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  • Faculty Spotlight: Sarah Schreiber March 25, 2015 What brought you to Calvin Sem? God brought me here both times. I completed my MDiv at CTS and was eager to return as faculty when the opportunity arose. I am thankful to be a part of Reformed theological education grounded in Scripture for the sake of the world. Where are you from? I grew up in Holland, Michigan. If you’re new to West Michigan I recommend visiting our city’s flower festival, Tulip Time, May 2-9. What are you be teaching? I’m teaching Hebrew I and II online. Last semester I taught Bible Survey, and this semester I’m teaching a ThM elective on the Ugaritic language. I appreciate the opportunity to work with both residential and distance students. What are your research interests and educational history? The emphasis of my doctoral work is early interpretations of scripture. My dissertation analyzes a portion of Jubilees, the earliest known commentary on Genesis (second-century BCE). I also love languages, so it’s great that I get to keep working on them with students here at the seminary. Introduce us to your family: I’m married to Ryan, a nurse at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Ryan also went to CTS and has worked as a hospital chaplain. We have a son, Peter, who celebrates his first birthday in March. He loves books and eating, sometimes eating books. We also have a little dog, Teddy. Where do you worship?: We are members of Grace CRC in the Southgate neighborhood of Grand Rapids. This fall I was ordained as an associate pastor at Grace. Please visit! Our service is at 11:00am, and the address is 100 Buckley SE. What are your hobbies?: I enjoy cooking, camping, board games, and walking the dog with Baby Peter in the stroller. We just bought a ninety-year-old home, so a new hobby will be working on the house. Advice ...
  • Student Senate: Hospitality Committee Update February 6, 2015 The Student Senate ad-hoc Hospitality Committee was formed this year to meet the needs of the international student body at Calvin Sem. When we began, we thought that the needs would be mostly logistical: transportation, help navigating the postal system, demystifying grocery shopping, etc. However, we found that the need international students mention most frequently is fellowship and friendship in a new country. Thus, starting Spring semester there will be a number of get together events for international and local students to talk about what life is like for foreign students in the U.S., to answer questions about cultural differences, to build friendships, and to find ways to help one another. We the Hospitality Committee and Student Senate, invite you to participate in these events. Look for updates in E-News and the Student Senate bulletin boards / social media.
  • Recap of Recent Events February 6, 2015 It is very unlikely that, over the last fews months, you have not heard the words and phrases “Ferguson,” “Hands up, don’t shoot!” “I can’t breathe!” “Grand Jury Indictment,” and the names Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Though the topic of race is often not very far from the national media spotlight, it has been a focus in recent months due to the deaths of two men and the systemic problems that they represent. The deaths of these two unarmed black men have become a pivotal moment in recent history. The first incident to gain national attention was the death of Michael Brown, a black teenager, at the hands of a white police officer named Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. While debate over the facts of the case continues, the sticking point for many is that Michael Brown was unarmed when shot to death and reports that he attempted to surrender before being shot.  These reports have led to the rallying cry, “Hands up, don’t shoot!”  Following his death, a Grand Jury chose not to indict officer Wilson, causing outrage among many across the country, and especially in Ferguson as this ruling indicated the jury’s belief in his innocence. Eric Garner, a black man strangled to death by a white police officer in New York, came to national attention not long after Michael Brown’s death. Many Americans were outraged by the video footage showing him repeating, “I can’t breathe!  I can’t breathe!” just before his death. These two incidents have brought to the spotlight  our country’s severe deficits in race relations, the judicial system, and the lack of trust in the police that most minority groups in the US  experience. For many, these deaths have become symbolic of a shared negative experience with law enforcement and larger justice system. The sad truth is ...
  • CTS Table Hockey Championship 2014 February 6, 2015 The CTS Table Hockey League crowned a repeat champion this season, as Stanley’s Cup fought off the competition for a second title. In the Cup Finals, Anthony Vander Laan’s squad battled the top team during the season, Ryan Hoekstra’s Potential Problem.  The Problem finished atop the table with a sterling 7-1-0 record, with their only loss coming against Prof. Bolt’s Delta Lightning.   Stanley’s Cup finished the season 6-1-1, playing Emily Sajdak’s Bactrian Blitzkrieg to a draw, and falling to the Hof My Rocker team of Brian Hofman. Vander Laan started the Cup Final strong, dominating in game one for a 3-0 shutout.  When the teams switched ends, the scoring continued on one end only, as Hoekstra notched a shutout, 2-0, in game two.  The final game was tied at 1-1 when Stanley’s Cup found the back of the net late in the game to earn the CTS Table Hockey League title for the second year in a row. Congratulations to Anthony and Ryan, and thanks to all nine players who participated in an enjoyable table hockey season that took minds off of exams and papers for awhile.  The CTS Cup Trophy, with Anthony’s second championship puck added, can be seen above the student mailboxes. By Jeff Sajdak
  • Faculty Spotlight: Prof. Amanda Benckhuysen November 21, 2014 This year we are excited to welcome to Calvin Seminary 3 new professors: Amanda Benckhuysen, Danjuma Gibson, and Sarah Schreiber.   To help you get to know them, we’d like to spotlight each in a different edition of the Kerux. Our first new faculty spotlight is with Amanda Benckhuysen. What brought you to Calvin Seminary? The Donuts !! More seriously, while I loved and benefited from my time at Dubuque University, as an ordained CRC pastor, serving in the seminary of my denomination was very appealing to me and felt like a homecoming. I think this is an important time in the CRC, and I am excited to be fully involved in it. Where are you from? I grew up in the suburbs around Toronto and have since lived in Ann Arbor, where I was involved in campus ministry.  Working in campus ministry whetted my appetite for a deeper engagement with the life of the mind and more particularly, a deeper understanding of the Christian Scriptures and their contemporary relevance.  I chose to attend the University of Toronto because of the number of faculty there who were schooled in (and students of) Brevard Childs, an influential Old Testament scholar who reclaimed a tradition of reading the Bible theologically as Christian Scripture.  My most recent home was Dubuque, Iowa, where I was a professor of Old Testament. What are you/will you be teaching?  I’m currently teaching the residential sections of Hebrew 1.  Next semester I’ll be teaching the residential sections of Hebrew 2 as well as Psalms and Wisdom Literature for the distance program.  Next year, quite likely Old Testament Prophetic Literature.  So a variety of Old Testament studies courses. What is your educational history and research interests? I completed a BA in English Literature and Political Science at Queens University, an M.Div. at Calvin Seminary, ...
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