Millsaps Week – Are You Ready for Some Football…and Volleyball and Soccer?

This week is “Millsaps Week” as our teams face off against our State Street friends.

  • Football renews the Riverside Rumble event at 7:00 pm on Newell Field
  • Volleyball hosts the Majors Friday night at 7:00 pm
  • Men’s Soccer plays at Millsaps at Noon on Saturday.
  • (Women’s soccer plays them on the 19th at 8pm)

All students receive complimentary admission to ticketed Athletics events, as do faculty and staff and their immediate family – same for Arts performances.

For alumni and friends  who enjoy Blazer Athletics, season passes are on sale in the Athletics Office.  Single-sport season passes are available for football, basketball and baseball – or the purchase of an All-Sports pass is an option, too.

All the good stuff is not on the court or field – Athletic Director, Scott Little, invites the campus to a special event next week

Thursday, September 18 for Excellence in Athletics Day, an event which highlights the athletic and academic achievements of our student-athletes from the spring 2008 semester.  We meet that day in the Concert Hall at 11:00 am, and would be thrilled if you could attend and celebrate with us.

P.S.  Blazer football games are broadcast on the radio each Saturday on 930 AM Listen on the radio or tune in online at http://www.supersport930.com/

Sarah Palin and Worldview Convenience

I don’t write about politics on this blog – and I’m not going to start now. But, when politics gives us such a blatant example of what happens when one’s worldview is ungrounded, I can’t resist pointing it out.

The Vice Presidential choice of John McCain has caught the nation’s attention and is the talk of the country. The 24/7 news pundits quickly raised the controversy of whether Governor Sarah Palin, a mother of five children (one with Down Syndrome) should also attempt to take on the demanding job of Vice President of the United States.

. . . . . . . . carry on the political argument with your friends here

Leaving politics aside, the fascinating part of this debate is that arguing from their long-held traditional worldviews:

  • Republicans advocate women should make home obligations their priority.
  • Democrats encourage women to “have it all” in career and home.

With the surprise newcomer joining the campaign trail, the positions switched on a dime:

  • Republicans arguing Sarah Palin can “have it all”
  • Democrats insisting Sarah Palin would be shirking her responsibility to her children.

A worldview that is easily abandoned when the need of the moment demands it is not a worldview at all. A guiding worldview does not change when it is inconvenient.

Ten Radically Counter-Cultural Things that You Can Learn at Belhaven that You Won’t Learn at Other Colleges

Dr. Ligon Duncan, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, spoke for our Academic Convocation yesterday. He shared a marvelous message outlining “Ten Radically Counter-Cultural Things that You Can Learn at Belhaven that You Won’t Learn at Other Colleges.”

He gave us so much good stuff in a short time, I ask him for his outline today so I could post it here and allow us all to consider these points further:

1. Life does not revolve around self.
Contra: Individualism THE SELF IS THE PRIME REALITY

2. Truth exists and matters.
Contra: Relativism THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ABSOLUTE TRUTH OR MORALITY

3. What you believe informs everything you do, and what you do shows what you really believe.
Contra: Secularism RELIGION MUST BE KEPT OUT OF ALL PUBLIC SPHERES

4. Real tolerance is not (and cannot be) based on relativism. All roads do not lead up the mountain!
Contra: Pluralism ALL VIEWS, VALUES, AND LIFESTYLES MUST BE ACCORDED EQUAL STANDING

5. Not everything that works is right.
Contra: Pragmatism WHATEVER WORKS IS RIGHT

6. Not all change is good.
Contra: Progressivism CHANGE IS ALWAYS GOOD AND PROGRESS IS INEVITABLE

7. Our technology does not give us the ability to solve every human problem.
Contra: Rationalization (or Technophilia) TECHNOLOGY CAN SOLVE ALL OUR PROBLEMS

8. This material world is not all that there is.
Contra: Naturalism REALITY IS MATERIAL

9. Freedom does not mean doing what I want to do.
Contra: Antinomianism Freedom is a right and it means I can do anything I want to do

10. You are worse than you think you are. You are what you are alone, when no one sees you.
Contra: Privitivism PRIVATE LIFE AND PUBLIC LIFE HAVE NO NECESSARY CONNECTION

Good Lessons from Hurricane Preparation

The storm has passed, and Gustav is a rainstorm now. Our prayers are with all those in Louisiana who need to put their lives back together.

We have had many people from the coast come to Jackson to be in shelters, hotels, and with family and friends.  We also want to be praying for their travels home as the roads will be jammed tomorrow.

Our team on the Jackson campus could not have done a more marvelous job preparing Belhaven for the storm; our students responded very cooperatively to the preparation plan; and our faculty and staff are unlike any other, caring about our students as if they are their own children.

Preparations for Gustav taught us some good lessons.  We learn more from the storms of life than during clear skies.

  • It is nearly impossible to start too early in preparing for the storms of life.  Those who prepare late not only hurt themselves, but also put a strain everyone else around them.
  • Even when the storms of life miss us, they hit someone else.  We need to care as much about their hurts as if they were our own.
  • When our basic needs of life are threatened, striving for higher goals cannot be pursued.  Yet many in the world never get past just trying to meet basic needs.

P.S. Nothing like potentially canceling classes to bring lots of new friends to this blog.  For those of you signed up for the email blog connection, glad to have you.  And for those who just occasionally drop in to this site, I’ll try to keep the posts interesting so you’ll keep coming back.  I was interested to see the number of visitors the blog had these past few days:

Thurs.– 552
Fri.– 641
Sat.– 808
Sun.– 1,072
Mon.– 2,286

Closing Monday Night – Open Tuesday…So Far

We are all thankful that Hurricane Gustav lost some of its power just before coming to shore west of New Orleans with winds of 110 mph.  It is still a strong storm, but the coast of Louisiana and Mississippi were well prepared – unlike Katrina.  Many people who were evacuated from the coast are staying in Jackson.

It appears the impact of the storm will be minimal in Jackson, but winds will be high this evening, and we will have some rain and wind on Tuesday as well.  We want students, faculty, and staff to be safe, and thus are taking the following actions regarding closing:

  • Classes will be canceled for Monday evening for the Jackson campus. Each faculty member will work with their class to make up the session.
  • For Tuesday, it is unlikely we will close the Jackson campus, but we will follow the pattern of Jackson Public Schools.  If they are open, we will remain open, but if they close for the day, we will close.  Check the local news or this site for an announcement should classes be canceled for Tuesday.
  • Students who are away from campus should not take any traveling risks coming back to campus for Tuesday. Faculty will work with students to make up the missed class time because of travel limitations.

Tuesday, we look forward to our Opening Convocation with Dr. Ligon Duncan speaking at 11 am.  Along with celebrating the start of the school year during this academic regalia event, we will thank God for His protection for so many from this storm which could have been much more devastating than it appears it has become – and pray for the many families who will have their lives in turmoil because of the hurricane.