On a December evening, in the heart of Nashville, Tenn., a group of Bethel College students gathered in a recording studio and sang Chris Tomlin’s song, “Good, Good Father” into a microphone. The unified, choral ending wrapped the week of recording students’ original songs. What began as a simple conversation between a five-time Grammy-nominated Bethel alumnus and the college, led to this opportunity for worship arts majors to spend a week in the music capital of the world.
On Jan. 16, more than 800 people packed the Everest-Rohrer Auditorium for the third annual ReFuel Conference. It’s a day for worship teams and their leaders to be together, be refreshed and be equipped to continue their effective leadership in the church and the world (refuelconference.com).
The Crossings, the student-led literary journal of Bethel College, recently launched online. Its purpose? To cultivate “a community at Bethel College which takes seriously the call to worship God and express ourselves through the creation of a wide variety of beautiful art.”
Alumnus Zachary Gibson ’09 followed his passion for graphic design to Los Angeles, where he now manages the Snapchat team at BuzzFeed, known as “the media company for the social age.” Learn how he got discovered, and find out about the children’s book he’s been working on, with proceeds going toward Midnight Mission (a charity that fights to relieve the massive homeless population that exists in the City of Angels). “Bethel emphasizes being about other people. It’s a huge asset to remember that it’s not all about me,” he says.
Jamie Hilton ’03 released her first album, “Roots & Wings,” this past fall. It’s comprised of original lullabies written for children, about God’s promises for their lives. Its goal: “to guide little hearts to experience God’s gigantic love” – something Hilton found to be transformative in her own life.
“[Having roots and wings] can change the way we live,” Hilton says. “If we can understand that the Lord loves us, then we are going to be courageous enough to do what He calls us to do – because we trust Him.”
This December, Bethel College invites you to embark on a journey through Old Testament prophesy and New Testament fulfillment as we prepare our hearts to receive Jesus on Christmas. This weekly devotional contains a scriptural focus and meditation for each day in the four weeks of Advent, starting on the first Sunday. Download the printable PDF (with space to write your responses), to keep at your desk or in your home. And feel free to share it with your family, friends or church.
It can be hard to be thankful.
Reflecting on recent current events has left me evermore convinced of this. How much easier it is to let the gravitational pull of negativity push me down further into the mire of pessimism that is so, so, accessible. National security is questionable, the papers I have due this week are certain, and visions of pumpkin pie and turkey stuffing seem to be nothing more than foggy memories or distant dreams.
Yet God calls us to be thankful, always, and for everything.
Jared Schwartz ’04, began his Bethel career as a performing artist with no formal training in voice or vocal performance. Now he is a household name to classical music lovers. His new album, “Gabriel Fauré; Songs for Bass Voice and Piano,” contains 25 songs by French composer Gabriel Fauré and features a conglomeration of old favorites and first-time recordings of some of Fauré’s works.
The album debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart and hit number 2 on the list of Amazon Hot New Releases. Though Schwartz makes the music sound effortless, his success came after years of work dating back to college.
Sophomore Natalie Punkay sees life as an adventure and she wants you to come along for the ride. The southern California native took part in a unique kind of thrill-seeking last spring when she participated in Wycliffe Bible Translators’ weekend fundraising trip, Race to 2025.
The trip merges fundraising with adventure by having participants raise financial support to engage in strange and exciting challenges that are common to missionaries across the world. The funds raised go toward Wycliffe’s Bible Translation program, which helps unreached people groups around the globe see the gospel in their native languages for the first time.
Bethel’s fourth president (1982-1988), The Rev. James “Jim” A. Bennett, Ph.D., of Elkhart, Ind., passed away yesterday afternoon, Oct. 8, after years of declining health. He was 78 years old.