Ruth VanReken

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
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Ruth Van Reken grew up as a missionary kid (MK) in Nigeria. She speaks nationally and internationally on matters related to growing up cross-cuturally. Ruth is co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among World, 3rd edition, author of Letters Never Sent, and five Bible studies, including Life in Motion. a look at transitions in the Bible. She is co-founder of Families in Global Transition conference and now lives with her husband, David, in Indianapolis.


Where might you see ways your gifts and background are all part of God’s workmanship preparing you to fulfill the specific roles and tasks he has planned for you to be and do?

What do you think of the concept of “likeness” being the starting point for building strong cross-cultural communities? Do you believe it can work?

Do you agree that “uniqueness” is also important for building cross-cultural communities?

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Dr. Henry Schaefer

Monday, September 25, 2017
Dr. Henry Schaefer, Prof. of Chemistry, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
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Dr. Henry Schaefer III is a computational and theoretical chemist.  He is the Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Computational Chemistry at the University of Georgia.  He is a five-time nominee for the Nobel Prize, and one of the most highly cited scientists in the world being the author of more than 1500 scientific publications, with a large majority appearing in the Journal of Chemical Physics and the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Schaefer is an outspoken Christian. He has described himself as sympathetic to theological arguments, but primarily a “proponent of Jesus.”


What ways is God slowly revealing himself to you right now, like the slow and steady reveal in Dr. Schaefer’s life?

Have you recently considered what your purpose is, in the midst of all of your work, busyness, and accomplishments?

How has God been faithful in your life?


Local Church Week: Mark Vroegop

Friday, September 22, 2017
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Mark joined the leadership team at College Park Church in Indianapolis, Indiana as Lead Pastor in April 2008, after serving for 13 years in western Michigan. God miraculously and surprisingly called his family from a wonderful ministry in Michigan, to join a clear divine and historic movement of God at College Park Church. He sees God’s hand throughout the ministry in the church with a unique blend of passion for Jesus, a love for the Word, and a desire to see lives changed. Mark believes God is at work here in the church, and is thrilled to participate in igniting a passion to follow Jesus.

Mark is a graduate of Cedarville University and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He has written articles that are published in Leadership and 9Marks Journal. In addition to his responsibilities of preaching and leadership at College Park, Mark serves on the boards of Cedarville University and Life Action Ministries. Mark and his wife, Sarah, have four children, Hayden, Joseph, Jeremiah, and Savannah, and one daughter, Sylvia, who is in heaven after her unexpected still-birth in February 2004.


What are some of your best and worst memories about your “home church?”

Why do you think God would entrust the precious gospel to such a broken people?

How could you “love the church more than where she’s at” even now — while you are in school?


Local Church Week: Emily Vermilya

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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Emily Vermilya serves as Executive Pastor at College Wesleyan Church in Marion, Indiana where she’s been on staff for over 11 years. Additionally, Emily serves on the faculty of the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Jacksonville, FL, and as an Adjunct Professor of Worship at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN. She holds an undergraduate degree in Communication Arts from Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion, IN) and a Master of Worship Studies and Doctor of Worship Studies degree from The Robert E. Webber Institute (Jacksonville, FL). She and her husband, Jim have two children, Silas and Aynsley.

The scripture for this message can be found in 2 Timothy 2:2.


What is the most challenging thing for you about becoming involved in a local church while you’re at school?

What is making your current perception of the impact you are making on the church? Why do you think this?

How might you more actively engage the role of “receiver” during this season of your life in terms of your involvement in the local church?


Local Church Week: Andrew Morrell

Monday, September 18, 2017
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Lead pastor at R.E.A.L. Community Covenant Church in Marion, Indiana.


What are you doing with the resources and gifts that the Father has given you?

How can you break down “Us and Them,” and replace it with the full, rich, and diverse Kingdom of God?

Where are you plugging in at a local church?


T.W.O. Chapel

Friday, September 15, 2017
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Dr. Andrew Draper, a 2000 Taylor graduate, serves as Director of the Honors Guild and teaches theology in Taylor’s Biblical Studies department. Draper earned his PhD in theological ethics from the University of Aberdeen in northern Scotland. Outside of Taylor, Draper is founding senior pastor of Urban Light Community Church and Community Development Corporation, a holistic inner-city ministry in the urban core of Muncie, Indiana.

Chapel Scripture found in Ephesians 2:11-22.


How do you think about your relationships in terms of prepositions?

Where do you read yourself into the gospel story?

How can we transition from imagining ourselves as Jesus to being content being with Jesus?