Thursday, February 09, 2017

Featured Author: Leroy Barber

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Leroy Barber, Pastor of Imago Dei Community Eastside in Portland, Oregon, spoke in chapel today. Besides many other accomplishments, he has authored three books:
  • Embrace: God's Radical Shalom for a Divided World. (Intervarsity Press, 2016) Amazon Link
  • Everyday Missions: How Ordinary People Can Change the World. ((Intervarsity Press, 2012) Amazon Link
  • Red, Brown, Yellow, Black, White--Who's More Precious in God's Sight? : A Call for Diversity in Christian Missions and Ministry. Co-authored with Velma Maia Thomas (Jericho Books, 2014).  Amazon Link
Read more about Leroy Barber in this online Christianity Today article: "Why Leroy Barber Lets Ministries Go" Christianity Today. The Calling: Episode 9 (June 15, 2016)

Listen to the chapel message here.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Featured Author: LaSharnda Beckwith

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Speaking in chapel this week is Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith, Dean of the College of Business and Management.

Dr. Beckwith has written three books and last year had four articles published in the Journal of Business Studies Quarterly.

Books available through Amazon:

The Journal of Business Studies Quarterly is available online through the Darling Library.
  • Beckwith, L. (2016). An Empirical Study: How Christians Influence Global Markets, Journal of Business Studies Quarterly, 8(2).
  • Beckwith, L. (2016). The evolution of marketplace ministry: An exploratory study of strategies used in business evangelism. Journal of Business Studies Quarterly, 8(1), 6-22.
  • Beckwith, A. L., Carter, D. R., & Peters, T. (2016). The underrepresentation of African American women in executive leadership: What's getting in the way? Journal of Business Studies Quarterly, 7(4), 115-134.
  • Beckwith, L. (2016). A Christian vision of the marketplace. Journal of Business Studies Quarterly, 7(3), 17-23.

Listen to the chapel message here

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Featured Author: Laura Wood

Laura McKillip Wood, Registrar at Nebraska Christian College of Hope International University (as of January 2017), writes a regular column about missions in The Lookout magazine.

Laura also writes a thoughtful blog on the same topic called, Something Complete and Great. Check it out!

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The Lookout began publication in 1888 and has been one of the flagship publications of Standard Publishing along with the Christian Standard to the present.

"The Lookout serves the local church by promoting Christian education and Christian living" with a circulation of about 40,000.

Individuals may subscribe to digital or print editions of The Lookout magazine. It is available only in print at the Darling Library in Fullerton as well as the Swedburg Library in Papillion.

Laura is married to Dr. Andrew Wood, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies at Nebraska Christian.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Featured Author: Brady Heiner

Photo from Dr. Heiner's CSUF faculty profile page 
Brady Heiner, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Affiliated Faculty of African American Studies at California State University, Fullerton. His research and teaching engages broadly in the humanities with specialization in critical social and legal theory, political theory, feminist philosophy, continental philosophy, and critical philosophy of race.

His work has been published in anthologies such as Death and Other Penalties: Philosophy in a Time of Mass Incarceration (Fordham University Press, 2015) and States of Confinement: Policing, Detention, and Prisons (Palgrave, 2002), as well as journal such as Philosophy & Social Criticism, Radical Philosophy Review, Continental Philosophy Review, Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, Social Justice and City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action.

Heiner is also a founding member of the statewide steering committee of CSU Project Rebound and the Director of Project Rebound at Cal State Fullerton, a program that supports the formerly incarcerated on their journey through successful reintegration in a college setting.

Dr. Heiner will deliver a lecture on campus at Hope International University's Center for Public Leadership. The Center for Public Leadership invites experts in the fields of social justice, politics, theology, or international relations to help students find creative ways to address the world’s biggest problems.

Hope International University's

Distinguished Lecture:
Dr. Brady Heiner
California State University, Fullerton
"Should Prisons be Abolished?"

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Room 205

For more information, contact Dr. Roberto Sirvent.

Friday, November 04, 2016

Featured Author: John Hendee

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Ministry and Biblical Studies, John Hendee, is the Chair of World Evangelism at Hope International University. He has authored more than 12 books and training materials on evangelism over his nearly fifty years of ministry.

His newest book, Training Disciples who Can Make NEW Disciples, can be found on his website: along with many other free downloadable books.

Books by John Hendee (all published by Standard Publishing) available for checkout from the Darling Library include:

  • Smart fishing: Ways a Congregation Can Reach More People for Christ, 1991.
  • Recruiting, training, and Developing Volunteer Adult Workers, 1988.
  • Discipling New Christians With the Spiritual T.E.A.M. Coach's Manual, 1986
  • Ambassadors for Christ: Training for Evangelism, Student's Manual, 1984.
  • Ambassadors for Christ: Training for Evangelism, Trainer's Manual, 1984.
  • A Peace Treaty with God, 1984.

Friday, October 28, 2016

HIU in the Christian Standard

The Christian Standard is the principal magazine connecting the congregations of the Christian Churches / Churches of Christ. The November 2016 issue has three articles about or by members of the Hope International University community.

First, a three part article, "Studying the City" by Jennifer Johnson focuses on three of our colleges that are involved in studying their local urban communities; Ozark Christian College (Joplin, Missouri), Johnson University (Knoxville, Tennessee), and Hope International University's City Semester program.

Second, "The Church Needs the Hood" by Justin Horey is about the work of local Fullerton ministry program,Solidarity, and its founder and executive director, HIU alum, Tommy Nixon.

Finally, our own professor of Intercultural Studies, Dr. Kip Lines, has written a thought provoking yet practical article on "Missional Justice" where he asks difficult questions such as, "What does it mean for the church to demonstrate God’s justice in the world?"

The Christian Standard is available in print in the Darling Library.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Can a Search Engine Sway Voters?

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It has been claimed that Google is biased in favor of Hillary Clinton. According to a report by psychologist Robert Epstein, this could sway as many as 3 million votes in the upcoming presidential election.

“How can a search engine be pro- or con- anything?” you ask. The problem, according to Matt Leiberman, is with the autocomplete suggestions that appear as you begin to input your search. Allegedly, Google is more likely to suggest positive rather than negative results about the Democratic Presidential Candidate – no matter how badly you want to find something disparaging about her.

Of course, Google denies the allegation. And according to this claim is false. But if you search for "Snopes bias," you will find numerous hits dismissing Snopes as liberal.

Besides Google, I used Yahoo! and Bing to search out information on this with similar results. But the two competing search engines return different results than Google when searching for dirt on HRC.

If you can’t trust a search engine to find unbiased information, where do you turn?

Having both a registered Republican and Democrat in our household, we receive the mailings from all the different candidates, taxpayer associations, and interest groups hoping to assist us in making informed decisions.

We watch the presidential (and vice presidential) debates from beginning to end. Afterwards, we channel surf through the variously biased news analyses to compare their takes on the issues. We surf the Internet for fact checking sources and discuss. Of course, fact-checking sources are also suspect. A popular fact checker,, winner of a Pulizer Prize in 2009 for their coverage of the 2008 election, is accused of being liberal by

This is a problem for me as an American citizen, but also as an information professional. Last week I carpooled from North Orange County to a professional association meeting in Los Angeles with a librarian colleague who is a Korean born naturalized American citizen. During the 90 minute commute (each way), the subject of the elections came up. We did not talk about Google but our discussion centered on how to get good information about local candidates. We both want to exercise our right and privilege to vote but despair of being properly informed. And we are information professionals!

Librarians value opposing opinions. In fact, the American Library Association has a Library Bill of Rights which says,
“Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.” (Article II)
So the idea that Google might be withholding relevant information with biased results was alarming. Google is a brilliant information-seeking tool. But we must remember that, as is the case with standard authoritative reference works such as encyclopedias and dictionaries, Google is man-made and therefore, not infallible.

My husband says he applies the "hermeneutic of suspicion" to his own psyche, assuming that, although he may not be aware of it, he is biased or has an ulterior motive to believe what he already agrees with. It is my professional opinion that we must endeavor to suspect bias in every source, including Google and ourselves.

As far as the election goes, I trust in the system of checks and balances and hope that enough of my fellow Americans do too.

Related post: Thinking Critically About the Election, by Tyler Watson


Robin Hartman is Director of Library Services at Hope International University. She is curious about how the organization and communication of information shapes society and is committed to equipping students to impact the world for Christ.

Featured Author: Stephen Backhouse

St. Paul's Theological Center
Stephen Backhouse, D.Phil., will be our next speaker in the Voices of Christian Thought series this semester. Sponsored by the Pacific Christian College of Ministry and Biblical Studies at Hope International University, VOCT brings Christian thinkers to campus to present lectures and engage in dialog.

Dr. Backhouse is a Lecturer in Social and Political Theology at Mellitus College, London.

Dates of Residence (including book signing): October 23-27th.
A special lecture open to the public will be held on
Tuesday, October 25th in Room 205 at 7:00pm-9:00pm.
(For more information, contact Brittany Bauman.)


Backhouse, Stephen. 2011. Kierkegaard's Critique of Christian Nationalism. Oxford theological monographs; Oxford theological monographs. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (ISBN: 019960472X)

Backhouse, Stephen. 2016. Kierkegaard : A Single Life. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. (ISBN: 0310520886)

Read more about this author on Zondervan's blog or his Amazon page.