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Calvary student wins U.S. Naval Institute writing contest

Calvary student wins U.S. Naval Institute writing contest

Student Mike Burke, author of “Crowdfunded”, pictured rehearsing the role of El Gallo for Calvary’s upcoming production of The Fantasticks.

Burke inspired by Calvary’s English and Theatre Departments

by Amanda Harman

The year is 2038. An intense battle is raging between the technologically advanced Marines and the genetically-enhanced enemy. The tide of the battle turns against the Marines, and with no sign of help, they desperately use a less conventional source for rescue.

Calvary University English Literature and Creative Writing Major Mike Burke’s contest-winning short story “Crowdfunded” follows this platoon of Marines as they navigate through an abandoned city, avoiding ambushes, using every trick up their sleeves to hold off the enemy, and generally just trying to stay alive. Burke, a retired Marine himself, cowrote the story with his friend Nicholas Nethery, who is still on active duty in Europe with the Army. Their piece “Crowdfunded” won first prize in the U.S. Naval Institute-CIMSEC Fiction Essay Contest.

“There are so many talented people out there with great stories to tell; it never occurred to me we would do so well,” Burke says. “The notion that we wrote the kind of story they want to read feels great.” The coauthors are already talking about their next story on explosives disposal techs and smart munitions.

On the inspiration behind the winning entry, Burke says, “Our story addresses a number of issues the future military might face, including moral and ethical issues.” He adds, “All the tech in the story actually exists or is in development.” Another source of inspiration was English classes at Calvary, where Burke learned how to outline a plot in Creative Writing and how to write purposeful dialogue in Playwriting.

Besides writing, Burke enjoys being part of the Theatre Department at Calvary, and he will be starring in the upcoming production of The Fantasticks. Burke says that English and Theatre have so much overlap that “When I write I feel like a gunfighter with a pistol in each hand.”

Burke’s advice to fellow writers comes from experience: “Good writing has been drafted and rewritten a bunch of times so it’s okay if yours is too. It’s also fine to write a draft of something and set it aside for six months and look at it with fresh eyes. Just don’t do that with your homework.”

You may read “Crowdfunded” by following this link to the U.S. Naval Institute website.


Box Office Opens for Calvary Theatre’s The Fantasticks!

Box Office Opens for Calvary Theatre’s The Fantasticks!

Adam Weeks, Ashley Huseby, Rebekkah Harms, and Leah McNabb rehearse for the upcoming show.

Box Office Opens for Calvary Theatre’s The Fantasticks!

Calvary Theatre Arts is proud to present the longest running musical in the world, The Fantasticks. A beautiful coming of age story, The Fantasticks tells the story of the young lovers, Matt and Luisa, as they fall in love, realize that happily-ever-after isn’t always so happy, and grow stronger together for it. With romance, comedy, and sword fighting, this show has it all, even . . . vegetables?

The Fantasticks will run for two weekends with performances March 12 – 21, 2021.

We are also excited to announce that we will be hosting our performances in a different space this year in order to best follow Covid-19 guidelines and continue to bring this story to life while also keeping our guests safe. In-person performances will be held at Calvary University’s Student Life Center, and streaming options will be available for those who wish to experience the magic of theatre from the comfort of their homes.

For more information and to order your tickets please visit our box office page, or click one of the links below.

CU Press seeking writers for IJOBA

CU Press seeking writers for IJOBA

IJOBA is a platform to articulate the biblical worldview 

Dr. Mike Dodds is looking for writers for the Spring 2021 edition of the Interdisciplinary Journal on Biblical Authority (IJOBA).

“IJOBA exists to provide a platform for Christian thinkers to articulate the biblical worldview,” Dodds wrote in a recent statement, “concerning issues in their chosen discipline as well as to evaluate trends and topics within that discipline using the biblical worldview. Its articles and reviews are intended to encourage Christian thinkers in their chosen fields to remain faithful to Christ and the biblical worldview.”

Authors are expected to follow The Chicago Manual of Style and A Manual for Writers (by Kate L. Turabian) as to style. See further submission guidelines at

The submission deadline for the Spring edition is March 12, 2021. Correspondence and manuscripts can be submitted to the Editor, Dr. Tommy Ice, at For more information, contact Dr. Dodds through his faculty profile, or call 816-322-5152, ext. 1348.

You can order the most recent edition of IJOBA through Amazon at this link.

Dr. Granados Testimony

Dr. Granados Testimony

Dr. Alexander Granados with Dorian, his wife of 23 years.

“I resolved as a Christianwhose mind is being renewedto replace worldly knowledge, philosophies and opinions with Biblical knowledge and wisdom.”

I was born in Bogotá, Colombia and migrated to the United States when I was 10 years old. My mother was a devout Catholic that made sure her family attended mass every Sunday. She instilled in me from an early age, a love for God and the Church. I grew up wanting to be a good Catholic like her. She taught me to read the Bible and pray. 

But as I prayed and read the Bible, I began to wonder why I was not properly taught the Bible at Church. I had a lot of questions about the Word of God, but no one in the Catholic Church helped me to understand His Word. I read the Bible consistently and found that what the priests said and did was not always in agreement with the Word of God. I made several inquiries as to these contradictions, but they were not explained, instead I was discouraged from asking any more questions and told that the Bible was a difficult book to understand. Frustrated and discouraged, I stopped attending the Catholic Church.

While attending High School, a classmate invited me to go to a Wednesday Night Bible study at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA. I was immediately impressed with the teaching and decided to continue going. I was encouraged by the leadership in the Youth Ministries to get plugged in with a discipleship group and began studying the Word of God. I was hungry for God’s Word and He placed in my life, godly men that answered all my questions, from His Word.

On January 29, 1987 at a youth retreat in Catalina Island, my discipleship group leader shared the gospel with me and challenged me to repent and believe. Praise God, I understood my sin, what Christ has done, what God demands of me, counted the cost, and trusted Him. I rejoice in the reality of God’s inner working my life, producing the fruit of holiness in me. This inner transformation increasingly expressed itself in me through what I said and did, and approved or rejected. 

I resolved as a Christian, whose mind is being renewed, to replace worldly knowledge, philosophies and opinions with Biblical knowledge and wisdom through reasoning that operates in love and obedience to divinely revealed truths. I believe that every event in life is an integral lesson of God’s overall curriculum for my spiritual formation and growth.

While attending UCLA, the Lord guided me to Alpha Gamma Omega (AGO), a Christian fraternity. I lived in AGO for four years with forty Christian brothers. The fellowship and accountability was transforming. The Lord was working in my heart, as I matured in faith and life.

I got more involved at church as the College and Young Adult pastor and recognized that I love to teach and preach. I realized that although I was preparing to go to Law School, I really enjoyed ministry and my friends encouraged me to consider utilizing my gifts of administration and teaching in Christian Higher Education.

I attended The Master’s Seminary where professors like Dr. Dave Deuel and Dr. Trevor Craigen were instrumental in my biblical instruction and formation. I attended Biola University where professors like Dr. Klaus Issler, Dr. Judith Lingenfelter and Dr. Tom Steffen spiritually and professionally formed and inspired in me a passion for Christian Higher Education.

I married Dorian after seminary. She is my helpmate and gently calls me every day to be a godly man. Marriage has been for me an opportunity to recognize areas in my life where I need to grow. I praise God each day for His wonderful gift, Dorian. We have experienced God’s love and comfort through difficult trials. Dorian had surgery to deal with what doctors suspected was ovarian cancer; by God’s grace the end result was that she did not have cancer. Those were dark and lonely days that God carried us through. We have since grown in our love for God and each other. The Lord has blessed us with two adopted daughters that are a source of praise and sanctification.

A major part of my spiritual journey has obviously taken place in the Church. I’ve had the pleasure of serving God and His people in various ministries throughout the years. Key factors in my spiritual growth are the countless number of believers that I’ve ministered to and that have ministered to me. Sharing with God’s people in their birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, marital problems, problems with children, problems at work, and much more have allowed me to grow as a man and a pastor.

The Church has been a place for intimate friendships and fellowship with fellow pastors, elders and lay people. They encourage and challenge me to grow in my love for God, His Word, and His people. It is a joy to journey with people that love and accept me for who I am, but constantly admonish me to be more than who I am today. I have been blessed by the loving and sanctifying pursuit of dedicated Christians that labor to prepare me to be a good neighbor, a loyal friend, a devoted spouse, a committed church member, a dedicated employee, a loving parent, a responsible citizen, and, of greatest importance, a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. They have nurtured my God-given gifts and skills as a servant, preparing me to serve effectively in a number of life roles.

Dr. Granados shares “Philosophy of Christian Higher Education”

Dr. Granados shares “Philosophy of Christian Higher Education”

“A philosophy of Christian Higher Education affirms the intimate relationship between the supernatural and the natural, between God and human, between the body and the soul.”

Philosophy of Christian Higher Education

Alexander Granados, ThM, PhD


My faith journey, education, and experience inform my philosophy of Christian Higher Education. A philosophy of Christian Higher Education affirms the intimate relationship between the supernatural and the natural, between God and human, between the body and the soul. It draws from the truths based on divine revelation and human reason. I affirm the education of the total person: the intellectual, physical, affective, social, moral, aesthetic and spiritual. Therefore, its role will never be limited simply to offering Bible courses.

Christian Higher Education Affirms the SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD

The uniqueness of Christian higher education begins with an understanding that there is an infinite-personal God. This God has created all things for His glory [Col 1:16]. The Christian worldview affirms God’s existence and His activity in the world. Christian scholarship begins with the recognition of God’s existence and His sovereignty over creation, including man and his intellectual pursuits [Ps24:1]. The knowledge of God is the beginning of all learning [Prov 9:10].

Christian Higher Education Affirms the LORDSHIP OF CHRIST

Christian higher education is Christ-centered education. It recognizes the lordship of Christ over all of life, including every academic discipline. It affirms that all Christian scholars must bow the knee to Him and that every thought must be brought captive to Christ [2 Cor 10:5; Col 2:8]. The lordship of Christ affirms that all scholars will one day give an account for their activities, including those of an intellectual nature [Phil 2:9-11;Js 3:1].

Christian Higher Education Affirms a DISTINCTIVELY CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW

Recognizing that all scholarship begins from a theoretical base, namely the scholars’ worldview, Christian higher education affirms the metaphysical, epistemological, and axiological distinctives of a uniquely Christian worldview perspective. This worldview must permeate teaching and scholarship.

Christian Higher Education Affirms an EPISTEMOLOGICAL FOUNDATION

The foundation of Christian knowledge is grounded in the Scriptures. The Bible is truth [Jn 17:3] and as such provides the Christian scholar with confidence that truth is knowable. The pursuit of truth has particular meaning for the Christian scholar who has the authority of the Word of God as a foundation and basis for knowledge. The Scriptures provide epistemological certainty against the relativistic flux, non-rationality, and theoretical changes within the frameworks of our academic disciplines.

Christian Higher Education Affirms a COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE

The Christian scholastic community bears a special responsibility to model excellence in our teaching, research, and service, to the broader academic community as ambassadors for Christ [2 Cor 5:20]. If our motivation for scholarship and teaching is doxological, then excellence must follow. The Christian scholar bears the responsibility to demonstrate this excellence in their academic vocation [Mt 5:16]. Our scholastic activities must bring glory to God through both the pedagogical articulation of our Christian worldview and by demonstration of professional quality and excellence in our work. The apostle Paul’s engagement in Athens at Mars Hill is especially illustrative of this principle (Acts 17:16–34).

Christian Higher Education Affirms the DEPRAVITY OF HUMANITY

Christian higher education affirms the dignity and greatness of humanity as created in the image and likeness of God [Gen 1:27] and that creativity and rationality, which are essential to higher education pursuits, are both bound to the imago dei. However, mankind has fallen in revolt against God [Gen 3]. The fall has affected the totality of humanity and all aspects of personhood, including the intellect. Humanity, both corporately and individually, is in need of regeneration, restoration, and reconciliation with God. Christian higher education affirms that redemption occurs through the finished work of Christ alone, not educational betterment.

Christian Higher Education Affirms the PILLARS OF HIGHER EDUCATION

The foundational trilogy of American higher education – teaching, research, and service – has special bearing on Christian higher education. The pursuit of truth and quest for knowledge (research), the dissemination and acquisition of scholarship and research by the individual, both theoretical and practical (teaching & learning), and compassionate application of truth (service & ministry), all have special meaning to the Christian scholar. The Christian academic community shares particular responsibility in light of these realities.