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PBC Alumni, Faculty and Friends Visit Israel

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This year’s Alumni, Faculty and Friends trip to Israel was a monumental experience for each one of the people who joined. Here are a couple of testimonies from their perspectives:


“Since graduating from PBC over 9 years ago, my degree has been foundational to me as a follower of Jesus and in my work as a church planter and pastor in Vermont. When I prayerfully decided and was supported by my church to travel to Israel with PBC staff and alumni, I had no doubt it would be a meaningful time; adding to the foundation laid during my 4 years at PBC as a student. My specific prayer for the trip was that it would be formational to me as an individual disciple of Jesus and that it would somehow be a blessing to my local church community. 

The time was incredibly formative for me. My biblical imagination was expanded — even more than seeing much of the landscape and geography of the Biblical narrative — I got to experience and know Jesus in new ways. One place in particular comes to mind as an example, Caiaphas’ house in Jerusalem where Jesus would have been held as a prisoner prior to his trial before Pilate. Ken led us in a prayer and reading Psalm 88 in the pit/cistern cell where Jesus would have been held. As Ken did so, the presence of God was very palpable and we were able to enter into a moment of the crucifixion narrative that many of us had never really imagined or thought of before… Jesus in a dark pit, alone, likely praying for all of us, as he waited his trial, torment, and crucifixion to come. There were many other moments like that on our trip, I bring it up as an example of an expanded biblical imagination and a simultaneous drawing nearer to the person of Jesus.”

-Ian Bailey, class of  2010


“I’ve been told by one of his students that the esteemed professor John Sailhamer refused to visit Israel because he did not want his personal experience to sully his understanding of Scripture as a God-inspired literary whole. I find that charming—in a “that’s good for you” sort of way. But there’s something about seeing firsthand the very settings of the passages I’ve taught for years. Of course, it didn’t add to the “meaning” in the text; but it certainly added depth to my understanding of that meaning. 

In class, I teach on the Apostle Paul’s imprisonment in Herod’s palace. But in Caesarea, I taught the same material with the ruins of Herod’s coastal palace right behind me. I could touch the stones, smell the sea, and imagine Paul testifying before the Roman officials. I teach a course on the Tabernacle of Moses. But at Shiloh, I walked on the dirt where the tabernacle stood for hundreds of years, with an archaeological excavation going on around us. Sacrifices were offered there every morning and evening for centuries. The boy Samuel was called there. And afterward I had the opportunity to share with our group my thoughts on the significance of the tabernacle. In class, I teach about Jesus walking on water to meet his disciples in the boat. What a privilege it was to teach that material as we drifted on the Sea of Galilee in a tour boat. 

My experience of Israel was priceless. It inspired me, but it also equipped me to present the text of Scripture with more color and clarity.”

-Professor Travis Arnold, class of 2007

Where Are They Going?

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The class of 2019 will be greatly missed! We are so proud of their accomplishments and are excited for everything God has for them. Want to see where some of them are going and what they will be doing?

Lindsey Rightmire is getting married and will be heavily involved in worship at the 217 campus of Mannahouse.

Danielle Allen is staying in Portland and TA-ing in our music classes.

David Evans and Crystal Ramirez are getting married.

Mayumi Fukuta is moving back to Japan.

Jacob Hanson is moving back to Maple Valley and getting married.

Alyssa Kienbaum is starting her own business in Idaho.

Michael Lianto is moving back to Indonesia.

Ryan Linton and his wife are having a baby.

Matthew Martin is working full time at a pest control company.

Jaasyel Monroy and Carlis Salomon are  getting married and are part of the admin staff of Mannahouse.

Thais Oliveira is on staff at Living Hope church in Hillsboro, OR.

Cameryn Phillips is moving to get involved in the new Eugene campus of Mannahouse.

Cole Pyne is moving to Bend to become a fire fighter and is getting married.

Ricardo Rangel is moving back to Tri Cities to help at his parents’ church, will be working at a car dealership and is getting married in the fall.

Josh Ross will pursue an MBA with George Fox University and will continue to be involved in our Rocky Butte campus.

Kameron Truett will be serving at Rose Church in Portland.

Lauren Van Ouwerkerk is moving back home to Ventura.

Kenneth Nsamba is on staff at Life Church Uganda and will be teaching and training other leaders.

Guadalajara Students

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This year, a group of leaders from The House GDL church had the opportunity to take two Portland Bible College courses in Spanish at their church in Guadalajara, Mexico. The courses were taught by their lead pastor and PBC alumnus, Justin Jaquith (class of 1999). All of the course lectures were recorded to become part of our PBC en Español online certificate program courses. If you know a Spanish-speaking leader who would benefit from studying Theology in their own language, visit www.portlandbiblecollege.org/español

Youth Pastors Workshop at ONE Conference

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For more than 25 years, PBC has been an integral part of hosting one of the largest youth conferences on the West Coast “Generation Unleashed”. PBC Faculty are often invited to teach workshops on different subjects. If you were able to join us and would like to download an electronic version of this year’s notebook, feel free to do so here.

 

Alumni Testimony – Hank Cao, BTh 14

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Hank accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior when he was taken to Home of Hope Orphanage in China at the age of 12. Later in High School he had a strong sense that God was speaking to his heart and “pulling me into His family and preparing a special place for me in serving Him.” He came to PBC to get “a firm foundation for the rest of my life” Today, Hank is a successful businessman in China. “It’s not difficult to brag about my job and how God is using me in business in China and abroad. But nothing can compare to how He has helped me overcome fear and set me free from my past. God gave me the courage to face my past and turn a comma into a period. This has been the biggest comfort God has given me since I graduated. With this courage I was able to reconcile with my father and share the Gospel with him one week before he passed away. I am no longer holding on to regrets and sorrows but walking with peace and joy.”  

 

Practicum and Apprenticeship Launch

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September was an exciting month for Mannahouse and PBC as we launched our new Practicum & Apprenticeship programs for Fall Semester 2018.  Students now get the benefit of combining the hands on experience of a more traditional style internship with their current academic load to provide students with on the job training for post college opportunities.  

We believe that a critical part of a student’s development comes through their involvement in church life and encourage students to become faithful, active participants. Our motto is “training leaders in the church, by the church, and for the church,” and for that reason, a new job placement program is also being developed as a unique part of the Portland Bible College experience.

Through Mannahouse and Portland Bible College connections with churches across the country and around the world, pastors and ministry leaders will be able to inquire about available graduating students qualified for positions within their local churches.  Our goal is to prepare students with job ready skills, and provide opportunities directly within a student’s field of expertise upon graduation.

 

The Good Life

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“Great to Good” – Lanny Hubbard, Aug 31, 2018

Professor Lanny Hubbard shared a message on what it means to Live a Good Life. Below is the accompanying notes to the full message which you can listen to on our podcast here. Enjoy!

Isaiah 1:17 says that God’s people are to learn to do good. This means that their understanding of what “good” is a process. It is not immediately intuitive. People increase in their understanding of good throughout their lives. How does this take place? It occurs by learning to see how the attribute of “good” can be worked into many areas of their life. From the Hebrew and Greek languages, we learn that the interpretation of “good” is very broad. It applies to many aspects of life and in each area the individual must learn how to apply it. The following is a list of various ways that “goodness” is applied to these areas of life. Read More

Congratulations Karyn Wells

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Karyn Wells graduated with her Bth in 2018. She graciously shares her journey in this article.

Young and in love with our hearts set on ministry, Jeff and I married the summer between our junior and senior year at PBC in 1987. I worked full-time that fall so he could finish his senior year and graduate. Read More

Dr Larry Asplund

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IMG_7970The 50th Anniversary Celebration provided so many moments to reconnect people who students encountered during their time at PBC.  With out a doubt the instructors played a major role in the PBC experience.  One of those beloved professors was Dr Larry Asplund.  It was such a treat to have him here for the weekend.  He and his wife Lynda faithfully served for eighteen years at Portland Bible College. Dr Ashland was gifted at making the Bible alive and fun. His humor opened the door to deep and thought provoking questions. Lynda served as the administrator of Christian Leadership Training Institute, the precursor to our online and affiliate programs. What a gift they both were during their time at PBC.

Currently Dr. Asplund serves as a part-time Instructor in the School of Divinity at Regent University. He is the son and the father of a pastor and comes from a long line of Christian ministers and educators. Before coming to Regent University, he had been involved in pastoral ministry and teaching for 45 years, serving as an Executive Pastor, Teaching Pastor, Senior Pastor, and church planter. For 25 of those years he was actively engaged in higher education, serving as a full-time on-campus Bible college teacher, seminary professor, and University Vice President. He and Lynda have been married for 46 years, and they have two adult children, ages 39 and 44. He has a B.A. in Philosophy & Biblical Studies, M.A. in Biblical Literature, D.Min. in Leadership and Spiritual Formation, and an Ed.D. (ABD) in Educational Leadership. He has also served as a “ghost writer” for well-known authors, publishing his own book, “Transformers: Local Congregations as Agents of Community Transformation. Dr. Asplund teaches in the area of Practical Theology for the School of Divinity.