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Six kinds of givers Jesus knew (Part 2 of 3): Faith Raising, Spring 2017

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Steve Cummings is Vice President of Advancement at Multnomah.

In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus introduces us to six givers he wants us to know.
We looked at two of them already in our last edition:

1.The Unsuspecting Giver (Luke 8:1-3)
2.The Called Giver (Luke 9:3 and 10:4)

(Read the full article here.)

Let’s look at two more.

The Compassionate Giver

Luke 10:30 introduces us to a fictional character, but the story is no less powerful. Today we call him The Good Samaritan, a man who allowed his day to be interrupted. He didn’t permit the inconvenience or expense to stop him. Whatever others might have said about his investment in a troubled person did not matter. He gave compassionately and comprehensively. No trite pat on the back here. Rather, he gave time, energy and resources over an extended period for a man he might never see again.

Giving people are both humble and alert. This story could look a little heroic, but it’s really about common courtesy. If you can’t be stopped in your tracks, you will never be able to give compassionately.

The Investing Giver

Luke 12:16 shows us another fictional character in a very real situation. It’s a successful businessman tempted by greed. His thriving business has put him in a quandary. His barns are too small, so he builds bigger barns to store his wealth and coast into the future. But then life changes, and money can’t solve his spiritual problem. Focusing on an earthly investment did not pay off as he anticipated.

Jesus’ instructions are to live by faith and not put trust in worldly wealth. Instead, we should be rich toward God and give to the poor. This will reap an unstoppable reward and grow a giving heart toward God. Seeing the future clearly helps us hold loosely the things of today.

Stay tuned for Part 3 of this series, which will be published in the Fall 2017 issue of the MU Connection.

Looking forward to creating new memories

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Hello, MU Family and Friends!

My name is Natalie. I have the distinct privilege of serving you as our university’s new director of alumni & parent relations. I’m looking forward to meeting you, learning how your journey has been shaped by MU, and encouraging you to live out your Kingdom identity!

I’m writing to let you know a little more about me, so we can have a head start in getting to know each other. Over the last eight years, Multnomah has played a leading role in my life story. The faculty, staff and student community created space for me to identify passions that led to a deeper understanding of my life calling. I started to anticipate and love learning within the tensions of life, when I felt as if I was without answers to my biblical and theological questions.

Faculty, such as Ray Lubeck and Dan Christiansen, created safe places for me to learn from their own spiritual journeys. One of the biggest truths I realized was how to listen to the Holy Spirit’s voice and respond with faithfulness and worship.

As an alum, I can confidently say that God will continue to guide Multnomah into a new territory where we can develop an increased aptitude for learning and engaging the world around us. I’m beyond excited to discover creative ways of resourcing and partnering with our alumni and parents in the coming years.

Quite a few of you have already stopped by the Alumni Office to introduce yourself to me — thank you for that. If you’re able to come by, please consider yourself warmly invited! I’m looking forward to creating new memories and new beginnings with you soon.

Natalie Correll
Director of alumni & parent relations

Who was Saint Patrick?

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In honor of today’s holiday, History Department Chair Dr. Daniel Scalberg shares some little known history behind Saint Patrick. 

Americans are famous for secularizing and refitting for commercial purposes religious holidays. Christmas and Easter immediately come to mind as days that carry little resemblance to their former Christian penitential and sacred associations and are now more suited as materialistic seasons during which we are encouraged to purchase items for personal pleasure.  Read the rest of this entry »

Six kinds of givers Jesus knew (Part 1 of 3): Faith Raising, Winter 2017

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Steve Cummings is Vice President of Advancement at Multnomah.

When it comes to giving generously, we can often feel inadequate. But the Bible has great lessons about people who lived attainable, generous lives on a daily basis. In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus introduces us to men and women, both mature and immature in their faith. He describes both real and fictional characters engaged in very normal activities, and still they manage to live abundantly generous lives.

The Unsuspecting Giver

Luke 8:1-3 tells us about some of the early actions of the 12 disciples and several ladies. These early recruits were newbies in the faith, straight out of the marketplace. On top of that, the women are described as formerly having evil spirits, diseases and demons. Still, these early adopters, who are taking their first steps of faith, are said to be supporting Jesus “out of their own means,” and Jesus wants to make sure we know them. There are no high and lofty requirements to generosity — you just need to give.

The Called Giver

Luke 9:3 and 10:4 introduce us to an extreme giving request of Jesus. He called His early disciples, over 80 of them, to give up everything for the sake of a short-term mission trip. He sent them all out into the harvest, to share the good news and help people with their needs. Jesus called them to go while taking nothing with them, not a dime or a change of clothes, not even a snack. We are called to support Jesus at times by giving up all that we have. Don’t worry, you won’t be the first or last person Jesus asks or sends out — just one of many who have learned to enjoy the adventure.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series, which will be published in the Spring 2017 issue of the MU Connection.

Reflecting on a year of growth and progress

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Greetings from Multnomah University.

We continue to experience God’s presence and empowerment as we work together to build a sustainable path for growth and increased mission fulfillment. Watching the Holy Spirit complete His work in the lives of our students through their MU experience encourages and reminds me that God persists in His effort to raise up godly leaders for His kingdom work.

Like Daniel, Esther, Nehemiah and Ezra, we believe God will place our students in unusual places where they can influence society for the sake of the gospel. How does the saying go? “Good acts produce goodwill that produces conversations to share about the Gospel of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.”

We finished the 2015/16 fiscal year strong, exceeding our revenue goals while keeping expenses below budgeted amounts. We welcomed new and returning financial partners and exceeded our annual student scholarship goal.

This fall our undergraduate student body increased by around 11 percent. Multnomah Biblical Seminary’s student body also grew slightly. Graduate school enrollment did see a decrease, which we are addressing. We rejoice that our enrollment is growing now and is projected to keep increasing.

We continue to work on crafting more intentional and comprehensive strategies to mature our students’ faith and character. Saturating the entire MU educational experience with our biblical and theological understandings remains at the heart of what we do. We also recently gained accreditation approval to begin offering new majors in environmental science and exercise science in the fall of 2017.

Thank you for your prayers, financial support, encouraging emails, and for recommending MU to prospective students.


Rev. G. Craig Williford, Ph.D.

Looking to the Prince of Peace

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Amid a country deeply divided over the upcoming inauguration of America’s 45th president, we as believers in the King of Kings can find some much-needed encouragement from Isaiah 9:6.

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;

And the government will rest on His shoulders;

And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor,

Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”

As we embrace the Advent season and celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, this truth remains constant: After more than 80 years, the men and women at Multnomah University continue to be transformed in their faith as they trust God rather than allow the ways of the world to sway them.

Our commitment to Multnomah’s core values and goals remains undaunted. Our mission of equipping Christian students to be biblically competent, academically proficient, spiritually formed, and culturally engaged servant leaders, shaped to be a transforming force in their community and world remains stronger than ever.

I want to share just a few ways God continues to bless Multnomah. Our undergraduate enrollment is up by 11 percent. Our new biology program is drawing more students. Giving continues to increase. Our donor base is expanding. More alumni around the country are engaging us through our new smart phone app. Our annual audit was clear and positive, reflecting wise management and stewardship of the resources God entrusted us with.

It’s because of faithful givers like you who give so sacrificially and generously with what God has entrusted to you that we can fulfill the mission of Multnomah. I am deeply grateful for your gifts to assist our students so they can afford to attend Multnomah.

Thank you for remembering Multnomah in your year-end giving. On behalf of our students, faculty and staff, may you be richly blessed this Christmas season!

Growing in generosity,


Rev. G. Craig Williford, Ph.D.

give now

News You Can Use

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Financial Aid News

  • Parent PLUS Loans Originated between July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017 will accrue a reduced interest rate of 6.31% (down from 6.84% for 2015-16).
  • October 1, 2016:  The 2017-18 FAFSA becomes available ( using 2015 tax data.  Families are encouraged to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for accuracy.

If you have further questions about Financial Aid for your student, contact us at 503-251-5335.

Student Accounts

The Student Accounts Office is here to serve you and answer any questions you may have about paying for school.  Please contact Student Accounts at 503-251-5345 or email us at

Spring 2017 tuition is due December 15, 2016.

Financial aid and payment arrangements, including a payment plan, need to be in place by December 15.  A 1.5% monthly finance charge may be applied to all balances not covered by a payment plan or financial aid. Make a Payment.

24-hour account access:
After logging in, go to the Finance Tab to see your account balance by semester, make an online payment or view statements.

Payment Plan Information

We offer a variety of payment plan options to assist you with the payment of your student account. For a small fee, a payment plan can be set up with automatic payments to manage your student account balance.

Veteran’s Education/Army Tuition Assistance Benefits

If you are utilizing one or both of these benefits, please contact the VA Representative at Multnomah by calling 503-251-5372.

Family Education Privacy Act (FERPA)

If you would like to allow others to have access to your student account information, please fill out the FERPA form:

Connecting through the new MU App

The new MU app is available from the App Store.  Type “Multnomah University” for it to show up.  Cruise around the App to connect to Social Media, Athletics, the MU Calendar, New Wine New Wineskins, Parent Resources, Prayer, Daily Verses, a Bible and more!  Questions?  Contact the Advancement Department at

Connecting with Multnomah through AmazonSmile

Did you know that while you are purchasing items from Amazon you can also be supporting the University every time you shop… at no extra cost to you?  At, you’ll find the exact same low prices, a vast selection and a convenient shopping experience with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price back to the charity of your choice.  Multnomah University is a registered charity, so it’s easy to begin.  Visit on your desktop or mobile phone browser and simply select “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.”  Thanks for supporting your MU student!

Important Dates to Remember – No classes for students

  • October 14 and 17 – Fall Mid-semester Break
  • November 24 and 25 – Thanksgiving Break
  • December 16 – Close of Fall Term
  • January 9-13 – January Term
  • January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No Classes
  • January 17 – Spring Term begins for traditional students

Move in date January 13th for new students and January 14th for returning students. Classes resume on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Important Links

Student Store:

Gift Baskets for Your Student:

MU Lions Athletic Schedules:

Helping Students Succeed

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Student Success Center

Multnomah University is continuing to improve on the academic support that we offer to students by formalizing a Student Success Center – now open! We have provided free tutoring in the past, but we are now adding to that effort with academic coaching.  This can include support and training for students in the areas of time management, study skills, writing strategies, life management, ongoing accountability and more!

We aim to maximize the learning experience of all our students. We are located in the JCA Student Center and are available by walk-in and appointment. Please encourage your student to come see us at any time!

Career Services

Is your student looking for career direction?  MU’s Career Services provides career coaching from the time a student enters their first year and throughout their entire time here.  And these services continue to be available even when they become alumni!

Here are some areas Career Services can assist your student in:

  • Are they struggling with finding the best fit in a major?  Coaching in discovering who they are is strength in our department.
  • Would vocational testing tools help? Strength Finder, personality testing, Spiritual gifts, and other discovery tools are available for free at any time. Strengths Finders is included in their freshman Spiritual and Personal Formation course. More specific vocational information is contained in their course on Career Development in either their Junior or Senior year.
  • Service Learning and internships help in the area of practical experience and with recognizing transferable skills.
  • Optimal Resume, an online service, provides an electronic job board that includes information on part-time jobs while in school, as well as full-time career positions.
  • There’s a section of the Student Success Center for informal browsing through vocational information in handouts, books and notebooks full of examples of resumes, articles and other tools.
  • Help in resume writing, cover letters, mock job interviews and networking is available for any stage.

Encourage your student to stop by. A casual conversation with Carley Wecks, the Career Services Coordinator with a degree in counseling and 25 years of experience at MU, might be just the next step for your student in their personal and vocational journey.

The Career Services office is located in the Student Success Center on the first floor of the JCA.

Specific webpages can be seen at

Student Employment at MU

Parents: Be sure your student brings with them original documents they will need to secure employment.  Whether on campus or off, your student will need original, unexpired identification and work authorization documents in order to be hired for pay.

Samples of acceptable documents for completing the Federal I-9 form include:

  • US Passport, or foreign passport with work authorization
  • Social Security Card
  • Driver’s License or Identification Card
  • Certified Birth Certificate
  • US Military Identification Card
  • Military Dependent ID Card

You can also view a list of our open student employment positions here.

Athlete Profiles

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Meet some of our student athletes

Three students have graciously shared how they have been impacted by both Multnomah and the Athletics Department.

Katherine Edmonds (basketball)

Katherine_blogMeet Katherine Edmonds, a senior Business Administration and Bible and Theology Major AND a member of our Women’s Basketball Team.  Katherine was recruited to play ball for Multnomah, but before deciding to join, she traveled up from California to visit the campus.  “I fell in love with it,” she says. “From the beautiful campus to the friendly people… it felt like home immediately.”

“When I consider what I like most about MU, I would say it’s the genuine people: my classmates, teammates, professors and coaches,” she continues.  “My coach, Tim Bieri, is an amazing coach and individual.  Through tough personal times, Coach Tim has been a prime example for us athletes to always put God first and put our full trust and faith in him, even when it may seem difficult.  I also appreciate my Business Professor, Donald Lee Sellers.  He is very encouraging and supportive of student athletes and cares about our success in all aspects of our time here at MU.

Like other students, I had opportunities to go to other colleges, but I am SO GLAD I chose Multnomah.  Being here has been a life-changer.  It’s amazing to see what doors God opens for people, and I am thankful he opened this door for me.”

To see Katherine and her Basketball teammates in action on the court, visit for a complete schedule of games.

Manny Olivares (soccer)

Meet Manuel “Manny” Olivares, a Multnomah University Business student and member of our Men’s Soccer team.  “It was soccer that brought me to Multnomah, but it’s the support of everyone around me that has kept me here,” he says.  Manny is the first in his family to graduate high school and attend college.  “The community we have at this school is amazing,” he says.  “My coaches and professors have influenced me to be the best that I can be, pushing me physically and mentally.  Also, they have explained the Bible to me and have shown me how to become closer to God.”


Manny is grateful to his family in Las Vegas and in Mexico, to God and to his friends here at MU.  “Without their support and encouragement to never give up, I would have never been able to come to Multnomah,” he says. “It’s important to pick yourself up whenever you fall, never look back, just keep looking forward.”

Manny’s dream is to play professional soccer and go around the world teaching soccer and sharing his story about what God did for him.  Your prayer support of Manny and the MU Lions Soccer team is helping that dream come true.

Miranda Halverson (volleyball)

Miranda_blogMiranda Halverson is a Multnomah University Business/Accounting student and a member of our Women’s Volleyball team.  “Even though I was recruited to come play volleyball for MU, it was important to me to visit the campus before making a decision,” she says.  “I wanted to love the school for its professors, classes, degrees, the people and the atmosphere. After taking a tour, I was hooked.  I loved the campus!  So, volleyball lead me to the school, but God called me here.”

Currently in her sophomore year, Miranda reflects on what continues to bless her about MU:  “I love the Bible classes and the students the most.  The Bible classes challenge me and reassure my faith.  I feel stronger in my relationship with Christ.  It’s also good to know that the students around me are walking the same journey as well.  The coaches and professors help me to stay focused on my relationship with Christ and grow stronger as an individual.  I am encouraged that God alone is good and I am in His will… that makes me successful.”

Multnomah Athletics

The mission of the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Intramural Sports is to bring students, faculty, staff and alumni together in educational activities that promote healthy lifestyles, enhance a sense of community, foster growth in leadership and teamwork skills, and encourage the pursuit of excellence.

You, parents, are a part of that community, and we hope that you’ll be able to attend some of our sporting events to encourage your student and his or her teammates.  Visit for a complete schedule of sports.

StadiumChair_blogIn addition, if you love watching games but have a hard time sitting on the bleachers, our Athletic Department is now taking orders for individual Stadium Chairs at a purchase price of $50/chair.  Proceeds benefit the Athletic Department.

Contact Debbie Chin at or call 503-251-6400 if you want to place an order.  Allow three weeks for delivery.  A limited amount of chairs will also be available to rent for $5/game.

Connecting with Student Life

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Watch the Student Welcome video from New Student Orientation last month!

As you and your student navigate this season of transition to college, scan the encouragement and tips below. This material was taken directly from the August 25th Parent Information Session during New Student Orientation on campus.

Tips for parents after launching their child to college:

  • Judy Glanz, MU faculty and parent of a recent MU alum, shared wisdom from her experience, including these three gold nuggets:
    • In the transition to adult relationship, let your student initiate as much as possible, and be ready to respond when they are (even if it’s a phone call at 11 p.m.)!
    • MU is academically rigorous. As adults, students need to learn to advocate for themselves.
    • In this transition, trust your parenting, trust God, trust us, and – most importantly – pray.  Students push boundaries.  It’s part of healthy growth.
  • Remember that for some parents, launching a child into college is a joyous occasion. For others, it is a time of grief. Many parents experience a combination of both emotions. What is most important is to allow each of these emotions to be okay, as they are a very natural part of this transition. You don’t need to feel guilty if you’re happy, and you don’t need to mask your sadness if you’re grieving. Acknowledging and processing both ends of this emotional spectrum will also help family members and your student know that it’s okay for them to experience a wide range of emotions too.

Adjustments for Students after being launched to College:


Your son or daughter may experience a different way of living than what they have experienced in the past. They may need to deal with:

  • Potentially losing their support system at home.
  • The complicated dynamics of older relationships changing.
  • As they anticipate new freedom and responsibilities, they may fear making errors or not knowing what to do.
  • If they live on campus, they are navigating the loss of privacy, comforts of home, or the many things you did for them which they now need to do on their own.

What Multnomah provides:

  • A balance of lots of support and challenge toward the goal of greater personal growth.
  • A safe community in which to have open conversations about how they feel and what they are learning.
  • We will remind them that they aren’t alone…they are surrounded by other students going through similar transitions who are asking similar questions.
  • We will also provide many opportunities to enjoy social activities and outings, which will cultivate a sense of belonging to the Multnomah community.

What you, as a parent, can provide:

  • Your listening skills (if they want to talk)
  • Assurance of your love and belief in them
  • Encouragement to talk to a staff member if there is a concern they need help with – we have many capable and caring personnel ready to help!
  • Care packages!


Your son or daughter may experience a different way of learning than what they have experienced in the past. They may need to deal with:

  • Balancing pride of being in college with fear that they may not be able to keep up with the academic demands
  • Thinking they are coming to summer camp and not fully appreciating the requirement for serious study and academic discipline
  • How to schedule their time and balance academic requirements with social and other responsibilities throughout the day…this is a very different pace than high school.

What Multnomah provides:

  • Academically rigorous yet very personal faculty who care about each student
  • Tutoring, time management and study skill resources provided through the Student Success Center
  • Disability services and other accommodation capabilities

What you, as a parent, can provide:

  • Encouragement, rather than nagging
  • Suggestions to utilize resources available, like setting up a meeting with a professor or scheduling a study skills session in the Student Success Center

Spiritually and Personally

Your son or daughter may experience a different way of growing than what they have experienced in the past. They may need to deal with:

  • The struggle to maintain their own spiritual disciplines as they spend time in the Word in classes, chapels and assignments.
  • They may be challenged as they evaluate their thoughts and beliefs accepted since childhood and wrestle with deep spiritual issues.
  • They may be faced with peers or faculty who have different theological perspectives that provide ways of thinking they’ve never considered.

What Multnomah provides:

  • A wide range of faculty and staff willing to mentor, disciple or even just pray with your child
  • A dynamic spiritually formative chapel program offering multiple venues for worship and growth
  • A free counseling center, providing counsel from a professional Christian counseling staff
  • An open and honest community of peers, staff and faculty, living out a shared mission

What you, as a parent, can provide:

  • Prayer for wisdom, peace, personal discipline and a deep sense of God’s presence and love.
  • Counsel, as appropriate.
  • Respect for their decisions and reminding them that their spiritual journey is their own to discover with the Lord – and that you support them in that growth!
  • Assurance that you are there for them and supportive of their good decisions. If in the process of growing they make unwise decisions, you won’t abandon or reject them.

Finally, remember:

God loves your children even more than you do. Put them back in His hands, but keep them close in your heart, and continue to reach out to them in love.

Connecting through Worship: MU Chapels

At Multnomah, we highly value worshiping God in the context of our community. As we study His Word and grow in knowledge, we also seek to grow in relationship with Him by allowing the Holy Spirit to work in and through our lives. Christian education is transformational and demands a response of the heart and will. Chapels provide intentional opportunities beyond the classroom for us to come together for encouragement and support so we may learn to live authentically and fully for Him.

If you are in the area, please join us for a Chapel service.  Here are a few we think you’d enjoy attending:

  • Thursday, September 29, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – University Chapel, Dr. G. Craig Williford, speaker
  • Thursday, October 6, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – Alumni Chapel, “Alumnus of the Year: Tim Mackie”
  • Monday, November 21, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – Thanksgiving Chapel

For a complete list of Chapel offerings, please contact Student Life at