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Bible Across America

1 Comment » Written on January 20th, 2009 by
Categories: Media

Well-known fact: The NIV Bible translation is celebrating its 30th anniversary
Only slightly less well-known fact: Multnomah University will play a part in the festivities

Even as you read this, a four-person team is touring 90 U.S. cities in a custom RV, inviting people to hand-write a single verse of the Bible. 31,173 verses (and people) later, they will have compiled what Zondervan Bible Publishers is calling "America's NIV," a handwritten Bible which will be reproduced and sold, complete with an index of everyone who participated in the project. The original copy will be donated to the Smithsonian Institute.

Would you like your scrivenery added to the 31, 172 others' featured in America's NIV? What are you waiting for? Grab your pen and come on down...

  • Where: Multnomah University at 8435 Northeast Glisan Street, Portland, Oregon 97220
  • When: Friday, January 30, 2009 from 10am to 4pm
  • How Much: Admission is free

See you there.

Bible Across America Bus

Visit Bible Across America's website for a list of locations, real-time GPS tracking of the team's current location, and more.
93.9 KPDQ fm radio is a co-sponsor of the Portland tour stop here on campus, and huge supporter of Multnomah University, frequently featuring our faculty members as guests and substitute hosts.

If you would like more information about Bible Across America's stop at Multnomah University, leave a comment and we will reply to you as soon as we can.


Bettie Page Dies at Age 85

1 Comment » Written on December 12th, 2008 by
Categories: Alumni

As many of you have probably noticed in the headlines, former model Bettie Page died yesterday at the age of 85.

Bettie Page circa 1963

A fact not commonly known is that Bettie Page attended Multnomah University (then Multnomah School of the Bible) in 1963, after converting to Christianity in 1959, and is said to have also attended Biola and worked for Billy Graham. Unfortunatley, Ms. Page is most well known for her jaded past as a pin-up model.

As I and several coworkers have discussed this today, we can all imagine some of the awkward situations as fellow students heard about Ms. Page's past.

Then I started to realize, "That's a sad way to look at it."

I have no doubt that it may have been awkward for some of Multnomah's students to interact with Ms. Page during her time here, but the sins that Christ saved her from were no different than those of every other Christian in this world. When Christ walked the earth with us, he showed perfect love and grace to tax collectors, prostitutes, and overall "sinners" (that's you and me, folks).

It breaks our hearts that Ms. Page was mistreated by both Christians and non-Christians alike. Human beings will not let Ms. Page live down her past; no matter what she or any of us do, we're all thankful that God does.

The details of Bettie Page's life after her commitment to Christ are not as numerous or prominent as her life prior, but it is clear that she continued to live a difficult life. Only God knows, but I can't help but wonder if fellow believers helped her along in her faith, or if they kept their distance. We have hope, however, that we will someday be reunited with our sister Bettie Page in heaven.

That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made comformable unto His death. ~ Phil. 3:10

(Ms. Page's favorite verse, featured above her photo in MSB's 1963 yearbook)

I have heard it said by many a preacher, "The ground is level at the cross." To that I say, "Amen!"

Wikipedia for Bettie Page

A Bearded Faculty

2 comments Written on November 12th, 2008 by
Categories: General

In this final of 3 installments that began with (1) Cinco De Mustache, and continued with (2) Great Mustaches of Multnomah Past, you'll be treated to some of Multnomah's most notorious beards. As is the case with the venerable mustache, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Not everyone can grow a "Grizzly Adams" or "Kenny Rogers", but not everyone has to.

After a little more digging through Multnomah's archives, here's what we found:

Dr. Al Baylis
(Seminary Prof)

If there were an award for the longest-standing beard among Multnomah's faculty, Dr. Baylis would win, hands down (at least as far as we can prove).

Then (1976, 1982, 1987, and 1990)
Baylis 1976
Baylis 1982Baylis 1987Baylis 1990

Baylis 2006

Dr. Garry Friesen
(College Prof)

Before he wore the mustache featured in the Mustache post, Dr. Friesen had one of the fullest beards on campus for several years.

Then (1982, 1983, 1985, and 1987)

Friesen 1982Friesen 1983
Friesen 1985Friesen 1987
I've dubbed the last photo "Scary Gary." You do NOT want to turn in his assignments late!

Friesen 2006

Dr. Philip Johnson
(Seminary prof and Librarian)

I've always been impressed by Dr. Johnson's stately goatee.

Then (1998)
Johnson 1998

Johnson 2006

Dr. John Terveen
(Seminary prof)

Through my research, I saw only two (non-consecutive) years during which Dr. Terveen wore a beard, but who's counting?

Then (1993)
Terveen 1993

Terveen 2006

Dr. Dale Wheeler
(College prof)

Make no mistake, this is an impressively timeless beard!

Then (1990 and 1993)
Wheeler 1990Wheeler 1993

Wheeler 2005

Notable Mentions

I couldn't locate any old photos of Dr. Calvin Blom, but he has a beard worthy of tribute.
Blom 2006

Dr. Scalberg, who made an appearance on the Mustaches post, astounded me with his wide range of style over the years. While I never found photos of him with a true beard, I found these two "almost" beards.

The "soul patch" (1982)
Scalberg 1982

The "fake" beard (1987)
Scalberg 1987
(I'd love to hear the story behind this one)

We sincerely hope you have enjoyed this stroll down Multnomah's "memory lane" - a true tribute to Cinco De Mustache.


Link to:
part one | part two

Great Mustaches of Multnomah Past

4 comments Written on November 7th, 2008 by
Categories: General

As mentioned in Wednesday's post, Cinco De Mustache inspired us to conduct a "treasure hunt" of sorts to uncover some of Multnomah's most notorious faculty mustaches. Here's what we found.

Dr. Rex Koivisto

Then... (1985 and 1987)

Now... (2005)

Dr. Daniel Scalberg

Then... (1984, 1985, and 1986)

Now... (2006)

Dave Jongeward

Then... (1985, 1986, and 1993)

Now... (2006)

Dr. Ray Lubeck

Then... (1993 and ?)

Now... (2006)

Dr. Garry Friesen

Then... (1993)

Now... (2006)

Dr. Wayne Strickland

Then... (1993 and ?)

Now... (2007)

Dr. Daniel Lockwood

Then... (1982, 1985, 1986, and 1987)


Now... (2007)

As you can see from the "then" and "now" photos, some of Multnomah's historical mustaches don't strictly reside in the past; some of our distinguished faculty still sport them today. While mustaches do have their place in the history books, growing one is the same, God-given talent it's always been. All that's changed is the way they're worn.

Keep an eye out for our final installment in this three-part series. In the meantime, I'll sign off with this 2003 photo of current faculty member Tom Hauff...



Link to:
part one | part three

Cinco De Mustache

17 comments Written on November 5th, 2008 by
Categories: General

The tradition started in the fall of 2003, thanks to Multnomah alumnus and former RA Devin Chapman. Every November 5th, the men of Multnomah Bible College celebrate the sacred holiday "Cinco De Mustache." Ok, it's not really sacred, but Cinco De Mustache does take more preparation than most holidays. During the month of October, men of Multnomah abstain from shaving to allow the maximum amount of facial hair to grow...

...raw material that lays an important foundation for a truly impressive mustache.

The Shaving Party
On the night before November 5th, they hold a "shaving party" where they trim away excess facial hair in order to sculpt the perfect 'stache.

Before the Shave

After the Shave

It is customary, after forming their mustaches, to sing the Cinco De Mustache song outside the women's dorm:

Aye, yai, yai, yai
Cinco De Mustache
The men who are hip
They wear hair on their lip
They don't use a razor
They don't give a rip
It grows and grows and grows
So let your mustache show
Aye, yai, yai, yai
Cinco De Mustache (2x)

The Big Day
On Cinco De Mustache, participants (and some faculty) all sit together in the JCA for the "Gentleman's Lunch," raise their glasses for the "Milk Mustache Toast," and sing the Cinco De Mustache theme song again. This usually brings a lot of laughs (and strange looks) from the ladies, staff, and faculty. The guys don't mind, though, because a mustache is something to be proud of.

Special Thanks to student Kaitlin Handley (who hopes to scrub this from her memory soon) for the above vid!

And another version from a cell phone on Multnomah's YouTube Channel:

Paying Homage
They even pay homage to faculty member Ray Lubeck, who has become an icon (maybe even a mascot) of sorts, due to his own impressive mustache. He's a real-life example of mustache longevity.

1993the early 2000s2006

In other facial hair news...coincidence?
It seems this time of year is the best time to think about facial hair. It is a little-known fact that November is National Beard Month, where men across the nation are encouraged to prepare for the cold, winter weather by growing a beard. In fact, just as I was preparing for this post on Monday, I discovered another blog that decided to pay tribute to the "20 manliest mustaches and beards in facial hair history."

Cinco De Mustache, National Beard Month, and the above mentioned tribute to facial hair got us feeling nostalgic. In keeping with tradition, we're preparing a couple of special followup posts in the same vein. As always, stay tuned... you won't want to miss this!


Link to:
part two | part three

LINK: Short-term Missions – UPDATE

Comments Off on LINK: Short-term Missions – UPDATE Written on November 4th, 2008 by
Categories: Alumni, Missions

Good News... Deadline Extended:
Multnomah University's Link: Short-term Missions is now open for Alumni applicants who wish to go on a missions trip during Spring Break or Summer 2009. In addition, the application deadline has been moved so Alumni have ample opportunity to submit their applications. Here is the updated information:

Download this pdf for more details on each of the trips, including the cost per person.

Get Involved:
If you are a current student, alumni, faculty or staff member, or have any other ties with Multnomah, you are eligible to apply for one of these trips. To apply, you must complete the following:
1. Download the application packet
2. Fill out your portion of the application
3. Have your pastor and a friend fill out the reference forms
4. Submit the completed packet by November 14, 2008

For those who are accepted, there are a few mandatory team meetings
- November 20, 2008 (all teams)
- March 7 (Spring break team)
- April 25 (Summer teams)
- Other meetings will be scheduled by the individual teams

Say It’s Not So!

Comments Off on Say It’s Not So! Written on October 31st, 2008 by
Categories: Faculty

Yes, it's true. Dr. Don Brake, Dean of Multnomah Biblical Seminary has announced that he is retiring!

We don't know whether to be happy for him or disappointed for us...

A Word From Dr. Brake

"I have reached the place in life where it is time to turn the leadership of the seminary over to a younger man, to bring new ideas, and to insert enthusiasm into the program," Dr. Brake said. "It has been a great ride but all good things must come to an end."

Multnomah's Official Press Release

LINK: Short-term Missions at Multnomah

3 comments Written on October 14th, 2008 by
Categories: Alumni, Missions

In an exciting new development, Multnomah University has organized several missions trips for spring break and summer of 2009. Each trip will be lead by various Multnomah University faculty and staff members who will take groups to assist Multnomah Alumni who are currently missionaries in the field.

Here are this year's opportunities:

Spring Break:


Download this pdf for more details on each of these trips, including the cost per person.

Get Involved:
If you are a current student, alumni, faculty or staff member, or have any other ties with Multnomah, you are eligible to apply for one of these trips. To apply, you must complete the following:
1. Download the application packet
2. Fill out your portion of the application
3. Have your pastor and a friend fill out the reference forms
4. Submit the completed packet by October 31, 2008

For those who are accepted, there are a few mandatory team meetings
- November 20, 2008 (all teams)
- March 7 (Spring break team)
- April 25 (Summer teams)
- Other meetings will be scheduled by the individual teams

Please keep in mind that this is intended as an educational and life-changing experience, primarily for Multnomah University's student body. If a trip is filling up, preference will be given to student applicants.

A “Healthy” Debate

4 comments Written on September 16th, 2008 by
Categories: Students

In an effort to care for the health of students, Multnomah has implemented a new policy this year regarding insurance for students. As the student handbook states:

We require all students who are enrolled with six or more credits to purchase health insurance through the school or to provide proof of equivalent coverage through a personal health insurance policy.

Student reaction to this new policy has varied. In the September issue of Multnomah’s student newspaper The Voice, the “Photopinion” features six students who were asked the question, “What do you think of the new required student insurance?” Here are their responses:

I have my own insurance. I think it’s good if you don’t have insurance.
Elise Brown, freshman, intercultural studies

It’s pretty hard for students to pay that much money for insurance.
Steve Lyons, MA in teaching

If it’s a cheap plan and it’s affordable, then it’s probably a good idea for students.
Gabriele Winship, MAPS

I think it’s good because insurance is very expensive these days.
Sequoia Nelson, sophomore, journalism

It’s good for those who don’t have it, but it also places a financial burden on students.
Aaron Smith, junior, intercultural studies

I think it’s good as long as students understand what the insurance entails.
Kyle Tyson, junior, youth ministry

Even though this requirement isn't much of a "debate," per se, tell us what do YOU think?

*** UPDATE ***

This morning, I received an email from the undergraduate Student Services office with the following information pertinent to this post:

The cost this year for undergraduate is $411 for the fall semester (8/22/08 to 1/8/09) and $654 for the Spring/Sumer (1/9/09 to 8/2/09). Thus, it is $1065 for the year. The insurance is required for all undergraduate students taking six or more credits who do not have comparable insurance coverage.

The graduate plan is $561 for the Fall semester and $892 for the Spring/Summer, and the International Plan is $465 Fall and $739 Spring/Summer. Graduate and Seminary students are encouraged, but not required to purchase coverage.

Online Education – One Year After the Launch

Comments Off on Online Education – One Year After the Launch Written on July 31st, 2008 by
Categories: Programs

One year has passed since the launch of Connect, the Seminary's online course program. Online classes are in such high demand that both semesters' courses were filled to capacity. Most importantly, we met our goal of providing students with classes that helped them accomplish their learning goals, in their own communities, and on their own schedules.

Here's what some of the students had to say in their anonymous, end-of-the-term evaluations:
Connect Convenient

"...everything went very smoothly and I look forward to taking more courses online. Excellent vision from Multnomah to provide this opportunity for those of us still in ministry that live some distance from campus."

Connect Learning

"I loved this class, the books, the prof, the chatting, the case studies, but especially the discussion questions. Those required specific thought & study."

Connect Community

"This course was an excellent compliment to my on-campus studies and the on-line classes offer an added measure of flexibility to scheduling. Overall this has been an excellent experience and I would highly recommend this to future students. Thanks for a job very well done."

Connect Interaction

"Answering the questions online and the chat times made the course feel more personal than on-campus classes feel sometimes."

As Connect looks forward to its second year operating as a pilot program, we will double the number of courses offered, evaluate and sharpen the program, and do our very best to provide a quality learning option for anyone, anywhere.

If you are interested in taking Seminary courses online through Connect, contact Student Enrollment for more information.