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MACU Holds Celebration of Culture, Highlights Hispanic-Latino Community


Photo: Cultural attire enhanced the celebration.

By Whitney Knight

Last weekend, Mid-America Christian University held its semi-annual Celebration of Culture event, highlighting Latino-Hispanic heritage with a weekend of festivities and service projects. Beginning at 10 AM on October 7, students and community members were addressed in the university chapel by local leaders like Josue Chavez of the Oklahoma City Family Church and Rev. Mark Inscoe, a teacher from Capitol Hill High School. After chapel services concluded around 11:30 AM, an inspired Latino-Hispanic lunch highlighted with traditional fare such as quesadillas, enchiladas, tres leches cake and Mexican street corn. Traditional dancers provided entertainment. Continue reading

MACU Announces Church Leadership Scholarship


Photo: Dr. David Grubbs

By Whitney Knight

Dr. David Grubbs lived a true servant’s life. Born into a family of Church of God pastors, Grubbs grew in the Lord from a young age. His parents, J. D. and Inez, served churches in much of the southeast as well as Indiana. There, Grubbs attended Anderson College—known today as Anderson University—and graduated in 1960. Fourteen years later, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the institution. Continue reading

MACU Declares Nationwide Day of Service


By Whitney Knight

Mid-America Christian University continues its volunteerism ministry with the first ever MACU Day of Service, a nationwide event with participants from more than twenty states. On September 29—better known as the MACU Day of Service—students, faculty and staff members from across the country will band together to make a difference in their surrounding communities. In addition to three opportunities to volunteer at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Homeless Alliance, MACU encourages participation outside of the Oklahoma City metro area as well. Continue reading

Choose Church of God: College, Universities Band Together


By Carl Stagner

Free time or another conference? If you were one of the approximately 725 students who acknowledged a call to ministry while in San Antonio for IYC2016, you chose the latter early in the afternoon on Monday. But it wasn’t just another conference. It was the huddle of a new team of emerging leaders ready to take on the world with the message of the gospel. Students were applauded for accepting their call to ministry, prayed for, and given practical tools and tips to get started on the path to Christ-centered leadership. One of the most powerful resources we have to equip and train such leaders is Church of God higher education. Long before thousands of students descended on San Antonio, Texas, for the fiftieth International Youth Convention, Anderson University, Mid-America Christian University, Warner Pacific College, and Warner University took practical steps to unite their efforts for the sake of leadership development. Continue reading

MACU Basketball: Buzzer-Beating, First-Ever NAIA Championship

In what will forever be known in Mid-America Christian University lore as the “drive for a championship,” Malcolm Mann took the ball with four seconds left, drove the court, and put in a game-winning layup that spun around and found the net to give the number 14-ranked and fourth-seeded MACU Evangels a thrilling 100-99 overtime victory over the number 1-ranked and top-seeded Georgetown (Kentucky) Tigers and their first-ever Buffalo-Funds NAIA national championship on March 22 in the historic Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri.

MACU_champ_basketball_FORWEBAfter a review of the monitor to make sure Mann got the shot off before the clock expired, it was officially ruled good and sent the Evangels into championship euphoria. Mann’s championship-winning score finished off a career night of twenty-three points for the junior guard. “If I didn’t see anyone [open] within two seconds, I was taking it myself,” Mann said. “I lost the ball for a little bit, and by the grace of God it went in.”

MACU head coach Josh Gamblin, the youngest coach to ever win a men’s national championship at the four-year level (just turned twenty-seven years old), was named the Rawlings NAIA Head Coach of the Year after guiding the Evangels to their first-ever NAIA national title in his first season at the helm. “We played a tough schedule, we’re tested, and we have a lot of transfers,” Gamblin said. “They love each other and play for each other, and when you do that, good things tend to happen.” On Mann’s last shot, Gamblin stated, “I don’t think we even got Malcolm a screen, but four seconds for him is a lifetime. He got what he wanted and it was a tremendous finish.”

The Evangels win over the top-ranked Tigers snapped their eleven-game winning streak, the second time this tourney that MACU has halted such a streak after beating Biola in the second round.

“We have really good players with very good kids and two great assistant coaches,” Gamblin said. “The administration has been great and the program was built well,” Gamblin said. “We had a bad taste in our mouth from the conference tournament and we won a bunch of good, tough games in KC.”

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), MACU is a private, Christian liberal arts college of the Church of God (Anderson, IN) that’s experiencing unprecedented growth. MACU offers a range of programs, such as behavioral science, counseling, business administration, Bible & theology, teacher education, leadership, and criminal justice, all taught from a worldview that promotes Judeo-Christian values and ethics. Article originally published at www.macuathletics.com

God Particle Contributor-MACU Physics Chair Receives Speaking Honor


Mid-America Christian University (MACU) Physics Chairman Dr. Rahmat Rahmat was recently selected as the distinguished guest at the banquet for the Arkansas-Oklahoma-Kansas chapter of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) fall meeting. Established in 1930, the AAPT is an organization that is designed to unite physics teachers, expand valuable knowledge and overall improve physics education. Dr. Rahmat is most recognized for his work and contributions on the discovery of the God particle in 2012, hailed as the most powerful particle accelerator on the planet. The God particle was the last undiscovered subatomic particle and three years later, physicists are still hard at work on unraveling the workings of this phenomenal discovery. Dr. Rahmat’s dedication to the discovery of this led to his nomination for a Nobel Prize in 2013. Continue reading

MACU Dedicates Residence Hall in Honor of Lillie McCutcheon


Mid-America Christian University (MACU) faculty/staff, students, stakeholders and local leaders participated in a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the newest 40,000-square-foot residence hall on Wednesday, October 21.

“It is truly exciting to name a facility [on our campus] in honor of Dr. Lillie McCutcheon; her life’s work is a true reflection of our foundation and vision. She had a profound dedication to Christ and selfless love for his people. Though she had many titles—from national figure, author, radio/television personality, beloved pastor to powerful lecturer—it was her unique ability to enlighten, strengthen and charge women and men for Christian service that earned her tremendous respect. Dr. McCutcheon left a legacy of leadership. May we all strive to influence people for Christ as she did,” said Mid-America president, Dr. John Fozard. Continue reading

MACU Partners With Sandi Patty for Worship Ministry Certificate


Photo: Sandi Patty and John Fozard

Mid-America Christian University (MACU) announced that beginning in the fall 2015 semester, students will have the opportunity to learn from international recording vocalist Sandi Patty while pursuing a new, one-year certificate in worship arts and leadership.

Sandi has agreed to partner with MACU in developing and delivering this opportunity for worship ministers. In addition to weekly course trainings, Ms. Patty will also meet with students prior to concerts for additional training and apprenticeship-type instruction. Continue reading

MACU to Present Holy Week Observance Event for Community

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Mid-America Christian University (MACU) Choir has recently returned from a very successful tour of the Midwest. The tour, which included performances in Illinois and Michigan, ended just in time for the MACU School of Music to host, “Beneath the Cross of Jesus: A Holy Week Worship Service of Scripture and Song.”

MACU faculty and students welcome the public to join in poignant reflection on the Lenten season and prepare for Easter through scripture readings, sacred music, and a homily by campus pastor Johnny Bland. Continue reading

MACU Announces New Campus Pastor


Photo: Johnny Bland

After months of prayerfully searching for the right person to fill the vital role of campus Pastor, Mid-America Christian University (MACU) has announced that Johnny Bland has accepted the position.

Bland is a highly respected instructor throughout Oklahoma Christian universities and community. His impressive leadership roles and background include serving at both Southwestern Christian University and MACU, as well as being a sponsor for the international Global Learner program. Continue reading

Rescuing Boys from Sex Trafficking in Oklahoma


Photo: Newly furnished room in the safe house for boys rescued from sex trafficking.

By Carl Stagner

The statistics are sobering. It’s estimated that one million children are exploited by the global commercial sex trade each year. Human trafficking is a thirty-two-billion-dollar industry. But how often do we consider that sex trafficking, which affects a staggering number of young girls, also affects boys? Brent Hinkle, program director for the master of ministry program at Mid-America Christian University, has led a local church he pastors to partner with a new ministry that is rescuing boys from the sex trade. Continue reading

MACU Brings Up New Water in Uganda


Six members of the MACU community recently returned from 15 days in Uganda with the MACU Global Learner program, partnering with Water4, Mission Direct, and Mission4Water. Under the direction of Dr. J Hall, five students – representing CAS and CAGS – worked with Mission4Water to drill a borehole well for Aunt Mizzola Primary School and the surrounding community just outside of the town of Rukungiri. The borehole will provide clean water for the 300 students and teachers at the school and an estimated 25 households in the surrounding area. The team from MACU experienced every part of the drilling process – from first dig through to a completed well. Additionally, the team participated in the well commissioning ceremony and handoff to the school and community leaders. As a part of the ceremony, MACU presented each family with a new, clean jerry can for carrying water from the new source. Continue reading

MACU Announces Enrollment for Bethel Series

Mid-America Christian University’s J.E. Massey Center for Ministry and Leadership is excited to announce the opening of enrollment for the Bethel Series with online classes starting September 16, 2014.

The series is designed for pastors and ministry staff, Sunday school teachers, Bible study leaders, Christian Counselors, and those who desire a deeper understanding of the Bible. In its 50-year history, more than 1,000,000 church members across 47 Christian denominations have participated in this life-changing course. Continue reading

Congressman Lankford to Address Mid-America Graduates

Logo: Mid-America Christian University

Logo: Mid-America Christian University

Oklahoma City, OK— Oklahoma Fifth District Congressman James Lankford will deliver the commencement address to 414 graduates of Mid-America Christian University (MACU.edu) Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Dr. John Fozard, university president, will preside over the occasion with musical guest Rev. Don Peslis performing special music during the ceremony. Peslis attended MACU when the school was located in Houston, Texas, and he is an associate pastor at Crossings. Continue reading

MACU Welcomes CHOG Convention to Oklahoma City

Register for the Church of God Convention 2014: Be Bold! (June 23–26 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) at http://www.chogconvention.org/default.