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Is someone with an addiction always an addict?

Is someone with an addiction always an addict?

Calvary’s Shaun LePage visits with two former addicts who say that if a person has an “addict mentality” then their behaviors will be like an addict. But how can a person escape the “addict mentality”? How can a person with an addiction begin to see themselves as something greater than an addict?

Join Calvary alum Tim Chally, and students Kelly Bowlin and Richard Barham—all of whom have been in the trenches, helping people deal with addiction from the biblical worldview—as they discuss the important identity issues related to addiction recovery.

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Allen Pierschbacher (1954-2022): A Passionate Seeker of Truth

Allen Pierschbacher (1954-2022): A Passionate Seeker of Truth

“Allen was passionate about training the next generation and was a seeker of truth.”

Calvary is saddened to hear of beloved alumnus and professor Allen Pierschbacher, (also known as Big Al) recently going home to be with the Lord on November 1, 2022. A preacher and teacher of God’s Word, he passionately lived a life that shared the hope of the Gospel with those around him through both evangelism and discipleship. Allen was a key missionary member of Brazil Gospel Fellowship Missions, served as professor and Missionary in Residence at Calvary University in the 1990-91 school year, and was a beloved husband to Nadine and father of three children, Marvin, Lance, and Alisa. Allen received a BA in Biblical Studies from Calvary Bible College, and enjoyed mechanics, music, and speaking Portuguese. He was heavily involved in many church-planting ministries throughout his lifetime, served at SIBIMA Seminary in Fortaleza as Academic Dean and Dean of Students, and was active in Home Bible Studies in Fortaleza and Pacoti.

When reflecting on Allen’s teaching at Calvary, a student and long-time friend of Allen, Dan Anderson, shared that “Al was incredibly wise but also sincerely humble.” His introduction to Allen was at Calvary when he taught a number of his classes, stating that Allen had humbly but directly confronted him about wrong attitudes in his life, which resulted in a deep friendship enduring between them. Al provided premarital counseling for Dan and his wife and “played a continuous role” in their growth as a couple until his last days: “Allen counseled from God’s Word with the wisdom to drive others to discover the truth for themselves through asking great questions and prompting to read Scripture rather than just telling me what to do. Al helped me with relationships, home and auto repairs, and financial counsel from our meeting in 1990 until just days before he passed away. I called Al about ten days before he was promoted to Glory and the conversation turned to counsel for my life even as he was fighting for his own—that was Al, a selfless servant.” Dr. Granados, President of Calvary University, perhaps encapsulated Allen’s character best when he stated: “Allen never met someone he didn’t befriend or try to have a conversation to share the gospel with; he was passionate about training the next generation and was a seeker of truth. He was a lover of God, a lover of the Word, a lover of the church, and a lover of people.”

For more information on Allen’s life in ministry, please visit here: https://www.bgfmission.com/al-nadine

 

 

How does the biblical worldview help us overcome addiction?

How does the biblical worldview help us overcome addiction?

Is addiction a disease or sin or both? Is someone dealing with addiction always an addict—does it become part of their identity? The way we answer these questions will have a huge impact on how we think about and deal with addiction.

Calvary University’s Shaun LePage invited two Calvary University students—Kelly Bowlin and Richard Barham, who have personally dealt with the devastating power of addiction—to have a conversation with CU alum and pastor, Tim Chally, who has worked in addiction recovery, about this critical issue from the biblical worldview.  

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What is the biblical worldview of identity?

What is the biblical worldview of identity?

What is the most important aspect of our identity? Is it our gender? Our physiology? Is it something less tangible—the way we think or feel or believe? We can all agree that human identity is a critical issue—gaining clarity is at the heart of our mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Join the Calvary Conversations team as they discuss this important subject from the biblical worldview. Has God spoken about human identity? Does the Bible teach that our identity is personal and fluid, or is our identity God-given?

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The most important worldview question: Does God exist?

The most important worldview question: Does God exist?

Does God exist? Everyone has to answer this question, not just Christians. Of course, there are numerous answers people give to that question, but your answer shapes your worldview more than any other idea or belief.

Dr. Mike Dodds invited Ian Bacon of Calvary University’s Bible & Theology Department, to join fellow Calvary Conversations hosts Tim Hange and Shaun LePage to discuss this primary subject along with ideas for how to help non-Christians embrace the true and living God.

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How will it impact our values to believe we are created in the “image of God”?

How will it impact our values to believe we are created in the “image of God”?

Our value system should be impacted by the biblical belief that we are created in God’s image. But how? How should it distinguish us from people who don’t believe this? And how should it impact how we treat other people? Speak to other people?

Join the Calvary Conversations team—Dr. Joshua Paxton, Dr. Mike Dodds, Tim Hange and Shaun LePage—as they explore this important aspect of the biblical worldview.

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Why is it important than human beings are made in the “image of God”?

Why is it important than human beings are made in the “image of God”?

Who are we? What are we? Are humans a highly evolved type of animal, or are we—as the Bible teaches—made in “the image of God”? If we are image-bearers, what does that mean and how does it relate to our individual identities?

Join the Calvary Conversations hosts— Dr. Joshua Paxton, Shaun LePage, Tim Hange, and Dr. Mike Dodds—as they explore this important subject from the biblical worldview and how it relates to our everyday lives.

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Warriors Fly Past Eagles

Warriors Fly Past Eagles

The Warrior volleyball team came out fast and rallied late in the first set to win, and then carried that momentum into sets two and three to sweep Faith Baptist Bible College 3-0 on Saturday in Ankeny, IA.   With the win, the Warriors improve to 11-7 on the season. 

“Faith came ready to play and they were hungry to win on Homecoming weekend,” Warrior Head Coach Josh Johnson said. “Our serve really got us the lead and shifted momentum back our way when we needed it. Defensively we were able to play well, and we just kept playing until we found ways to score.”  Earlier this season, the Warriors and Eagles battled in Kansas City with the Eagles earning a 3-1 road win.

In set one, Calvary came out fast with great all-around play.  Towards the end of set one the Eagles went on a 1-8 run to tie the score at 23-23.  Coach Johnson called a timeout to try to stop the momentum and the Warriors regrouped to win 25-23. 


The important hold in set one swung momentum in the Warriors favor and it showed as the team stormed out to a lead in set two. Leah Grady was dominant on the front line as she totaled 13 kills with only three hitting errors.  Her 53% attack percentage helped push the lead.   Faith tried to answer back but the Warriors wouldn’t be denied as a kill by Kolbie Krempges helped the team take a 2-0 lead with a 25-14 win in set two. 

With a sweep on their minds, the Warriors again came out strong in the third set thanks to great serving. After a pair of kills by Allie Edwards and Elle Davis the Warriors led by three and looked to build a big lead once again. The Eagles had other plans as they battled back to take their first lead of the day. 

Davis then provided a big spark for the Warriors followed by a four-point run for Calvary as the team took the lead for good. The Eagles stayed tough and tried to mount one last rally, but the Warriors wouldn’t be denied as they won the set 25-20 and the match 3-0. 

“We have seen this season that we can play very well at times, but we can also be inconsistent,” Coach Johnson said. “If we can play our style we’ll be very competitive going forward.” 

The Warrior defense held the Eagles to a team attack percentage of 0% throughout the day.  It was a huge key for the sweep.  The Warrior serving attack totaled thirteen aces to the Eagles two. 

Miriam McCubbin and Kolbie Krempges led the defensive effort with thirteen digs a piece.   Amber Northrop finished with 26 assists on the day.   Grady finished with thirteen kills while Elle Davis and Kolbie Krempges combined for eleven kills in the win.

Next up, the Warriors will be home again on Tuesday night as the team welcomes Manhattan Christian. 

How should Christians deal with the “Sacred-Secular Split”?

How should Christians deal with the “Sacred-Secular Split”?

It’s common for us—both Christians and non-Christians—to see some things as “sacred” (i.e., holy, religious) and other things as “secular” (i.e., worldly, having nothing to do with spirituality and God). But, what is truly sacred? And what is truly secular? And does the biblical worldview divide them up neatly into black and white categories?
Join the Calvary Conversations hosts for this conversation about how Christians can navigate these questions and live “sacred” lives of worship and wisdom in an increasingly “secular” world. 

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Hanna Sims’ Ministry: NETworkers TEC

Hanna Sims’ Ministry: NETworkers TEC

“This is God’s ministry, and I am merely a servant in it.”

Hanna Sims graduated from Calvary University with a Bachelor of Science in Ministry Studies-Children (CU16); she says that the call God placed on her heart to evangelize and disciple children came to her when she was a teenager, and she has been able to grow in areas of service to Christ throughout the years through ministries like Child Evangelism Fellowship/Christian Youth in Action, Good News Club, and In the Gap. Today, Hanna is heavily involved in her personal ministry, NETworkers TEC, which seeks to provide the body of Christ with a network of resources to assist believers in their Biblical ministries to the next generation: “What makes my ministry different is that instead of focusing on promoting one ministry, I connect believers with various resources for various ministry needs.” 

Hanna says that she has had the blessing of reaching many audiences through NETworkers TEC, providing character lessons at elementary school chapels, workshops at AWANA clubs on memorizing Scripture, and has led neighborhood Bible clubs for kids. For teens, she has developed an apologetics seminar (online and in-person) and has spoken at the national IFCA youth conference for two years. She has also trained teens to prepare for mission trips and working with children, and has partnered with many churches to have workshops available for their Sunday school workers and parents. The work that Hanna is currently most excited about is a newly published children’s apologetics curriculum for elementary students that she co-authored with Dr. Frank Turek called “Yes, God is Real!”.

On her ministry journey, Hanna faced personal obstacles and learned some powerful life lessons. One particularly difficult trial she faced was her health. She was very sick for the first two years of establishing her ministry, yet she says that “The Lord gave me strength and healing during this time, and I learned how to trust God for my daily needs (Matthew 6:11) and to thank Him for the gift of health.” A spiritual lesson that Hanna gained was looking at ministries from a biblical perspective: “God has taught me that when I am tempted to compare myself to my peers that are in corporate jobs, I must remember that God calls each of us in different directions and that when we are faithful to him with our talents, that is what success truly is (Matthew 25:20-21).”

Clearly, Hanna is a servant of God, actively living out her ministry calling. Today, she is especially excited to continue to disciple children, teens, and adults, make more workshops available to churches and Christian organizations, and spread the word about her children’s apologetics curriculum. For years to come, Hanna seeks to continue to minister to children, teens, and adults, as well as develop resources to impact areas of evangelism, apologetics, and spiritual growth. Currently, Hanna is working on a couple other curriculum and writing projects that she expects, Lord willing, to be published in the future: “God has opened the doors of partnership for me through NETworkers TEC, and he has helped me to have boldness (Psalm 138:3). This is God’s ministry and I am merely a servant in it.”