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Katie Linsey


April 23, 2015

MNU to Drexel, Missouri

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This week, I had the privilege of making a video for the Nazarene district highlighting MNU’s time at a church in Drexel, Missouri. Watch this video to find out how MNU became involved, what it has meant for students, and how it’s impacted the community in the church.


Haley Raydo


April 20, 2015

The Power of Friendship

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Hello friends

The school year is coming to an end– so naturally I get all sentimental.  I am so thankful for all that my college experience at MNU has offered me.  Amazing professors, a high quality education, plenty of memories, etc.  I think by far the best thing the LORD and MNU has blessed me with this year are my roommates.

If you would have asked me back in high school how I would feel living with five girls I probably would have grimaced at the thought.  However, I have never been surprised by such a big and amazing blessing.

Let me tell you about them:

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Sarah & Anna (the twinsies) are seriously funny and seriously sweet.  Anna (middle) is sassy and sweet– the perfect combination!  The looks and sarcastic comments make me laugh way too hard! And then she’ll turn it right back around and be just too sweet! She always can get a laugh out of any of us!  I can picture her head tilt right about now… Sarah (right) is nicknamed “mama Sarah” because she is naturally so nurturing and gentle.  Every group needs a nurturer!  She is always checking in to see that all of us are okay.  These girls are such a blessing, very distinct from the rest of the world.  They always have a smile on their face– day-brighteners!


Rachel is one of the kindest lady I have ever met.  Always quick to listen, and probably wouldn’t hurt a fly.  I have never seen her angry.  What a gift she is to an angry and impatient world!  It’s almost embarrassing to complain to her because she hardly ever complains!  She challenges you to be better simply by her actions.



Mckenna is bold and adventurous.  She never fails to make just a little more exciting.  If any of us need something planned, she is the one to do it!  Kenna knows how to get things done!  She is there when we need to cry watching Grey’s Anatomy or eat a hot pocket, there to quickly come to any of our defense, she is always on our side.


Randi is my partner in crime, a leader,a loyal friend, and a world-changer.  We first met at the beginning of freshman year– we’ve been through it all. Laughs until we cry, and cries until we laugh.  She instantly knows when I am upset, and knows when to give space and when to be there.  She doesn’t follow the crowd, but is in-tune and patient to hear what God has for her.  She is a blessing to us all.  This girl is going to do big things.

I have so many other blessings as friends–


My childhood best friend (who came to MNU with me) Annie, makes me laugh hard.  Annie and I will never fail to be goofy together.  All that, yet we can still have long controversial theological and political conversations without any anger or insults added (rare I know).  She is truly a blessing, a kind and sweet soul.

So many others- my siblings, peoples from my church, and from high school, all my guy friends (shout out!).




I guess I say all this just to say, your friends are an important part of who you are (especially if you live with them, hint the emphasis on my roommates).  It is important to surround yourself with people who are there to support and build you up, to challenge and to help you grow.  Also it is important to share your gratitude.  Nothing wrong with a little praise on the people who mean so much!

I challenge you to post about your friends that have become so meaningful! Share your gratitude with others and the Lord.

Maybe I just get sentimental knowing we only have one more year altogether.  Who knows.


Thanks for stopping by


Mariah McCommon


April 20, 2015

Cracking Down

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As we begin to wrap up the school year, I don’t know about anyone else, but my stress meter has exploded. I just finished a 1500 word paper, which, that sounds really bad, but I actually quite enjoyed it! It just took too much time.

Lately my mind has been everywhere in attempts to process everything that’s going on all at once. I feel like I’m trying to relive the past school year in hopes to make sure they’re real. If that makes sense. Being a sensitive person, the end to this school year has really got me on an emotional roller coaster. Speaking of roller coasters, I’m SUPER pumped to go to World of Fun on Friday!!! That is my motivation to get me through this week. Then parts of me wants this week to drag out so it’ll last longer.

I’m excited for the school part of school to be over, but I will without a doubt bawl my eyes out without the day we leave. That means only one Sunday left at Drexel too. If only college was a big fun camp to hang out with people. I’m just kidding, I love school, it’s so great. Learning things is fun (my mom reads my blogs).

One really important aspect of my life right now RA training. We recently were kidnapped twice, once for iHop and the second for 7 Eleven slushies. It was all worth it. I’m already thinking of ideas for next years RA’s: better watch out! We also had our induction ceremony which honestly wasn’t even a ceremony. Our RE’s were in animal costumes and we played kickball. It was possibly the greatest thing ever. We start getting serious about training after school is out. As much as I don’t want school to end, I’m excited to start training. I have high hopes for next year and can’t wait to see what God has in store for me and the girls on my hall, along with the other RA’s. It’s going to be a blast!

With these next couple of weeks before school is out, I have to keep reminding myself that the four months of summer will go by in the blink of an eye, just like this past year did. All the flowers and leaves that are blooming on campus get me all giddy inside and ready for summer. Our campus is truly beautiful.

Thanks guys!

Katie Linsey


April 16, 2015

Signs You Go To MNU

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1. You have campus wide library board game nights.

You know it’s a bumpin’ Friday night when the students at MNU gather in the library to play some board games and have a terrific time. I’ve never been, but I hear it gets pretty crazy.

2. You pay $15 for a campus flower.

If Campus Security catches you picking a flower for your significant other, expect to pay at least a $15 fine for that quality tulip. They should probably just open up a floral shop on campus.

3. Saying “I’ll pray about it and let you know” could very well just be a nicer way of saying “no.”

Some people have a hard time saying no… or maybe they really do like to pray about things before they turn you down. You’ll probably never know.

4. The joke “Ring by Spring” isn’t actually a joke.

That awkward moment when you show up to MNU as a freshman and think it’s funny that everyone jokes about getting their MRS degree, only to find out that it’s not a joke. Then the flowers bloom and all these rings start showing up.

5. Applebee’s and Starbucks are extensions of the campus.

I heard they’re actually going to start offering classes at Starbucks since all the students are already there anyway. Also, I don’t know if it’s a good or bad thing that all the waiters at Applebee’s consider me their friend. Hugging your waiter shouldn’t be normal.

6. You leave lunch with a backpack full of fruit and bread.

Doing grocery shopping in Campus Center isn’t a bad idea. Just make sure you don’t get caught.

7. Your professors add you on Facebook and Instagram.

For most colleges, probably weird. For MNU, definitely normal.

8. You have a mall on campus.

Not a shopping mall, just a really green patch of grass. Looks nice, though.

9. There are more squirrels on campus than people.

Watch out. They own this place and they’re not afraid to show it.

10. People know who you’re dating before you even do.

If two people of the opposite gender are seen hanging out on more than on occasion, they are dating. And they don’t have a choice… unless they want to set 500 people straight that they’re “just friends.”

11. Sometime it’s hard to “keep your eyes open” at Chapel.

The community benediction goes something like this…

Keep your eyes closed, hold tight to your phones, give it all your time, be with your boyfriend, and cram without stopping.

Something like that.

12. You get mad at your neighbors for blasting worship music late at night.

“I know it’s past quiet hours and you’re trying to worship Jesus, but I’m trying to sleep… so…”

13. Everything is about community, even the bathrooms.

It’s a joy to live life with people in community, but the line must be drawn somewhere. Please don’t feel the need to ask me how my day is when I’m showering.


Haley Raydo


April 14, 2015

A Challenge from a Counseling Psychology Theory

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Hello friends

So currently I am taking a Fundamentals of Counseling course for my major.  It is very interesting to learn about the different theories on how to help people.  People of all different types, with all different challenges, that need help getting through the day to day.

One type we have been talking about is called positive psychology.  Now this is definitely not my favorite theory out there, I think sometimes we have to go deeper into some of the issues, but the basics of thankfulness and appreciation can make major improvements in daily life.  This theory focuses on the “positives,” and being thankful.

My professor (Amy Cain wooh!) even related the concepts back to Scripture.  How often does the Lord ask us to give praise, and to serve, and to rest.  All component positive psychology uses in therapy.  Some of the homework positive psychologist give clients I wanted to share.  I decided to challenge myself to do this, and thought some of you out there could benefit as well!

1. Go through each day this week, and write down 5 good things that happened.  For instance, discuss accomplishments, something that was fun, a time you felt proud, a time you helped someone else, etc.

2. Tell someone this week that you are thankful for them.  Say it and write it.

3. Go for a walk (because it is so nice and beautiful out!) and be appreciative of your surroundings.  (You can read some of my old blog posts about finding joy in the ordinary, a scriptural idea used in a secular psychology theory)

The more objective psychology student in me wants to say that there is not enough research and this approach does not necessarily go down into the root of the problem.  There are definitely those cases where you may need to go deeper than just “feeling good” and being positive.  But I think these ideas are scriptural, to show praise and to be thankful.  So maybe try it out

Thanks for stopping by,


Aaron Merrell


April 14, 2015

NSLC Last Week!

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Hey y’all!

The 2015/2016 ASG Exec Council got back from NSLC on Sunday evening around 7pm, and we had such a blast!

For those of you who didn’t read the last blog, NSLC is an event put on the by the higher education institutions of the USA/Canada region of the Church of the Nazarene. This year was the 50th anniversary of NSLC, so it was held at NSLC’s birthplace, MNU’s sister schools, Olivet Nazarene University.  At the event, we meet with other student governments from the eight other Nazarene liberal arts Universities and Colleges in the USA/Canada region.  We got to meet students and advisors from each of the other schools, and got to share ideas with people at other schools who have the same positions as us at their respective schools.

On the way down to Olivet, we stopped at Charlie Parker’s diner in Springfield , IL for lunch.  There is a food I discovered that is only found in Illinois called the horseshoe. At Charlie Parker’s, I decided to try a buffalo chicken horseshoe, and here’s what it consisted of: two pieces of Texas toast, then a layer of buffalo chicken strips, then the strips are topped of with fries, and cheese sauce is smothered all over it. It was so delicious, but so unhealthy. I couldn’t even eat half of it.

At the event, we did a lot of fun and helpful team-building and connecting activities. There were the following events: musical chairs, dance parties, speakers, group time, a scavenger hunt, dodgeball, blow darts (let’s go Ambrose and MNU), human hungry hungry hippos, a taste of Chicago, an improv team, and LOTS of food.

We all learned a lot about ourselves, and each other last week at Olivet, and I can;t wait to see what’s in store for ASG this next year.  When you get to campus, you definitely have to look into student government, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made here.

Thanks, guys! See you next time!


Katie Linsey


April 9, 2015

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: An Inspiration

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Today marks the 70th anniversary of the death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a theologian, German Lutheran pastor, and founding member of the Confessing Church.

You know the classic question, “If you could have coffee with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?” Well, my first choice would be Jesus… and my second choice would be Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

His life inspires me. I could study his writings for hours and hours on end. I could sit here and tell you about his life and try to do it justice with my own words, but I think his writings are inspiring enough without any commentary.

Here are a few of my personal favorite quotes by Bonhoeffer:

“We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.”

“When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”

“The exclusion of the weak and insignificant, the seemingly useless people, from a Christian community may actually mean the exclusion of Christ; in the poor brother Christ is knocking at the door.”

“When all is said and done, the life of faith is nothing if not an unending struggle of the spirit with every available weapon against the flesh.”

“There is meaning in every journey that is unknown to the traveler.”

“It is only because He became like us that we can become like Him.”

If you have never studied his life or read any of his books, I highly recommend you do. Some of his most famous books include The Cost of Discipleship and Life Together.

It’s life changing stuff. You won’t regret it.


Haley Raydo


April 7, 2015

It’s Springtime: Life Update

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Hello friends

I have barely made it through my first day back from Easter break.  The fact that I barely made it through today is kind of sad because I haven’t had a full week of school since spring break.  Anyways, let me just say my brain is fried and I am ready for summer-which is actually in just a few short weeks (MNU perks).

Just a few quick life updates:

1. I got a summer internship! This has been by far the most exciting thing in my life the last months or so. I will be working with an organization called MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault) as a victim’s advocate. This is something I am incredibly passionate about and I am so blessed to be provided an opportunity to help and to learn. SO keep me in your prayers (as well as the organization and victims) this will be a difficult but inspiring experience I am sure.

2. I got to spend Easter break with my family.  These are my siblings: Kayla and Nate.  The first picture is our annual Easter picture.  Three years running Nate has gotten a hand to the face. The second is Nate exiting our selfie.  But seriously I love these people and I love to spend time with them.

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3.  The weather is beautiful which means campus looks beautiful! The picture above the title is a view looking up at one of the dogwood trees on campus.  This is the weather I have been waiting for!

4.  I am doing well in all of my classes.  Sometimes I forget I am in college mainly to get a degree (I am only being partially sarcastic).  It is just easy to get distracted when you live with your best friends, there are so many fun events, and new opportunities are given.  This semester has been incredibly difficult.  MNU is very blessed to have the professor they have and I say that because they are complete geniuses and I am well– probably not a genius.  So by the grace of God I am doing extremely well– and most importantly I am learning (I felt like my mom as I wrote that).  But truly I am so blessed to be learning.

Anyways.. That’s about it.  A few exciting things, hopefully more to come!

Thanks for stopping by


Aaron Merrell


April 7, 2015

NSLC This Week!

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Hey everyone!

This week, I’m preparing to go to Nazarene Student Leadership Conference, or NSLC. We leave tomorrow, at 6am, and head from here to Bourbonnais, IL to Olivet Nazarene University, who are hosting the event this year.

The schedule involves group sessions focused on leadership, as well as sessions in which we share ideas and information with our counterparts at other Nazarene universities. For instance, I’ll be meeting with the other Directors of Social Life from the other schools.

There are other events, like a dodgeball tournament, and spirit events that we’ll be participating in as well, not to mention a day in Chicago on our last day there.

Be on the lookout for an update next time on how it goes!


Mariah McCommon


April 5, 2015

What Easter Means to Me

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Hi y’all.

To wrap up Easter weekend, I’m going to share how mine went!

It was crazy busy as always. On Friday night, my roommate and I went back to my home town for an annual play at my home church. I was in it until I was 17 and the rest of my family is still in it, so naturally I had to go see them! The Passion Play is a big hit and I couldn’t miss it, even though it meant two trips home in one weekend. The play is the life, death, and resurrection of Christ highlighting the important moments in His life. I was also excited to bring my roommate home for the first time to show her my world. Here are some photos!



My sister gave her testimony in front of a ton of people! Im so proud of her!


My mommy!

My mom!

So happy to see him again

So happy to see him again

After the play, I went back home in order to work Saturday morning, then afterwards, I went with my roomie and my Drexel buddies to Drexel church to do some cleanup work. We mainly scraped paint, polished the pews, set out Easter eggs, and had a fantastic time. We got a lot of work done in a short amount of time cause we worked really hard! It was nice to see some improvements too since there hasn’t been any in a long time. It was also great because it was all done in preparation for our Sunday service.

For Easter Sunday today, we woke up real early for the Drexel community sunrise service. As cold as it was, we kept the service short with some worship songs and a small devotion. God knew about our service and painted a breathtaking sunrise. I wasn’t able to catch the full beauty on camera but I tried! After the sunrise service, we had our normal gathering of our own back at our church. We had so much fun with it.
Drexel has become home to me. It’s a small town with that perfect home-town feel. I absolutely adore it. It’s been a tremendous blessing to me and my growth this semester. We are continuing next semester and hopefully recruiting incoming freshman ministry majors — and others who are interested. It’s a real encouragement to the community of Drexel and even to the MNU community!

Easter is important to me because of the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s a time to be thankful for all He’s done, spend time with family, and of course eat food. (: In the midst of everything going on, knowing Christ is risen from the dead gives me hope each and every day.

Thanks guys!