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Alumnus Chuck Teagle Using Technology Trends for Ministry

Alumnus Chuck Teagle Using Technology Trends for Ministry

Pastor and Calvary alum, Chuck Teagle, is serving at Church of the Cross in Pine Grove, California, while pursuing a Master of Bible and Theology degree using Calvary’s blended course model.

Calvary alum is using technology to reach his community and further his education.

Pastor Chuck Teagle found his way to Calvary in 1969 when he transferred in to complete his degree. He had finished a three-year program at a different institute associated with Moody and wanted a full 4-year degree as he pursued a career in ministry. Calvary transferred his credits, and he graduated in 1970 with his bachelor’s degree in Bible and Theology.

Teagle commented, “The 70s to 2019 are big changes, just in our culture.” He pointed out that, while Calvary still has the same welcoming and close-knit campus atmosphere and biblical focus, “[Calvary] has expanded with her campus. Calvary is very innovative in their courses and their teaching methods. They’ve expanded in the degree programs and in the seminary… I think technology has allowed the innovation for Calvary to expand.”

Pastor Teagle has served in a variety of churches since his graduation in 1970. Currently, he pastors at Church of the Cross in Pine Grove, California, where he has been for 25 years. When asked how God is working there, Teagle said, “It’s California, meaning it is exceptionally liberal, politically as well as spiritually. Liberalism has penetrated our churches. It’s now more for entertainment than it is for exposition.”

Teagle responds to these challenges by “trying not to be a relic of the past. We are trying to integrate technology in the social networking of Northern California, as well as in our own community.” As his church strives to stay involved and contributing to its community, it’s ultimate goal is, “To bring the clarity of the gospel of Jesus Christ to our neighborhood.”

Looking back on his time at Calvary, Teagle said, “It prepared me with the foundation of biblical truth. It’s assisted us [as a church] over the years, as we’ve had to change in our methods and technology. But it gave us a foundation.”

Advancing technology affects Teagle’s personal life as well, as he pursues his Master of Bible and Theology degree using Calvary’s blended course model. He reflected, “I think I would have liked to have finished the master’s degree program immediately after college.” In the 70s, Calvary didn’t have options for remote learning, “and the innovation wasn’t available where I was located. But today, I wanted an academic challenge. I’m freed up to do that.” And Calvary’s robust online program options are enabling Pastor Teagle to achieve this goal.

As he continues his theological education, Pastor Teagle commented, “I have a lot of great memories from my experience at Calvary. And [God’s] not done with me, so I’m still at it.”

2019 Creationists’ Bulwarks & Frontiers Conference

2019 Creationists’ Bulwarks & Frontiers Conference

2019 Creationists’ Bulwarks & Frontiers Conference

 

Leading Creation Researchers to Meet at Calvary University to Assess the Status of Creation Studies in their Individual  Disciplines at inaugural Creationists’ Bulwarks & Frontiers Conference, October 30 – November 1

 

Presenters will assess the status of research in their relevant discipline, along the following lines:

 

What things do we know for certain (bulwarks)?

What things do we know for the most part, but still have questions?

What things are we making progress on but have many more questions than answers?

What things are we completely uncertain about–i.e., we don’t have a clue (frontiers)?

 

Conference Schedule

Wednesday Night

Welcome
6 p.m.

Session 1
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. + 15 minutes of Q&A

Session 2
8 p.m. – 9 p.m. + 15 minutes of Q&A

Admissions at the door

Calvary family (students, faculty, staff), $0
Alumni, $25 per family
Public, $25 per person
Children 12 or under, $0
Seniors 65 or over, $15

Registration details forthcoming

Thursday

Orientation for the day
8 a.m.

Session 3
Robert Carter, Marine Biology
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. + 15 minutes of Q&A

Session 4
Eugene Chaffin, Physics
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. + 15 minutes of Q&A

Session 5
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. + 15 minutes of Q&A
John Baumgardner, Geophysics

Session 6
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. + 15 minutes of Q&A

Friday

Orientation for the day
8 a.m.

Session 7
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. + 15 minutes of Q&A

Session 8
Christopher Cone, Hermeneutics
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. + 15 minutes of Q&A

Session 9
John Baumgardner, further observations
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. + 15 minutes of Q&A

Session 10
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. + 15 minutes of Q&A

Closing
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Public Q&A

Calvary Tops Concordia

Calvary Tops Concordia

Calvary University Men’s Soccer went into Saturday’s game looking to win and did just that coming out with a 3-0 victory against Concordia Seminary.  From the opening moments of the game, the Warriors showed the improvements that they had been working on in last week’s practices. “This week in practice we highlighted passing the ball out of pressure instead of dribbling into pressure,” said Coach Josh Henderson. “That definitely showed in today’s game.” “We had some good chemistry on offense today,” stated Senior midfielder Masaki Ouchi. The Warriors took control of the ball from the start of the game, pressing the ball up the field. In the 4th minute, Clay Williams shot the ball into the back of the net off of an intercepted pass to put the Warriors up 1-0.

The Warriors continued to be relentless with good ball movement from defense to offense to put themselves in scoring position. “Micah Wildasin made an impact on the game by pushing the ball up into the attack and supporting the attack,” said Coach Henderson. “Josh Tomlinson, Ian Montgomery, and Chris O’Daniels did a fantastic job in the middle of the field intercepting and distributing the ball as well.”  In the 26th minute, Calvary increased the score once again. Clay Williams assisted Oscar Palafox who advanced the ball into the goalkeeper box and fired a shot into the upper 90. This put the Warriors up 2-0 heading into the half.  

The Warriors carried their momentum into the second half, continuing their improved ball movement and attacks. In the 60th minute, Oscar Palafox crossed the ball from the right flank to Clay Williams who had an impressive header into the goal. This put the Warriors up 3-0 over Concordia. By the end of the game, Ethan Zeeryp had recorded his first clean sheet of the season with eight saves. The defense of the Warriors was also outstanding throughout the entire game, allowing the Warriors a final score of 3-0. “We were excellent in passing, communication, and movement off the ball,” said Head Coach Daniel Nichols. “It was encouraging to see our improvement on the field today.”

The Warriors will next be at home Tuesday afternoon against Union College. 

Warriors Win Third in a Row

Warriors Win Third in a Row

The Lady Warriors stalled briefly, but the team bounced right back as they defeated the Faith Eagles 3-1 to win their 3rd straight match to improve to 5-6 this season.

“We were able to gain an advantage with our serve receive,” Warriors Head Coach Ashley Spicer said. “We had three reception errors, but were able to force them into eighteen reception errors.  That helped us do a good job of coming back to take it in four.” 

The Lady Warriors were coming off a three-set sweep on Tuesday night as the team picked up their first home win of the season against Kansas Christian College. The Eagles came out strong at the start of the match as the first set was extremely close before Faith edged Calvary 27-29.   
 
In the second set, the Warriors had been challenged in the huddle about the crucial six serving errors and the inconsistent passing that had caused them to lose set one. The team came out determined to fix their serving and defense, and they did in a strong way.  Kennedy Shelton had her best serving game tonight and led the team with seven aces. Esther Schwarze was just one behind when the smoke died down from the evening with six aces.  The Warriors wouldn’t be denied as they took the 2nd set 25-12. 

The Warriors continued to make adjustments and charged ahead in the third set. Although the Eagles made several short runs, the Warriors continued to maintain a comfortable lead. The third set was clinched as the Warriors took it 25-18.  


With victory within their grasp in set four Calvary faltered a bit, The Eagles jumped out and took an early 5-15 lead. “In the fourth set Faith came out with some strong servers and adjusted their defense, which threw us out of rhythm. It took some aggressive front row attacks and serving runs to gain our momentum back,” said Coach Spicer.  In the end great passing, improved offensive timing, and solid serving led Calvary to a 25-23 victory.  

“In earlier matches this season we weren’t as efficient at fixing our play,” Coach Spicer said. “Tonight I felt like we adjusted really well after serving poorly in set one. We did an excellent job of limiting touches for Emmy Caves in their back row.  Caves does a tremendous job of passing the ball for them and again I want to give our servers credit for that.”

Anna Holloway led the Warriors with 18 kills while Leah Grady and Tori Veltkamp followed with 17 and 10 kills respectively.  Leah had a special night statistically as her attack percentage reached a high of 44 percent.  

Anna Holloway and Jenny Her led Calvary defensively with 20 and 17 digs on the night.  


The team will be back in action tomorrow as they travel to Dubuque, IA to face off against Emmaus Bible College and Moody Bible Institute. 

Book Characters Come to Life!

Book Characters Come to Life!

Calvary student, Hannah Sorensen, reading “Madeline’s Rescue” to students at Blue Ridge Christian School. 

Calvary students enrolled in Teaching Elementary Literature donned costumes and presented a wax museum for the elementary students from Blue Ridge Christian School. Madeline visited from Paris, Tom Sawyer from Missouri, Jessie from Ireland and a host of others characters such as Amelia Bedelia, Nancy Drew, Miss Frizzle, and Camilla, the girl with stripes. Blue Ridge students were delighted with the presentations. According to Mrs. Rena Shaver, the 5 th grade teacher at Blue Ridge, “We are very fortunate to be able to work with you all. Your students were very well prepared and extremely professional! They only broke character when I (as the teacher) spoke to them directly.”

Calvary students enjoyed the experience as well and learned a lot about engaging with elementary students. Hopefully, the literacy connections will inspire them as they prepare to inspire the next generation of learners!

Doubt: A Return to Nineveh

Doubt: A Return to Nineveh

Doubt: A Return to Nineveh

by Bobbie Jeffrey

     Massa. “A burning in the bones.” This is what the Old Testament prophets experienced, a Hebrew word defined as a burden, a load, a lifting, an uplifting, the lifting of the soul itself, something carried or brought or borne, an utterance, or an oracle. Massa has the connotation of something that is being pulled up and outalmost something extracted or excised. It was given by God, and the prophets to whom it was given had very little choice as to whether to bear it. Think Jonah and his reticence to go to Nineveh; he didn’t get very far in the other direction, right? And he had a very tough time of it for three days.

We know the language of the prophets was the language of visions, symbols, parables, and metaphors. More than foretelling, it was forthtelling: a call to repentance and a mission to speak in ways that recaptured the imagination. If we believe the arts are often prophetic in the culture, then this production is CU Theatre’s call to Nineveh.

Doubt, intriguingly subtitled “a Parable” by John Patrick Shanley, is Calvary’s fall production and our massa. This award-winning play easily contains the most challenging content Calvary Theatre has ever presented. For those of you who might be unfamiliar with the script, it touches on the following: sexual and physical abuse, same sex attraction, racism, and doubt. Not certainty. Not faith. Doubt. We’re heading into groundbreaking territory by addressing some of the subjects that are rarely openly or evenly spoken of on our campus. We anticipate there might be some waves. So why produce this play? Why take this kind of risk?

There has been a burden for years in our Theatre Department to produce this show. I first saw Shanley’s script come to life in 2005 on Broadway with the original cast. That’s fourteen years of burning.

The play is one of the tightest little pieces of dramatic literature I’ve come across in over forty years of my life in theatre. A shorter play performed without intermission, it reverberates across the stage like echoes in a cathedral. Structurally, conceptually, and in the crafting of its words and images, it’s nearly perfect. It became my go-to choice to use every other year in acting class for an assignment in text analysis and it never failed to engage my students in dynamic ways.

So, what will you find when you join us on this journey to Nineveh? The burden we bear is not just for the 700 evangelicals in the Southern Baptist denomination who were sexually abused by clerics or laity over the past twenty years, not just for the 11,000 children referenced in the John Jay Report who were sexually abused by Catholic priests, not just for all the women represented by the #MeToo Movement, but for the loss of innocence of victims by predators formed and twisted by abuse, first perpetrated on them by individuals equally as damaged. This is a hardened cycle.

These crimes are heinous, and their consequences far-reaching. Their ripple effects rock all those within their circumference, and it often takes a lifetime to recover. The suicide rate for those who have experienced sexual abuse is beyond comprehension. Yet victims and perpetrators in these most intimate, most violating of crimes are not beyond the reach of the God we serve. There is a great, existential sadness at the foundation of this play which is not beyond the realm of the Christian experience. Many of us know exactly what this is, and we are privileged to also know and extend the hope and redemption that pulls us back from the edge of the abyss. It is with that promise and its light that we approach the themes of this play.

This play is not about sexual abuse. The abuse is part of the context of our story, but the play itself is, as the title suggests, about doubt—a different consequence. This play is not about right or wrong, not about the certainty of the black and white of a nun’s habit or a priest’s collar and cassock; it’s about doubt.

When you come with us on our journey to Nineveh, we ask you to remember how Jesus used parables. His parables were stories illustrating a moral or spiritual lesson. We ask you to listen carefully to the words of the play and think deeply about its title. In his forward, our playwright says the beginning of change is the moment of doubt. What lesson does this modern parable hold for us?

The play asks many questions. Christians don’t shy away from the hard questions. We can ask them, too. We have all experienced crises of faith. Is it wrong to doubt? How do we handle uncertainty? Is there a difference between doubt and unbelief? Does doubt have a purpose in our faith journey? Where do we go when assaulted by doubt? How do we learn to hope again?

We invite you to bear our massa with us as we return to Nineveh, where hope and forgiveness were given in a damnable place and compassion was born under a worm-eaten tree.

 

For now we see in a mirror dimly,
But then face to face;

Now I know in part, but then I will know fully
just as I also have been fully known.
I Corinthians 13:12 (NASB)

Due to the sensitive subject matter, we recommend this production to an audience of those twelve and up.

Pre-show talks focusing on the context of the play and its potentially triggering subject of sexual abuse will be held at the times listed below during all performances. Licensed practical therapists, biblical counselors, and literature will be available along with dramaturgical context as we discuss these important issues. The focus during the talkbacks following each performance will touch on the themes of the play. These talks will involve director, cast, crew, dramaturgs, theologians, faculty, and counselors during what we hope will be an animated discussion. We would welcome you to join us for a sensitive examination of the themes of this production.

Thursday, 10/24
–  10:20 a.m.-10:50 a.m. Pre-show talk
–  12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Talkback
Friday 10/25 and Saturday 10/26
–  6: 50 p.m.-7:20 p.m. Pre-show talk
–  9:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Talkback
Sunday 10/27
–  1:20 p.m.-1:50 p.m. Pre-show talk
–  3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Talkback

Matinee performances on October 24 at 11:00 a.m. and October 27 at 2:00 p.m.
Evening performances on October 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m.

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