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Renee DeVault


April 18, 2016

Have a little Fun, will ya?

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I have been learning some valuable lessons about having fun this last week.

It seems like it would be easy, like Oh, of course I know how to have fun, don’t you? But in reality, in the middle of the insanity that is April, I found myself focusing on the stress so much that I nearly forgot how to have fun.

Tuesday the Sophomore class council threw a Napoleon Dynamite prom. IMG_1962

It was hosted in the tipping point in the Land Gym building on campus. The movie was playing in the tipping point, there were tater tots in the cafe area, and a disco ball and music in the actual gym area.

What ended up happening was a crazy dance party to some 80s music which, when done by theater people, ended up being very dramatic and probably horrifying for outside observers. There is definitely a difference between dancing to impress and dancing to be silly and funny.

We were not trying to be graceful…and that was a good thing.

It was one of my favorite nights of the semester so far though. I always forget how fantastic friends and dancing go together. Any chance you get, do something silly with people you love. Like perform at an improv show for new pioneer students where you can pretend to be a gerbil for a few minutes.

Gerbils don’t have homework. It’s nice.

Speaking of silly, newspaper has really ramped up this week. Joshua and I conducted interviews for the new Trailblazer staff and we’re doing interviews for our next print edition coming out on April 27th.

Being on Trailblazer staff is a lot of hard work but it’s also one of the most fun jobs I’ve ever had. The people are fun, we get to talk about what is happening on campus, and we get to talk about what’s happening in the news and world around us.

Having to work is 200% more fun when you love the people you’re working with. I think this applies to studying for finals too, I am definitely getting people together that I enjoy to do some studying this year. We all have to get work done, but that doesn’t mean we have to be miserable.

Take a nod from St. John’s Sabbath rest challenge and take some time to play this week.

Photo credit Katie Linsey

Photo credit Katie Linsey


Div Tosinglo


April 15, 2016


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  • Our university is under attack. Our greatest enemy is greater than running out of toilet paper, your  8am class, getting busted for staying later for open dorms, and even bigger than finals. What’s bigger than all of that? The large epidemic of singleness that has prolonged its visit upon our campus. We have been called to “be fruitful and increase in number; to multiply on the earth and increase upon it.” (Genesis 9:7) (After we ring by spring first, of course). But how can we ring by spring if there is such a big gap between the guys and girls on this campus? So I took it upon myself to single handily (No pun intended) save our school. I believe that one of the biggest causes of this plague is ignorance. The guys don’t know what the girls want. The girls don’t know what the guys want! Enough with the assuming! So I asked a friend of mine (Who is a girl) and also girls around campus this simple question: What do MNU girls look for in a guy? and did the same for the guys. No more being lost in translation this is as direct as it’s going to get!


All a girl wants is….

  1.  A guy with a nice smile
  2. A guy who isn’t afraid to associate with people outside of his friend group
  3. A guy who is a little weird
  4. A guy who believes the best in other people/ Extends grace
  5. A guy who is humble yet confident
  6. A guy who is not cheap but frugal
  7. A guy who appreciates my weird and awkward moments
  8. Chivalry (don’t let it die even though some girls don’t want you to hold the door for them… DO IT I WANT YOU TO)
  9.  A guy who is assertive & can lead me
  10. an adventurous guy
  11. A guy who is willing to sing in the car with me ( just pray she’s not a Taylor Swift fan)
  12. A guy who has good hygiene
  13. A guy who consults Jesus before he consults me
  14. A guy who puts others before himself
  15. A guy who can hold an intelligent conversation

All a guy is looking for is a girl who…

  1. is genuinely kind to everyone
  2. has a nice smile, show your pearly whites
  3. Can pick up on sarcasm and relay it
  4. has pretty eyes
  5. is confident , but not an ego maniac
  6. brushes her teeth
  7. dresses modestly 😊
  8. is exclusive about her relationship with God
  9. Doesn’t pressure the future.
  10. Laughs at my jokes, even if they aren’t that funny (Preach it!)
  11. Will let me open the door
  12. Rub my head
  13. Values herself
  14. is selfless
  15. has a cute laugh



There are pros and cons to going to a small university. But today. In this blog it’s a pro. Because you get to know pretty much everyone! And I can honestly say that the majority of the guys live up to these desires, and the same goes for our girls. Maybe this joke about singleness goes deeper than just dating. Maybe this blog speaks truth about how unfamiliar we are with one another as a community. Maybe it’s a call out of our comfort zones and cliques, and a call to branch out! Or maybe it’s just another sneaky way to reawaken MNU Mingle. Who knows? But if this blog was the exact push you needed to find your future husband or wife. Just remember….to give credit where credit is due! 😉


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Renee DeVault


April 4, 2016

The Story Behind “All About Lewis”

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This last week I performed in two of MNU’s student directed one acts. One of these one acts was a play called “All About Lewis” and stands to be one of the most interesting creative collaboration processes I have gone through to date.

I first wrote this script, about an egotistical talk show host named Lewis Daily and the plots of his producer, Debora, to get him fired, my freshman year with three of my best friends. Since then I have adapted the script several times to make it more of my own but the original heart of the show and the characters were created in a group.


I have some amazing memories writing that script and looking back on things, it is one of my favorite projects I have collaborated on. It especially means a lot to me because the three people are now all away at college and one of them is in another country. Bringing this script back to life reminded me of them and how much I appreciated their impact on my life as well as brought about a sort of deep sadness for our lives being lived so far apart now.

When Quinn switched his major to Speech and Theatre Education and found out he needed to direct a one act for his class I volunteered to adapt the script from two hours to twenty minutes, a process which was much more difficult than I expected. I had to make calls on what was vital to the story, what was funny, and what was not.

It was like cutting up my favorite shirt to make handkerchief.

I never realized how connected to my stories and characters I can become. That was a huge realization for me-an awakening of the heart passion for writing and story telling that God has given me.


It also tested my relationship with Quinn in very unexpected ways. When I gave him the script I was giving up a lot of control that I never realized I would have difficulty giving up. I had to learn to trust his judgment and remember that my way of doing things is not the only way…and may not even be the best way or the right way.

Another interesting element was the cast. I was given the opportunity to play Debora, a character I created, but all of my other characters were in the hands of actors and utterly out of my control. Joshua Brisco, a good friend of mine who played Lewis, brought a whole different element to the character than I had ever even imagined and I loved it.

At first I couldn’t stand that people were messing with my ideas and not doing what I had envisioned, but when I started to step back and look at what was happening I realized that it was good…there was a diversity of talents and viewpoints that was being brought to this project that I would never have been able to do myself.


Josh and Alex during one of the show segments. Photo by Mischele Brisco

Josh and Alex during one of the show segments. Photo by Mischele Brisco

Photo by Mischele Brisco.

Photo by Mischele Brisco.

Photo by Mischele Brisco.

Photo by Mischele Brisco.

The show was great. After all of the internal struggle of letting go of something I had held onto so tightly and allowing it to be influenced by other people, the show turned out better than I could have expected it to. And bringing other people in allowed for my story to be shown to people who never would have gotten to experience it had it just been left sitting on my hard drive as it otherwise would have been.

We are designed as people to be in collaboration with one another. God said that it was not good for Adam to be alone. Man was created in God’s image and God is, by definition, a cooperative God-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-working in harmony, perfect interdependence, and collaboration.

I had to learn to be dependent on Quinn and my fellow cast members for “All About Lewis” to happen. I had to allow this project which means so much to me in the memory of my friends to be vulnerable to the work of others.

I believe in doing this I become a little bit closer to the person God designed me to be- intensely passionate and creative but willing to trust and be in collaboration with those who have been put in my life.


Div Tosinglo


March 23, 2016


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Dear, Bud

How are you doing? Good? Me too. Classes going well? You struggling a little? The taste of spring break got you all ready for summer? SAME, BROTHA, SAME! Well finish strong my man, we all want to see get that degree. Yeah no problem. Okay, here’s a little question between you and I, you know man to man? How are things with the ladies going? No, you can tell me I won’t tell a soul!  You’re struggling? These MNU girls can’t seem to give you a break? You even raise your hands up during worship at chapel? You even spend most of your time in the library studying? WHAT? YOU EVEN LET THEM CUT YOU IN LINE FOR SPICY CHICKEN THURSDAY? Dude that’s commitment! What are you supposed to do now? What? Your mom said be yourself? Nah, let’s keep that as our last resort. I found some of these Christian pickup lines online. It’s a Christian school, they are Christian girls, try them out. What’s the worst that can happen? I’m a genius? Oh, stop it. 😉




There’s no way she says no!



Just make sure she’s the only name and number on that list, you know?



You know because she so beautiful, you get it?



Try not laughing when you say this one.

Sometimes being cheesy pays off.



Because no one wants to do this alone.



Test this one on the Ministry Majors first, then branch out!



This one is very risky, because you don’t want to be known as the guy who keeps having dreams of God showing him his wife every night. That guy doesn’t even want to be that guy anymore.



Obviously we’re not going to use this one. This one is just for cracks and giggles.



Before she answers, tell her because if it is I’m not going to tell anyone. Then wink.



Even if you get turned down, my friend you’ll get a smile. Guaranteed!



Here is another one you have to close out with a wink. This will probably get you a eye rolling and maybe even a laugh,



Even if she walks away! I bet you really do put the “STUD” in bible study.


But yeah man that’s all I got for you. Did this work with my girlfriend? Umm well I’m single… What qualifies me then to give you advice? No, brother, what doesn’t qualify me? Exactly!




Renee DeVault


March 22, 2016

Chicago and Championships

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Over the break a few friends and I stayed at Jordan’s house in Champaign, IL which we used as a home base for getting to Chicago and exploring the city. We had some mishaps along the way such as losing Levi’s bag on the side of the highway when, wrapped in a trash bag to protect it from rain, it escaped the ties binding it to the roof of our car and didn’t even make it into Missouri.

Unfortunately we didn’t realize this had happened until we were a few hours into the trip.

Levi handled things really well though and we were able to lend him clothes/take him on last minute runs to Target so he didn’t have to wear the same two outfits every day of our trip.

We also got to lead worship at Champaign First Church of the Nazarene which was an incredible experience for me. I love being able to serve God along side the people God has put in my life.

I have included some pictures from our Chicago adventures.

The Water Tower mall had a giant Lego store that we went crazy for almost as much as the fancy tea shop that let us have free samples.

The Water Tower mall had a giant Lego store that we went crazy for almost as much as the fancy tea shop that let us have free samples.

Chicago has a free zoo! We got to see all sorts of animals including some crocodiles which are my very favorite.

Chicago has a free zoo! We got to see all sorts of animals including some crocodiles which are my very favorite.


You can't beat $5 symphony tickets. Their symphony hall is absolutely beautiful and we got to hear some awesome pieces dressing up all fancy is always fun.

You can’t beat $5 symphony tickets. Their symphony hall is absolutely beautiful and we got to hear some awesome pieces played…plus dressing up all fancy is always fun.

As soon as I got back from Chicago the Trailblazer hit the ground running by covering the men’s basketball game against Georgetown in the Final Four of the NAIA championship. While the men did lose they played a great game and we got to be right there with them.

Joshua, our Editor in Chief, and Chace, one of our video reporters, got press passes and spots reserved for us at the press table. Josh and I sat almost dead center court.

It was probably the most fun I’ve had at an MNU game before although Josh did most of the actual work since he’s writing the story…and actually knows something about sports. After the game we went and did some interviews with the team.

I have a lot of respect for the student athletes on campus. I couldn’t even imagine taking the classes that I’m taking now while also going to workouts and practices everyday with games and tournaments all thrown in. I’m so glad that so much of our community is showing up to championship games and being so supportive.



Renee DeVault


March 7, 2016

Action Pact and Religions of the World

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I have been loving this semester of classes that I’m in as well as the events that I’ve gotten to do through Action Pact, the improv SERVE team that I’m a part of.

Friday Action Pact and VOP (Voices of Praise, the singing group that Quinn is a part of) got to work together to put on an awesome show for Heritage Christian Academy’s Father Daughter Banquet.

It was a great tag-team event with VOP singing and Action Pact playing some games culminating in a SERVE team showdown lip sinc battle before VOP performed their final set.

I love getting the chance to do theater as one of my jobs. It’s something I never would have expected to be doing this time last year.

Another awesome factor about this last week has been my Religions of the World class taught by Dr. Randy Cloud and Dr. Charles Christian. It’s required for my major but students can take it as an elective or a philosophy gen-ed class.

This week Dr. Cloud talked about Islam and some of the myths that we believe about Muslims. There was a large component about learning the facts of the religion including it’s history and practices but we also just had some great discussion time.

Dr. Cloud brought some traditional Islamic clothing into class for us to look at while he led the lecture.

Dr. Cloud brought some traditional Islamic clothing into class for us to look at while he led the lecture.

It’s really been an incredible class. Learning about other religions really has helped me understand Christianity better and some of the ways it is unique. My favorite experience by far was Saturday when I went with Dr. Cloud, Quinn, and Matt, a friend and fellow classmate (in my Hebrew class actually) went to a Messianic Jewish service.

The best way I could have described the experience was joyful. They danced during worship and clapped and smiled and shouted out. I loved watching the joy and reverence that they had for the Torah and the Gospels which they have a copy of in Hebrew.

I loved how they did one lesson from the Hebrew Torah (our Old Testament) and one lesson from the Gospels. The balance of old and new was beautiful both in testaments as well as in culture.

Be open to new experiences. I’m having a lot of fun.

Mackenzie Theiler


March 7, 2016


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Why are colleges set up differently then others? As in, why are some colleges set up as a quarter system, verse’s some are set up as a semester system? What makes them, so, different from one another?

Well, the difference, for those that do not know, a semester is 14 to 16 weeks and a quarter is 6 to 8 weeks. There would be 2 quarters for 1 semester. I go back and forth if, I like semesters or quarter systems better. I like that there is only 8 weeks, which makes it crunch time all the time. I also, like, that one can take more classes in a quarter system; whereas, semesters you are stuck with those classes till school is out. I do like, in having a semester system, there is more time to get your work done; and if you get injured, like me, you have time to make up work and still, stay on top of class work.

I feel like one’s preference would be if they are, a “go, go, go,” or they like to take their time and things slow. My JC school were semesters. Here, at MNU, it is also, step up as semesters. I really like taking summer classes, though; because they are, only, 6 to 8 weeks long. I seem to preform better, when my classes are in a shorter amount of weeks. Then again, if, I had an excellent professor that did not teach us, with such high difficultly, and went about a different approach, as in, “we know absolutely nothing about this class,” teach us SMARTER not HARDER! They would be a lot more successful kids. Professors should reach out to the attendance, find there interests, not just teach the class, straight out of the book!

If you are taking semesters, it helps to find classes you are interested in. Sometimes, though, there are classes that are not as fun, but you have to take them to get your degree. Being in a semester there are more changes to change your grade than in a quarter. It is a lot more rigorous and one must be focused. Taking semester classes though, there is a lot more room and error for someone to slack off and get sick of the class. It, too, takes a lot of focus and staying on track to finish with a good grade.

For those of you who have not started college yet, or you are a parent, and trying to help your son or daughter find a school. I would encourage them to look into, if they want to be in a quarter system school or a semester system school.

Whichever school you decide to attend, Rate My Professors is an awesome site, where previous students wrote about what they thought of their professor. This can help you decide what professors are good, bad, and fit your needs as student.

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Div Tosinglo


February 28, 2016

Taking a break from community, but not breaking away from it.

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I love being around people. I love all the sharing that goes on. From sharing stories, frustrations, weird dreams, class discussions, passions, desires, who’s cute, who’s not, the list goes on and on. I believe community makes us better for each other. But could there also be a season of cutting back on people time, and increasing solitude time.

In the book of Ecclesiastes King Solomon has reached old age, and writes what I would call a  “this is what I’ve learned” book. His guidance sound much like one a grandfather would give his grandchildren. My favorite chapter in the book, and possibly even throughout scipture is Ecclesiastes 3:1-6

A Time for Everything

3 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

When I read this I hear Grandpa Solomon say that life is lived out through seasons. I hear him say no one season defines the entirety of your life. I hear him say all is healthy to go through if carefully balanced out.

I needed this truth as I toyed with the idea of solitude. I feared that I would come to enjoy not being around people so much that I’d never want to be social again. But this verse speaks truth to me. We live in and out of seasons. And this is my season to pull back, and find God in the solitude.

I think the comforting understanding that this new season is one God has lead me to, and when it’s time He’ll lead me out of it.



Isaac Walker


February 27, 2016

10 Questions College Students Are Tired Of Hearing

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Hey friends!

So I have been thinking lately and I have no idea what I want to do with my life.  I am majoring in sociology and I have some ideas about what I want to do, but I have not fully committed to anything.  I am only 21!  Sometimes I tell myself that I am young and I have plenty of time.  But other times I feel so old and that if I do not figure this out soon, I am going to die sad and miserable!  I was asked a few days ago what I am majoring in by an older man I had literally never spoken before.  After I told him I am majoring in Sociology, he asked me what I plan to do with that when I graduate.  I already hate it when people ask me that question, but he asked the question with a slightly condescending tone.  This leads me to the topic of this blog!  10 Questions all college students are tired of hearing.

  •  What are you studying?
  • 1

    Even ifI told you, you wouldn’t understand.

  • What do you plan on doing with that major?
  • I don't know! I still have plenty of time to figure it out.

    I don’t know! I still have plenty of time to figure it out.

  • Ready for the Real World?
  • Like this is not the real world now?

    Like this is not the real world now?

  • Are you going to get your masters degree next?
  • I still have to get through all of this first. Leave me be.

    I still have to get through all of this first. Leave me be.

  • Have you thought about going into ________ instead?
  • I picked this major for a reason.

    I picked this major for a reason.

  • Oh MNU?  Do you know _______ who goes there too?
  • There are a lot of people here. Odd are no.

    There are a lot of people here. Odds are no.

  • Are you seeing anyone?
  • Yes grandma. I'm in a committed relationship with anxiety.

    Yes grandma. I’m in a committed relationship with anxiety.

  • How do you like living on your own?
  • It has it's ups and down.

    It has it’s ups and down.

  • Have you gained the freshman 15?
  • Mind your own g dang business!

    Mind your own g dang business!

  • How are your classes going?
  • Oh ya they are so much fun and I love every second.

    Oh ya they are so much fun and I love every second.

Mackenzie Theiler


February 15, 2016

The Road to Recovery

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The first few days after surgery, all I wanted to do was sleep, sleep, and more sleep. The pain medication, the doctor provided me, made me sleepy within, 30 minutes. I would say by day three or four, the pain was excruciating. So, I made sure to just stay in bed and keep it elevated. Crutches, are for sure, my new cardio. Within the first couple of days, I knew, I had to get my tolerance built up. I did not start actually crutching a lot, until, day five or six; but my arms sore the first few days. The hardest things for me to do is, crutch up and down stairs, stand on, just, my one leg, and showers. I have fallen twice on the stairs, once, going up and once, coming down. Luckily no one was around. I ended up getting a few little bruises, on my arms. It was quite comical! 😅 It is hard to balance on my one leg, because it, too, has no stability. It has gotten a little easier, but still, quite, difficult. What is showering, anymore? I tried to shower a couple of nights, after my surgery. I ended up getting my whole boot, very, wet. I had to blow dry it. Then, the following day, I went and saw the trainers to have them look at it; just to make sure my stitches and wound did not get wet. Luckily they were dry. So now, I use baby whips, and exfoliating clothes, to wash my body. I wash my hair in the sink. One downfall of living in the dorms is, not all of them have tubs. So, it is difficult to stick my leg out of the standing shower, with no tub.

Today, I went into the training room to have them clean my dressing (bandage). They cleaned where the doctor made his incision and gave me new bandages.  Hopefully within the next few weeks, when it is completely healed, I will be able to get my stitches taken out. For now, one step at a time. I cannot wait to get back out there on the track, but it is extremely important, I do not rush my recovery or this surgery would have been for nothing.

I will continue to keep you all posted.

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