The Harvest

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
If you know anything about small-town Texas autumn, we love our festivals. Young and old scurry around in preparation of carnivals, parades, and the celebration of some local crop or landmark. I remember growing up and perching on the side of the main street, eagerly anticipating the school bands, bikers, and beautiful horses prancing their way down the promenade. When I grew a bit older and got to ride a float with the local football team, I remember the spectacle…

Five Biblical Thoughts on the Confederate Flag

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
Flags as symbols can evoke feelings of loyalty and passion, and the Confederate flag certainly does this. While there are those who defend it, many today see it as a symbol of hate, while still another group neither defend it nor calls for its annihilation. But what should the citizens of God’s Kingdom think about it? I offer five Biblical thoughts for members of Chi Alpha regarding the Confederate flag. I suggest we think through these five points and use…

Oregon State University Statement

Posted by The National Chi Alpha Ministry Center in News
Chi Alpha Campus Ministries is a ministry of the Assemblies of God, which is among the most ethnically diverse religious movements in the U.S. We abhor racism in any form and fully embrace the statement entitled “Campus Ministries Unite Against Racism, Anti-Semitism & White Supremacy” released by InterVarsity. Our sincere appreciation is extended to them for this response on behalf of Christian campus ministries. As our Assemblies of God leadership said in the hours following the horrific events in Charlottesville,…

Alumni in the Marketplace Spotlight: Crystal Villalobos-Lewis

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Crystal Villalobos-Lewis was part of the first Chi Alpha group at Loyola University in New Orleans, which was pioneered by Matt and Jen DeGier. After graduating in 2005, Crystal worked the next 11 years in Human Resources for a local hospital in Baton Rouge. Along the way, she met her husband Aaron, who is a Chi Alpha alum from Kansas State University. They married in 2011, and they now have two beautiful daughters, Katelyn and Kayleigh. Recently, Crystal stepped away…

Hope Over Harvey

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
The shuddering of the house made slumber an impossibility, and the howling wind outside made for a symphony of danger that had the opposite effect of a lullaby. I couldn’t sleep very well through Hurricane Harvey.  Thank God that we made it through the storm relatively unscathed, and I’m thankful Jesus rose from the grave triumphant. I recall the instructions of Paul the Apostle in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this…

Stress

Posted by Stefanie Chappell in Healthy Leaders
I ran into my apartment at my normal fast speed. I was late to a meeting, because my last meeting ran long. I exchanged a couple of items from my bag as I ran toward the door, already late for my next appointment. As I reached for the door handle, I paused for a moment and tossed up a quick prayer for strength and wisdom. In the brief moment that I paused I could feel my heart beating. Fast. In…

The Road Ahead

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
I’m a biker. I don’t have any tattoos, piercings, or wild tales of territorial tussles, but I do have a motorcycle. There are few things as liberating as feeling the wind in your face as you rumble down the road on two wheels. One thing I’ve learned in my years of riding is how to handle a curve in the road ahead. You slow down to an appropriate speed, take an inside-out line, and look as far ahead in the…

Spiritual Care: Refueling

Posted by Gina White in Healthy Leaders
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us (ESV). -Hebrews 12:1 There’s a principle in distance running: Refuel before you feel like you need it. The basic idea is if you wait until your body shows signs of need, it’s too late. By refueling well and often, you ensure finishing…

Covering

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
I’m a tinkerer. I love working with my hands, using tools, and uncovering the glory of things long discarded. One weekend my father’s pliers, hammers, vice grips and such littered my workstation and I enjoyed soaking up the sun while measuring and cutting, fitting and grinding, eyeballing and guessing. The family weekend seemed to be going great until my dad exclaimed, “Boy, you’re BURNT!” Sure enough, my seldom-sunned shoulders bore the brunt of the sun that day, and I earned…

Alumni in the World Spotlight: Joel Goh

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
The Goh family Joel Goh graduated from California’s Stanford University in 2006 with co-terminal Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering, then in 2014 received his PhD in Business Administration, also from Stanford. In addition, Joel served as a student leader in Stanford’s Chi Alpha ministry under the guidance of campus pastors Glen and Paula Davis. After finishing his doctorate, he went on to serve as an assistant professor at Harvard Business School, a position he held until this year.…

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