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Campbell Divinity School - Dean's eNewsletter - August 2014

In this issue:
• Message from the Dean
• Oasis Renew for the Journey
   Photos
• Upcoming Lectures 2014-2015
• Amanda Borchik Builds Another
   Sandcastle
• Butch Farrah Hears God’s Call
• Trent Matthews Prepares for
   Marriage and Ministry
• Fall Semester Practicum in
   World Religions
• Upcoming Events — Mark your
   Calendars!


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Message from the Dean

Dean WakefieldDear Friends,

Ecclesiastes 3:1 reads, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” As the time quickly approaches for our students to return to their season of study, I ask that you join with us in prayer for them and all of their success in the upcoming school year.

As we look back at the many fun and uplifting things that have happened over the summer, we also look forward to many exciting things yet to come.

One of the refreshing things behind us is the OASIS Renew for the Journey Church Music Conference that took place July 14-16. There are many wonderful things that can be said about it, but someone once said pictures speak a thousand words, so check them out in this issue. Plan now to attend OASIS 2015 from July 13-15. It will be a blessing.

Awaiting us in the 2014-2015 school year is the Minister’s Continuing Education Lecture Series. Be sure to mark your calandars with the dates and times listed below so that you don’t miss out on any of these rewarding lectures.

Also, take time to read and be inspired by the stories of some of our recent graduates!

Oasis Renew for the Journey Photos
Oasis Renew for the Journey images
Upcoming Lectures 2014-2015

Reavis Lectures: Dr. Amy Oden, Professor of Church History and Spirituality, St. Paul School of Theology.
Topic: Hospitality as a Spiritual Practice in Ancient Christianity and Contemporary Ministry
Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 10:40 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.

Prevatte Lectures: Dr. William H. Bellinger, Jr., Chair of the Department of Religion, W. Marshall and Lulie Craig Chairholder in Bible, and Professor of Religion, Baylor University
Topic: A Stew of Biblical Proportions: The Book of Psalms
Date: Monday, November 10, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Religion Department Lectures: John Buchanan, editor-in-chief, The Christian Century
Topic: TBD
Date: February 3, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Cammack Preaching Lectures: Dr. Dan Day, Pastor Emeritus, First Baptist Church, Raleigh; Associate Professor of Preaching, retired, Campbell University Divinity School
Topic: TBD
Date: March 16, 2015 at 7 p.m. and March 17, 2015 at 10:40 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
Dr. Day will also be preaching in the Campbell Divinity School chapel service at 10:40 a.m.

Amanda Borchik Builds Another Sandcastle
Amanda Borchik

“This journey of vocation often feels more like sand in a child’s hands than something certain and sure. One hour you are a castle, the next hour, eroding to flatness with the ocean rushing past, pulling you to a new place,” says Amanda Borchik as she prepared for graduation in May.

A product of a broken family and a painful childhood, Amanda has always known that there is a better life for her. With hopes of being born again, she accepted Jesus at the age of twelve and came to fully understand her commitment at youth camp a few years later when she made the decision to answer God’s call and pursue a life of ministry. Though the decision cost her the plans she had already made she says, “I kept hearing God call me that night, so I trusted, received this call, and prayed and asked God to help me find the way forward.” Read more

Butch Farrah Hears God’s Call
Butch Farrah

A native of Rockingham, NC, Butch Farrah began his journey of faith in the small, rural Presbyterian church that he attended with his mother. He experienced his first calling experience around age 10 when, during a service, he suddenly had the urge to join the church. Recounting the event, he says, “Worship had just begun when I decided to interrupt the service to ask Reverend Thrower how I could join the church! I walked the aisle to the chair where he was seated and the next thing I knew, he was using my visit as an impromptu sermon ending with an altar call.” Read more

Trent Matthews Prepares for Marriage and Ministry
Trent Matthews

From childhood, Trent has struggled to figure out God’s plan for his life. He knew that God was calling him to something, but he has not always been sure of where God would lead him. Now a recent graduate of Campbell University Divinity School, he is not sure of all of the details in God’s plan, but he has a better sense of identity and direction.

Trent’s journey through divinity school was one of constant questioning and confirmation. It served to prepare him as both an individual and a minister whose only desire is to follow God’s plan for his life. Now, Trent and Courtney are looking forward to building a marriage on the foundation of Jesus Christ. As for local church ministry, Trent believes that his place is behind the scenes in administrative work. Outside of the church he aspires to work in non-profit ministry that has a mission to help children who are underprivileged. As he looks to the future he says, “God has given me the qualities, skills, and support needed to carry out my call.” Read more

Fall Semester Practicum in World Religions

Join Dr. George Braswell in a study of the context and content of world religions and have the opportunity to visit and converse with religious leaders in the Raleigh area.

Visits may include the Hindu Hare Krishna Temple, the Zen Buddhist Center, the Jewish Synagogue, the Muslim Mosque, the Easter Orthodox Church, The Baha’I Center, and others.

Conversations will be with priests, swamis, imams, rabbis, and other leaders in their respective communities.

The initial class will meet at the Campbell University Law School located at 225 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, and will be held October 13-17, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Contact the Campbell Divinity School World Religions and Global Cultures Center at worldreligionscenter@campbell.edu for more information.

Upcoming Events
August 17 Summer Scholars Series Session 2
Millbrook Baptist Church, Raleigh
9:30 a.m.—10:45 a.m.
Dr. George Braswell will be presenting a lecture titled, “The Clash of Two Giants: Christianity and Islam: Their Views of God, Jesus, Salvation, Missions, Gender, and State. Challenges and Opportunities.”
September 16 Covenant and Commissioning Service
Butler Chapel
10:30 a.m.
Public is invited

Visitation Day
Visit a class, meet faculty, and learn about financial aid.
Contact: Kelly Jorgenson at 1-800-334-4111, ext. 1865, or jorgensonk@campbell.edu
September 30 Reavis Ministry Lecture
Dr. Amy Oden, Professor of Church History and Spirituality, St. Paul School of Theology
TOPIC: Hospitality as a Spiritual Practice in Ancient Christianity and Contemporary Ministry
Butler Chapel, 10:40 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
November 7 Doctor of Ministry Open House
Beginning at 9 and ending with lunch
Meet faculty, learn about the programs and hear about financial aid
CONTACT: Kelly Jorgenson at 1-800-334-4111, ext. 1865 or jorgensonk@campbell.edu for reservations or information
November 10 Prevatte Biblical Lectures
Dr. William H. Bellinger, Jr., Chair of the Department of Religion, W. Marshall and Lulie Craig Chairholder in Bible, and Professor of Religion, Baylor University
TOPIC: A Stew of Biblical Proportions: The Book of Psalms
Butler Chapel, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
November 25 Visitation Day
Visit a class, meet faculty, and learn about financial aid.
Contact: Kelly Jorgenson at 1-800-334-4111, ext. 1865, or jorgensonk@campbell.edu
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