Series The Pursuit of Busyness

Athletics: Spring 2014

Sea Lions Win in OT to Thrill Sold-out Homecoming Crowd BY DANNY BARNTS Hayden Lescault catches the ball at the top of the key. He fakes right and drives left. Time is winding down and the clock is below three seconds. Lescault has beaten his man but there is another defender waiting for him in the paint. Lescault gathers the ball to go up for the layup but the defender meets him in the air. Still the clock is ticking away. Lescault manages to see just enough daylight to get off a left-handed scoop shot. There is a collective gasp from the full-capacity audience as they watch the ball slowly roll over in the air, onto the rim, and into the net for the game-tying basket at the 2013 Homecoming celebration. That basket by Lescault tied the game at 83-83 with 0.6 seconds remaining in regulation and sent the paint-clad crowd into hysteria. The Sea Lions seized that momentum from the crowd and took it into the overtime period to outscore Olivet Nazarene University (11-3) in the final frame en route to winning the game 94-86. PLNU got 21 points apiece from Lescault and Marek Klassen to lead four Sea Lions in double figures. But it was Lescault who was the go-to guy down the stretch for PLNU. In addition to making the game-tying layup at the end of regulation, he then scored five of his 21 points in the extra time to lift the Sea Lions to the win. […]

Origins of Overload

Are we really as busy as we claim to be? And if so, why? Christine Spicer outlines a few sources of our stress.

Caring for Creation

BY ERIN SMITH Tie-dye? Jello? Whiteboard markers? Snorkel mask? Nametags? Watercolor paper? My mind ran through the needed supplies for the following day, just hours away, as I lay awake in bed, pretending to get some sleep before the week’s activities began. The past five months I had been preparing for this camp, and now, filled with anticipation, I again pondered the schedule, the stations left to set up, the staff introduction to the kids. As an environmental science major, I was first inspired to pursue an active role in sustainability and conservation by PLNU associate professor of biology Dr. April Maskiewicz, with her energetic teaching style and contagious hope for change. Not long after taking her ecology and conservation class, I found myself accepting what would be the most challenging and rewarding position I have ever held. I still remember reading the job description: “Creation care intern will be responsible for camp publicity, registration, curriculum, recruitment of leaders, and supplies.” My heart had jumped at the opportunity to work alongside a group of believers committed to pursuing the heart of God, honoring Jesus Christ as Lord, and inspiring a culture of environmental stewardship within the church. The month was February. As the newly hired Solana Beach Presbyterian Church (SBPC) creation care intern, I began transforming dreams and ideas into concrete camp objectives and curriculum under the guidance of Tom Theriault, SBPC missions outreach pastor, and Cathy Tyre, one of SBPC’s creation care team leaders. Two of pastor Tom’s goals […]

The Dangerous Consequences of Excessive Speed

Sometimes busy bites back. Brian Becker discusses some of the psychological and behavioral effects of living in a hurry.

Q&A with George Williamson

We sat down with PLNU’s director of worship ministries to discuss his views on effective worship and what he hopes students take away from their time at PLNU.  Q: What is your understanding or practical theology of worship? A: In my early years of leading worship, I came across a book in which somebody examined the Old English word “weorthscipe.” It speaks about the recognition of worth. It was a helpful thought for me to hold in my mind as I figured out how I could offer up more elements of my day to God, recognizing God’s worth and responding more fully in worship with all I have and am. So when we gather together to offer up songs of worship, we’re taking time to engage our thoughts, our spirit, our bodies, our whole self, in thoughts of God—and in the midst of that, we’re recognizing God’s phenomenal worth. Q: What do you think churches need most to facilitate worshipful engagement with God? A: It would start with good theology. What we sing must speak truthfully about who God is and who we are in Christ Jesus. Otherwise, we’re leading people in a really bad direction. We have a responsibility to make sure that the words lingering throughout the week in people’s hearts and minds are truthful. This includes both the language of song lyrics and the ways in which a worship leader might pray or at times share a brief thought contextualizing the song. The second thing would probably be doing the […]

From the Archives

In this issue, we continue to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the move of Pasadena College to Point Loma. While this watershed moment in the school’s history presented a time of excitement and possibility, it also brought with it uncertainty and discomfort. Dr. Shelburne Brown, college president at the time of the move, understood that reality. He knew the change wouldn’t be easy, but remained obedient to God’s call and hopeful for the school’s future. The letter featured here, which was published in the campus newspaper’s first issue after the move, shows Brown’s efforts to encourage the campus community during the time of transition. 

Created Space

BY NICOLE FOUNTAS Each semester, PLNU’s discipleship ministries puts on Created Space, a large prayer and worship event that provides space for the student body to outwardly express creative means of spiritual growth and formation. More intimate manifestations of the event are monthly workshops that offer a small group of students the opportunity to develop a particular form of personal prayer. For December’s workshop, students gathered a few weeks before Christmas to express personal meanings of Advent through the medium of childhood arts and crafts. We asked Nicole Fountas, discipleship ministries program assistant, to share about the night and the greater meaning of Created Space. Created Space is a convergence of supplies where students craft offerings of reflection and prayer. At past workshops, we have used pastels to create landscapes that represented our soul in some way, made prayer collages, and art journaled. A couple of weeks before each Created Space, our team of 10 students gathers to pepper ideas and set an agenda for the night. For this particular evening in December, we decided we would meet in our usual space, Colt Forum, early to prepare and be ready to invite people in the first Tuesday of the month. The night of the workshop, we knew we would be focusing on expressing feelings of Advent through nostalgic mediums, somehow articulating the childlike wonder of a season that tends to dull as we age. Melanie Wolf, who directs the discipleship ministries program, and I prepared a suggested activity around hope […]

Women’s Elusive Quest for Balance

Dr. Linda Beail, political science professor and director of PLNU’s Margaret Stevenson Center for Women’s Studies, addresses the highly-disputed question: Can women really have it all?

Making Busy Matter

While the world beckons busy, the Bible suggests something different. This article looks at what we can learn from the life of Christ to refocus our time and our hearts.

Behind the Lens: Destin Daniel Cretton

BY ERIC YATES Storytelling and introspection is at the heart of everything that Destin Daniel Cretton (01) does. Whether it’s detailing the inner workings of a short-term foster-care facility, deep diving the San Diego indie music scene, or profiling the real-life coming-of-age saga about a 14-year-old living alternating lives as an emerging adolescent and a vassal in a medieval fantasy kingdom, the 35-year- old can see a story in just about anything. And he has used his gift of storytelling to produce a cadre of short and feature films that have critics raving about his talent. Cretton’s crowning achievement to date is a feature film called Short Term 12, which he wrote and directed, and which won the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Award at the 2013 South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival. But even as the accolades come pouring in, Cretton can only sit back and trust emotional intuition about telling stories that connect with people. “It’s very unhealthy for me to buy into the whole ups and downs of winning awards,” he said from his home in Los Angeles. “I try not to trust the hype very much. It’s great to have attention to the movie because there are so many people who worked hard on the project. But the most gratifying thing for me is when I sit in the back of the room and watch people laugh and cry and project themselves to the characters and the story in a very real way.” Short Term 12, the feature, was expanded […]

Jeff Sullivan

BY TIFFANY MUSICK MATTHEWS When students ask PLNU professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology Dr. Jeff Sullivan for career advice, he tells them to find what they’re passionate about and distinctly gifted in and use that to partner with God in what He’s doing. For Sullivan, this is more than advice; these are the words he lives by. “I feel incredibly and uniquely called to be a teacher,” he said. “It wakes me up in the morning.” As blessed as he feels to teach, his career path wasn’t always headed in that direction. Ever intrigued by the workings of the body, Sullivan had his sights set on physical therapy. It wasn’t until being encouraged by his own PLNU professor and mentor, Dr. Leon Kugler, that he began to seriously consider teaching. With a new curiosity about the education field, Sullivan graduated from PLNU with a bachelor’s in kinesiology and went on to receive his master’s from San Jose State University and his doctorate from Oregon State. While in graduate school, Sullivan became increasingly interested in orthopedics, with one area of study especially capturing his attention. With so much already known about the knee and ankle joints, Sullivan decided to go a different route, instead focusing on the shoulder and cervical spine. These lesser-known areas are complex and have presented quite a challenge for the orthopedic community in terms of assessment. For Sullivan, it was this challenge that inspired him to learn more. In addition to concentrating on his studies, Sullivan was given […]