April 21st, 2010 by Catie Prinzing
Summer is fast approaching. What are the possibilities besides endless? I hope to visit a beach, take a hiking trip, and hit up Blockbuster every weekend with my friends (right before we raid the Taco Bell). It’s easy for me to want to take a break over the summer; to let my mind rest from the stress of daily classes and such. Aren’t we all this way? We feel as though we deserve a little time to ourselves. Usually this also translates into relaxed expectations for my devotional life. Without the structure of a daily routine, Bible reading and prayer gets pushed aside and fit in “whenever.” Is this the kind of approach I should be taking? Not really.
This summer it’s my goal to use the abundant free time (apart from the stereotypical yet necessary “summer job”) and the beautiful weather to walk closer with God. I have the benefit of learning vast amounts about Him and His Word at BBC, and what better time is there to process that information and apply it? Since BBC is preparing me for ministry, why not employ my new-found skills by getting involved in a summer kids’ program or young girls’ Bible study? After taking my theology classes, I can go to my pastors and Sunday school teachers with question I have about what I have been learning. Summer is God’s gift to college students, but that doesn’t mean our spiritual lives have to take the back seat, that’s reserved for a guitar and a long-board anyway…
February 24th, 2010 by Jamie Knowles
I just got out of my Theology IV class and it was a blast. A discussion started at the end of class – about the different roles between genders, in the home and in the church that got several people involved. It was quite interesting and the conversation took a little longer than Dr. Cragoe had expected, but he would rather have us get involved than to just sit and listen.
It never ceases to amaze me the conversations that pop up in the classrooms at BBC. When I came here I expected to be sitting in lectures all day long. I am so glad I was wrong. As people we learn so much more through discussion, don’t we? A lot of times during lectures we “tune out” what is being said, or we just take in the information without really thinking about it. It’s through discussions that real life situations come up and real life solutions are given in a practical understandable way.
It’s also encouraging to hear the discussions continuing even after classes are over. We as students can talk to each other without the feeling of being attacked by our fellow students for our views even with those that do not hold the same position. A lot of times, through talking we learn even more than what was taught in the classroom and more about each other.
I encourage you to find people that you can talk to about life and the Bible. And I would encourage you to talk to people that might not agree with you on every position. You might learn something new or it might affirm what you already believe.
February 9th, 2010 by Dan Nichols
Rarely do you hear of the rap and hip-hop musical genres combined with theology. However, BBC experienced an awesome merger of the two this past Saturday.
On Friday afternoon I received a call from Roddy Hannah (Dorm Dad for Ketcham Hall). He asked me if I’d be willing to introduce a Christian hip-hop artist named Fundamentals in concert after the Defender basketball games. I said I’d give it a try, and I’m glad I did.
Fundamentals (a.k.a. David Robinson) graduated from BBC, played for Defender Basketball, and lived in Roddy Hannah’s former dorm (Shaffer Hall). Saturday night he introduced BBC’s campus to some incredibly skillful rhymes that wove theology together with real life. Guest star Derek James also sang a few original songs and accompanied Fundamentals on guitar. The night was full of solid beats, provoking lyrics, and a convincing live performance. Hopefully BBC can host Fundamentals after his next CD release.
Learn more about Fundamentals and record label 180 Records here: http://www.180records.net/home.html.
January 21st, 2010 by Jamie Knowles
The great aim of education is not knowledge but action. ~ Herbert Spencer
English philosopher (1820 – 1903)
How true is that quote? In my opinion, it is exactly right. The reason why I am here is not just so I can learn all that there is, but I am here so that I may learn how to take that information and put it into action.
What good is knowledge if we do not know how to use it and what good is it if we know how to use it but don’t. That is why I love my professors here at BBC. They are first giving me knowledge then they teach me how to use that knowledge. Moreover, they even go as far as giving me opportunities to use what I have learned.
My Theology class this year is the perfect example. I am taking Theology IV with Dr. Cragoe and his wife. I just love the class. Today we looked deeper into Baptist distinctives and as the class progressed, he gave us examples of other churches’ standings on the Bible and how church is to run. He then asked us to look for the differences and for the Biblical inaccuracies of the statements.
This will help me in the future as I search for a church to settle down in or even how to communicate the Gospel to someone who wants no part of it. This knowledge will also help me in every aspect of my life, but only if I actually use it.
Training men and women to put into action what they know – that’s BBC. That’s one of the many reasons that I love it here.
Is there a class that actually challenges you to use the knowledge you have? Better yet, do you take up the challenge when it arrives?