HEY GUYS!!! This has been another week to remember for me. Lets start off with Westboro Baptist Church. I don’t know if you are familiar with them, and if you’re not then you should look them up, but I’m not a huge fan of their theology or their actions. They picket a lot of different places for a lot of different reasons with some pretty hateful signs that I would rather not write and it just upsets me, you know? So a couple of friends and I decided to go to where they were picketing, the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert at the Spring Center, and do a little picketing ourselves. Now we didn’t picket WBC, or really picket at all. We just made signs that said things like “God Loves You” and “There’s No Room for Hate in God’s Love,” went to where WBC was, and decided to tell people that God loves them. I’m sure people are sick of being told they are hated for sinning. No one can feel God’s love or is going to be reached if all they are being told is that He hates them. We just wanted to tell them that He DOES love them! God loves EVERY sinner and EVERY saint. We just wanted to actually reach people and actually show them that God not only loves them, but he DIED for them. We did not want to make WBC mad or to tell them they were wrong, just to get in the hate that was being spread and show love.
We are all just 18 years old or so and we were doing the best we could to show people God’s love. Just cause we are teens and college students doesn’t mean we can’t make a difference. This is just a small example of how we, as Christians, can really spread love through this world. In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus tells us to “go make disciples of all nations.” And not only that but that He “[is] with [us] always, to the very end of the age.” Now why would a God that hates us be with us to the end of the age? He calls us to go make disciple but in that we have to follow the two greatest commandments stated in Matthew 22:37-40: To love God and to love others. Thats what our goal in life should be: to love! This just really hit me this weak. We are Christ’s disciples, and it is up to us to show the world His love.
And on a lighter matter, yesterday was Halloween! I may not have dressed up but some people did. Some people went ALL out here at MNU. Two PERFECT examples are Nathan Traxler and Ethan Grimes, both of which are Sophomores (Ethan is on the left and Nathan is on the right in the pictures below). Nathan set out to be an elderly woman and thats exactly what he did. He dressed up and acted like an elderly woman: with the dress, and the hair, and all of the other elderly parts an old woman would have (if you know what I mean). Now a few weeks ago, at the beginning of the year, during one of MNU’s famous events, Ethan managed to split his forehead open all the way to the skull on a HUGE water slide outside of the Lanbarger Dorms when another student accidentally kneed him in the face. Ethan used that to his advantage this year on Halloween and went as Harry Potter with the scar and all. I laughed soooooo hard when I saw these two guys walking together in Campus Center. This is definitely a solid image of what MNU students really stand for. Ok maybe not EXACTLY but it does represent a good portion of us students.
So those are the main highlights of my week. There’s so many other things going on here on Campus that make life really exciting here. And I’ve also been hearing of a lot of things going on over there at MNU Europe that are super exciting (Check out Cherith’s blog page here on MNU Blogs to hear more about that). It’s just weeks like this, even though I’m stressed and tired all the time because I have an insane amount of homework, that really make me proud to be a Pioneer. This is a place to be serious for God and to go out and to spread His love, but it’s also a place to just have fun, be goofy, make friends, and fellowship together. MNU in both America and in Europe are schools full of joy and love. This isn’t something you see everyday and I know I’m not the only one who sees that. This school is something to be proud of.
Homecoming week is one of those weeks that is filled to the brim with all kinds of events. Two of my wonderful roomies are on ASG this year and worked their buns off trying to make homecoming week enjoyable for everyone. Every day was themed something different, including blast from the past day, reppin’ yo team day, and country swag day which lead up to our annual carbash and hoedown. Land gym soon became a sweat fest mixed with hay, cowboy boots, donuts, and cider. Everyone line danced until we were all completely drenched. The following evening was the homecoming banquet which was located downtown at the Uptown Theatre. Us ladies got all dolled up and primped ourselves until we could primp no more and met up with our men to take off. The venue was so fun and my dearest Lauren did such an amazing job getting all the details together so that we could enjoy the beautiful night. There was dancing this time around (pretty bawler for a Nazarene school) and we had a great time making fools of ourselves and looking absolutely ridiculous. The following night, after our pioneers crushed the yellow jackets (woot woot!), everyone went to Emerald City Gym which is basically a huge play place for the big kids. This place is filled with trampolines, rock-climbing walls, gymnastic equipment, ropes, and has a huge foam pit. It was basically a night where we revisited the good ol’ childhood days, which was just perfect. All in all, this past weekend was a riot. Thanks to all who made it possible!
HEY GUYS!!!! Have you been feeling the MNU Spirit this week?? Cause I have! This week has been pretty crazy! Homecoming is just around the corner and the road there was long and obnoxious. This whole week has been full of events and themes all the way from “Blast from the Past,” where we dress up like a previous decade, on Monday, to “Country Swag,” where we show the whole school how good we look as cowboys and cowgirls, today; from “Twin Day,” where we match someone else, on Tuesday to “Reppin Yo TEAM,” where we wear clothes that rep our favorite team, on Thursday. I have to admit, my two favorite days were definitely Twin Day and Country Swag. On Twin Day we had a Smoovie night. This is where we got the opportunity to watch a movie together and drink smoothies (get it? smoothie + movie = Smoovie). We watched Disney’s Brave, ate popcorn, and drank smoothies until our hearts were content. And then Country Swag, which was tonight, we had a bonfire, as seen above, a carbash, and a hoedown. It was an awesome experience. Everyone in the school put there differences aside, came together to achieve a common goal, despite our problems and distractions, and accomplished that goal: to beat the living snot out of a car with a sludge hammer and burn some crap!! Then we all kicked it at the hoedown and line danced the night away. Now I can’t wait for the homecoming banquet tomorrow, and a night at Emerald City Gym and the homecoming football game Saturday (Go Neers!). Overall, this week has been awesome. This is definitely a community that really gets us all involved and having fun. Never have I felt so loved, so connected, and so at home as I do here. MNU is just that, my home, and I’m proud to be a part of it
I am convinced that the kind of people you surround yourself with shape who you become more than anything else in life. In coming to college, I knew that I needed to find a community of people who could not only support and encourage me, but also challenge me through speaking truth into my life. It is beautiful looking back on the past few years and seeing how the Father has taken me on this journey of provision in allowing me to share life with such good, good people.
I currently reside in Draper 2 on campus, otherwise known as the Honeybee Hive. I live with 5 beautiful ladies who have been super great to share an apartment with. I contemplated giving you all a sneak peek into our home, but after surveying the premises I thought it best to wait until it actually looked half decent. There have been so many good memories within these walls already, and I’m so thankful for each of us making each other a priority amongst the chaos. Just the other night my suitemates and I met up with a group of gals downtown at this adorable little restaurant called Chez Elle to celebrate my suitemate Lauren’s birthday. They specialize in making the most delicious crepes you can imagine and was a perfect spot for the occasion. We did what girls do best—we got all dolled up, took tons of pictures, and came back for a late night of slap-happiness.
Draper is great, not just because of the home-like feel and the amazing roommates, but because we have the dearest Patti as our RE. The other night she got out the fire pit and some hot cocoa, and invited whoever was around to join her and her wonderful hubby for a night of s’mores and sitting around the fire. She loves being involved in our lives and is always up for time spent together. It feels so good living on a campus where you are able to be in relationship with your residential staff and actually get to share life with them.
However, above all, the person who has really shaped this last semester for me has been my wonderful roommate, Miss Kailene Cloud. This gal is a gem, always thinking of others before herself regardless of circumstances. She has been such a rock for me and what a good, good journey it’s been getting to know her heart more and more over the past year and a half. She has such a refreshing spirit and has challenged me in countless ways through watching her work through life and follow the Spirit. In times of doubt and confusion her life has been a testimony to me that God is truly at work and actively involved in our lives. I thank the Lord everyday for providing her in my life.
Here is just a quick peek at my dorm. This video shows the living room, kitchen, and bathroom. My bedroom is on the first floor, but there are two more bedrooms upstairs. I will film a dorm room tour as well! But Until then, hope you enjoy!
Competition can be a crazy thing sometimes. I’m the kind of guy who loves competition, but I do not take it too seriously. So the other day Lanbarger House had a few dodgeball games in Land Gym and I see that there are a lot of other guys who love competition too…..but way too much. They take it way too seriously. There was name calling, cheating, lying, and it really just took away from the game. And that’s really all it is: a game. It’s only a game and yet people treat these games like it’s life or death. Yeah competition can be fun at times but why would you let something so petty consume you to the point of what looked like to me as hate. Danny, the Lanbarger RE, was even called a racist because there were people who couldn’t stand the idea of losing. I just thought to myself Danny? A racist? Are you serious? This is one example of how we, as humans in general, have this tendency to point the blame. We are quick to get defensive of our actions instead of just dealing with it, and then we get to this point when we messed up or we’ve fallen just a little short, it’s so easy to point the finger at others whether they are guilty or not. And its not just in sports but in anything. It’s in our school work, in sports, in friendships, and in just everyday tasks. Why is owning up to our actions so hard? Why can’t we just accept the fault? I guess this just kind of hit me: we really need to step up. We are not kids anymore. We need to step up as adults, as students, as friends, and most importantly as Christians. If we don’t step up then we can’t go anywhere. And if we don’t go anywhere we can not truly be happy. We’re called to be so much more and we can’t afford to be petty. I guess that’s just how I’ve been feeling lately and that’s what God has been speaking to me.
There’s something about moving away from home that makes you appreciate it all the more. It suddenly becomes a place that you begin to long for. I am so thankful to have had fall break this past weekend in which I was able to go home and simply be with my family. If you ever get the chance, be sure to make a little road trip out to the good ol’ town of Manhattan, KS, because visiting the little apple is quite the treat.
Being a college town, Manhattan is just a tad livelier than your average town of 53,000. My all time favorite place to spend time (other than my home of course) is the greatest coffee shop, Bluestem, which is located in the heart of Aggieville near K-State campus. Its orange-tiled floors, funky art, and, of course, amazing coffee is where so many good, intentional conversations have taken place throughout my high school and college years. Whenever I’m reconnecting with friends when I’m in town, it never fails to be the go-to spot. If I’m ever in need of a funky gift and/or the most beautiful flowers I’ve ever seen, Acme Gift is the solution. Just a few doors down, this place does not disappoint. Just this last weekend my family and I were celebrating my younger sister’s last home volleyball game and got her some gorgeous flowers there—a tad expensive, but definitely worth it. As you can tell by the unicorn picture above, Acme has the most unique and random gifts all packed into one little shop. I also love getting to be around K-State and seeing what life is like for students there. This last weekend I was able to check out one of my good friends’ ceramics studio and help her sell pottery at the student union, which was a blast because I was able to have yet another peek into the campus life of a state university. (I love people watching).
In regards to my home, I love that I have had the experience of growing up just a little ways into the country. I’ve always been one to love to go on walks, runs, and bike rides through the countryside. Especially with this fall season, it was just beautiful walking around and exploring. The leaves were a multitude of colors ranging from bright green to deep red and the weather was perfect. Our neighbors have always raised horses and it was so refreshing to visit them again and just soak up the beauty around me. Spending time with my family was so extremely refreshing as well and it felt so good to be in their presence and spend some good time with them. My parents are the best, always welcoming me with open arms but always purposeful in giving me any freedom and space I may need. I could go on and on about how well they love me, for they are some of the most selfless people I know. All in all, Manhattan brings such sweet, sweet memories to mind. So thankful I had the opportunity to revisit this hometown glory.