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God IS Great, and God IS Good
Michael Pawelke | Aug 11, 2014

I was not raised in a home that expressed authentic faith, however, my parents took me to a small country church Sunday School on occasion and I was taught a very simple prayer:

God is Great. God is Good. Let us thank Him for our food. Amen

These words – like so many prayers, unfortunately quickly became hollow and lifeless. However, this little prayer is rich ...

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Following
Michael Pawelke | Jun 23, 2014

I have been in the Gospel of John for my personal devotions lately. I just spent time in that wonderful passage on the restoration of Peter following his three denials …

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I lov...

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High School Grad
Michael Pawelke | Jun 16, 2014

This weekend Caronport High School celebrated the graduation of our grade 12 students. It was a great weekend indeed, as was the Briercrest College and Seminary graduation several weeks ago. Thanks Deb Ike, CHS teachers, Events team, and all who made this a wonderful weekend for students, family and friends. I noticed how quiet the campus became after the College and Seminary commencement se...

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Michael Pawelke | May 20, 2014

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).

I was not raised in a Christian home but I do recall attending a Sunday School on occasion. During one of those rare occasions I received a picture (you’ve all seen it!) of Jesus knocking on a door a...

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Easter
Michael Pawelke | Apr 14, 2014

I know that this is an intense week for many – with final exams, marking, and graduation preparations. But this is also the passion week and I invite all of us to reflect with sobriety and deep gratitude on the significance of these days as we anticipate the weight of Good Friday and the triumph of Easter Sunday.

He was despised and rejec...

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Feasts
Michael Pawelke | Apr 7, 2014

 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, These are the appointed feasts of the Lord that you shall proclaim as holy convocations; they are my appointed feasts” (Leviticus 23:1,2).

The term “feasts” in Hebrew literally means “appointed times.” God had carefully planned and orchestrated the timi...

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Prayer - Our Core Strategy
Michael Pawelke | Mar 31, 2014

Recently we have announced our core strategy and it all begins with prayer. We are ever dependent on God’s protection and provision. Let’s draw courage from Ephesians this morning.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole a...

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Annotated Assignments, Analytics, and Scheduler
CDE Team | Mar 31, 2014

Dear Canvas Users,

As the semester comes to an end, we want to share a few Canvas tips that will help you during the home stretch. We’ll cover three topics in this email:

1. Viewing Annotated Assignments

2. Using the Scheduler for Student Appointments

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Michael Pawelke | Mar 17, 2014

Here is a meaningful nugget for the day ahead of us:

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’ The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to...

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Neighbours
Michael Pawelke | Mar 10, 2014

I must begin with words of congratulations and deep appreciation. Congratulations to our men’s volleyball team for an outstanding performance this weekend earning a Silver medal. Well done men! I must also extend gratitude to all who were a part of making our hosting of Nationals such an enormous success – for the CCAA, for the province of Saskatchewan, for the city of Moose Jaw,...

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Anxiety and Fear
Michael Pawelke | Feb 24, 2014

How did you sleep last night? Was there a lot on your mind? Were you worried about something or someone? Jesus understood the anxieties and fears that we carry and he sought to change our thinking from fear to faith, from anxiety to trust, and from feeling abandoned to feeling accepted and cared for. In Matthew 6, Jesus taught:

"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxio...

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Prayer and Youth Quake
Michael Pawelke | Feb 10, 2014

With just a few days to Youth Quake a lot of staff and volunteers are pulling together a number of last minute details. Thank you to everyone for the extra work, effort, creative energy, and passion you have brought to this ministry event. Whether we have an assigned role or not, the one thing we all need to be doing in these days is pray. Take a look at two passages:

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Michael Pawelke | Feb 3, 2014

Last week Michel Bell was with us. While he spoke briefly to the significance of mutual care and respect in our Employee Huddle, in his smaller sessions he drove home the value of relationships in our organization. What is our first Great Commandment? What is our first priority? What should guide our every decision and action – including how we relate in our work?

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Leading and Influence
Michael Pawelke | Jan 27, 2014

I don’t have a “life verse” as some people do – I have about 50. While I cherish the authority and relevance of all Scripture, there are several dozen passages which I keep coming back to for inspiration, energy, perspective, comfort, and refreshment. On this list is Proverbs 22:29. The NLT puts it this way: “Do you see any truly competent workers? They will ser...

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Gradebook and Canvas Calendar
CDE Team | Jan 17, 2014

Dear Canvas Users,

Happy New Year from the CDE department! In this edition of Canvas Tips we will cover two main topics:

1. Recording Grades in the Grade Book

2. Using the Canvas Calendar

Before we look ...

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Change
Michael Pawelke | Jan 6, 2014

It is often said, “people hate change”. A truer statement might be: “people hate to be changed” or, “people hate to have changes forced on them”. It is true we are creatures of routine – whether as children with our bedtime ritual, our breakfast routine, or our celebration of special holidays. We all like certain routines and rituals. And yet we also...

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The New Year
Michael Pawelke | Dec 30, 2013

Proverbs 13:12 states: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” As we prepare to bid farewell to 2013 and welcome in 2014 some of us are doing so with hearts of profound gratitude and others of us are reflecting with a measure of disappointment and even “heartache”. Whatever your personal situation is, I want to invite us all to ...

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Christmas Tree
Michael Pawelke | Dec 16, 2013

Most of us have Christmas traditions of some kind – Christmas trees, decorations, and Christmas light drives. I have some cherished childhood memories of starting up the ski-doo and driving into the bush with my father to find the perfect tree. On most occasions we found a satisfactory one. On one occasion my dad spotted this 50-foot coniferous deep in the bush on our property. It was ...

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Love’s Pilgrimage
Michael Pawelke | Nov 25, 2013

When Jesus commissioned us to serve as his witnesses (Acts 1:8) he was asking us to provide a compelling testimony that gives evidence related to what we have seen or experienced concerning Jesus. As the Christmas narrative unfolds, the shepherds could not help but act as witnesses to what they had seen and experienced. Today, we are giving that same opportunity and have that same responsibi...

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Relationships
Michael Pawelke | Nov 18, 2013

Over the last couple of weeks we have been refreshing our appreciation of relationships and of the incredible power of love. Jesus drove home the need to keep this as our single greatest priority. The remainder of the New Testament continuously invites us to the application of this virtue with a repeated context – “one another”. Although lengthy, today, I have simply listed...

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Wise Time Management 2.0
Michael Pawelke | Oct 28, 2013

I wanted to continue what we began last week. This will be wise time management 2.0. Let me begin with a review of a few relevant passages:

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12, NIV).

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise making the most of your time...

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Time is a gift
Michael Pawelke | Oct 21, 2013

It’s Monday morning – the start of a new week. God has given us these wonderful cycles: days, weeks, and season. One of the qualities that separates and distinguishes these cycles is time. Time ticks on for all of us (pun intended), but time can be used wisely or foolishly. Time is a gift and God invites us to treat this gift with the utmost of care.

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Be thankful
Michael Pawelke | Oct 15, 2013

Happy day-after Thanksgiving. You likely heard a thanksgiving message on Sunday. Linda and I were at Grant Memorial in Winnipeg and Eric Derksen served us a wonderful challenge. Nevertheless, I thought I would add to the reflections on gratitude. In 1 Thessalonians 5 Paul fires off three quick commands in staccato fashion. Boom – boom – boom. “Rejoice always, pray without c...

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Installation Address (Transcript)
Michael Pawelke | Sep 27, 2013

Chairperson Werner, distinguished guests, Briercrest family, friends, faculty, staff, board, students, and to my own family – thank you for your presence here. Thank you for your support. Thank you for your prayers. You must know how deeply humbled and highly honoured I am with the unique privilege and incredible stewardship of becoming the sixth president of this wonderful tril...

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Character
Michael Pawelke | Sep 23, 2013

Image can actually carry us for a while, even in ministry, it appears (the Apostle Paul even talked about this). However, sooner or later our character will surface and declare who we really are. Last week we looked at Proverbs 4:23 which states: “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23, NIV). Character is the quality of our heart and ch...

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Publishing and Allowing Online Submission in Canvas
CDE Team | Sep 16, 2013

Faculty training is one of our highest priorities as Briercrest implements Canvas. Because of this we will offer regular formal and informal learning opportunities for faculty.

One of the informal learning opportunities will be regular tips and tricks for using Canvas. These tips and tricks will have information on advanced features of Canvas, a...

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Character
Michael Pawelke | Sep 9, 2013

Character is who we are on the inside. Character is who we are when we are alone. Character is not the same as our heart, but it is the quality of our heart. We could call character the measurement or moral assessment of our heart. Our heart is the core of who we are. It is out of this core that everything emanates. There are numerous Hebrew and Greek words which have been translated into th...

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A Sense of Occasion
Michael Pawelke | Sep 2, 2013

A critical social and leadership skill is the ability to have “a sense of occasion”. In many ways this competency falls under the categories of situational leadership (the ability to adapt one’s leadership to the need), as well as emotional intelligence (EQ – where we are able to empathize, read the emotions of others, and then respond appropriately). Having “a ...

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Being Friendly
Michael Pawelke | Aug 26, 2013

The book of beginnings, Genesis, is full of surprises, insights, disclosures, and revelations which help us to understand God and ourselves. Among the many truths are several which teach us about the significance of relationships. We learn that God is a relational being. As the doctrine of the Trinity is later unfolded we learn more of this eternal community within unity. God as a relational...

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Vision
Michael Pawelke | Aug 12, 2013

I love the story about the late Walt Disney. When Disney World in Orlando opened some years ago, the widow of the great entrepreneur stood with one of the engineers of the expansive entertainment center, gazing at its magnificence and beauty. The engineer, in a genuine effort to honor one of our country’s greatest innovators, turned toward Mrs. Disney and remarked, “Boy, I wish W...

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Message to Staff
Michael Pawelke | Aug 5, 2013

I am just getting back in the saddle after attending a leadership conference and enjoying some vacation. Its August, and August is marked by intensive ramping up for a new academic year. I sincerely hope that you have had some meaningful time of refreshment, rejuvenation, and rest, but I also hope that you have spent some time on your skills. I have shared with some of you that one of the ve...

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Church
Michael Pawelke | Jun 10, 2013

We visited Church on the Queensway yesterday and were moved by a wonderful worship experience. I love the church. I love the idea of church. I love the mission of the church. The word “church” creates a host of diverse images. To some, a church is a building. To some, church is The Church; an institution. To still others, church is equivalent to a one-hour worship assembly (often...

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Planning
Michael Pawelke | Jun 4, 2013

I am a planner. I love making plans, making lists, setting goals – and checking them off when completed. I do this at the beginning of my day, when I go on a trip, and even when I go to the grocery store (I don’t want to forget the broccoli!). I know the book of James cautions us to make plans in a spirit of submission to the ultimate and wise will of God, but the Scriptures are ...

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Learning and Leadership
Michael Pawelke | May 27, 2013

I trust you had a refreshing weekend. The Marketing department has been helping me with a few different pieces. One of these is a dynamic piece that looks at what our intended “outcome” or “output” is. Yes, we are three schools, and sometimes we can become so absorbed in what we are doing that we soften our focus, or lose sight of the outcome. At the end of the day, w...

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Rest
Michael Pawelke | May 21, 2013

I sincerely hope that this past weekend was a refreshing time in some way. Rest is a good thing; God rested. Work is a good thing; God worked – we work. Work is not a result of the fall. Work is a gift and a responsibility for humans. And so we live out this rhythm of work and rest. We rest for work accomplished – but we also rest to prepare for the work ahead of us.

One ...

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Michael Pawelke | May 13, 2013

I trust you all had a great weekend. On Friday night I joined our Awaken Team again for a youth gathering at Uxbridge Baptist Church and again – they did a fantastic job. I have started to connect with friends and supporters of Briercrest here in Ontario and I have been so encouraged with their words of affirmation and appreciation. We have some wonderful partners and alumni out in the...

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Michael Pawelke | May 6, 2013

It’s Monday morning and it’s bright and sunny as I look out the kitchen window. I have just finished reading in Jeremiah and praying for the school. I wanted to email all of you and tell you how thankful I am to be joining you as your president. I had a great first week last week. I enjoyed meeting so many of you and sharing in the celebration of graduation. I am planning for one...

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Briercrest techies find niche developing online courses
Briercrest techies find niche developing online courses
Julie Cole | Sep 24, 2012

Luke Johnson and Brian Westnedge are in virtual heaven.

The duo is part of the distance education team at Briercrest College and Seminary where they say the future for online education is bright.

“There are big things happening these days for Briercrest,” Johnson exclaimed. “I think that while we’re on the verge of expanded degree granting and universi...

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Stigall begins as Briercrest's new Director of Continuing and Distance Education
Stigall begins as Briercrest's new Director of Continuing and Distance Education
Julie Cole | Aug 7, 2012

Josh Stigall, Briercrest’s new assistant professor of New Testament and director of continuing and distance education (CDE) knows firsthand the power that just one distance education class can have.  

When he graduated from college at Briercrest in 1998 and took a youth pastorate at First Baptist Church in Fairfield, California, he was sure he was finished with his formal ...

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Briercrest set to offer two online courses in January
Briercrest set to offer two online courses in January
Julie Cole | Sep 27, 2011

Imagine your college class happening in the comfort of your own home.

Briercrest College and Seminary is making that easier by offering two classes in the online format beginning this January.

“I love online learning!” Shelley Wright, Briercrest distance learning instructor said.

Wright knows firsthand about the benef...

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