Bryan College Students Study With Michael Card

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Students in Dr. Peter Held’s Christian Life Formation class spent a weekend discussing the Gospel of Mark with author and musician Michael Card. 

The class, Biblical Imagination in the Book of Mark, gathered at a lodge near Gatlinburg for instruction and interaction with Mr. Card as a culmination of their studies this semester.

“In Christian Life Formation classes, we’re trying to give a platform to outside (of the college) voices who have something substantial to communicate,” Director of Spiritual Formation Ben Norquist explained. “Michael has been with us countless times at the college and really resonates with the students. 

“This class offered the opportunity to spend concentrated time with him. He stayed in the lodge, ate meals, just lived life with the students that weekend.”

To prepare for the weekend, Dr. Held had students read the Gospel of Mark out loud to a partner, among other things. “During the retreat they spent some time sharing what they had noticed in this reading that they hadn’t noticed before,” Mr. Norquist said. 

“Michael is in a four-year project about the Gospels,” Mr. Norquist said. “Last year when he visited Bryan he was in Luke. This year it’s Mark. Next year it will be Matthew. He’s allowing his time in the Gospel to inspire new music. He’s writing a book and releasing a CD about each Gospel.”

The unconventional setting for a class has both academic and spiritual value, Mr. Norquist suggested. “We have a picture of what it means to be academic,” he said. “That usually means old books and the inside of a classroom. But we want to dig into academic material in new ways that expand our picture of what it means to be a student.

"CLF classes are highly relational, highly experiential opportunities because we are spiritually formed when we encounter God and others. During the weekend we spent time in worship because worship shapes us too. This is a way of putting the disparate pieces of our lives together, because we want God to shape and instruct all of who we are.”


Lee's Summer Honors Program Has Record Attendance

Lee University’s Summer Honors residential program concluded another two-week term, exposing high-achieving students to numerous aspects of college life at Lee.  This year’s Summer Honors drew 173 students to Lee’s campus, an all-time record for attendance.   While at Summer Honors, students got a head start on their college career by earning six hours of academic ... (click for more)

Charles Foundation Scholarships Awarded

John R. Buhrman, treasurer, and member of the Board of Directors of the Mario C. and Grace B. Charles Education Foundation, announces the awarding of scholarships to students attending UTC during the 2015-2016 academic year.   The scholarships, awarded annually in two different categories, engineering students, and students studying to be teachers, are ... (click for more)

Healy Says Bass Pro Shop At East Ridge To Get Underway Next Month, New Hotel, Restaurants Planned Nearby; Sewers Are An Issue

Commercial realtor John Healy said Thursday that construction is set to start next month on the Bass Pro Shop at Exit 1 in East Ridge. He said it is due to open next May. Mr. Healy also said Wolftever Development that is carrying out the project has also bought additional land near the Bass Pro Shop site at the entrance to Camp Jordan Park. He said one purchase is America's Best ... (click for more)

Work Set To Start In October On $28 Million Retail, Office, Apartment Development At The 700 Block of Market Street

An Atlanta developer said work will start in October on a $28 million retail, office and apartment complex in the long-vacant middle of the 700 block of Market Street. Boyd Simpson of the Simpson Company said the project was made possible because his firm also owns the adjacent SunTrust Tower and can use some of its excess parking for occupants of the new building. He said ... (click for more)

Police Need To Stop The Road Cowboys - And Response (2)

Where is our highway patrol?  If they were known to regularly patrol our interstate highways through our city I don't think it would take long before the "truckers" were aware of it.  There are places in our country where this is the case.   When I have traveled Interstates 24 and 75 I may see the occasional car pulled over but rarely if ever is it an 18-wheeler. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Pre-Fourth Observations

I hate to do this, right on the heels of my monthly ‘Walk in the Garden,’ but I have more things on my desk that I dare not leave unnoticed before tomorrow’s Star-Spangled celebration. Foremost is the plea to anyone who shoots off firecrackers to please wear eye protection and ask watchers to stand back. Our eye doctors say firecracker-related injuries have doubled in the last three ... (click for more)