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Here is a view of something Chambers College has been helping out with.
Apologetic’s is an important study to Chambers College and Chambers wants to share some of its findings with the world. Check out this video and Beyond Coincidence website.
Second Annual Baccalaureate Service Sunday, June 7
Chambers College held their first baccalaureate service last April. This year’s Baccalaureate service features two graduates: Sharon Rhoades, receiving an Associate of Arts of Christian Ministry and Erik Peterson, receiving a Master of Christian Liberal Arts from the graduate program.
Sharon Rhoades has been taking college classes and has participated in two London trips. She had completed an extensive amount of academic work, writing a published book, designing Christian education programs and managing women’s mimistries over the years. These previous academic pursuits combined with her course work at Chambers College qualified her for an A.A. with Chambers College.
Much of Erik Peterson’s program work is in the area of communications, and the most recent project is a multi-media presentation of Christian Apologetics.
Being a small college allows us to have flexibility to tailor our classes to available resources and student needs. Erik Peterson’s project became a multi-faceted pursuit that provided educational opportunities for other college students, as well as fulfilling his own life dreams.
The Baccalaureate service is at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 7th. There is a formal high tea preceding the service at 5:00 p.m. in Reformation Hall, Reformation Baptist Church, 1300 Ninth Street, Greeley, CO. All are welcome to both events. Please RSVP acceptance to 970-346-1133.
“Beyond Coincidence” Series
Four students assisted in filming video for a web page and course materials of lessons on apologetics. The series is entitled “Beyond Coincidence” and is now in the development phase.
Besides the project leader Erik Peterson, were Baxter Ong, Tessa Powell and Christopher Ong, all earning graduate level credit in documentary production, apologetics, and curriculum development. The project included Saturday program production planning sessions led by Erik Peterson as well as classes on debate and apologetics throughout the semester.
Undergrad student Seth Keith also joined us is some film shooting training and the apologetics debate class, as well as studying a survey course on producing documentaries.
One session in England included the Master Teachers component as we asked Dr’s Elaine and Alan Storkey additional questions about ministry and preparing to be good testimonies in a secular society.Watch Brothers (2015) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download
There is already a hint of another trip to England to do some more interviews after a contact was made with Dr. Andy McIntosh, who is a professor at Leeds University and a specialist in the field of thermodynamics, as well as an astute creationist.
The CHESS-Chambers College Connection
The horizontal and vertical integration of CHESS and Chambers continues to mature and develop.
Chambers grad Matthew Aden recently married Rose Cassidy. The romance blossomed as they were both on the Chambers London Tour, and continued as they participated in the first Master Teachers tour. Matthew will be the new principal of CHESS, which is returning to rent the building at Reformation Baptist Church. The new office manager will be Tessa Powell, who is close to completing her Master of Christian Liberal Arts degree. Her Chambers College semester in England last fall developed very well, as she did research on how Christians (past and present) live out their Christian testimony in educational settings of all kinds. The Board President of CHESS is Nels Nelson, who is married to Annie Nelson, a student in the Chambers College Graduate program and a favorite teacher for CHESS.
This symbiotic relationship between the two institutions has been greatly advantageous and enjoyable for all involved and has the perfumed scent of the importance of family-oriented education for Christ.
Second Master Teachers tour
We are now planning the U.S. portion of the Master Teachers Tour II. There will be an integration with the Beyond Coincidence interviews. This tour will have the personal testimony of each master teacher followed by a short video filming of our guests discussing their specialties as they intersect with Christian apologetics.
England Trip 2015
There were several dimensions to the England trip with its 10 participants. The Beyond Coincidence film shoot project took on its own life as five of us traveled to Oxford and Cambridge to film background material and interview a variety of professors. The other half of the group participated in the London Study Tour.
Steve and Teri stayed on for an additional 10 days to tour England and develop some more contacts for the “Beyond Coincidence” project.
Advanced Book Club and Inklings
To help encourage continuing education experiences, Chambers College sponsors a once-a- month book reading discussion. The next book to be discussed is part 2 of Matthew Henry’s Meditations on Prayer. This has been a tremendous blessing to the group. A free lunch is available at each meeting (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm.)
Also, on Monday evenings once a month, the Inklings Club meets to read works that are being written by various members. The characteristic all Chambers students seem to share is a love for great Christian books and a desire to write. Call for meeting times and to get on the email roster to attend.
Publications by Chambers Students
Chamber College Press continues to produce some good books. Here are some books published by Chambers College students.
We are featuring
Pattern from Proverbs by our graduating student Sharon Rhoades for $10.00.
It is hoped this study in Proverbs 31 will not only be one of instruction, but also encouragement, featuring instruction to those who perhaps have never had biblical teaching on how to be a godly woman and wife.
Many today don’t even know practical, common sense ways of living and having successful relationships with others. It will also encourage those who are living a godly life to keep up the good work and to teach others to do the same.
Taming the Squid by Erik Peterson for $12.00.
Taming the Squid will provide you with the models and methods you need to provide clear direction, cogent plans and the effective means to sustain your organization through the 21st Century.
Publications by Chambers Faculty
Two new works by Teresa Ong are available.
Steps to Christian Virtue is a devotional book (77 short messages). Each message is based on a stanza from “The Church Porch” by 17th century poet George Herbert. His poetry contains many witty, but practical suggestions for “putting off the old man and putting on the new.” Good for personal or family devotions.
Doula: a Story of Love is an allegory about the relationship of the believer to the Bridegroom, Christ. It is a coming of age story about a servant girl, Doula, as she matures in her relationship to her Betrothed. (To be available Fall 2015)
First Baccalaureate ServiceWatch Froning The Fittest Man In History (2015) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download
Chambers College held its first baccalaureate service April 11 on Sunday evening at Reformation Baptist Church. This academic service dates back to the 15th century and was held frequently in America until the most recent decades. It is a marriage of academics and the church, acknowledging God as the source of true wisdom. But because of the secularization of colleges, this service is almost extinct.
Our three graduates each gave a short message on what important spiritual lessons they had learned during their time at Chambers College. These messages were followed by a charge by our graduate student Erik Peterson, who used a word picture of a bookshelf and the three important books for life.
Chambers College continually refines and innovates to better accomplish the spiritual and scriptural objectives given in the Bible, especially when “innovation” means a return to historic roots.
A. W. Tozer made an observation regarding pressures against Biblical colleges that appeared two days after his death on May 15, 1963.
What theological school,.. could continue to operate if it were to make Christ Lord of its every policy? There may be some, and I hope there are, but I believe I am right when I say that most such schools to stay in business are forced to adopt procedures which find no justification in the Bible they profess to teach. So we have this strange anomaly: the authority of Christ is ignored in order to maintain a school to teach, among other things, the authority of Christ. p. 28
This quote is from The Forgotten Tozer, A. W. Tozer’s Challenge to Today’s Church, by Dr. J. D. Watson (Sola Sciptura Publications). He a pastor in Meeker, Colorado.
This quote appears in a book we will be reading for the Advanced Booking program (a group of individuals who once a month meet to share their thoughts on a book they have read). The program is heavily centered on Puritan books.
There are continual pressures to carry out the spiritual pursuits in the church and the Bible college in the world’s way. But when such pursuits are done God’s way, God will get the glory. And that is what life is really all about.
All three graduates and the speaker Erik Peterson participated in the first Master Teachers Tour. Students presented a crest to the college president at the combined CHESS Chambers College Commencement service. This is an annual tradition as students design a crest that is representative of what they have learned and hold dear.
The students gave great detail at the presentation of the meaning of each part of the crest.
Chambers College at the CHEC Conference
Chambers College graduate student Annie Nelson will be presenting a seminar at the the CHEC conference on teaching of writing Friday at 10:30 a.m. in Forum II. She is a mainstay at the Inklings groups.
Graduate student Tessa Powell and Matthew Aden will be at the Chambers College booth as Steve and Teri will be returning from presenting a home school workshop in Barnstaple, England and will only be available Saturday at the conference.
Second Master Teachers Tour
We recently received a grant from the Oswald Chambers Foundation in England. We were invited to submit an application for a grant and it was suggested we apply for one that could help fund our Master Teachers Tour.
Chambers College received a $3,000 grant that can be used for the next Master Teachers Tour. We are considering whether to visit British Master Teachers as part of the next London trip. We will have details out as soon as we have more clear leading.
The last tour was one of the most powerful outworkings of God’s love and grace the leader had ever seen. God coordinated, integrated and blessed both the presenters and the small group of students.
Originally, we thought the tour would be a one time event and not a continual part of our program, primarily because it is a difficult undertaking to coordinate all the details. As President I thought it would be good to quit while we were ahead. I remarked to myself, “We could never do another one as grand as this one.”
It seemed like God kindly rebuked that thought with another thought, “You didn’t do the first one, and I can do a second one.”
So the fleece was offered that there might be some type of encouragement for us to do another one. It was not many days later I received a call from a friend of the college to apply for a grant from the England-based Oswald Chambers Foundation for a specific project, with the suggestion that maybe the Master Teachers Tour would be a good project to mention.
The first tour featured outstanding, some better known and some relatively unknown, men of God. Their combined ministry experience totaled over 400 years.
One of the main reasons for the tour is to hear a summary of the sage advice from battle hardened and experienced men to help the new recruits prepare for the future warfare for Christ.
One of our Master Teachers is one of my heroes, Roger Magnuson. He was under cancer treatments when we arrived and the prognosis was not good. He shared his thoughts on Saturday evening surrounded by his family in a restaurant in an upper room in Minneapolis. Sunday we all rode the buses to pick up Sunday School kids and then enjoyed Roger Magnuson as he spoke in Sunday School and morning service.
Roger Magnuson had only one book to suggest as his favorite. It was The Christian in Complete Armor, by William Gurnall. He stated it is lengthy, but not tedious nor redundant. I had the book on my shelf but had not read more than the preface by J. C. Ryle. I treasured the book based upon heritage. I had visited William Gurnall’s town where he pastored.
The Ongs came to America from Lavenham, England in 1630. Lavenham, England is where William Gurnall began pastoring in 1644. He also attended Emmanuel College in Cambridge. This is the college we visit when we go to England, and which was the home of many of the Puritans who came to America in the early 1600’s.
Recently a friend sent me a 1658 first volume, third edition of The Christian in Complete Armor. That was the year Gurnall published his second volume also.
We were grateful were able to be with Roger Magnuson, long time Chambers College advisory board member, who passed away eight months after our time with him on the first Master Teachers Tour.
Chambers College Press
We have purchased some new equipment that now makes it possible to produce hardbound books and softbound in-house. We can produce short runs of books for around $4.00 for soft bound (200 pages), or for an additional $4.00 we can make it hard bound.
Samples are available of our work. We also can now do the more professional spiral bound books, as well as the comb-binding. We do provide these services to those connected with Chambers College or CHESS.
The Spring /Summer Schedule is meeting on Fridays 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A free lunch is available at the meeting. We meet in Bunyan Room at the college, 1300 Ninth Street, Greeley, 80631
The next two books we are discussing: A Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God, by Jonathan Edwards on Friday, June 20.
Knowledge of the Holy, by A. W. Tozer is discussed on Friday, July 25.
The club is open to all that are interested in expanding their reading and sharing ideas on books.
You are not required to have read the book to attend and enjoy the discussion.
Registration open for Fall 2014
The Vail spiritual retreat of 4 days and 3 nights is September 10-13, 2014 and is also open to non-students. The topic this year is The Sufferings and Glory
of Christ and of Believers.