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Friday, April 19, 2013

What the Doctor Ordered - A Book of Charts on the Pauline Epistles

Dr. Bob Headrick teaches Biblical studies at Ecclesia College.
He is also a classical guitarist.

I review books for Kregel Academic books, so I receive free copies of their newest publications to review on my blogs.

Dr. Bob Headrick and I were quite impressed with the Kregel charts book on Hebrews. The concept works well with the Pauline epistles as well.

Poiema pointed out her name in the Greek New Testament.

Two students liked the idea of singing NT Greek grammar, so I ordered extra copies for them. Poiema appreciated the pocket NT grammar book. These are all from Kregel as well.

Price: $26.99
ISBN:  978-0-8254-2936-1 
Charts on the Life, Letters, and Theology of Paul
(Kregel Charts of the Bible)
By author: Lars Kierspel

8.5 x 11 inches 
Kregel Academic


One of the best ways to study a New Testament book is to prepare charts or lists of important words and topics. There is no substitute for studying the text itself without any intervening commentaries.

However, as the topic grows in complexity, it is a godsend to find that someone has done a lot of the difficult work already and produced more than anyone could imagine. This is another good example of that approach.

The first section includes charts on the Roman emperors of the time, political and social order. Additional cultural factors are also listed.

The second section of the book alone is worth the price of the book, because the author deals with more than the Pauline letters. Anything about Paul is worth charting, and so it is done. Here are some examples:
1. Speeches of Paul in Acts.
2. Paul's Miracles.
3. Paul's prayers.
4. Paul's opponents.
5. Paul's suffering.
6. Traditions of Paul's martyrdom.

Third Section
Citations are not easily gathered and sorted. There are many lists of Old Testament quotations and allusions, not to mention intertestmental literature.

Each Pauline letter has a snapshot chart.

Key words for each letter are useful for new and advanced students.

A hapax is a one-time use of a term. One chart lists the hapax legomena in Paul's letters.

The fourth section, on Paul's theology, is just as rich in detailed charts, which organize Christological concepts, soteriology, and many more topics. One phrase is often overlooked, the "faith of Jesus," and that has its own chart.

Students, pastors, professors, and laity will appreciate this volume and use it as a reference and study book. So much is included that individuals will select what is useful for them.

I would not hinder the newest or the most advanced Pauline student from buying this book. It will renew our interest in discovering what the Holy Spirit reveals to us in the text itself.

Lady Royals Softball Team Giving Speeches in English Composition II.
Lydia Lewis - "That Lady I Call Mom" - Coach Samantha Juarez

Kim James, Jessica Williams, Lydia Lewis, Cassie Long, and Victoria Kaiserman
liven up the 9:30 English class.
It's the team spirit of the Lady Royals.

That Lady I Call Mom - by Lydia Lewis

Ecclesia College softball coach Samantha Juarez

You know those people in your life that you automatically look up too and you’re not quite sure why? There’s just something about them that makes you know that they care, and for me that’s my coach, Samantha Juarez, also known as ‘Mom’. Since the day that I gave my verbal commitment to play college softball at Ecclesia, she’s been nothing but helpful and supportive. As a team of all freshman, it takes a lot of patience to coach, and she is always patient. She sacrifices her time and gives so much just so not only I, but a team of eleven girls are taken care of. Mom is the type of lady that wants nothing more but to see you succeed and be the best you can be in all that you do. Whether you’re on the field and she’s yelling “Own it 7!”, or we’re goofing off about music and she says “It’s JT, you have to love him” you know that she cares. Something that stands out to me about Coach Sam is that she is humble; she isn’t overbearing or a high and mighty person like some coaches can be, but rather she takes the time to show us exactly what she wants. 

 Victoria and Lydia.

So many times it’s easy to think of a role model as someone who is perfect; who never has problems and simply had a cake walk of a life. We view them as this flawless person that never has to work hard because it comes natural; well for mom, it couldn’t be any different.

Mom grew up in Tucson, Arizona a big city of around 500,000 people. She grew up with one sister, Jordan, who is 5 years younger than her. She is 21 now and is attending the Arizona school of Art and Design where she majors in Photography.

Her parents are MaryAnn and John Juarez who divorced when she was 5 years old. While living with her mom and sister growing up, her mom went back to school to become a nurse. While doing this she held a full time job; needless to say Sam had to help with her little sister.

Lydia and Cassie.

Even though her parents were divorced, they maintained a healthy relationship for the sake of Sam and Jordan; but they still hard had to learn how to split time between mom and dad. Just like in any divorce situation, holidays are split; her and her sister always spent Christmas Eve at her dad’s and Christmas at her mom’s. She didn’t come from a rich background; “My dad is a General Manager for a tire store in Tucson called Jack Furrier’s Tire and Care. My mom has goals of becoming the COO (Chief of Operations) of Nursing at a hospital. In June of 2011 she took a job at the Salem Hospital in Oregon to be the Director of Nursing.” Her mom is the picture of hard work. 

“The most inspirational person for me is my mom. She worked hard my entire childhood to get to where she is now. To know the sacrifices it took for her to be a full time mom, work a full time job, and get her nursing degree and to be in the position she is now is amazing to me. “

Victoria, Jessica, Lydia, and Cassie.

She graduated High school in 2005 from Sahuaro High School, where her graduating class was around 500 kids. “I played basketball and softball all 4 years. I only played basketball because my friends played and it kept me in shape for softball.” She attended college and played softball at Midamerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas where she double majored in Athletic Training and Sports management. “I was recruited to play at other colleges all around the country but my goal was to major in Athletic Training and so I made sure I was able to pick a school that I would be able to do that.”

Her favorite sport to work with in school was football. “It was more exciting to be a part of and there were better injuries.” Sam became interested in Athletic Training when she was in high school due to a sports medicine class that she attended her junior and senior year. Her athletic trainer in high school had Sam and other students shadow her and that’s when she really became interested by the profession. Upon graduating college in 2009, she was hired as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri in 2010. “I worked on my Masters in Educational Leadership and was working in the Athletic Training room and that year I was able to work with the Men’s soccer team, men’s and women’s basketball, and softball team.”

Mom first played t-ball when she was about six or seven years old, and her softball career started when she was eight years old as a rec league player. At age eleven, Sam was picked to be on the All-star team for the league. “We went to Nationals that year in San Diego, California and we finished 9th out of 100 teams.” The coach for that all-star team started a club team with the same kids called Impulse; Sam went on to play for him until she was eighteen.

Impulse traveled all over the country: California, Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Las Vegas, Wisconsin, Utah, Colorado, and Oklahoma. “His name was Pete Nielson, he was the best coach I ever had.” He has two daughters that played softball for Marshall University.

“College was really busy for me. Being an Athletic training major I had to have 1200 clinical hours completed by the time I graduated. Very hard to do while playing a sport. During fall semester, I was a full time athletic training student and during spring I was all softball. Still during fall I had to do softball workouts with the team. Most my days would start at 5 am. I would have softball weights and conditioning till 7am, go to class from 8-10, work in the training room till 11, go to class till 1, then to back to the training room to get ready for practices for whatever sport I was covering at the time. Since I wouldn’t be able to go to softball practice for the fall I would do individual workouts with my head coach a couple times during the week. On top of all that, I worked at Starbucks to pay for house rent. My favorite memory from college was my senior year we had senior day and my dad flew in for the game. I didn’t hit any homeruns my senior year until senior day. Having my dad there to see it was probably the best thing ever. I signed the ball and gave it to him.”

After it’s all said and done, mom isn’t just a superhero coach; she’s just a young woman living life. She loves to go fishing, being out on the lake, and watching NASCAR on Sunday afternoons. “I’m so busy every day I just want to do things that involve me sitting and not having to do nothing.”

Coach Sam is a chill, fun, yet serious, hard working woman who pushes her team to be the best that they possibly can be. She, like her mom, works hard and expects others to do the same. I really look up to Mom on and off the field, she will never know what she means to me, but the next three years here will be a lot easier knowing I can look up so someone like Coach Sam.

Victoria and Jessica.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ecclesia College in Springdale, Arkansas - Expects To Outgrow Campus

President Oren Paris stands in front of a 4800 square foot addition,
with the Dome in the background.
Ecclesia College needs dormitory and classroom space.

SPRINGDALE - Oren Paris III, president of Ecclesia College in Springdale, isn’t boastful of his fundraising abilities. He’ll be the first to say that it’s a learning process he feels he’s only just begun.
“If I were really good at this, we probably wouldn’t be talking about it - ’cause it’d be done,” Paris said laughing in his campus office Tuesday.
But Paris, who succeeded his father, the college’s founder, as president in 1997, knows he doesn’t have the luxury of trying to wish the problem away.
Ecclesia, a private Christian college that began as a one-year ministry-training program in 1975, will soon begin straining both its classroom and student housing capacities, if recent growth is a predictor of future needs.

Isaac Reppert sang "To Dream the Impossible Dream"
at a recent recital.

Paris and Ecclesia registrar Donna Brown said enrollment jumped from 27 full-time students in February 2005, when the college received its first accreditation from the Association for Biblical Higher Education, to a full-time equivalent enrollment of 180 for the fall 2012 academic semester. The college has about 10 accredited degree programs. Paris projected a full-time equivalent enrollment of 200 for the fall 2013 semester.
“We’ll be running out of all space, really,” Paris said. “We’ll be running out of dining space, classroom space, administrative space, library space. It all happens at the same time.”
According to Brandi Hinkle, communications coordinator for the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, the department has certified four programs at Ecclesia, including an associate of general studies and bachelor’s degrees in business administration, emergency management and sports management.
Mike Novak, Ecclesia’s financial-development officer and an adjunct instructor in theater, said although the college does have students from across the United States, most of the college’s students have historically come from Arkansas and nearby states - Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.
“The way we’ve always done our marketing, it’s been a low-key, low-cost effort,” Novak said. “The college is advertised through word of mouth, person to person, often during a student’s visit to a new church - those tend to be closer, geographically.”
Ecclesia also hosts about 20 international students from areas such as Central America and Africa. Novak said this was a result of the college’s emphasis on mission work. Some Ecclesia students participate in missionary trips abroad during the summer months, which earns them community-service credit with the college, Novak said.
Ecclesia is one of only seven “work-learning schools” throughout the country, in which students provide labor for the institution to offset the cost of tuition, which ranges from about $15,250 to $20,250 annually for a full-time student, depending on housing and meal plans.
Ecclesia students are required to work a minimum of 90 hours each semester, performing duties ranging from landscaping and food service to administrative work, and are paid between $9 and $12 an hour toward the cost of their tuition for their work.
The school is now several hundred thousand dollars into an effort to expand its campus enough to cope with annual growth, including a 4,800-square-foot classroom facility that is estimated to cost between $300,000 and $400,000, and renovation of two off-campus rental properties, owned by the college, which Paris said will be converted for student housing.
Paris also must navigate his campus’s architectural equivalent of a white elephant - a 68,000-square-foot steel structure that has sat unfinished for more than a decade, only a few hundred yards from the college’s central administrative building.
Paris said the project began in 2000, when his plan was to expand the private Christian kindergarten-through-12 school then operating on the 200-acre property. Paris said Ecclesia spent about $500,000 to lay the foundation and erect the building’s steel frame and roof, and that construction halted immediately after those steps were completed.
Shifting circumstances have kept construction at a standstill ever since. After the structure was erected, Ecclesia administrators decided to get out of kindergarten-through-12 education altogether and focus solely on higher education, Paris said. Shortly thereafter, an Ecclesia board member who had promised to donate a significant amount of money toward the building’s completion died, and the funding never materialized.
Paris said Nabholz Construction Services, which had completed the first phase, estimated a total cost of $10.5 million to complete the building. While Paris would prefer to have the building finished, the scale of the expenditure has forced him to prioritize smaller, more fiscally manageable projects, such as the 4,800-square-foot classroom facility.
“We just got the building permit [recently],” Paris said. “We need it this fall. But that’s a $400,000 bite we’re taking there, compared to a $10.5 million cost estimate from Nabholz. Some schools would probably look at that and think it’s no big deal - for us, that’d be the biggest amount of money we’d ever had to raise.”
“But by 2015, I anticipate we’ll need to be in that big building,” Paris said.
Ecclesia student council chairman Missie McClarty, a freshman who first became involved with Ecclesia through its home-school preparatory academy as a high school sophomore, said that while the classroom seating situation was tolerable, any growth could make the situation uncomfortable.
“Classroom-wise, we’re not too bad, but I know in the future we’re going to be crowded,” McClarty said.
McClarty originally experimented with living on campus at the beginning of the 2012 fall semester, but said she returned to live with her parents after three weeks, rather than initiate a student loan to pay to live in one of the college’s family-style housing facilities.
McClarty said the 2012 academic year is the first in whichthe college has had a student council, and that she and her fellow council members are working to expand social options on the campus.
“Just little things to give students something to do besides study and work,” Mc-Clarty said.
McClarty said she chose to attend Ecclesia after considering a number of other Christian colleges popular with home-school graduates.
“I was thinking and praying about what I wanted to study,” McClarty said. “The one day, when I was on the Ecclesia campus, I just felt God speaking to my heart, saying, ‘This is where you’re supposed to go.’At first I though it was kind of crazy, but I love the environment and I love the students. We’re like a big family.”
Budgets for colleges such as Ecclesia - which has a total annual operating budget of about $2 million, according to Paris - are much smaller than major universities. The University of Arkansas’ Fayetteville campus, for example, spent more than $56.8 million on new construction and renovations in fiscal year 2011 alone, and another $97.4 million in fiscal year 2012. Steve Voorhies, the university’s media relations manager, said the campus has invested more than $1 billion in construction since 2003.
By contrast, Paris calculates the college will need to raise $59 million over the next 10 years to keep pace with the school’s growth. That amount would provide needed classroom and administrative space, as well as athletic facilities and housing - although of a considerably more humble nature than Paris said he’s seen at large universities.
“I’m not trying to have a climbing wall and a nursing station and ice cream on every floor,” Paris said.
Paris said he has begun quietly approaching potential donors, but is unsure if or when he wants to cultivate an official capital campaign.
“Some folks I’ve been with say, ‘You can call it a capital campaign, but don’t announce it until you’ve largely completed it,’” said Paris, who indicated he hoped to develop considerable momentum before going public with specific donation requests. “You use the capital campaign as a big promotion when you can already see the finish line.”
Northwest Arkansas, Pages 17 on 04/14/2013

Cheri Headrick teaches music at Ecclesia College
and tutors students of all ages in piano and voice.