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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.”

 

How can we reach the unreached people groups in our own backyard? 

How can we reach the unreached people groups in our own backyard? 

The church in Western civilization is facing an opportunity it has never faced on such a large scale: migrant populations coming in large numbers. How are we to view them? Their religion? Their culture? Also, what are ways we can and should share our faith with them? What is the best way to present the gospel? What stories will help us connect with them? How can we maintain faithfulness to the gospel?

Calvary’s Dr. Joshua Paxton invited Mike Urton, Director of Immigrant Mission for the All People Initiative of the Evangelical Free Church of America, to have a discussion about the unreached people groups who are right here in our own backyards.

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How can we reach people in “closed” countries?

How can we reach people in “closed” countries?

One of the significant discussions by Christian mission boards, by church mission committees, and by individual missionaries is: What is the most effective way to reach people for the Gospel of Christ in other cultures – especially those in places “closed” to Western missionaries? 

Dr. Mike Dodds, Mentor for the Master of Divinity degree at Calvary University, invited Dr. Paul Holritz, the Academic Vice President of the National Theological College and Graduate School (NTCGS), to discuss how NTCGS is reaching people in “closed” places.

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