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24 hours at Bethel

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The Clarion spread out across Bethel’s campus April 26 armed with cameras, notebooks and tripods. Here’s a multimedia peek of 24 hours at Bethel. By Clarion Staff 12:57 a.m. Dr. Stephen Self, a professor of music at Bethel University, played the organ in his cramped office that overflowed with sheet music he has acquired throughout his 18 years at Bethel. The symphonic chorale “Jesu, Meine Freude” by Sigfrid Karg-Elert echoed through the tranquil halls of the Clausen Center. Usually, only the night janitorial staff hear the angelic notes coming from his fingers as they dance across the ivory keys. “I often stay this late because it’s usually pretty quiet,” Self said. “There aren’t usually any interruptions.” Self, a night owl by nature, used to be just the opposite. By 10 p.m., he used to be in bed. “It’s really funny to me because usually old people think about going to…

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Humans of Bethel: Willy Issa & Nicole Miller

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By Katie Viesselman     My Faith Growing Up: Nicole Miller My faith growing up was a lot of what other people viewed me as and not what my individual relationship with Christ looked like. I was always striving to reach that goal or reach that fulfillment and satisfaction that I thought I would get from the recognition of being a Miller kid or making the top sports team. In reality, that never brought me satisfaction. I mean, yeah, I’d come home and be in a varsity sport and have all these points and in the moment it felt great, but when the doors were closed, I was super empty. Honestly, I was just lonely and just, like, unsatisfied and an angry person because I thought I could do it on my own and do it without Christ, but still throw in the “Christ” word once in awhile. I’d be…

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Christian political involvement as an act of love

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The following is an opinion piece and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Clarion, its staff or the institution. If you would like to submit a response or an opinion piece of your own, please contact clarion@bethel.edu. By Fred Van Geest Why should Christians be politically engaged?  Because Jesus tells us that the second greatest commandment is to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:9).  Our neighbors include everyone, but the Scriptures give special attention to those who are needy, like widows, orphans, foreigners and the poor.  Of course, there are many ways to show love to our neighbors, but political engagement is one important way. There are several reasons why thinking about political life in this way makes sense.  First, there are countless practical ways political engagement lets us show our love. For example, we show love for abused children when we insist on fair laws to…

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Humans of Bethel: Jim Beilby

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By Katie Viesselman As a professor at Bethel, how has being in that position shaped your faith? I would honestly say that it’s shaped it … potentially more than my students have. Let me explain that. If you’re a student, you’re kind of receiving that in a passive way. To teach it, you just kind of know it. It’s a part of who you are. I tell students that faith has to have hands, so if you’re not doing something with your faith, your faith with sort of steadily die. If you just park your butt in a pew, you aren’t going anywhere, but when you’re forced to use your gifts, and you’re forced to pour into other people, that’s when you see God’s work and feel God’s presence. That’s when you get beyond the head understanding and get to the heart understanding. So that’s what teaching does for me.…

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