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.
The Bethel College Wall of Fame recognizes successful Bethel College alumni who espouse the values of the college and serve as examples to the community.
On a day that threatened stormy weather, the skies cleared as seven students followed a call to baptism in Bethel’s reflection pond after chapel. The baptism service was a celebratory conclusion to Spiritual Emphasis Week, a time on campus when students, faculty and staff are encouraged to engage in an extra set of chapel services that help establish the tone of the new school year.
Each year, Bethel College recognizes the outstanding achievements of alumni or friends of the college with Alumni Awards.
On Wed., Aug. 26, the historic Morris Performing Arts Center in downtown South Bend, Ind., held the premier of the movie Woodlawn, a film based on the true story of the Woodlawn High School football team that finds itself caught between severe racial tensions and the 1973 Jesus Movement. Bethel College helped promote the premier of the movie along with Empowered Living, Life Action Ministries, and various churches, businesses, and groups within the community. As a result of the partnership, 150 free tickets were offered to Bethel students who wanted to attend the premier. While it was a night of entertainment, the evening was about far more than the glitz and glam of the red carpet.
Ricardo Carvalho ’15 never envisioned himself in Mishawaka, Ind., with a college degree and three languages under his belt by his mid-twenties. The business administration major, who hails from Salvador Da Bahia, Brazil, came to Bethel College after connecting with Bethel Head Men’s Soccer Coach Thiago Pinto ’05, ’07, ’11, through mutual friends in Brazil. Studying and playing soccer at Bethel proved to be life-changing for Carvalho, who was recently honored as the 2014 NCCAA/NSCAA Player of the Year for D1 men’s soccer (a first in Bethel men’s soccer history).