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Remembering Elaine: Memorial tree dedicated on JBU campus

On Sept. 30, 1919, John Brown University – formerly called Southwestern Collegiate Institute – opened for its first day of classes. That same day, five hours away from campus, the deadliest race massacre in Arkansas history unfolded in Elaine, Arkansas. As the institution continued to flourish in Siloam Springs, a […]

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Christianity, Nationalism and Immigration

Looking at the country’s landscape reveals that politics and religion are the most polarized conversations to be discussed. Many Christians continue to question whether Old Testament ideals are still essential to a faithful life. Some lie in silence or active discussion about the ambiguity for subjects like abortion, gay rights […]

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A Touristic Journey or Evangelistic Trip?

The line between mission trips and tourism is becoming blurrier. Embarking on a journey to foreign lands inside and outside the country sparks a call of adventure. Unfortunately, most mission trips—particularly, short-term trips—focus on the touristic aspect rather than serving people in the community. Aminta Arrington, associate professor of intercultural […]

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Falwell and His Resignation Represent Spiritual Challenges

On Aug. 25, 2020, the Christian community was startled by the unsettling sexual and financial allegations against Liberty University’s former president, Jerry Falwell, Jr. The Associated Press announced on Aug. 31 that Liberty University would launch an investigation into “all facets,” that preceded Falwell’s tenure as president before his resignation. […]

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Ministry Builds Communities for Foster Families

Nearly 424,000 children are in the United States’ the foster care system, with over five hundred children in foster homes in Northwest Arkansas alone. However, only 180 families are prepared to properly take care of these children. These devastating statistics negatively illustrate the impact on childrens’ mental health, communication skills […]

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With No New Chaplain, What Lies Ahead?

Many students were excited for the new chaplain at John Brown University but were surprised when the Office of Christian Formation released a statement regarding its newly hired chaplain, Mark Irving. This decision confused the JBU community because Irving was hired last spring as the new JBU chaplain. This decision, […]

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The Racial Silence of White Churches

Across the U.S., protests over police shootings, excessive force or related incidents against Black individuals, like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor or Jason Blake, are amplifying the conversation on racial discrimination. Americans are reflecting on the racial tensions that coexist in the American system and mentality, particularly their place in white […]