The official, quarterly publication of the University, Olivet The Magazine is a vibrant and engaging glimpse into campus life and Olivet’s impact around the globe.
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Esse quam videri is the theme of this issue of Olivet The Magazine. It means “to be rather than to seem.” This thought is embedded in the Olivet educational process,which calls for authenticity in every aspect of life – academic, social and spiritual. At ONU, we are convinced that being precedes doing. Our mission statement underscores this thought by stating that the first of three core pillars of our work is “personal development.” The aim of an Olivet education is for each student to be the best person he or she can be.
In this season of change, we test our
assumptions, take time to think and dream,
and we certainly look forward to great moments
with those who matter most. As we give thanks
for life’s blessings and prepare once more for
Advent, it seems fitting to center our thoughts
on a multiplicity of miracles and possibilities.
We begin with what C.S. Lewis referred
to as “the Grand Miracle.” He wrote: “The
central miracle asserted by Christians is the
Incarnation. ... Every other miracle prepares
for this, or exhibits this, or results from this.
... It was the central event in the history of the
Earth — the very thing that the whole story has
been about. … He comes down; down from the
heights of absolute being into time and space,
down into humanity; down further still ... (to) the
womb ... down to the very roots and sea-bed of
the Nature He has created. But He goes down
to come up again and bring the whole ruined
world up with Him.” (Miracles, chapter 14).
As it should be, the rhythm of University life continues. Thousands of students will arrive soon — eager to BELIEVE and BELONG. The journey from Olivet to everywhere, and the realization of the infinite possibilities that lie ahead, will begin again for these Olivetians.
"The unexamined life is not worth living.”
That’s a rather bold declaration, even for Socrates. But with this thought, not surprisingly, the master teacher illuminates a fundamental aspect of the human condition. On this journey and in the quiet moments of life, we all grapple with the big questions at one point or another: What is my purpose here? What does it mean to live a significant life? What will my legacy be? And does any of this even matter?
Viktor E. Frankl, Holocaust survivor and author of “Manʼs Search for Meaning,” determined that a life well lived is singularly and ultimately only about love. He wrote: “For the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth — that love is the ultimate and highest goal to which man can aspire. Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love.
This issue of Olivet the Magazine is really an invitation to all of us to discover or rediscover
the value and power of an Olivet education and to then engage or reengage in the movement
of God in this place.
Since 1907, Olivet has aimed to produce Spirit-filled, hope-inspired, learned followers of Jesus
Christ — women and men who pray deep prayers, attempt great things for God, and
boldly step into leadership roles across every segment of the Church, culture and society.
As we explore this issue, may our hearts and minds once again be startled by the immense and impeccable character of our great God and may our souls "be strong and take courage" as we endeavor to faithfully follow Christ in this complex world.
A keen imagination and a
creative bent often lead to breakthrough thinking, innovation and change. Join
us in celebrating the creative spirit in the arts, sciences, humanities and the
world of ideas. Members of the greater Olivet family are living at the corner
of imagination and innovation, making our world a better place every day.
As we enter into Holy Week, we once again encounter the risen Christ through these pages. Who is the Christ? Drs. Gary Henecke, David Van Heemst, and Kashama Mulamba offer unique perspectives on this question, and how Christ is at work in our every day lives.
One individual fully surrendered to God can challenge the status quo and change the course of history. Drs. Lynda Allen, Stephen Lowe, and Russ Bredholt, Jr. discuss what it will take for leaders to shape the great ideas, movements and organizations of the next century.
Given the vast mystery of the work of the Spirit and the limitations of our humanity, our minds often wander and wonder about the great spiritual and existential questions of life. In search of greater understanding, we turned to Rev. Corey Jones, Dr. Jeff Bell, and Dr. Darcel Brady for inspirational stories of the Holy Spirit and the human spirit.
As we gear up for the start of a new school year, we pause to ponder the implications of clear vision, journeying toward deeper levels of discovery, understanding and inspiration. Featuring articles from three resident visionaries: Dr. Jay Martinson, Dr. Kent Olney and Dr. Thalyta Louw Swanepoel.
Counting our blessings, we remember that gratitude is more than an occasional “thank you,” but a mindset that empowers and inspires our daily life. Featuring reflections from Dr. Carl Leth, Dr. Karen Dean Frye and Dr. Beth Patrick-Trippel, as well as a “State of the University” article by Dr. John C. Bowling.
Hope. Some say it’s more difficult to find these days. But for the Olivet community, hope is that which guides our every decision and inspires our very existence. With so much wrong in the world, there is also so much right at Olivet — there is great hope for the future.