In the final chapel of the semester, students showcase their arts and talents. There are selections from Musical Theatre, Music, Creative Writing, Dance, and from the brand new Film Department. It is a time where we worship God in the beauty of the arts and creativity that He has given us, embodying the idea of “Create for the Creator.”
Dr. Gladys Mwiti shares her testimony and what she has learned over the years of her life and of her ministry. She explores the idea that one’s identity is found in Christ, and nothing else. We are created in the image of God, and as Christians, we carry His light wherever we go.
Mr. John Maxwell performs “Me and My Shadow: The Story of Judas Iscariot”, a riveting one-man show exploring the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion from the perspective of Judas Iscariot. He asks the audience, “Who was Judas, and why did he betray Jesus?” and by extension, “Who is Jesus?”
Dr. Chap Clark discusses the story of the bleeding woman. He tells us that everyone has a story and that those stories need to be shared with others and with Jesus. Our stories are important and special.
Rev. Dan Stone, pastor of the church in the Flora-Bama bar in Orange Beach, Alabama, explores the story of Jesus and Zaccheus. He discusses the nature of the gospel and how it is meant for all people, not just people that look or dress or act like us.
Ms. Shaunti Feldhahn speaks about the power that kindness has on others, and on ourselves. She states that choosing to be kind helps with our relationships, not because others treat us better, but because through kindness the light of God shines through.
Dr. Roger Parrott tells the story of the Transfiguration on the Mountain and how it pertains to doubt and belief in our own lives. He tells us of what doubts we might have, but also why he believes in God and Jesus.
Successful actor and author Nancy Stafford explains why you should stay true to yourself. God knew you before you were born and has plans for you. You were created for a divine purpose and can do anything through Him because He gives you strength.
Dr. Josh Straub challenges us to examine our lives for idolatry towards our technology and cell phones. He discusses the importance of not “missing out” because we were too distracted by what is going on on social media. Humanity craves connection and stillness, something that we will not find from our cell phones.
Dr. Roger Parrott starts chapel by discussing his desire to start a better conversation about mental health. Dr. Brad Smith discusses depression, its symptoms, those affected by it, and what can be done about it. He also announces Belhaven United, a group devoted to the education and support of students at Belhaven in regards to mental health. Dr. Randy Smith shares his own story of mental health and what he has learned about himself and mental illness. Ms. Christa Williams, the campus counselor, shares what she does and what is available at Belhaven for those that need help.