Rev. Jon Cavanagh

Friday, March 20, 2020
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Rev. Jon Cavanagh, Campus Pastor at Taylor University since 2015, is a 1998 Taylor University alumnus.  He has served at Taylor since 2007, filling roles that have included Director of University Apartments/Coordinator of Off Campus Community, Co-Chair of Residence Life Programming, Hall Director at Wengatz Hall, Head Men’s Golf Coach, and committee assignments including Chair and member of the Community Life Committee, Lighthouse and J-term Capstone Co-Leader, and the leadership of various devotional groups. 

In addition to his Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education from Taylor, Cavanagh holds a Master of Divinity from Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Findlay, Ohio (2008). He is an ordained minister in the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (N.A.C.C.C.).

Prior to returning to Taylor, Cavanagh served as Associate Pastor for Plain Congregational Church in Bowling Green, Ohio, and as resident director at Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky., and Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. He also filled the role of Church Planter for Mercy and Grace Ministries in Sheridan, Wyo., from 1999 to 2000.

Jon and his wife Kara are the parents of 2 daughters, Phoebe (10) and Hattie (3). 


Rick Sailo Thang

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
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Rick Zathang lives in Indianapolis, Indiana and currently serves as the Youth President for Chin Baptist Churches USA, a network of more than 100 Chin (state in Myanmar) churches linked together to spiritually equip the youths in America and to proclaim the gospel in their home country, Myanmar.  He also serves the Lord as an evangelist, preaching to hundreds of Chin churches all over the world.


Reflection/Discussion Questions: 

  1. What is the difference between an athletic race and the Christian race?
  2. What is our motivation to finish well in the race?
  3. What is hindering your walk/run in the Faith?


Apostle Ivry Johnson

Monday, March 9, 2020
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Reflection/Discussion Questions:

  1. Take some time to reflect today in a sin that is weighing you down. What can you do to take it off, that you may run the race?
  2. How do you see God cultivating patience in your life?


Songs from Chapel:

Halleluja Anyhow 

Let Revival Come

Revelation Song

Brian Post

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
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Rev. Brian Post is an evangelist in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church who mobilizes the followers of Jesus to join the Spirit in the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations.  He works for an organization that trains, sends and supports Christians as English teachers to embody the love and message of Christ in highly restricted countries where other Christian workers either cannot or do not want to go.


Reflection/Discussion Questions:

  1. How do you react to this claim?  Any authentic vision of Jesus always includes His heart for the nations.
  2. Jesus said, “…to whom much has been given, much will be required.” (Luke 12:48) How might this apply to native English speakers and English-instruction as missions?
  3. Where do you fit into the following statement?  Regarding Christ’s love for the nations, we are either going, sending or disobedient.

Sexuality & The Body

Monday, March 2, 2020
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Kelly (Schleyer ’98) Powers-Gutierrez has spent her career working at universities, churches, and global non-profits, with a focus on leadership development, discipleship, and counseling. She graduated from Taylor University with a degree in Christian Education, earned her Masters of Counseling at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and will soon be completing another master’s degree this spring.  She’s happy to call Grand Rapids,MI home after traveling the world from Chicago, Seattle, Uganda, to California.  She loves to explore the outdoors, seeing live music and hosting a good meal around the table with her husband Sam.  You can follow her at @lamentandlight where she talks aboutfaith, grief and how to be honest and hopeful in the midst of loss.


Reflection/Discussion Questions:

  1. How would you describe peace?
  2. Write a prayer of lament to God about a personal loss, disappointment or something in the world that is burdening you.
  3. Make a list of the things that are bringing you peace and light.
  4. What would it look like to pass the peace to someone in your life?


Songs from Chapel:


Do It Again

It Is Well

Chris Horst

Friday, March 6, 2020
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Chris Horst is the chief advancement officer at HOPE International, where he employs his passion for advancing initiatives at the intersection of faith and work. In addition to his role at HOPE, Chris spends an alarming percentage of his free time tending to his yard with all of the loving care normally afforded to newborn children. He and his wife, Alli, have four human children of whom they are even prouder than their lawn—Desmond, Abe, June, and Mack. As a dad to four kiddos, Chris has recently undergone a radical transformation from self-proclaimed foodie to a man who prepares far more trays of chicken nuggets than avocado toast. He wouldn’t change it.

Chris serves on the boards of the Denver Institute for Faith & Work and the Mile High WorkShop. He loves to write, having been published in The Denver Post and Christianity Today and co-authored Mission DriftEntrepreneurship for Human Flourishing, and Rooting for Rivals with Peter Greer. Christianity TodayWORLD Magazine, and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association named Mission Drift a book of the year in 2015. Chris was a very average student, but he did graduate with both a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University and an MBA from Bakke Graduate University.

Dr. Paige Comstock Cunningham

Monday, March 30, 2020
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Paige Comstock Cunningham, Ph.D., J.D. is serving as the Interim President of Taylor University.

Cunningham has served as a Taylor Trustee for 17 years, and is now stepping down from the Board in order to head a seamless leadership transition, succeeding outgoing President Lowell Haines.

Beyond her service at Taylor, Cunningham has extensive academic scholarship and professional qualifications for her new position, with significant experience in bioethics, public policy, and pro-life issues. She graduated from Taylor University (summa cum laude) and earned her J.D. from Northwestern University Law School, Master of Bioethics (summa cum laude) from Trinity International University and Ph.D. (Educational Studies) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Cunningham is currently the Executive Director of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity and an affiliate professor at Trinity Law School and Trinity Graduate School. She was an adjunct instructor at Wheaton College for eight years and serves on the Advisory Board of the Wheaton College Center for Faith, Politics and Economics. Earlier in her career, she was Executive Director and General Counsel and later President of Americans United for Life, a national pro-life advocacy organization located in Washington, D.C. Cunningham and her husband Jay have three children and seven grandchildren.

Lighthouse Sharing

Friday, March 1, 2019
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Lighthouse trips go far beyond the academics of regular study abroad experiences. The J-term Lighthouse program enables students to gain unforgettable, life-changing experiences while learning and serving abroad.

Our students study the cultural, historical, social, and religious aspects of a host country and are equipped to carry out ministry among the local people. They gain experience in cross-cultural outreach, develop their leadership potential, seek justice, grow spiritually, and put their passion for God into action.

And while each Lighthouse service trip is different, from evangelizing in the streets to helping build houses, every team’s goals are the same. We want to enter other cultures as humble servant-leaders, embody the core values in the Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Missions, serve as lights of God’s love and compassion, and become beacons of deeper faith and understanding others who serve in these communities.


Taylor University Lighthouse

Reflection/Discussion Questions:


Songs from Chapel:

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

Friday, March 29, 2019
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Katharine Hayhoe is an accomplished atmospheric scientist who studies climate change and why it matters to us here and now. She is also a remarkable communicator who has received the American Geophysical Union’s climate communication prize, the Stephen Schneider Climate Communication award, and been named to a number of lists including Time Magazine’s100 Most Influential People and FORTUNE magazine’s world’s greatest leaders. Katharine is currently a professor and directs the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. She has a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Illinois.


Reflection/Discussion Questions:

1. How can Christians do better at talking about subjects like climate change?

2. How could the implications about climate change impact you physically and spiritually?


Songs from Chapel:

Pastor Steve DeNeff

Monday, March 25, 2019
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Steve DeNeff has served for more than ten years as the Senior Pastor of College Wesleyan Church, a church of 1200 people, in Marion, IN on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University. College Wesleyan Church is an inter-generational congregation in an academic setting that exists within a city that is economically and educationally strained. Steve shares the following words of wisdom with his preaching colleagues: One good person, doing one thing well, in one essential place, long enough can move the earth toward heaven.


Sexuality and the Body:

THEME for 2019: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
Luke 10:27
Sexuality & the Body Purpose and Outcomes
The purpose of Sexuality and the Body is to provide campus-wide conversation regarding the relationship between our Christian faith and our sexuality. Regardless of the topic of the annual program, we hold to these three principles as we plan and execute this program:
  • We hope to affirm that we are all image-bearers of God and we are created as sexual beings.
  • We hope to affirm the Bible’s authority as we seek to understand our sexuality.
  • We hope to promote civil discourse in our program as we engage controversial and personal topics regarding sexuality.
“Spirituality can be described as a vast longing that drives us beyond ourselves in an attempt to connect with, to probe and to understand our world. And beyond that, it is the inner compulsion to connect with the Eternal Other, which is God. Essentially, it is a longing to know and be known by God (on physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual levels). This is why we are called to worship God with all that we are – body, mind and soul (Deut. 6:4-9; Mark 12:29-31).
Sexuality can be described as the deep desire and longing that drives us beyond ourselves in an attempt to connect with, to understand, that which is other than ourselves. Essentially, it is a longing to know and be known by other people (on physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual levels). It thus forms part of what it means to ‘love others as we love ourselves’ (Mark 12:29-31).”
Debra Hirsh, Redeeming Sex

Reflection/Discussion Questions:

  1. What do you think God is saying to you?
  2. What is keeping you from doing this?
  3. If you were to do it, what might be a good first step?
  4. Who might be a good person to tell? Or who will you ask for help?
Songs from Chapel: