27 October, 2021

Boise, Johnson Striving to Keep College Affordable (Plus News Briefs)

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Boise (Idaho) Bible College and Johnson University are taking steps to keep a Christian college education as affordable as possible.

Starting next August, BBC will be rolling back its cost per credit hour to what it was for the 2016-17 academic year. The credit hour price will drop from $415 (what it is this school year) to $375 (what it was five years ago), said Ben Bishop, director of financial aid.

Additionally, BBC will initiate block tuition pricing starting next school year. That means full-time students who enroll for 12–16 hours of coursework will pay the same amount. 

A key goal is for students to graduate on time, and students who maintain a load of 16 credit hours per semester can do that, Bishop said. Plus, with the block pricing, full-time student costs should fall significantly for many, to an estimated $16,050 (when factoring in various fees, room, and board) next year.

Meanwhile, Johnson University—with campuses in Knoxville, Tenn., and Kissimmee, Fla.—announced it is freezing tuition for undergraduates for the 2022-23 school year.

“Our tuition will remain $17,384 next year, and we will continue to offer the many scholarships that lower that cost even more,” JU wrote on its website.

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News Briefs

Unionville (Va.) Christian Church—a church founded by a Civil War veteran that experienced a devastating fire 52 years ago—will celebrate their homecoming and 150th anniversary on Sunday.

Michael Jackson, the church’s minister for the past nine years, told the Orange County Review the anniversary celebration will be a bit subdued because of COVID-19. There will be morning worship and then an outdoor luncheon on the church grounds.

Some church members still remember arriving for worship on Sunday morning, Jan. 5, 1969, and finding the building engulfed in flames. But just 11 months later, on Dec. 6, 1969, the new church building was dedicated on the same site the original wooden structure had been, the newspaper reported.

The speed of reconstruction “would be unheard of today,” Jackson said.

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RENEW.org Learning Communities—where senior leaders connect and become better equipped for disciple-making—will be continuing the 2020-21 Learning Community on Thursday. Click here to learn more and to register.

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Kentucky Christian University will host its Alumni & Friends Homecoming from Friday through Sunday at its Grayson, Ky., campus. Austin Seevers (Class of 2011) will be chapel speaker at 11 a.m. Friday, and Monty Cooper (Class of 1984) will be banquet speaker at 6 p.m. Friday. KCU’s football team will host Keiser University at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Learn more at www.kcu.edu.

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Branden Vandal— a bat boy for the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2015 and a 2019 graduate of Hope International University (BA in business management)—was the primary focus of an article titled “Dodgers’ Bat Boys Are Different Than They Appear to Be” published in the Los Angeles Times last week.

“I think at first fans see a bat boy and assume it’s a younger kid,” the 25-year-old told the newspaper. “But all these guys are young men or older, even in their 30s. We do it because we enjoy what we do.”

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Journey Christian Church in Elizabeth City, N.C., created a corn maze that’s open to area families to explore for two or three hours each day from Wednesday through Saturday during October. On other evenings, the maze is open to church groups in the area, pastor Robert Bess told the Daily Advance.

“We just wanted to do something nice for people to enjoy,” Bess said. Local farmer Steve Harris planted the corn on the church’s property.

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Dallas Christian College is planning a Homecoming celebration Oct. 14-16. This is the 71st anniversary of DCC.

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Milford (Ill.) Christian Church raised nearly $19,183 for the International Disaster Emergency Service through its various Harvest of Talents fundraisers this year, the Times-Republic reported. Since 1992, the church has raised $488,773 for IDES, a Christian church ministry that responds to disasters around the world. Several other churches also participate in raising funds for IDES through their own Harvests of Talents.

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On Fridays, churches and businesses come together in Mountain Grove, Mo., to feed the community’s athletes. When it’s First Christian Church of Mountain Grove’s turn, it strives to feed everyone in the community.

“We have a . . . tight-knit community,” preacher Justin Devries told www.ky3.com. “We love our sports, we love our kids, we love our schools. . . . We really want the kids to know that they have people that love them and care for them.”

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A trio of local churches, led by Carterville (Mo.) Christian Church, teamed up for a Day of Service in the community on Saturday, according to www.fourstateshomepage.com. Sixty volunteers worked on eight projects throughout the city.

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The annual James D. Strauss Worldview Lectureship will take place Oct. 12 at Lincoln (Ill.) Christian University. The lectureship will feature the husband-wife team of David and Marybeth Baggett; he is professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Moral Apologetics at Houston (Texas) Baptist University, and she teaches English at HBU. The annual lectureship honors the legacy of Dr. Strauss, who is credited with bringing the concept of “biblical worldview” to the LCU campus.

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We reported earlier that Joe Grana’s colleagues and former students have written a book that honors the semi-retired educator and minister. Each chapter of Looking Both Ways: At the Intersection of the Academy and the Church—Essays in Honor of Joseph C. Grana II is authored by a different person writing from their area of expertise and passion. Since that time, it was announced that Hope International University’s auditorium has been named The Dr. Joseph C. Grana Chapel. Grana served with HIU for 30-plus years as professor, including 10 years as dean.

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Johnson University Florida is planning an alumni gathering in Kissimmee for Oct. 29-30.

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Bushnell University celebrated its 125th anniversary over the weekend. When it opened in 1895, the school was called Eugene (Ore.) Divinity School, then changed its name to Northwest Christian College in 1934, Northwest Christian University in 2008, and Bushnell a year ago.

In conjunction with the anniversary celebration, Bushnell conducted a ribbon cutting for a new residence hall.

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Despite often violent opposition, the Voice of the Martyrs continues to equip Afghan Christians by providing Bibles, television and radio broadcasts, discipleship training, support for frontline workers, and other forms of practical and spiritual assistance, with a special focus on outreach to persecuted women and widows of martyrs. Learn more at VOM’s website.

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