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Seminary professor launches new book about freedom

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Pastor Rick McKinley

Rick McKinley, MU professor and lead pastor of Imago Dei Community, has published his fifth book — "The Answer to Our Cry: Freedom to Live Fully, Love Boldly and Fear Nothing." The Multnomah Biblical Seminary alum planted Imago Dei in 2000 and travels widely to share local movements, such as Advent Conspiracy, with the broader Church.

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Today MU's marketing department is kicking off a book giveaway contest. Go to Twitter to share your answer to "What does freedom mean to you?" and Instagram to answer "What does freedom look like to you?" Use the hashtag #mufreedom to qualify. Three winners will be announced at noon on Friday, November 7. All winners receive a free copy of McKinley's new book.

Enjoy this excerpt from "The Answer to Our Cry":

Answer to our cryThe form that freedom takes in Scripture is relationship with God. This is the gravity that holds our lives together so that we can enjoy the life that God has given us. We call this the gospel: the Good News that God hears our cry and sent his Son to give us freedom. We might think about this saving story as a narrative that has five parts: creation, fall, redemption, restoration, and consummation. • Creation: A good God created a good world in perfection so that we could enjoy him and everything he had made. • Fall: Humankind fell away from this God, and the sin that happened in the garden led to spiritual and physical death. We all are alienated from God. • Redemption: God did not leave us to our own despair. He came after us by sending his Son to live the life we should have lived, die the death we should have died, and bring about a new creation both in us and in the world. • Restoration: This good God is currently restoring all things through Jesus and bringing about his new creation so that the world changes (and we change too). Pockets of new creation are breaking forth in the old creation, and new life is the beginning to dawn. • Consummation: One day God will bring his creation and us together into a new perfection. That is what he originally created in the Garden of Eden. All pain and suffering will be done away with because this good God is making everything new. Creation, fall, redemption, restoration and consummation. And it really is good news! However, that’s not all there is. God’s nature and being are the main text of the story, and our experience of creation, fall, redemption, restoration, and consummation are the subtext. Without the main text, the subtext doesn’t make much sense (or even exist, for that matter). I believe the reason so many followers of Jesus are still crying out for freedom and still finding themselves bound up in slavery is because the don’t understand the most important part of the story — the part where we discover who this good God really is. The reason this is so important is because our freedom is dependant on it. If our freedom is dependent on form, then the form of our freedom is relationship with the good God of the Bible. We will never be free until we experience who this God is through an actual relationship with him. Freedom comes from desiring God for who he actually is, not what he has done for us. When we focus on only what God has done for us, we don’t relate to God for who he is. When that happens, we are dragged into a whole new kind of religious slavery. Our freedom is predicted on our being in an actual relational union with the God of the gospel. This means we will have to look up from the subtext of what God has done for us and fall in love with the God who is, well, everything. Being loved and in love with this God is the form that freedom requires to be experienced. We will never be free until we love God for who he really is. Taken with permission from "The Answer to Our Cry" by Rick McKinley (p. 24-26)

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Multnomah Calendars – Hot Off The Press & Free

Multnomah Calendars – Hot Off The Press & Free

In honor of our 75th Anniversary year and the huge new Homecoming Week coming in February, we've just produced our very first 2012 Multnomah desktop calendar! It comes in a shiny new CD jewel case and features campus shots through the months with new facts and information on the back of each month. With one of these in your possession, you'll be the smartest person in the room (that is, if there's a Multnomah trivia contest occurring).

Quantities are limited, so read on to find out how you can get a free one.

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12 Students in Salvation Army Design A Dorm Challenge

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12 Students in Salvation Army Design A Dorm Challenge

Used goods will turn into prized goods as 12 Multnomah University students design three dorm rooms using only items from The Salvation Army Family Stores.  Beginning in August, The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) will be partnering with these students in a competition called "Design a Dorm Room on a Budget." With a budget of $250 per team, three teams of students will head to local Salvation Army Family Stores to design a creative dorm room. Read the rest of this entry »

The Coffee Shop’s New Name

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You may recall this contest to rename the campus coffee shop (formerly known as "Solid Rock Cafe" from the old location). With the remodeling of the cafe, it was time for a fresh name to be created and chosen by students!

The Winner

We are pleased to announce the new name of the coffee shop: Read the rest of this entry »

An Alumni Survey & A Kindle Winner

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Recently, we embarked on a research project to help us review how Multnomah is doing in many aspects of the enrollment process. Part of this involved surveying recent alumni about the value of a Multnomah education - thanks to everyone who participated! In return for returning the survey we gave away a Kindle to a randomly drawn winner. Below is a summary from Vice President and College Academic Dean Dr. Wayne Strickland.

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Multnomah Alumni Came Through! Read the rest of this entry »

Name That Cafe

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Welcome back, students! It's nice to have the vibrancy and energy back on campus that you always bring with you. Go check out what we've done with your coffee shop. It's cool, but it doesn't have a name yet. Read the rest of this entry »

They Love Living @ MU

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Recently, our Student Services department (they run student housing and residence life, amongst other things) ran a contest for students to tell them, via video, why they love living at Multnomah.

There was  a modest cash prize - but the real cheddar was getting on to the www.multnomah.edu homepage and promoted via this blog!

The Vid

This video is so good, it makes all of us who are already graduated want to re-enroll and move back in!

Congrats to William A. Beatty for a great production and to Greg Woodman for some sweet original music!

See more MU vids at www.youtube.com/multnomahuniversity

And seriously, this video was 100% student-produced!

Multnomah Is Part Of My Story – Call For Videos!

Comments Off Written on April 30th, 2010 by
Categories: Alumni, Contests, General, Media, Seminary

Attention all Alumni!

The Multnomah family wants to know what you are up to. You can help us share your story by making a video!

3 Easy Steps to Making Your Video

  1. Make Your Video
    • Start with: “Hi, I’m (name) and I graduated in (class year) with a (degree name).”
    • What you are currently doing (life, ministry, career)
    • Multnomah’s ongoing impact in your life
    • End with: “I’m (name) and Multnomah is part of my story."
  2.  Keep It Short
    • Under 2 minutes – or shorter if possible, but still riveting!
  3. Upload!
    • Upload your video to YouTube or another video sharing site and send the link to alumni@multnomah.edu OR send us a DVD.

What Will Happen With It

We will choose a video each month to be our Alumni Spotlight Video. (If your video is chosen, we will send your video’s link to all Multnomah alumni in the Alumni Connection e-newsletter.)

We’ll likely add all of them to our YouTube Channel’s “favorites” section and upload them to the Facebook Fan Page:

Now go… Get rolling! Looking forward to hearing about your adventures! Nobody tells the Multnomah story like our Alumni!

YouTube Turns 5 Years-Old

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Categories: Alumni, Chapel, Contests, General, Media, Students

Can you believe that on this day 5 years ago, www.youtube.com was launched? It almost seems like it's been here forever.

Here are a couple of good, short write-ups about YouTube's special day from the Chicago Tribune and the Mashable websites.

Us, 5 Years Ago

5 years ago, Multnomah had just launched the Website we're re-doing right now and we didn't have a blog yet - or a Facebook page, or Chapels on iTunes, or Podcasts, or RSS Feeds, or our own embedded videos from our own Youtube Channel!

www.youtube.com/multnomahuniversity - check back often, we've got more plans and videos already in the pipeline for this!

Student Videos

Also, our students are making more and more great videos these days (actually, they always have, it's just that they are now, thanks to YouTube, more readily available). So, in honor of the Junior-Senior Banquet (JSB) being held tonight, here is the winning video from a STUGO contest for the most creative video for asking your date to JSB:

Getting A “Round Tuit”

Comments Off Written on March 20th, 2010 by
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With heavy student traffic coming and going from our Admissions and Financial Aid departments, the Alumni department wanted to get in on the fun of meeting Multnomah’s Amazing Students… Thus the launch of our “Round Tuit” program!

The Tuit Experience Explained

Wooden nickels with the word “TUIT” on them have started popping up all over campus as a way to encourage students to stop by the Alumni Office and meet our alumni staff!

  • As students receive these wooden nickels - “round tuits” - in their mailboxes and from our staff, they are encouraged to stop by the Alumni Department when they get “around to it” (get it?).
  • Upon their visit they are given an opportunity to redeem their “tuit” for a treat and our alumni department is given the privilege of meeting different members of the F.A.M. (Future Alumni of Multnomah) and hearing how God is using Multnomah to shape their lives.

Tuits

Be on the lookout, should an opportunity present itself for you to get a “round tuit” today! (See pictures from some of our “Top Tuits” on Multnomah University’s facebook page)