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Calvary University Gains Colorado Authorization

Calvary University Gains Colorado Authorization

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education approves Calvary University to operate as a degree-granting institution in Colorado.

 

Kansas City, MO, December 9, 2019 — Calvary University continues to innovate in Christian higher education by gaining the unanimous consent of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) to offer a full range of degrees (Bible, Theology and Liberal Arts) through the Calvary University Innovation Center (CUIC) in Fort Morgan, Colorado.

Dr. Christopher Cone, president of Calvary University (CU), announced on Thursday, December 5, that Vice President of Western Initiatives and Director of CUIC, William George, along with CU‘s Vice President of Student Development, Cory Trowbridge, met with CCHE Chair Tom McGimpsey, and the CCHE Board of Commissioners where CU received the official approval “to operate as an authorized private, degree-granting institution in Colorado pursuant to the Degree Authorization Act.” 

I want to thank the CCHE,” said Dr. Cone, “for the opportunity to serve the people of Colorado. We’re excited about being able to present these robust programs. This has been a very long and difficult journey, but this opens up horizons for CU in Colorado and beyond.” 

Calvary has offered all of its degrees worldwide for some time now through its “blended” model, which allows online students to take courses from anywhere via live stream or video recording, simultaneously with students in the classrooms on the main campus in Kansas City, Missouri. With this approval from the CCHE, CU will be able to offer all of its courses in and through the classrooms at the Fort Morgan site as well.

“Colorado is a big part of CU’s strategic direction,” Dr. Cone added, “so this opens up important doors for us. We’re currently assessing how to best utilize all of our locations.”

Dr. Teddy Bitner, Chief Academic Officer for CU, said, “We’re looking forward to expanding our programs in Colorado. We can now begin to pursue options like teacher education and business degrees that we could not offer before in Colorado.”

“We want to definitely thank Dr. Bitner and the Academic Department, as well as all those who made many and varied submittals,” said George. “Special thanks also to Heather DeLange, Director, Office of Private Postsecondary Education for bringing CU’s authorization to the CCHE. We are now free to offer our full-range of Calvary undergraduate and graduate programs (i.e., Education, Business, Music, Theater, etc.) out of our Colorado site.”

“I want to thank Jeff Campa and Bill George for their incredible labor and sacrifice,” Dr. Cone wrote in a congratulatory email to the CU staff and faculty on Friday. Campa served as Director of the CUIC beginning in December 2017, before being deployed to the Middle East by the U.S. Army as a chaplain in January of this year. At that time, George took the lead role in Fort Morgan. “This is an impossibility without them and their families,” said Dr. Cone. “I extend my congratulations to everyone there in Colorado.”

More information regarding specific degree offerings through the Colorado site is forthcoming. 

Calvary University is an accredited, Bible-centered university that has been preparing Christians to live and serve in the church and in the world according to the Biblical worldview since 1932. CU offers more than 60 accredited undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate degrees, fully online or through the main campus in Kansas City, Missouri, and teaching sites located in Fort Morgan, Colorado, and Warrenton, Missouri. CU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Commission on Accreditation of the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). Visit calvary.edu for more information about financial aid, to view our catalog, request information or make a donation. 

What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

The names and titles for God found in the Bible are carefully brushed strokes on the canvas of God’s most awesome work: The revelation of Himself.

Shakespeare’s Juliet asked, “What’s in a name?” 

The irony of the question lies in the fact that her name was her biggest problem! The reason she could not be with her Romeo was precisely because her name was Capulet and his was Montague. Capulets didn’t love Montagues — they hated them. But Juliet protested:

“That which we call a rose, by any other word would smell as sweet. So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called, retain that dear perfection which he owes without that title.”

Juliet didn’t think his name mattered at all — what mattered was the person. And perhaps in that case, she was right. And perhaps in many cases, the name or title of something makes no difference whatsoever.

Ask for the whatchmacallit or the doohickey or the thingamajig and you’ll probably get what you want. Call him Santa Claus, Father Christmas or Saint Nick — it doesn’t matter. Name your son Austin, Peter or Max — it probably makes no difference. 

But not so with God. 

If Juliet was speaking of God and said, “What’s in a name? Call Him whatever you like,” she would be dead wrong. It’s true that this “Rose” — the true and living God — would “retain that dear perfection which He owes without (the Biblical) titles.” But, the names and titles of God found in the Bible were not given to us in a random and pointless way. They are not incidental. 

The names and titles for God found in the Bible are carefully brushed strokes on the canvas of God’s most awesome work: The revelation of Himself.

Each time we come across a name or title of God in the Bible, we learn another great truth about the God who created us. 

“YHWH” tells us He is eternal and personal. 

“Father” tells us He is the perfection of love and discipline.

“Shepherd” tells us He is our protector and provider and guide.

On and on it goes. The more we encounter these one-word revelations, the more we know Him, the more we appreciate Him, the more we — along with the psalm writers — see that “His name alone is exalted” (Psalm 148:13) and we want to “sing praises to His name for it is lovely” (Psalm 135:3). 

When we come to the stories of the birth of Jesus, we find them rich with names and titles for the newborn King. He is…

“The Messiah…son of David, son of Abraham…Jesus Christ…Immanuel…King of the Jews…a Ruler who will shepherd…son of Mary” in Matthew 1-2. 

“Jesus…great…Son of the Most High…the Holy Child…the Son of God…A Savior…Christ the Lord…her (Mary’s) firstborn son…a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” in Luke 1-2.

“The Word…light…life…the Only Begotten God (God the One and Only, NIV), who is in the bosom of the Father” in John 1.

“Jesus” is just one example of how each of these names is like a blast from God’s trumpet of revelation. The “angel of the Lord” told Joseph to give this name to the Boy because “He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). “Jesus” is a Hebrew name that means “Jehovah is salvation.”

Notice the word “son” popping up several times: “Son of David…Abraham…the Most High God.” He is called Mary’s “firstborn son”. All the “Son” references add up to tell us that He alone was qualified to fulfill two of the greatest covenants God ever made with humans — the Davidic and Abrahamic covenants (see the very first verse of the New Testament). As Mary’s Son, He not only took on human flesh that He might bleed human blood for the sins of the world, but He also became Heir to the promises God made to David and Abraham. 

“Son of the Most High…God” tells us His life did not begin in Bethlehem — He has always existed in an eternal relationship with the Father. This explains what kind of King can have a kingdom that will last forever: the Eternal King, God’s only, unique Son.

Or what about “Word”. What is a “word” for? Communication! What did this “Word” do, according to John? He wasn’t just another self-proclaimed guru speculating about things he didn’t understand. His perspective is like no other: “No one has ever seen God. But the one and only Son is himself God and is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us” (John 1:18, NLT).

With all this in mind, read the Birth Narratives as part of your Christmas celebration. And when you do, let God’s Self-revelation — through His names and titles — renew your mind as you celebrate Christmas. Stop and enjoy every name. Underline every title. Each one is a delicate brush stroke deserving of close examination. But when seen together, they are a jaw-dropping revelation that should result in nothing less than what the Magi did when they saw the Child in His mother’s arms: “They fell to the ground and worshipped Him (Matthew 2:11).”

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Shaun LePage is the Ministry Studies Department Chair and Assistant Professor in Ministry Studies and Bible and Theology. He also serves as Associate Vice President of the CU Marketing and Communications Department. 

 

Warriors Seize Opportunity against Moody

Warriors Seize Opportunity against Moody

By Samuel Tschetter

In a hotly contested game, Calvary pulled out a win against their regional opponent, beating the Archers 68-63.

Calvary opened the scoring in this one with Ques Harris stealing the ball and getting an easy layup. The teams then went back-and-forth trading leads with neither team able to get ahead by more than four points for longer than one possession. With four minutes left in the first half a pair of Ben Jones free throws tied the game at 30. In the final 20 seconds of the half, a Braydon Unruh three followed by a quick layup from the Archers sent Calvary to the locker room with a 43-40 lead. 

Moody came out of the break shooting much better and opened the half on a 21-5 run, holding CU scoreless for nine minutes, and taking a 61-48 lead over the Warriors. Head Coach Matt Sanders said that at this point, “They really just wanted it more than we did.” This led to a series of substitutions for the coach, removing and later reinserting all five starters, who from that point on, ”Put on a show defensively.”

This allowed Calvary to begin their comeback, as Unruh converted a one-and-one opportunity to cut the lead to 10 with 8:49 left. Just over a minute later Unruh nailed a three off an assist from Zeb Green to cut the Moody lead to five at 61-56. With 6:38 left in the game, the Archers scored their final points extending their lead to 63-59. It was all CU from then on. Jay Lems knocked down an open three to pull the Warriors to within one, and with 3:10 to play Zeb Green tied the game with a free throw. With just over a minute left in the game, Unruh drove the ball coast-to-coast, scoring the go-ahead layup. Green then added three points over the final 24 seconds as Calvary earned the 68-63 win. Green said after the game that despite the early defensive struggles, “It was good to see the team fight together until the end.”

A great defensive effort in the final ten minutes of the second half greatly aided the Warriors’ comeback. After Moody went on a 21-5 run to open the half, Calvary flipped the script and went on a 20-2 run of their own to close out the game. After the game, Jay Lems said, “We struggled defensively [early on], but we got stops down the stretch when it mattered.” The Warriors did just that, holding Moody to just two points over the last 11 minutes, and scoreless for the final six. 

Unruh led all scorers with 26 points, going 6-7 from the free-throw line and adding five assists. Green finished with another double-double tallying 15 points and 13 rebounds. Lems made it three double-digit scorers for the Warriors with 11 points.

Bobby Kirpas led the Archers with 19 points, shooting 50% from the floor.

With the win Calvary moves to 6-5 on the year, going 2-0 on their Illinois road trip. This is the second time this season Calvary has won a pair of Friday-Saturday road games, with come from behind victories in both Saturday games. 

The Warriors return home to take on Oklahoma Panhandle State at the Pyramid Athletic Center on Friday. 

Warriors Earn Road Win Over Dayspring Bible College

Warriors Earn Road Win Over Dayspring Bible College

After a slow start, Calvary found its rhythm on offense and downed Dayspring 80-44.

After not playing in over a week Calvary began the first half looking sluggish against an undersized, but scrappy Dayspring team. The Warriors struggled on the offensive end for the first 20 minutes but played well defensively holding Dayspring to just 28% shooting in the first half. CU headed to halftime leading 36-24.

The second half was a different story offensively for the Warriors. After being challenged at halftime by head coach Matt Sanders to start quickly and outplay Dayspring, Calvary did just that. After a quick three from Jay Lems, the shots began to fall and the Warriors found themselves up 21 early in the second half. From there CU cruised to a 36 point win. 

The large margin allowed the Warrior starters to rest most of the second half and provided meaningful minutes for some of the bench players, a group Sanders praised after the game, “We got some outstanding bench minutes [in the first half] from our pressing group, and it was great to get some of the younger guys minutes [in the second half].” 

Zeb Green again led the way for Calvary with a 16 point, 10 rebound double-double. Braydon Unruh and Ben Jones added 13 and 11 points, respectively. Joe Vasquez led Dayspring with 10 points. 

With the win Calvary improves to 5-5 and faces Moody for a big regional matchup in Chicago Saturday night. 

Warriors with First Victory Against NCAA Opponent

Warriors with First Victory Against NCAA Opponent

Calvary’s defense led to easy offense and helped the Warriors pull away for the 78-54 win in St. Louis Friday night against Principia College.

Both teams traded baskets early and then Principia led by six midway through the first quarter. But after a pair of threes and transition layups from Taylor Hunter the first quarter ended tied at 16.

In the second quarter, the Warriors turned up the defense allowing only two Panther field goals. Head Coach Tressa Shoemaker was pleased with the defensive effort, “Our girls came ready to play today. They did a great job on defense stopping the drive and utilizing help defense.” Two early free throws from Anna Holloway gave Calvary a lead they would never relinquish. The Warriors headed into halftime up 32-24.

In the third quarter, Calvary’s offense picked up where it left off scoring 29 points.  They went on a great 13-0 run sparked by great defense and headed to the fourth with an 18 point lead 61-43.  It was more of the same from there as the Warriors extended their lead to 24 taking the game from the higher division opponent 78-54.

Hunter led the scoring for the Warriors with 27 including five 3-pointers. Holloway added 22 and was a perfect 4-4 from the foul line. Avery Kornstad led the team with 7 rebounds.

Sophia Hathaway led the Panthers scoring 24 of their 54 points.

The win moves Calvary back to .500 on the season at 5-5. The Warriors get a rematch against Cottey College on Tuesday.

Warriors Fall to Eureka College

Warriors Fall to Eureka College

By: Samuel Tschetter

Calvary began its two-game road trip with a tough 88-58 loss to the Red Devils. Both teams started slowly but with 1:40 minutes left in the first quarter, Eureka held a 16-8 lead. Calvary then went on a 9-3 run to close out the quarter and headed to the second down just two 19-17.

The game stayed close at the beginning of the second quarter with the Warriors grabbing a 21-20 lead after an Anna Holloway layup. It was all Eureka from that point on as they closed out the half on an 18-7 run and led 38-27 at the break.

It was more of the same in the second half as the Red Devil’s outscored the Warriors 28-9 in the third quarter and headed to the fourth with a 66-36 lead. The deficit stayed the same through the fourth quarter with Calvary unable to close the gap eventually falling to their NCAA Division 3 opponent 88-58.

Holloway and Avery Kornstad led the Warriors with 15 points apiece, Holloway also collected eight rebounds to lead CU.

Olivia Falls for Eureka led all scorers with 23.   Head Coach Tressa Shoemaker complemented the Warriors’ fourth-quarter offense after the game. “If we can make [our offense] a priority we will be a strong contender soon.”

With the loss, Calvary moves to 4-5 on the season and will take on Principia College Friday night.