
a great witnessing opportunity.”
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ALUMNI THROUGH THE YEARS 1950s Reginald Dunlap ’57 is president of Church Centered Ministries and is currently traveling throughout the United States with gospel singer Bob Thompson holding revival services, Bible conferences and Bible instruction seminars. William (Bill) Adams ’58 is actively involved in teaching a Bible study, leading worship, teaching a children’s club and speaking on behalf of the Gideons. His wife, Mary ’50, recently entered a care center near their home after several falls and injuries.
1980s Joni Behrendt ’82 moved to Pennsylvania to serve at Carlisle Evangelical Free Church as director of children’s ministry. Carolyn Larson-Glover ’82 worked as an executive legal secretary until she was recently diagnosed with cancer. She has two children, five stepdaughters, one grandson, and six step-grandchildren. Maralee (Cory ’83) Scott was accepted into the NASA Endeavor Science Fellowship Program for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. She teaches sixth grade math, science and writing at Meridian Middle School in Buffalo Grove, IL.
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John Deedrick ’84 is president and chairman of GreatDeeds. Laura (Daggett ’89) Murphy entered the world of blogging with a design and devotional blog. Jeff Schroeder ’89, of Houston, TX, was recently recognized as the ABCA/Diamond Sports Regional Coach of the Year.
1990s Chris Smalley ’94 began working for Walser Automotive Group and also began a ministry speaking to high school students and youth groups. Matthew Schock ’97 is the middle and high school principal at Trinity Christian School in Sharpsburg, GA. Charles Kraus ’98 was appointed vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Lone Pine Resources, Inc., a Calgary, Canada-based independent oil and gas exploration, development and production company.
2000s Benjamin Hagenbuch ’02 works as an auditor at CitiBank; his wife, Esther (Silvia ’08), stays at home with son Elias. David Olson ’03 graduated with his Master of Divinity degree from Bethel University in 2009.
Olson is working as a real estate agent in the Twin Cities and is part of the Christian band Sacred Road, based out of New York. His wife, Erin (Moline ’02), will graduate with her MBA from the University of St. Thomas in June.
and librettist John Lloyd Davies, in March at the Sosnoff Theater at Bard College in New York.
Seth ’08 and Anna (Peterson ’08) Schuett returned from 18 months of teaching in Korea and are awaiting the arrival of their first child.
Chad Rusinkovich ’11 has signed a professional contract with the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League.
David Radke ’10 was accepted by the School of Public Health at Harvard University to pursue a Ph.D. bench research biology degree.
Barrett Radziun ’10 appeared in a lead role in the world premiere of Four Sisters, an opera in one act by composer Elena Langer
Shayla Schuett ’10 will assist at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as a sports equipment volunteer.
1990s Joseph Robert to Darrin and Naomi (Culver ’92) McCollough on July 7, 2011. He joins Philip, Daniel and Alea.
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FAST FORWARD >>> Kieran Brooks to Corey and Kelly (Call ’94) Gordon on May 7, 2010. He joins Natalie, Connor and Teyla.
Eli Jakob to Andrew and Dacia (McHone ’00) Olson on December 7, 2011. He joins Abby, Lydia and Micah.
Logan Jason to Jason and Kristin (Pearson ’97) Barthelmy on July 8, 2011. He joins Grace.
Savannah Grace to Scott and Emily (Slinger ’02) Childs on January 25, 2012.
Hudson Penlen to Quint ’97 and Taryn (Alfredson ’99) Towle on February 29, 2012. Anderson, Gibbie and Joselito to Kristofor ’98 and Heidi (Black ’00) Erickson through adoption. They join Jeson, Cherramae and Anton. Evan Eric to Michael ’98 and Rochelle (Jacobson ’03) Ness on February 11, 2012. He joins Collin and Michaela. Taylor Nicole to Eric ’98 and Nicole Quinn on February 23, 2011. She joins Olivia. Riley Renae to Josh ’99 and Kendra (Prunty ’99) Madison on July 8, 2011. She joins Levi and Shane. Makenzie Joy to Adam ’99 and Holli (Pluim ’00) Springer on April 15, 2011. She joins Noah and Abbie.
2000s Charlotte Ruth to Tim ’01 and Amy (Ulferts ’99) Nielson on November 4, 2011. She joins Sophia, Noah and Phoebe.
MAJOR: Ministries CAREER: Latin American Church Planting Coach with ReachGlobal HOME: Prior Lake, Minn. FAMILY: Wife, Linda (Patznick ’86), Children: Nicholas, Ali
Isaac Cambry to Aaron ’02 and Kristy (Lindquist ’04) Norman on October 22, 2010.
From Roseville to Rio
Thomas to Noel ’02 and Alison (Addis ’04) Vande Slunt on September 24, 2010. He joins Julianna and Rebecca. Elias Andrew to Benjamin ’02 and Esther (Silvia ’08) Hagenbuch on October 2, 2010. Everett Timothy to Tim and Sabrina (Robideau ’02) SingerTowns on May 8, 2011. David Thomas to Joel ’03 and Heather (Thompson ’02) Johnson on June 21, 2011. He joins Isaac. Micah Timothy to Timothy and Kristy (Pluim ’03) Shultis on November 3, 2011. Kadence Joy to Benjamin and Kendra (Schock ’04) Olson on August 21, 2011. Alexander David to David (’05) and Melissa (Court ’05) Cazorla Ramirez on October 1, 2011. Bradley Isaac to Joel and Jennifer (Schultz ’05) Koopman on September 5, 2011.
Emmaline Violet to Matthew ’97 and Carlye Schock on August 3, 2011.
MIKE GUNDERSON ’82:
Mike Gunderson ’82 never could have anticipated the things God had in store as his ministry led to exotic Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “I knew I wanted to be in ministry when I went to Northwestern,” Gunderson said, “but I didn’t know for sure the direction that the Lord wanted me to go.” Gunderson became a youth pastor after college and went to seminary. In the midst of seminary, Gunderson experienced two pivotal events that changed his course: “The Lord called me into missions and I fell in love and married Linda, the most amazing young woman who has ever walked the halls of NWC, who had received her call to missions at age six.” With hearts on fire for missions, the Gundersons headed for Brazil, where they served for 17 years. “Linda and I went to Brazil with my [NWC] roommate and basketball teammate, Brian Miller ’83, and his wife Tina (Jace ’85) Miller. We planted the first [Evangelical] Free Church in Rio de Janeiro together. About four years ago, while still in Rio, their course shifted again. “At that time the Lord clearly directed us to leave Brazil to embrace regional and international ministries,” Gunderson said. This new call led to a role training and coaching church planters throughout Latin America. Gunderson, a third-generation Northwestern student (his grandfather Chester Gunderson took classes and his father, Richard, graduated in 1957), believes his strong Christian upbringing, solid training in the local church and his studies at NWC gave him a strong foundation for overseas missions. “I had a blast at NWC,” Gunderson recalled. “It changed my life forever.”
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ALUMNI DON’T COUNT A NORTHWESTERN Siena Joy to Benjamin ’05 and Rebecca (Bremer ’04) Wolcyn on May 12, 2011. She joins Avery. Leah to Grant and Rebecca (Clark ’06) Herges on January 6, 2012.
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Janis Morey and David Naugle ’65 on September 2, 2011.
Sofia Joy to Michael ’06 and Amy (Strandquist ’04) Lanser on May 25, 2011. She joins Rebekah.
Samuel to Dave ’06 and Jamie (Grimstad ’06) Schussman on July 29, 2011.
Carrie Noennig ’08 and Andrew Nemzek on May 28, 2011.
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Molly Barrett ’10 and David Radke ’10 on July 23, 2011.
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Emma Marie to Alexander ’08 and Sarah (Sansing ’08) Johnson on September 24, 2011. Noah Carl to Ryan ’09 and Allison (Wiebe ’06) Petersen on June 11, 2011.
Kristy Pluim ’03 and Timothy Shultis on September 24, 2010.
Haeli Schwandt ’10 and Jonathan Blatchley ’10 on July 10, 2011.
Rev. Richard Beals ’47 on December 13, 2011.
Northwestern College offers condolences to the families of the following Northwestern alumni who have passed away.
1930s Virginia “GeGe” (Stratton ’38) Swenson on October 13, 2011. Arthur DeNeui ’39 on January 18, 2012. Elliose (Hammans ’39) Shiveley on December 21, 2011.
1940s Linda (Fast ’42) Oliver on August 24, 2011.
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Elizabeth “Betty” (Halbersma ’50) Brouwer on December 14, 2011. Edna (Wallace ’51) Unander on December 4, 2011. Gifford Myers ’53 on November 22, 2011.
1970s Katharine (Brandstatter ’79) Devereux on June 6, 2011.
1990s Douglas Millim ’95 on November 12, 2011.
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ALUMNI AUTHORS Ruin Your Life: An Invitation to Let God Re-create the Real You A passion for youth ministry prompted Nate Severson ’96 to co-author a unique devotional book, Ruin Your Life, designed to let students experience what it means to know Christ on a personal level. A youth ministry graduate, Severson has spent 16 years as the middle school pastor at Hillcrest Covenant Church in Prairie Village, Kan. When he and fellow youth pastor Chris Folmsbee discussed their frustration with aspects of youth ministry, they decided to create a devotional for students. Designed as a journal with prompts related to Scripture and places to record personal thoughts, Ruin Your Life allows a completely individual experience with God. “The hope is that through this book, kids are going to come face-to-face with Jesus in a real and authentic way,” Severson said.
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INTRODUCING THE FLAT SCREECH PROJECT Screech the Eagle is ready to spread his wings and needs your help! With a shout-out to the Flat Stanley Project (created in 1994 by Dale Hubert of Ontario, Canada), we’re asking Eagles of all ages to take Screech with you during your travels.
Here’s how you do it: 1. Color Screech the Eagle. 2. Cut him out (you may want to mount him on cardboard). 3. Take him with you, or even send him to friends, and take photos of Screech in the places you visit and with the interesting people you meet. 4. Send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. 5. Visit nwc.edu/homecoming to check in on Screech’s travels— or come to Homecoming Sept. 27–29, where we’ll have a display of Screech and friends around the world. Need more than one Flat Screech for your family? You can download extras at nwc.edu/homecoming.
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