March 2015 Posts

On March 26, we were excited to welcome 59 prospective students visiting Johnson University, the largest group of students to date on an actual Preview Day.

This event not only provided an opportunity for people in the community to experience different language, music, and culture, but it was also an invitation for more people in the surrounding areas to get to know JU as a faithful and wonderful institution.

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of –throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.” C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

I was a preaching student at Johnson University in the mid-eighties when I first became acquainted with the revolutionary method of constructing sermons known as inductive preaching. Students in those days who experimented with this new, provocative way of preaching quickly realized that the new approach was not just a cosmetic improvement over the traditional approach, but a complete overhaul of the structure of the sermon. 

On February 16, the campus of Johnson University Tennessee was shrouded in darkness. A storm of blizzard proportions had descended upon Knoxville. While students living in the residence halls enjoyed a normal Monday night, they had no idea what was about to happen. Suddenly, the lights flickered off, triggering a cacophony of excited squeals from the girls' dorm and a cry of "anarchy!" from the boys' dorm. When the power neglected to come back on, students found themselves deprived of light, Wi-Fi, television, and other forms of entertainment. Manufacturing non-technologically driven forms of entertainment became necessary.