SOUNDING BOARD Volume 58 Issue No. 18
the voice of Grace College students since 1953 MARCH 1, 2012
Winona Lake, Indiana
BACK TO BRANSON Grace cuts down the OCC nets for the first time, earns No. 11 seed for NAIA tournament by ZANE GARD Sports Editor
On the cusp of winning the MCC Conference championship tournament, the Grace College men’s basketball team is headed to the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship in Branson, Mo.
The Lancers made the tournament as the No. 11 seed and will represent the MCC with their automatic tournament birth as MCC conference tournament champions. It will be their sixth NAIA Division II national appearance and the team’s fourth in five years. The Lancers’ national tournament record stands at 8-4 all-time, including a national championship in 1992. After making the tournament as the No. 15 seed last year, the Lancers faltered in a disappointing first-round loss. During the 2011-12 regular season, the Lancers finished with a 21-7 record (12-6 MCC), tied with Indiana Wesleyan University for first place in the MCC. In the MCC tournament, they defeated Taylor University and Marian University before winning a thriller in the MCC Championship against Saint Francis University 79-75 in front of a crazied home crowd. In the 32-team tournament, Grace will play Briar Cliff (Iowa) in the first round at 7:30 p.m. CST on Thursday, March 8. The Briar Cliff Chargers were ranked No. 19 in the last NAIA Top 25 poll and received the seventh at-large bid. This will be Briar Cliffs’ eighth national tournament appearance. They are 2-7 overall with first-round exits in their last two trips. All NAIA tournament games will also be available for live online streaming. This year’s Lancers are poised to make a strong run at the national championship. Senior Dayton Merrell says this Lancer team is much different than the team last season. ”More than any of my previous three years, I have confidence in our ability to go deep in the tourney this year. We have the most depth that we’ve had in my time and the most important thing that we have going right now is that our defense is probably the best it’s been all year, Merrell said. “ We also have a different kind of pace and mindset going into this year’s tournament. Last year we played somewhat scared to lose, but I don’t sense we have that mindset this year.”
Want more men’s basketball news? Check out Page 3 for more photos and Page 7 for Branson staff predictions and coverage of the Lancers’ 79-75 MCC championship win over Saint Francis University.
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Cast members of the Grace College Comedy Hour, (left) Cheryl Spencer, Daniel Cooper, and directors (above) Eric Totheroh and Brock Rhodes practice for their comedy show. The show features a montage of improv and sketch comedies.
The Grace College Comedy Hour does not disappoint BY MEGAN SYNDER Staff Writer
Opening night for The Grace College Comedy Hour was packed. The crew even had to bring in extra seating. I had been to a rehearsal once before for the show and had mentally prepared myself to laugh. The show was absolutely hilarious. For the first half, the improv section had the entire crowd practically in tears. Paul Morales and Brock Rhodes were the judges for “Whose Line Is It Anyway” — “where everybody wins and the points don’t matter.” Cast members Grace Gerber, Samuel Neudeck, Madisson Heinl, and Tyler Umpleby began the show with a game of the same title. Gerber played a bachelorette interviewing several possible bachelors who all had odd quirks and had to figure out what they were doing. These quirks are subject to change with every performance. For example, Umpleby “won” the game with his portrayal of a bitter, cigar-smoking Cupid. Before the show began, the audience was encouraged to write down funny or awkward situations for a game titled “Scenes from a Hat.” Morales and Rhodes pulled the suggestions randomly out of a
ship captain’s hat and the players were supposed to think of lines that applied to the situation. A couple situations were awkward things your grandmother would say to your fiancé when you brought him home and things you don’t want to say during your wedding vows. Another game that the cast played was called “Siamese Twins.” Umpleby and Neudeck were told that they could only speak one word each and complete sentences as a team. Heinl was a girl in the dentist’s office with Siamese twin dentists. In the same spirit as the “Siamese Twins” game, the cast was given a scene –Cinderella and her fairy godmother during her transformation before the ball. The only catch was that they could only use a limited number of words for each sentence. I was incredibly impressed with every cast member’s quick wit. From what I could see, the entire crowd was laughing. Intermission was also enjoyable. Rhodes starred in a video backstage tour of the Little Theater, which included a peek at the breaker box, an assortment of tools including a saw, a box of Lincoln Logs, and where the Holy Grail might actually be found. The sketch part of the show
was equally as hilarious, led by Rhodes and the other cast members, plus Daniel Cooper, Cheryl Spencer, Ian Stephenson, and the directors Rachel Ladew and Eric Totheroh. Most people have seen the commercial where people advocate their Mormon beliefs. The cast spoofed this commercial with a few choice stereotypes for Grace College and changed the tagline to “I’m a Lancer.” Remember that this sketch is a parody and not meant to offend! Some Grace College professors were characterized in a celebrity Jeopardy sketch. Of course this sketch was incredibly comical because the actors portrayed the professors quite convincingly. Don’t believe me? Go see for yourself. Perhaps the funniest part of the show, at least for those who know the joke, was the explanations for the disappearance of the Grace College Music Department. If you want to really know what happened, check out the show. There is still time! There will be performances March 1-3, at 8 p.m. in the Little Theater. Check out the hard work of some very talented students and laugh until your sides hurt. *Note: Experiences WILL differ.
Colleges take a stand against Obamacare BY RACHEL J. MINER Staff Writer
The new healthcare bill is a source of conflict in the United States. According to the latest Rasmussen Reports poll, 53 percent oppose the new law, while only 38 percent support it. Some colleges, businesses and people in general are not happy about the new healthcare regulations. Not only is the government requiring all citizens to have healthcare, but the healthcare packages cover not only preventive contraceptives, but also emergency contraceptives, called “morning after” or abortion pills. This requirement goes into effect on August 1, 2012. This stipulation means that Grace College students will be required to buy coverage of these contraceptives, even if they do not use them. Preventive care in this and other forms may raise insurance costs for
all citizens, and, because of the new bill, healthcare is not optional. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), health insurance cost growth will increase 10 percent in 2014 due to the new law. Grace College has already started the slow process of implementing elements of healthcare reform into their health insurance packages, according to Lisa Harman, a human resource generalist at Grace. Grace healthcare now includes “expanded preventive benefits for employees, extended coverage for young adults to age 26, access to care for children with pre-existing conditions, elimination of limits on lifetime and annual dollar amounts of benefits, and the elimination of the ability to use flex and HSA monies for over-the-counter medications without a prescription.” Grace will also begin “reporting health care cov-
erage costs on W2s when guidance is received.” Grace College is not the only college facing changes, and many colleges do not approve of the changes they may be forced to accommodate. President Manahan was not available to comment on Grace’s actions re-
choice of whether or not to cover contraception services.” However, many colleges and businesses do not meet all the exemption requirements. Many Christian and religious colleges, universities, businesses, and organizations are fighting against this bill, and colleges around the country have made noise in the news. On Feb. 21, Geneva College filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, just a few days after Louisiana College did the same. According to Sarah Torre in “Two More Religious Liberty Lawsuits Filed Against ObamaCare Mandate,” both colleges “hold deep moral objections to abortion” and they cannot supply abortion drugs to their students without compromising their beliefs. Steven Ertelt, from LifeNews. com, writes in his article, “Catholic Colleges Stand Against ObamaCare Coverage Mandate,” that eighteen Catholic colleges have joined The
“Many Christian and religious colleges, universities, businesses, and organizations are fighting against this bill...” garding the contraceptives and controversial requirements. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has amended the prevention regulation, which allows “religious institutions that offer insurance to their employees the
Cardinal Newman Society in order to appeal to the Obama administration. They want a complete exemption from the contraceptives requirement, as most Catholics do not support the use of these preventive items. Belmont Abbey College of North Carolina could be charged $400,000 in penalties if it does not follow all HHS regulations, according to Joseph Arminio in “College Challenges ObamaCare for Violating Religious Rights.” The article specifies that the college is upset that the exemptions for the bill are “so narrow that even the ministry of Christ would not qualify.” The new healthcare requirements will raise costs on campus over the next few years; however, with many lawsuits against the government taking place, some requirements may eventually change or disappear altogether. Harman said that “the biggest challenge is to the mandate requiring citizens to acquire and maintain health insurance coverage.”
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Photo Briefs: MCC Championship
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Going Up (above) - Karl Columbus, #40, goes up for a layup in the second half. Columbus finished with 13 points off the bench. Lancer Love (below) - Fans celebrate the Lancers’ victory Tuesday night after defeating Saint Francis 79-75. The OCC crowd was fever-pitch most of the game.
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Mr. D1 (above) - Bruce Grimm Jr., #44, scored 35 points in the game to get the last laugh over the Saint Francis student section, which chanted “D-1!” at him during the game. Cutting Down the Nets (below) - Lancer legend and head basketball coach Jim Kessler cuts down the net in celebration. The victory was the 656th of his storied career. Kessler now has the chance to get his second championship in Branson.
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PERSPECTIVES Are you finishing well, or sprinting to the end? 4
BY MARY ELLEN DUNN Staff Writer
The end of the year is coming. You can visualize it in your mind; the chalk of the white finish line becomes clearer and nearer with each passing weekend. The temptation of the new 8week session is to sprint the last leg of the journey. Completing schoolwork with efficiency is to be admired, but don’t let the busyness of the new system sneak up on you. Americans live in a culture in which education is increasingly being treated as a check list rather than
a lifelong process. (ACTs, anyone?) But, what is meant by the oftenquoted aphorism, “Don’t let school interfere with your education?” Spirituality As the number of mandatory student chapels and growth group sessions dwindle, Grace students should focus on improving their honesty with God. My mom once asked me, “Mary Ellen, what makes believers think that they can wear masks before other people and put up walls in human interactions, but expect to be vulnerable when they come before God?” That question has stuck with me since early high school. I know that my own personal (and very American) tendency is to become goal-oriented. That motivation isn’t isolated to career and academics, but carries over into my spiritual performance. I think it’s safe
to assume that I am not alone in that struggle. Western worship music and Christian self-help books are riddled with lyrics and chapters concerning “God’s plan for us,” complete with
“We should bring our lack of faith to the Lord; for who other than Christ can heal us?” references to Proverbs 3:5 and Jeremiah 29: 11. Christians finish well by starting well. Begin your devotions with vulnerability in prayer. Some of us have been spiritually crippled by the fear of our secret temptations
and personal demons. The apostle Paul, who when asked by Jesus if he wanted to walk away from the truth of his ministry, exclaimed, “Lord, to whom shall we go?” ( John 6:68). We should bring our lack of faith to the Lord; for who other than Christ can heal us? Relationally What makes Grace College campus unique is its tight-knit community. Every fall and summer, campus goes through the process of acculturating incoming students and saying goodbye to those graduating. How do we make the most of our friendships with the time we have left? At the beginning of the year, Interim Chaplain Roger Peugh referred to Grace community as a “huddle.” Teammates form a huddle. Believers are united in their battle
against the spiritual forces of this world (Ephesians 6:12). The commitment Grace students have to one another should be consistent and long-suffering. Students need to be awake to the spiritual battle being fought. The church can’t afford to sleep through it. Physically Don’t get me wrong. The spiritual life isn’t only about difficulties, persecution, and asceticism. What talents and blessings have been given to you that you can enjoy? For “there is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil” (Eccles. 2:24). Do you want sharp, fresh clothing? Go shopping. Do you want to lose 10 pounds? Start that diet. Want to date that person in Alpha you’ve been making awkward eye contact with for months? Go for it. And whether you succeed or fail, enjoy the ride.
A few quick tips for dealing with burnout BY RACHEL SCOLES Staff Writer
At a certain point in the semester, the engine runs out of steam, the new grows old, and syllabus shock melts into syllabus apathy. Your brain has been fried flatter than Kansas, which has been scientifically proven to be flatter than a pancake. You’re burnt-out. But fear not. The old vim you had when the semester was young may not have left you
forever; you just have to rediscover it. Hopefully, these few little tips will help you relight the intellectual candle. • Take a day off: Planning to have a homework-free day or weekend gives you a goal to work toward and reward for meeting that goal. Spend the day watching Hulu, hanging out with friends, staring into space, or sleeping. Perhaps after some time away, you will feel more ready to tackle assignments. • Listen to Winniethe-Pooh: He may be a bear of very little brain, but he has said some pretty wise things. He said, “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” A little time down by the lake and a few rounds of
Pooh sticks can refresh a brain stuffed too full of fluff. Take a little time to be someplace calm; explore the woods, sit by the lake, enjoy the beauty, and allow Pooh’s perspective to sink it: “We shall get there some day.” • Read a good book: Maybe you don’t have the time for your favorite novel, but some really great books are only ten pages long. Pull out your favorite children’s book or short story and enjoy. It can be a quick way to relax and remember that there is a world beyond the daily grind. There are adventures to be had. • Spend time with friends: Plan something fun with other people so that you
have a reason to finish that paper. You could watch a movie, take a walk, have coffee, or, if you’re really ambitious, you could plan a little trip. Spend the day at the Fort Wayne Zoo or at the Chicago Museum of Art. • Sleep: Try going to bed at decent and consistent times. Work uninterrupted by yawns is much easier, so snuggle up with your teddy bear and slip off to Dreamland. • Most importantly, become reacquainted with Jesus: When Jesus came over to her house, Martha worried and stressed and worked like crazy while Mary just sat there listening to Jesus. When Martha complained about her
sister, Jesus replied, “Martha, Martha,…you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken from her” (Luke 10:41-42, NIV). Take some time to be alone with Jesus. Read your Bible, pray, journal, or just be. Spending time with Jesus does not make the mountains of homework disappear, but it does renew your perspective about what truly matters. Victims of burnout, rejoice. All is not lost. Allow your brain to rest and your soul to recover. May we all give our worries to Jesus and allow him to work out the rest.
Love gives us the ability to exercise faith BY PAUL MORALES Arts & Culture Writer
“Co r i n thians 13:13: And now these three remain – faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (NIV) For the last few days I’ve been pondering the relationship between these three forces. It began with defining them. For the sake of prudence, let’s assume these are my working definitions, and not necessarily authoritative or definitive. Faith is the assent of the mind to the statement or proposition of another person, on the ground of the manifest truth of what he utters. Hope is the desire of some good, accompanied with an expectation of attaining it. Love is the preeminent devotion one has to another person induced by that which delights or commands admiration. In pondering how these three
ideas interact with each other, I happened upon a conclusion: Hopefulness is the inevitable condition of the believer’s heart. Our relationship with God, I believe, begins with love (or, at least, love is the first of these three forces to come into play in our relationship with Him). 1 John tells us that we love because God first loved us. God has devoted Himself to His children, and we, in turn, respond with love, or preeminent devotion to Him. This means that we value Him above all other things. He both delights us and commands our admiration. Let me pause here to make an observation about love. Though it is characterized by devotion and delight, it does not preclude the messiness that we so often associate with loving someone. In fact, the factor of preeminence in the devotion encourages those terrible, seemingly destructive moments. For many, the act of loving God and coming to His saving grace is an excruciating process. Selfsacrifice hurts – a lot. On the other hand, love is as re-
storative as it is destructive, and the love we share with God does renew us and build us up again. Once we are in this state of love for God, we have the ability to exercise faith. By the renewing of our minds, we become capable of making an assent to His truth. However,
In the case of God, He holds the impressive title of the only person in the history of persons with a 100% word-keeping track record. When God speaks, it happens. He’s never wrong, never misinformed and never fails to follow through. This would be easily dismissible if that perfect history were a week or two old, but, as it turns out, it’s (at least) 6,000 years old. That’s 6,000 years of being completely and utterly trustworthy. As a result, when God makes a promise to His children, the truth of that promise becomes manifest to them. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that doubting what God has to say about Himself or His relationship to His people is definitely irrational and probably unjustifiable. In light of this knowledge, this mental assent to His truth called faith, how can we not be hopeful? How can hope not become the condition of our hearts? We must question, however, precisely for what we are hoping. The hope of which I speak is fundamentally based on the promises of God. So far, in my ponderings on
“When God speaks, it happens. He’s never wrong, never misinformed and never fails to follow through.” an important part of the definition of faith, to my mind, is the fact that the truth is “manifest,” or obvious and apparent in itself. What does this mean for our relationship with God? How does the truth of a person’s statement become manifest? Well, one step toward manifest truth is the determination that the speaker is reasonably trustworthy, and there is no reason to doubt his claims.
these three ideas, this has been my major sticking point. Is it morally wrong, or perhaps just logically misguided, to desire a better job and expect to get one? God did not promise me a new job. In that sense, perhaps it is misguided. Still, I do believe that God wants His children to be happy. He does promise to supply our needs (Philippians 4:19) and to work together all things to the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28). So perhaps the key to hoping in specificity is to recognize the relationship of the object of our desire to both our need and to our good. Is this thing something I need? Will it better me as a person somehow? In any event, we as believers certainly have a remarkably firm ground to stand on when we hope for eternal and heavenly things. God has promised us eternal life. He has promised an escape from temptation. He has promised that His grace is sufficient. These things we may desire and expect to receive. These things we may hope. These things we must hope, because we have faith, and because we love Him.
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Pain is a necessary part of life BY DAVE FERRIER Contributing Writer
We humans are afflicted by memories. The slightest smell or sound, touch or sight can launch us back to another place, a different time when we were different people. The best memories are sweet, but
they are painful. They well up within us feelings which have long lain dormant, stages of ourselves that we were sad to leave. And how sad we should be if we
To the Christian, evil is evil, darkness is dark, and pain is very painful. The Christian heart is allowed to ache. were not sad to leave! They soothe and sting at the same time. One thing I’m learning to love about Christianity is the honesty with
which it views the world. To the Christian, evil is evil, darkness is dark, and pain is very painful. The Christian heart is allowed to ache. We grieve because we can afford to. We can take pain seriously because we know that the Light is brighter than the darkness is dark. The balm is more potent than the pain. As I approach the final weeks of my time at Grace (at least in undergrad), I’m coming to be very reflective. Memories stir as I wade back through the weeks and months and semesters afflicting me. And as I reflect I am filled with gratitude and joy for just how good the last three-and-a-half years
have been. But it is a full joy which includes pain. Yes, I’m thankful for the ways I’ve changed, for the people I’ve come to know and love. God knows I am; I tell him all the time. And, oh my goodness, am I ready to live in my own house, cook food for the people I love, and be a grown up. But I still dread that last night in the dorm which has been my home for four years. In the midst of so many mixed emotions, I’m thankful to have a God who lets me feel the weight of them. How good of God to let us feel sadness rather than telling us to snap out of it. Praise our Savior for his gentleness.
He does not comfort us by saying “It’s not that bad.” He stands beside us and tells us, “It is bad, but there is a faithful and ferocious good which outweighs and transforms the pain. There is light which reaches deeper than the darkness.” Pain and letting go are a part of life. Don’t try to escape them, and don’t believe lies. Acknowledge that pain is painful, but be brave enough to realize that the Good is greater, deeper, and more real. He weeps with you, but he is not shaken by storms and raging winds. To quote Gandalf, “That is an encouraging thought.”
Prejudice: it’s a heart issue, not a skin issue BY OCTAVIA LEHMAN Editor-in-Chief
I love learning about other people, and there is insatiable desire within me to learn about other cultures. I’m an intercultural studies minor. I wish I would have been a major, but I made a decision too late in the game. This article isn’t about career choices though; it’s about what I’ve learned about people. We all have a past, a history, a collective society that we have grown up in. I’ve grown up in rural Indiana my entire life, and what I have learned is that we all have prejudices. I do
not think we can escape things like prejudices. I am not talking about prejudices in color, but in actions, in preferences, in saying we are better than others. Living in Northeast Indiana in a small agricultural community, I have not had much integration with other cultures; yet, I have grown up in two different cultures during my life thus far. There is my shared experiences with my mostly white community from LaGrange, Ind., and my shared experiences with my very, very large, extended Amish family. What I’ve learned growing up in these communities is : there is a large need for reconciliation - among everyone. There are prejudices and there are ignorant people. And then there are people who are raised with the wrong ideals. We need to learn to forgive them and to educate them. And to pray for them.
I am sad to say that among my extended family I have seen discrimination, mainly towards those who are not like them. I have heard things said I am too embarrassed to share, but I know that God is merciful. Yet, I have also seen discrimination towards those within “their own community” who do not live up to a man-made standard. Case in point: my father’s family was ostracized by those within his own Amish community because my grandfather chose to farm ducks, while the “normal” thing to do was not to farm ducks. It might seem like something trivial to raise ducks to make a living, but my father shared honestly about not being accepted by those who were part of his church and how it affected his family. This is the problem: we all have sad prejudices. We judge people,
and we say the way they do things is wrong. If they are different from us, we have a problem. We box ourselves in our special groups. I am so thankful that God doesn’t look at us in terms of impossible standards. He doesn’t judge us on our skin color, our language, or our nationality. He doesn’t judge us on our occupation, our sports preferences, or the ability to conform to a group’s impossible standards. He sees humanity. He sees our sinfulness. Living in the cusp of these two communities, I have realized there is no perfect culture and no perfect community. I have learned that within in each we choose to “judge” and say what is good. If people do not live up to our standards we ostracize them, ignore them, or determine them to be “strange.” This is not a skin color issue. It’s
a human issue. We set up man’s standards when we need to live by God’s standards. We choose to join these boxed-in groups because it’s comfortable. But is comfortable what is right? We need to get outside of our own experiences. We need to quit making excuses for ourselves. We need to quit treating people without respect and get to know the heart of people. Reconciliaton among people will only happen if people humble themselves and recognize that all of us are made in the image of God. That’s all of us: black, white, gay, short, tall, wide, thin, basketball players, book lovers, video gamers, bikers, film critics, runners, soccer players, men, women, hipsters, writers, coffee lovers, academics, farmers, and country music lovers. Let us love because He first loved us.
Addressing our entitlement mentality BY BRIE CREMEAN Contributing Writer
When I arrived at Welcome Weekend 2008 as an eager freshman, my view of the Christian life included the descriptive words perfect, happy, easy, and blessed. This view was disproved quickly because of my exposure to suffering and pain in the lives of Christian women in the dorms. Yet, Grace College equips us to overcome those hurtful and truly hard times with the truth that healing comes through the gift of grace according to Christ’s death and resurrection. While
God pours out grace freely in order to mold us into the image of His son, do we the students at Grace College, except this invitation? Do we fully embrace grace? Sometimes we fail to view grace accurately because we act as if we are entitled to a happy life. The root of entitlement is that one is rightly qualified or worthy. It is the “you owe me” attitude because I deserve it. In the pragmatic sense, entitlement can be a form of legalism in that works ensure blessings. For example, “I am ‘rightly qualified’ to get my dream job after I graduate because I prayed a lot about my future job.” Or entitlement can be a means of justifying our sin, “I am ‘rightly qualified’ to hate life today because I am experiencing a lot of pain in my personal life.” As sinful humans, we think and act
upon the selfish ideal that we deserve what we want and feel in life. However, we are dead, children of wrath, and sons of disobedience without Christ. If God were a truly fair God, we would have no opportunity of relationship with him and we would experience eternal separation. One necessary and concise verse in the Bible is Ephesians 2:4, “But God…” indicating that it is God’s own work that has enabled us to be made alive with Christ and “to know the immeasurable riches of his grace.” Is the gift of grace something we deserve? By no means, because we deserve death. As we live as Christfollowers, should we continue to feed the mentality that we deserve to be married, to be an RA , to live in Kent, to be recognized by our professors, to have the best outfit, to watch what movie I want in the lobby, to get the best grade
in the class, to criticize professors when they lose our papers because we think this will give us a more comfortable and fulfilled life? And when we receive blessings and experience joyous times on this earth, should we attribute them to ourselves? By no means, but we should turn and thank the gift-giver. Recently, the Resident Director of Kent, Dan McNamara, communicated to me that much of the middle-class church is ignorant of the gospel implication that the Christian life is not an easy life. Paul, in writing to the church at Philippi, mentions how “bad” circumstances are not always bad. For example, Paul refers to his imprisonment in Rome as an opportunity to rejoice because Christ was proclaimed. A seemingly “bad” circumstance, with pure thinking, was an advance of the gospel (Philippians 1:12-18). His greeting to the church
does not state, “I am ‘rightly qualified’ to be released because I am the first century Billy Graham.” In fact, Paul embraces suffering because he knows he is not deserving of life and reveals how Christ is deserving through the urgent proclamation of the gospel It would be a shame to downgrade or to become desensitized to the hurt within the hearts of students or the “bad” circumstances students are facing. It is real pain and it takes time to heal. Even as I recognize the areas in my life where I have experienced pain and respond with the notion that it is not fair because I want a perfect and happy life, I am reminded of the truth that I deserve nothing. I actually deserve death. But God who is rich in mercy allowed His Son to die on a tree so that I may dwell with Him in eternity. He is entitled to our lives because He is deserving.
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Grace Reimagines Elementary Education This column is meant for satirical purposes only and should not be taken as fact. Any images, names, or quotes are meant as a parody. Our goal is to entertain, not offend. Grace College is at it again. Looking to expand and capitalize on a niche market, Grace has revealed plans to buy Jefferson Elementary School to turn into the first ever College Prep School for kids ages 5-12. Jefferson will be renamed the Grace College Weber Elementary School for Kids Who Can’t Read Good. According to Provost Bill Katip, this could begin a trend in higher education. “We figured since we already have an elementary in the middle of our campus we might as well make the most of it.” Katip is hoping this acquisition will not only offer a valid reason to prospective students who ask why the school is in the middle of campus, but also become a feeder
for Grace College. Aaron Crabtree, Director of Student Life is also excited about the new plans. “By instilling the three values of Grace College (character, competence, and service) at an early age, we can build a stronger breed of brethren. We plan to implement new rules at the elementary level to mold kids into ideal Gracies.” It would be a lie to say that academics are the only reason behind the new prep school. Head basketball coach, Jim Kessler, is also hoping to cash in. “Being able to begin the recruiting process early on is going to have a profound impact on the Grace basketball program. We can now bring elementary Rick Foxes back to the US to guarantee future success!”
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How far will Grace go in the NAIA National Championship tournament?
Finals Grace played championship-caliber basketball in the MCC tournament. My prediction is that if Grace plays the way they did throughout the MCC tournament, they have a great shot to win the whole thing in Branson. I have seen most of the teams that will make the tournament play, and in my mind Northwood University from Florida is the biggest competition Grace has. If Grace plays well, they should be in the Final Four - at worst - and could be NAIA Division II champions by the end of the tournament.
Final Four Go-to guy? Check. Size? Defi nitely. Experience? Yes. Leadership? Certainly. There are a ton of things the men’s basketball team has going for them. So what is not to like about them heading to Branson? Just one thing: the Lancer’s home and away splits. Four of the Lancers last six losses (mostly in MCC play) have been outside of the comfort of the MCC. What happens if Grace has to play College of the Ozarks in that hostile environment? A championship run is very accomplishable as this year the Lancers get to ride a winning streak into Branson, but the team will have to play like they have the past few games to make their championship hopes a reality.
Championship The 2011-2012 Lancers have all the pieces they need to make a deep run in the tourney. They have a dominant big man in Duke Johnson, one of the most explosive guards in the entire NAIA in Bruce Grimm Jr., and plenty of senior leadership from guys like Jake Peatt ie, Duke Johnson, Ben Euler, and Dayton Merrell. Most however, would overlook another key component to a winning team: a role player with red hair. The Celtics had Bill Walton, the Utah Jazz had Adam Keefe, the Spurs had Matt Bonner, and the Bulls have Brian Scalabrine. The Lancers have wait for it - Jake Goodman. My bold prediction is this: in light of these facts the Lancers will be Can the Ginger Effect lead the Lancers to their first national championship since 1992? cutt ing down the nets in Branson. (Pictured from left to right: Brian Scalabrine, Jackie Moon [Will Ferrell],and Jake Goodman)
Grace claims electrifying MCC tournament championship by JOSH NEUHART Sports Information For the first time in the Orthopaedic Capital Center’s history, the nets have been cut down. Grace punched its ticket to the NAIA Division II Basketball Championships in Branson, Mo., with a 79-75 thriller over Saint Francis on Tuesday night, taking home the 2012 MCC Tournament championship. The Lancers (24-7) earned their first conference tournament title in program history and their sixth trip overall to the NAIA DII Championships – including four of the past five seasons. Bruce Grimm Jr. proved unstoppable all night as he dazzled his way to 35 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The OCC crowd was at fever pitch from the tipoff and had little reason to drop its level of excitement in the title bout. The Cougars (21-12) grabbed their largest lead of the game early with a 14-8 advantage after six minutes of play. The Lancers soon after leveled the score. Grimm added six of his 16 first-half points in the final 2:10 of regulation, and his driving layup in the waning seconds gave Grace a 3631 lead at the halftime break.
Saint Francis fired back to start the second half, however, and ended a 12-2 run with back-to-back 3-pointers to take a 43-40 lead. The teams played about as evenly as possible for most of the second half. Over a 14-minute stretch in the half, the lead was never greater than three points in either team’s favor. Freshman Karl Columbus and Grimm were instrumental in keeping Grace close. Columbus added eight points and four boards in his 13 second-half minutes. Grimm finally began to swing momentum Grace’s direction when he pulled up for a 3-pointer from the top of the key to put the Lancers ahead 63-61 with six minutes to play. Greg Miller muscled his way to a pair of low-post buckets on Grace’s next two possessions as the frenzied OCC crowd erupted with the home team leading 67-61 and only 4:33 remaining. After a basket from the Cougars, Columbus banked in a shot in the lane, and Grimm scored twice in a row to establish a 10-point lead for the Lancers heading into the final minute. Saint Francis scored from beyond the arc to cut the gap to seven points, but Jacob Peattie leaked free for a fastbreak two-handed jam on the inbounds pass out of a Saint Francis timeout.
The Cougars continued to foul over the last minute of play and managed to slice Grace’s lead to 78-75 after a contested 3-pointer from Q Owens swished through with 10 seconds left. But Elliot Smith hit 1-of-2 from the free throw line with 6.7 seconds on the clock, and Saint Francis misfired on a desperation shot in the final seconds as Grace held on for the tournament championship.
Grimm’s 35 points tied a career high he set earlier this year in a double-overtime win against Bethel College. He finished 12-of-25 from the field and a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line while playing all 40 minutes of the game. Miller and Columbus each tallied 13 points and five boards, and Duke Johnson added 6 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 blocked shots.
The Lancers hit 55 percent from the field, including 16-of-25 in the second half (64 percent). Grace held a dominant 52-36 advantage in points in the paint and outrebounded Saint Francis by three (34-31). The Cougars shot 43 percent for the night and were 47 percent from the 3-point line. Owens led Saint Francis’s production with 24 points.
Player of the Week Bruce Grimm, Men’s Basketball Bruce Grimm is this week’s Player of the Week after his stellar performance helped the Lancers capture the MCC tournament championship on Tuesday. On the night, Grimm posted 35 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists, with six of his 16 first-half points in the final 2:10 of the first half. Grimm also hit a clutch 3-pointer with six minutes left in the game that put the Lancers ahead for good. The Lancers will need more strong performances from Grimm heading into the NAIA Division II National Championship tournament from March 7-13.
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