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MACU Basketball Standout Awarded ‘Heart of a Champion’

Photo: Malcolm Mann and John Fozard.

By Whitney Knight

Adding to an impressive list of accomplishments during his career at Mid-America Christian University, basketball standout Malcolm Mann added “Heart of a Champion” to his repertoire during the TopAchievers Performance Sports Award Gala on June 24 in Plano, Texas.

Mann, who recently received the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Game Plan 4 Life (GP4L) award, was given the “Heart of a Champion” for his honor and integrity on and off the court. The award was presented by MACU President Dr. John Fozard. Continue reading

Two Influential Pastors Receive Honorary Degrees from MACU

Collage: Miki Merrit and Richard Mansfield

By Whitney Knight and Elizabeth Sieg

Mid-America Christian University honored two influential Church of God leaders during commencement services on Saturday, May 13, at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City. Reverends Miki Merritt and Richard Mansfield received honorary doctor of divinity degrees for their contributions to the Church of God movement, MACU, and the world. Continue reading

Church of God Gears Up for Easter

Photo: Cornwall Church’s Skagit Valley “Tulip Team” members.

By Carl Stagner

Jesus is the subject, no doubt about it. The life of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ—from birth, to death, to resurrection—is one we exalt from Sunday to Sunday, Christmas to Easter, and throughout the year. It’s no wonder that Church of God congregations across the country and around the world are pulling out all the stops for a week of worship, reflection, outreach, community service, and celebration. Throughout the movement, churches are preparing for community Easter egg hunts and festivals, Communion, Good Friday gatherings, Sunrise services, breakfasts and brunches, stations of the cross, special music and drama—and of course, footwashing. Continue reading

MACU Hosts Luncheon Celebrating Legendary Race Relations Victory

Photo: Dick Soergel and Russell Perry today.

By Whitney Knight

As a part of Mid-America Christian University’s monthly E-Club lunch series for athletics supporters, local football legends Dick Soergel and Russell Perry held a Q&A session on March 29 at MACU’s campus in south Oklahoma City. In 1955, Soergel and Perry broke racial barriers when they quarterbacked opposing high school teams—Capitol Hill and Douglass—in the state’s first integrated football game. Continue reading

MACU Welcomes General Director to Campus

Photo: Jim Lyon speaks

By Whitney Knight

Mid-America Christian University is proud to announce Jim Lyon, Church of God Ministries general director, as the keynote speaker for the university’s semi-annual Spiritual Emphasis Week. Beginning March 21, Lyon will conduct a four-day stint of chapel services at MACU, expanding on the university’s twice-weekly sermons. Services will be held at 10 AM, March 21–24. Continue reading

Oklahoma Pastors Unleash Lay Leaders, Reach Many More

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Photo: Nowata laypeople ministering to kids through VBS.

By Carl Stagner

The forces of hell have stolen a lot from God’s church over the years. One is the notion that the work of the local church is the responsibility of the whole congregation, not just the pastor. Indeed, the job of ministry does not rest solely on the pastor’s shoulders! Over time, many churches have fallen prey to the lie that the pastor is charged with doing just about anything and everything for them—after all, he or she does get paid, right? Inevitably we’re left with a shepherd on the verge of burnout, and a congregation devoid of disciples. But one Oklahoma congregation, in particular, is doing it right. The pastors of First Church of God in Nowata have unleashed their laypeople to reclaim what hell has stolen in their community. Continue reading

Oklahoma Unity Celebration Goes Swimmingly

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Photo: Crowd from five churches gathered for worship.

By Nathan Hinkle

On August 28, five churches banded together to celebrate each other’s company and God’s grace at Lake Keystone in Oklahoma. These five churches, Bristow First Church of God, Red Fork Church of God, First Church of God Sand Springs, Springs Church, and Reclamation Church headed outdoors to sing, eat, and have fellowship. More than three hundred people showed up to join in the celebration. 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

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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

CHOG TraffickLight: Oklahoma Adult Group Unites for the Cause

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By Carl Stagner

The millennials aren’t the only ones championing social causes these days. In Oklahoma, one senior adult ministries group came together around the cause for freedom. Of course, they’re not addressing the human trafficking epidemic to feel good about themselves; they’re genuinely concerned about the human condition and the well-being of those made in the image of God. Faith produces action, and the seniors of the Church of God in Oklahoma have followed up their prayers for CHOG TraffickLight with a generous donation. Continue reading

Francis Chan to Speak at CHOG Convention 2015

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Photo: Francis Chan

By Carl Stagner

Best known for his bestselling books Crazy Love and Forgotten God, Francis Chan is a proven leader in the church today, evidenced both in his ability to communicate truth to the current generation, and by his life of courage and integrity. As the founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California, he has gone on to author several books, produce a variety of teaching videos and resources, start a Bible college, and support missions efforts at home and abroad. Well-known in the Church of God, Chan will be one of several featured speakers at Church of God Convention 2015, June 22–25, at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City. Continue reading

Donna Thomas: On Faith Stewart, Facing Fears, and Sharing Faith

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Photo: Donna Thomas

By Carl Stagner

Can you imagine taking Bibles into mainland China? Or negotiating the planting of Christian churches there? Can you imagine being met with fixed bayonets and machine guns upon arrival in Guatemala? Can you picture speaking to the inmates at a Latvian penitentiary? Or the prime minister of Guyana asking for your help? Donna Thomas can answer each with a yes, having stepped foot in eighty countries. She has led a fascinating life, marked by both challenges and triumphs. It all began when she followed the Lord’s call to missions after a hearing a sermon delivered by E. Faith Stewart. Since then, Donna Thomas has followed the Lord wherever and whenever he has said, “Go.” Continue reading

Rescuing Boys from Sex Trafficking in Oklahoma

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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

CHOG Convention Returns to Oklahoma City in 2015

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By Jim Lyon

The Church of God Convention 2015 will be held at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City, June 22–25.

The decision has been made by the Convention Committee elected by the General Assembly last June. A careful review of all of the options for the June 2015 Convention was undertaken in August, and Oklahoma City, once more, took the nod. The Crossings Church has welcomed us and has agreed to work with us again at no cost. Continue reading

Disaster Update: Tornadoes and Severe Weather

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Photo: From 2013, this file photo shows a tornado-damaged home in Moore, Oklahoma. Photo courtesy Wayne Auker.

Some 75 million people across the United States are threatened by a severe weather system this week. A number of damaging tornadoes have already struck several states, including Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Alabama, and Louisiana. Church of God Ministries is in the process of communicating with regional pastors and other state leaders. As of this morning, no damage has been reported and no lives have been lost in Church of God congregations. Continue reading