Calvary University is planning to open as normal in the fall semester of 2020—starting August 17. However, we will also provide important optionsand measures to ensure everyone’s safety.
Faculty will still have the option of whether to hold classes online only or invite students back into the classroom. Students, as always, will be able to make the same choice—either online or in person. If faculty choose not to hold classes in person, in-class students will not be charged the online rate.
Everymeasure will also be taken to ensure that all who live, work and study on the CU campus can do so in a clean and safe environment. The University continues to work in close consultation with national, state and local public health officials. Our priority isto maintain the health of the CU community.
For Athletics, we will always adhere to the federal, state or local guidelines when participating in any activity. We also are working closely with the NCCAA and the MCCC conferences as everyone is monitoring how best to keep our athletes safe. Workouts are taking place now. Practices are set to resume in August.
The mission of Calvary University is to “Prepare Christians to live and serve in the church and in the world according to the Biblical worldview.” Our faculty and staff are committed to teaching and demonstrating this in the classroom and beyond as God gives us opportunity.
Our nation (and our church!) is grappling with the upheaval brought about by the tragic death of George Floyd and equally tragic violent protests born out of anger and frustration. As we seek to regain our personal and national equilibrium, I encourage us to do so considering the Biblical worldview.
The Biblical worldview condemns racism.
The Biblical worldview condemns abuse of power.
The Biblical worldview condemns injustice.
The Biblical worldview condemns unlawfulness.
Unfortunately, it is painfully obvious that in this fallen world racism, brutal abuse of power, and injustices of every kind are daily realities. If we care to learn, history will teach us another unfortunate lesson: those of us who have not personally experienced racism, abuse, and injustice come to believe they are not daily realities in the lives of others. How does the Biblical worldview teach us to navigate such disparity in experience and understanding?
The Biblical worldview demonstrates love.
The Biblical worldview demonstrates grace.
The Biblical worldview demonstrates patience.
The Biblical worldview demonstrates mercy.
During personal and cultural turmoil related to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman Empire the Biblical author Jude teaches us to demonstrate compassion toward those who are uncertain (Jude 22). Whether we question that a problem actually exists or that change is a real possibility, we are uncertain. What is compassion’s role in this dynamic? Compassion listens so it can understand, not just respond. Compassion speaks so it can provide hope, not just prove a point. And when compassion does speak, it speaks the truth in love not pride.
As we emerge out of social distancing restrictions and can resume “going to church” may we all be more excited about “being the church” by demonstrating love, grace, patience, and mercy. Let us lead through these uncertain times with compassion.
Grant Hawley serves as Pastor of Bold Grace Fellowship where he serves the north Dallas/Fort Worth area with his wife Tamara and son Rock.
A burden to see the community of grace-loving people working together to reach those who haven’t heard a clear grace message led Mr. Hawley to begin Bold Grace Ministries, where he serves as Director. With support for publishing, church planting, and training Bold Grace Ministries comes alongside those involved in the grace movement to facilitate reaching beyond the boundaries of established communities.
He is the author of The Guts of Grace: Preparing Ordinary Saints for Extraordinary Ministry, Easy Peasy Biblical Greek: The Easiest Way to Learn Greek Well, Dispensationalism and Free Grace: Intimately Linked, and Let the Text Speak: An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics. Grant is also the editor of 21 Tough Questions about Grace and Free Grace Theology: 5 Ways It Magnifies the Gospel.
Mr. Hawley is a member of the Free Grace Alliance Executive Council and the Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics.
Join us October 24-27, 2017; Lectures will be at 11:00 a.m. each day on campus in Liberty Chapel
Calvary University introduced the Ryrie Lecture series in the fall of 2016 to enhance the educational experience at Calvary, and to reinforce student’s ability in explaining the person and work of Christ at any level.
Scholar. Professor. Author. Mentor. These words describe the legacy of Dr. Charles C. Ryrie. Built across 70 years of faithful ministry, this legacy continues in the lives of those who use the more than fifty books and the popular Ryrie Study Bible.
Dr. Ryrie had an uncanny ability to explain doctrine and theology in simple terms that anyone could understand. Calvary University seeks to instill this characteristic in our students – the ability to articulate doctrine and theology to people of all ages, and help them put these things into practice in their daily lives.
Life is a series of changes and transitions. Our hearts scream, “I want my circumstances to change,” but the reality is, God wants to use our circumstances to change us. The Christians life is lived from the inside out – by faith. This can be uncomfortable, but if we fully understand the power of God’s will in our change, we will ultimately experience the peace of God that is promised (Phil 4:7). If not, we can expect levels of internal tension that can lead to depression and anxiety that we would typically blame on something external.
We all face change in life and the best way to understand the challenges we face during transition is to apply our biblical worldview. Feelings and emotions can work against a smooth transition, so we should trust God and His Word in the process. One of the first Scriptures I share in a new counseling relationship is Ephesians 5:10, “and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.” This is a foreign concept in a man-centered worldview, but we Christians choose to act upon the powerful truth of God’s Word by faith. So, what is pleasing to the Lord and what does that look like? Well, from a biblical perspective, this is how the process of change should be understood by the follower of Jesus Christ:
“The Spirit of God uses the Word of God in the Child of God to produce the Will of God for the Glory of God.”
For me, it’s time to practice what I preach. My wife Cindy and I are now in another transition of life, as we discern what is pleasing to the Lord. We have chosen to move this summer in order to serve the Lord near our children and grandchildren in Virginia. This means I will no longer be teaching at Calvary University. This was a difficult decision because of our Calvary friends and church family in Kansas City. We are grateful for the grace and love we have received from everyone, and Calvary will always be in our prayers. May God, bless you in life’s changes and transitions too. Keep praying and trusting in Him!
Can sacred themes be communicated through secular media? The Calvary University family explored that question by reviewing the themes and symbolism portrayed in Beauty and the Beast (CU Theater’s current Spring production) in a round-table discussion during a recent campus assembly.
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