April 27th, 2010 by Dan Nichols
In his book Crazy Love, Pastor Francis Chan claims, “When we love God because we feel we should love Him, instead of genuinely loving out of our true selves, we have forgotten who God really is.” He goes on to say, “In our world, where hundreds of things distract us from God, we have to intentionally and consistently remind ourselves of Him.”
I find myself falling short of this charge from Pastor Chan – over and over again. Loving God is not something we chase after only out of obligation. We love God because He first loved us – yes, but that is not the only reason we love God. We should love God with mind, soul, body, spirit, heart, will, emotion, intellect… you name it. All of it – dedicated to loving God. Completely.
April 8th, 2010 by Dan Nichols
David Crowder*Band is my favorite “Christian” group in the music industry. They’ve popularized this song, and I hope it’s an encouragement to you:
He is jealous for me
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy
When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory
And I realize just how beautiful You are and how great Your affections are for me.
Oh, how He loves us so
Oh, how He loves us
How He loves us so…
So we are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes
If His grace is an ocean we’re all sinking
So heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss and my heart turns violently inside of my chest
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way…
That he loves us,
Woah, how He loves us
Woah, how He loves us
Woah, how He loves
February 5th, 2010 by Dan Nichols
What are Christians known for? Are we known by what we promote or what we are against? This summer I read a book entitled Lord, Save Us from Your Followers. The basic premise of the book is that we Christians have become more infamous than influential in the eyes of the world around us. We believe in the love of Christ, but we tend to come across as the most hateful people in society. We stand for life in Christ, but our energy is either lacking or misused. We stand for freedom, but we can tend to create so many rules that no one is free.
How do we deal with this image?
At Baptist Bible College, students want to be known by what we stand for and not only by what we oppose. BBC students are trained to be lovers of wisdom. We want to be known as compassionate people as well – not simply for evangelistic trophies. Our compassion should flow out of our deep love of people made in God’s image whether they believe in Christ or not. BBC students are trained to be effective communicators of God’s Truth as well. We stand for God’s Word and the authority that it gives to our lives. BBC students also desire to be known as hard workers – students who give all we have in order to help our employers and glorify our God. These are only a few examples of the training we receive in living as disciples of Christ who are known by what we stand for.
Follow Christ in such a way that people know what you stand for – not only what you oppose.
January 21st, 2010 by Dan Nichols
Summer Kinder works in the Admissions Department at BBC. She attended Bowling Green State University and Ohio State University before arriving at BBC in 2001. Summer joined BBC Admissions in 2008 and has loved every minute of it! She enjoys being involved in student ministries with both teens and elementary-age students. She recently returned from a missions trip to Kenya, and I wanted her to share a few thoughts on her trip.
DN: Summer, tell us when and why you traveled to Africa.
SK: December 26-January 3rd – I went with my local church, Parker Hill Community Church (www.parkerhill.org). It’s only 1.8 miles from BBC’s campus. We partnered with the 410 Bridge (www.410bridge.org) – an organization that partners American churches with churches in Kenya.
DN: What were some of your goals? Did you accomplish them?
SK: Our primary goals were to build relationships and help with school projects. We worked with Kenyans to make sidewalks and level the floor in the elementary room, but it was not a very “work-oriented” trip. We did whatever they needed and spent time building relationships with the Kenyans during the times that would normally seem “unproductive.”
DN: How did BBC prepare you for a trip like this?
SK: BBC helped me develop a heart of compassion for those in need and for ministry in general. Education courses helped me interact with kids better. Courses like Defending the Faith and Proclaiming the Gospel helped me interact with Kenyan believers and discuss our faith more intelligently.
DN: Are you going back to Kenya?
SK: If the Lord allows, YES!
Baptist Bible College encourages students to take short-term missions trips. We provide short-term trips for students during the summer, and we also encourage students to work with their local churches’ short-term trips as well. Learn more about our Missions program here: http://www.bbc.edu/college/academics/program_missions.asp.