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The Student Union: Fighting Against Awkwardness

There’s nothing worse than feeling awkward around a bunch of people. You want to torture me using a flock of seagulls? Do your worst! Take all my food and water for a week! I’ll survive. Sing annoying songs to me every day to me for the rest of my life. Just don’t let me feel awkward around people. That’s why I’m glad that CIU’s Student Union fights against awkwardness.

The Student Union: Fighting Against Awkwardness

There’s nothing worse than feeling awkward around a bunch of people. You want to torture me using a flock of seagulls? Do your worst! Take all my food and water for a week! I’ll survive. Sing annoying songs to me every day to me for the rest of my life. Just don’t let me feel awkward around people. That’s why I’m glad that CIU’s Student Union fights against awkwardness.

Somebody Call 911

Last Wednesday night after watching “Survivor” (go Kim and Chelsea!) I headed to bed exhausted.  About an hour-and-a-half later David came in quietly, not wanting to wake me.  Around 11 p.m. I rolled over and, still half asleep, and thought I smelled something.

Realizing I was awake, David asked if I noticed the strange smell.  He went out into the living room, and as soon as he turned on the light I could see a thick cloud in the air.  When he opened the air and heating closet, the smoke detectors started beeping.  There was a fire in the water heater.

The Student Union: Fighting Against Awkwardness

There’s nothing worse than feeling awkward around a bunch of people. You want to torture me using a flock of seagulls? Do your worst! Take all my food and water for a week! I’ll survive. Sing annoying songs to me every day to me for the rest of my life. Just don’t let me feel awkward around people. That’s why I’m glad that CIU’s Student Union fights against awkwardness.

If Only...

If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men (1 Corinthians 15:18).

Yesterday Christians all around the world celebrated the reality that, because of Jesus’ resurrection, there is hope beyond the grave.  We celebrated the event that gives meaning to our faith.  We celebrated forgiveness of sins and the promise of heaven.

Remembering What Easter Is All About

When I was young, my children’s church celebrated Easter through Easter egg hunts. A great battle for plastic Easter eggs filled with candy was waged. Intense faces and raging emotions characterized the children. Blood was spilt, teeth were lost, bones were shattered, and muscles were torn. At least, that’s what it seemed like. Good Friday was pretty good, because my Christian elementary school canceled classes. It was easy to forget what Easter was all about.  

It is Finished! (A Look at the Greek)

Last night the guys of M2 had a hall meeting and in addition to getting the latest hall news, eating fantastic homemade cookies, running the gauntlet, and waking half of campus with our Rufio war cries, our RA shared a fantastic devotional regarding the significance of Jesus' statement on the cross "It is finished". I liked what he had to say so much that I decided to pursue it a little farther, did some research, and ended up writing out a good bit more than I anticipated......

An End to the Madness

The beginning of April marks the end of every college basketball fan’s paradise – March Madness.  Three weeks of round the clock games, bracket predictions, junk food, heartbreaking upsets, top-seeded domination, and sleep deprivation.  What’s not to love?

My favorite part of March Madness is the thrill of a comeback.  Once in a while I’ll even stop cheering for the team I want to win and root for a comeback instead.  Watching a tough come-from-behind win never gets old – even when it busts my bracket.

Nine Weeks Later...

The Bible Teaching program is designed in such a way that it builds over the course of four years, reaching its climax during the final semester of the senior year.  Everything the program entails is preparation for nine weeks of student teaching.

It’s hard to believe, but I just completed my student teaching assignment – a quarter of a school year learning about the life of Paul with Ben Lippen School seventh grade students.  To say it was an outstanding experience would be an understatement, but it would also be minimized if it said it was easy.

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