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DESE Approves Master’s Degree for Principal Certification

DESE Approves Master’s Degree for Principal Certification

The Education Department at Calvary University seeks to prepare students to serve God in multiple settings. For the last 14 years, Calvary’s undergraduate Education majors have been able to obtain Missouri State Teaching Certification. Consequently, over the years,...

Would Jesus wash everyone’s feet because “He Gets Us”?

Would Jesus wash everyone’s feet because “He Gets Us”?

Would Jesus wash everyone’s feet because “He Gets Us”? In the recent Super Bowl ads entitled “He Gets Us!” we’re told that “Jesus didn’t teach hate. He washed feet.” Certainly He didn’t teach hate. But did He really wash feet? Did He wash everyone’s feet? Is the...

Is “He Gets Us!” an effective way to engage our culture?

Is “He Gets Us!” an effective way to engage our culture?

Is “He gets us!” an effective way to engage our culture? The recent Super Bowl ads proclaimed, “He gets us!” What does it mean that Jesus “gets us”? Is that true? Is that the right message? The gospel message? Is it too short? Is it a distortion of the gospel? Is this...

Joshua Paxton: Testimony in Trial

Joshua Paxton: Testimony in Trial

“When you discover God is all you have, you realize He is all you need.” As a child, Joshua Paxton believed God was evil for allowing him to suffer because of a rare kidney disease he has battled his whole life. After a painful but successful kidney transplant during...

Calvary’s 23rd Annual Golf Tournament

Calvary’s 23rd Annual Golf Tournament

Calvary University's 23rd Annual Calvary Classic 4-person scramble golf tournament was a great success, bringing together 114 golfers at Eagles' Landing Golf Course, located adjacent to the campus.   The winning team of the overall tournament was composed of John...

What is the relationship between music and worship?

What is the relationship between music and worship?

What is the relationship between music and worship? Worship and music are such an important aspect to the life and community of a local church. And there have been diverse answers to the questions surrounding the kinds of music and the depth of the lyrics. Calvary...

Introducing Ron Sharp, Dean of Students

Introducing Ron Sharp, Dean of Students

Calvary is excited to welcome Ron Sharp into the role of Dean of Students at Calvary, bringing with him a wealth of experience and a deep-rooted faith. His faith journey began in his early years, growing up within the church, but it wasn't until a pivotal moment...

The Pursuit of Learning for God’s Glory

The Pursuit of Learning for God’s Glory

Calvary University partners with professors who desire to glorify God and equip students to do the same. Dr. Timothy Hange is a direct example of this with a strong passion for life-long learning, rooted in a desire to love and honor the Lord. Critical thinking,...

How should Christians think about “the worship wars”?

How should Christians think about “the worship wars”?

How should Christians think about “the worship wars”? “I love the drums in church!” “I hate drums in church!” “I love the contemporary worship songs!” “I love the old hymns!” We call this the “worship wars” in churches—so much debate surrounds the music in our worship...

Introducing New Microcredential Programs

Introducing New Microcredential Programs

Calvary University is excited to announce a new enrollment option for the upcoming fall semester that makes biblical education even more accessible: Microcredentials. Designed to equip Christians for effective leadership and service, each Microcredential program...

Ethnos 360: Equipping Students for International Missions

Ethnos 360: Equipping Students for International Missions

Last fall, Calvary University and Ethnos360 teamed up to help equip college-aged missionaries-in-training to reach the unreached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The partnership on this project started when Jim Passetti, linguistics teacher in Ethnos360’s training...

Should American Christians prepare for persecution?

Should American Christians prepare for persecution?

Should American Christians prepare for persecution? Persecution of Christians has been a part of the history of the Church since its inception, but it appears to be getting worse. While we in America have been free from serious persecution for our faith, some say that...

What are the issues behind the conflict in Israel?

What are the issues behind the conflict in Israel?

What are the issues behind the conflict in Israel? October 7, 2023: Hamas invaded Israel. Why? What did Hamas hope to gain? What are the causes of the conflict between not just Hamas and Israel but much of the Arab world and Israel? Calvary University’s Dr. Mike...

Should Evangelicals Stay Out of Politics?

Should Evangelicals Stay Out of Politics?

Should Evangelicals Stay Out of Politics? An “evangelical” is a “good news proclaimer”! It’s a perfectly good word to describe those who take the Bible seriously and desire to “proclaim the good news” of Jesus Christ. But, in recent times, it has become...

Should evangelicals stop converting people?

Should evangelicals stop converting people?

Should evangelicals stop converting people? Does everyone need to be converted to Christianity? Evangelicals say yes. It’s called “Conversionism”: the belief that lives need to be transformed thorough a “born-again” experience through faith in Jesus Christ. But not...

Why do evangelicals believe the Bible is true?

Why do evangelicals believe the Bible is true?

Why do evangelicals believe the Bible is true? How do we know what is true? The National Association of Evangelicals claims that most evangelicals believe in “biblicism.” They have a high regard for and obedience to the Bible as the ultimate authority. Where do...

Marissa Hitt: Artist, Entrepreneur, and Business Student

Marissa Hitt: Artist, Entrepreneur, and Business Student

"As soon as I could pick up a paint brush, I started painting. I've been creative at heart ever since."  Marissa Hitt is a young artist who has been grabbing the attention of Kansas City with her artwork since she was in kindergarten. She is the founder of her small...

Was the Cross of Jesus “cosmic child abuse”?

Was the Cross of Jesus “cosmic child abuse”?

Was the Cross of Jesus “cosmic child abuse”? The cross is an unusual choice for the symbol of a religion. It shows that the death of Jesus is one of the key beliefs of Christians—evangelicals in particular. But many today are asking whether we got it right—was Jesus...

What is an “evangelical” and is it a ruined word?

What is an “evangelical” and is it a ruined word?

What is an “evangelical” and is it a ruined word? The term “evangelical” has a rich heritage in Church History, going all the way back to the Greek word behind “preaching” or “proclamation” in the Bible, up through the Reformation. But in modern U.S. culture, it has...

Bible Conversations in the Gospel of John: Lee Smith

Bible Conversations in the Gospel of John: Lee Smith

“Pastor Lee Smith writes with the skill of a careful exegete and the heart of a pastor-teacher. ” Lee Smith is a retired pastor and current author who recently collaborated with CU Press to publish Biblical Conversations in the Gospel of John – Exegetically Based...

How can you help people if you’re not a counselor?

How can you help people if you’re not a counselor?

How can you help people if you’re not a counselor? People all around us need help. They need encouragement, help and answers. Should ordinary, average Christians wade into the waters of “counseling” or should we leave that to the professionals? Calvary’s Dr. Tim...

Why bother with the Old Testament?

Why bother with the Old Testament?

“Is the Old Testament for us today? Is everything in it for Christians living in the 21st Century? If we fail to study the Old Testament, what might we be missing? What might we be getting wrong? Calvary’s Dr. Mike Dodds invited Joel Williamson, professor of Hebrew...

Should we stop reaching the unreached?

Should we stop reaching the unreached?

Should we stop reaching the unreached? For 50 years, most missionaries have been focused on reaching unreached people groups—prioritizing people who have the least access to the gospel. Today, this focus is falling out of favor by critics of the Western missionary...

Alumni Spotlight: Todd Price Reaches the Roma People

Alumni Spotlight: Todd Price Reaches the Roma People

"Bible translation is a big job that needs to get done." Todd Price is an International Bible Translation Consultant who is on a mission to bring the Gospel to the Roma people of Southeastern Europe. So far, he and his team have worked to translate fifty Bible stories...