Higher Education Spotlight – Spring 2020
Higher Education Spotlight profiles..
This summer, Darrell Johnson is teaching a 1-week course, The Whole Gospel & The Whole People of God: Living the Letter to the Ephesians. An online learning option is available. Learn more about this and other courses at rgnt.net/summer.
You have talked about Ephesians as having a grand scope. What do you mean by this?
In his letter from a jail cell, Paul places the person and work of Jesus in its and His cosmic setting: “from the foundation of the world,” to “the summing up of all things,” as he puts it in his magnificently-crafted first sentence. The Saviour is there before the beginning of all things, and thereafter He brings all things into their created fullness!
What is something most people don’t know about Ephesians?
Although most versions of the Bible refer to it as “the letter to the saints that are at Ephesus,” most early versions of the epistle do not have that phrase, meaning that although the letter came to be primarily identified with that particular congregation, Paul actually addressed it to the whole church, to your congregation and to mine. Which explains, in part, why every congregation is drawn to its message!
What is a word you think Ephesians has to speak to the North American church today?
Lots and lots of words! But most fundamentally, calling us to our true location in the cosmos – “in the heavenly places, in Christ.” We live and move and have our being in a Person, in that other dimension of reality so very close at hand. From that location, we live and serve in this dimension of reality with extraordinary wisdom and love.
What is your favourite passage from Ephesians?
Hands down, 3:19, Paul’s prayer that we “be filled up to all the fullness of God.” That our hearts be so filled that the fullness can only be measured by all that makes God be God. And to think Paul prays it from the pit of prison. Double mercy.
Nestled among the Gulf Islands of British Columbia’s west coast, Capernwray Harbour Bible Centre on Thetis Island offers students and guests a unique learning experience!
From September through to May, Capernwray Harbour runs a One Year Bible School programme where sound, practical Bible teaching focusing on both the Old and New Testament scriptures in which God reveals the indwelling, resurrected Christ as the Christian Life is given. Students gain an experiential knowledge of Christ and how His presence practically applies to daily living.
Through classroom studies, tutorial, dialogue-based small group studies, and summary journals, students have opportunities to share from the written Word what God is teaching them & how He is working in their lives. Many outreach opportunities located in surrounding communities and cities are available for students to participate in as well as international, short-term missions trips.
Capernwray Harbour welcomes people of all denominational backgrounds and nationalities. The student body of approximately 100 students joins the full-time staff to create a community intent on knowing Jesus Christ as LIFE. The desire of every staff member at Capernwray Harbour is to prepare each student for “full time Christian service, regardless of occupation”.
During the summer months, Capernwray Harbour makes its facilities available for various groups as a full-service venue to hold their conference or retreat. In addition, Capernwray Harbour hosts Ladies’ & Mens’ Conference Weekends, Family Holiday Bible Weeks as well as youth weekends where men, women, youth & children can be encouraged in their walk with the Lord Jesus amidst an island, holiday setting.
Capernwray Harbour proclaiming Jesus Christ as Life!
An aging population in the Greater Vancouver region means a growing demand for skilled, compassionate care aides. To help meet the needs of our seniors and their families, Columbia Bible College now offers a Health Care Assistant program. Students in Columbia’s HCA program benefit from quality instruction in person-centred care and strong partnerships with local faith-based care organizations such as Menno Place, Tabor Home, and Baptist Housing. They also enjoy the unique privilege of learning within a Christ-centred community and receiving guidance from their instructors on integrating their faith within a health-care setting. Classes are Monday to Thursday on campus, with hands-on skills training taking place on Fridays in a dedicated lab at nearby Menno Place.
Jacob Esau, current HCA student, shared: “My enrolment as a Heath Care Assistant student at Columbia Bible College is an opportunity to pursue my desire to serve others, bringing my gifts and passion along. Taking it at CBC adds a biblical perspective for this vocation, and the blessing of learning in a Christian environment.”
Columbia is now accepting HCA applications for its September intake, which will be capped at 16 students. Learn more at www.columbiabc.edu/HCA.