Month: March 2019


18th Annual Stone-Campbell Journal Conference to be held April 5,6

KNOXVILLE – Johnson University will host the 18th annual Stone-Campbell Journal Conference April 5-6. The theme for the event will be “Acts and Paul: Another Look”. The three speakers will be Craig Keener, Jerry Sumney, and David Fiensy.

Keener, F.M. Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky, will present “Interpreting Acts: The Value of Cultural Background” and “Interpreting Romans: The Mind of the Spirit”.

Sumney, a professor of biblical studies at the Lexington Theological Seminary will be presenting “Interpreting First Corinthians: The Value of Tradition”.

Emeritus professor of biblical studies at Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Fiensy will present “Interpreting Acts: The Value of Archaeology”.

There will be more than 50 parallel papers about biblical, theological, and historical topics presented.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 5, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 6.


Royals fall in Oakland City doubledeader

KNOXVILLE —The Johnson University baseball team hosted Oakland City with a double header March 26 at 4 p.m. at Ridley Helton Field.

The first game was a battle with both teams scoring two runs in different innings, but the Royals fell short of a run finishing with a score of 5-4.

Johnson took an early 2-0 lead, but Oakland came back and tied the score at 2-2. The Royals would later make two more runs.

Oakland struck again in the top of the 7th and made the score 5-4. In the bottom of the 7th, which would be the final inning due to the double header, Johnson came close to loading up the bases. However, Oakland would take Game 1 with a 5-4 final score.

Oakland went on to take game 2 as well with a final score of 11-2.

The Royals will travel to Pippa Passes, Ky. on Saturday, March 30th. They will face off against the Eagles in another double header starting at 1 p.m.


Profiles on the 2020 candidates…so far

Below is a comprehensive list of everyone who has officially declared they are running for president in 2020 as of March 23, 2019. As more candidates declare their candidacy, the Scribe will put out articles introducing them as well. For each candidate, listed is their age, state, party, experience and their stances on education, gun rights and abortion. Those issues were chosen because they are predicted to be three of the bigger social issues that will come up in the campaign without getting into foreign policy, which would include issues such as immigration or dealing with Russia or China. All of their stances come from one of the following: statements they have made to the press, their votes or actions in their current or past governmental positions, or from their 2020 campaign websites. Some candidates did not have as much information available as others. They are listed in no particular order. If a candidate is listed before another, it is not meant to convey endorsement or support of any kind.

First up is Donald Trump. He is 72 years old, a Republican, and hails from New York. He is a former businessman and currently is the President of the United States. There is limited information available but he does oppose Common Core, a policy that says Washington D.C. can dictate some school standards, and wants to cut down the Department of Education. He is anti-gun control. He was pro-choice but changed to being pro-life in about 2012.

Next is John Hickenlooper. He is 67 years years old, a Democrat, and hails from Colorado. He is a former businessman, Mayor of Denver and served as the Governor of Colorado. There is limited information available on his stances on education, but he does oppose the use of school vouchers. He favors implementing a universal background checks for gun owners, banning high capacity magazines and wants to raise the minimum age to buy certain firearms. He is pro-choice.

Next is Jay Inslee. He is 68 years old, a Democrat, and hails from Washington. He is a former lawyer, State Representative, U.S. Representative, and currently is the Governor of Washington. He is primarily pro-public education and wants increased pay for teachers. He is pro-gun control and sees it as a health issue. He is pro-choice.

Next is Bernie Sanders. He is 77 years old, an Independent who is running as a Democrat, and hails from Vermont. He is a former U.S. Representative, Mayor, and currently is a U.S. Senator. He is pro-public education and wants to provide free college for lower income people and would tax Wall Street to help alleviate the cost. He thinks people have the right to bear arms but that the country must enact sensible policy regarding the specifics of gun ownership. He is pro-choice.

Next is Amy Klobuchar. She is 58 years old, a Democrat, and hails from Minnesota. She is a former prosecutor and currently is a U.S. Senator. She wants to expand early childhood learning access and is pro-public education. She wants to ban assault weapons but thinks hunting weapons are okay and would like to sensible reforms enacted such as enhanced background checks. She is pro-choice but ultimately thinks it a choice between a woman and her doctor.

Next is Cory Booker. He is 49 years old, a Democrat, and hails from New Jersey. He is a former Mayor and currently is a U.S. Senator. He supports school vouchers and wants to make some college free. He wants enhanced background checks and more gun control. He is pro-choice and wants to change the Supreme Court ruling in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby which said that a for-profit company can deny paying for an employee’s contraceptives as a part of their health care.

Next is Marianne Williamson. She is 66 years old, a Democrat, and hails from Texas. She is an author and spiritual teacher. She is pro-public education and wants to work on making college more affordable. She wants universal background checks and wants to ban assault rifles, bump stocks and high capacity magazines. She is pro-choice.

Next is Pete Buttigieg. He is 37 years old, a Democrat, and hails from Indiana. He is a former management consultant, Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and currently is the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. There is almost no information on his education stances but he does seem to be pro-public education. He favors enhanced background checks and a ban on bump stocks. He has never declared his stance on abortion but as Mayor of South Bend he did block a rezoning decision that would have allowed an anti-abortion center to be right next to a proposed site for an abortion clinic.

Next is Kamala Harris. She is 54 years old, a Democrat, and hails from California. She is a former attorney currently is a U.S. Senator. She is pro-public education. She supports restrictions on gun ownership and is pro-gun control. She is pro-choice and supports public funding for abortions.

Next is Kirsten Gillibrand. She is 52 years old, a Democrat, and hails from New York. She is a former attorney and is currently a U.S. Senator. She is pro-public education. She was anti-gun control but then shifted to be pro-gun control to reflect the wants of her constituents. She is pro-choice and supports public funding for abortion.

Next is Julián Castro. He is 44 years old, a Democrat, and hails from Texas. He is a former Mayor was the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for President Barack Obama. There is limited information available about his stances on education, but he is a big proponent of universal pre-kindergarten. He is pro-gun control and wants to renew the Assault Weapon Ban, limit high capacity magazines and require background checks at gun shows. He is pro-choice.

Next is Tulsi Gabbard. She is 37 years old, a Democrat, and hails from Hawaii. She is a former State Representative, Major in the Army National Guard, City Council Member and currently is a U. S. Representative. She is pro-public education. She is pro-gun control and wants enhanced background checks and to ban assault weapons and bump stocks. She is pro-choice.

Next is Elizabeth Warren. She is 69 years old, a Democrat, and hails from Massachusetts. She is a former teacher, lawyer, professor and is currently a U.S. Senator. She is pro-public education. She is pro-gun control and wants to renew the Assault Weapons Ban. She is pro-choice and supports public funding for abortions.

Next is Andrew Yang. He is 44 years old, a Democrat, and hails from New York. He is an entrepreneur. He is pro-public education. He is pro-gun control but thinks policies should sensible while respecting 2nd Amendment rights. He is pro-choice.

Next is John Delaney. He is 55 years old, a Democrat, and hails from Maryland. He is a former businessman and U.S. Representative. He is pro-public education and wants to help bring down the cost of college. There is limited information available but he supports some gun control. He is pro-choice and supports public funding for abortion.

Lastly is Beto O’Rourke. He is 46 years, a Democrat, and from Texas. He is a former businessman, City Council Member and U.S. Representative. There is limited information but seems to be pro-public education. He is pro-gun control and wants enhanced background checks. He is pro-choice.

As candidates continue to declare their candidacy, the Scribe will put out articles for them. The Scribe also encourages its readers to go and read more about each of the candidates they are interested in to learn more because these three issues are by no means a fully encompassing look at each candidate.


Royals split series at Smokies Challenge

KNOXVILLE – The Johnson University Royals played in a series against Alice Lloyd College and Hiwassee College at the Tennessee Smokies Stadium in Kodak, March 12 and 13.

The Royals won their Tuesday game against Alice Lloyd College 4-1.

In Wednesday’s 3 p.m. game, the Royals fell to the Hiwassee Tigers 6-12.

Johnson’s Royals play a double-header against Piedmont University in Winston-Salem, N.C., March 16. The first game will start at 11 a.m. with the second game following.


Royals basketball team ranked 3rd in nation, highest in JU history

KNOXVILLE Johnson University’s men’s basketball team finished this season earning the title of 3rd in the nation the highest title in Johnson history at the National Christian College Athletic Association DII Men’s Basketball National Championship in Greenville, SC, March 7-9.

The Royals played their first championship game against the #6 team, Trinity Baptist College, winning 76-60, on March 7.

On March 8, the team lost to the #2 team, Grace Christian University, 75-51.

The Royals played their final game of the season, March 9, against Maranatha Baptist University, to compete for third place. They succeeded in winning, beating MBU 101-86.

At an awards banquet earlier in the week, various members of the team were recipients of awards. Taylor Gilpin was awarded the Pete Maravich Award. Coby Jones was named one of the 1st Team All Americans. Seniors Taylor Gilpin, Kenton Gullion, and Brandon Toro were recipients of the Scholar-Athlete award. Gavin Grubb earned all-tournament honors, as well.

During the week of the championship, the team completed a community service project at a local food bank.


Lady Royals finish 6th in nation at NCCAA DII Women’s Basketball National Championship

The Lady Royals brought home the title of 6th in the nation after competing in the National Christian College Athletic Association DII Women’s Basketball National Championship at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC.

The team, consisting of only six players, headed to Greenville after appearing on Channel 10 News for a short interview on March 4.

On Thursday, the Lady Royals played the 3rd ranked team in the nation, Randall University, and lost 66-67 on a shot made by their opponent with 7 seconds left on the clock.

They played again Friday morning against the host team, BJU, and lost 69-57. This final game left them ranked 6th in the nation.

“This week proved we could compete with the best…,” JU Women’s Basketball Head Coach Amy James said. “I truly believe everyone that had not seen these ladies play thought we had made it to the National Tournament by mistake, however, when we were finished playing both games we had everyone in the gym shaking their heads and saying, ‘I have never seen 6 players compete like they did’.”

At the National Championship awards banquet, Keisha McIntyre, Michaela Keele, and Taylor Thurman received Scholar-Athlete awards.

During their time at national championship week, the team completed a community service project of designing and illustrating placemats for the local Children’s Hospital.


Volunteering in a refugee camp


The life jacket grave yard found on the island of Lesvos in Greece.

Moria no good. It’s one of the first things that refugees learn to say…and they are right.

Volunteering in a refugee camp in Greece is hands down the hardest thing I have ever done. There is so much pain, sorrow, turmoil, and frustration shoved into a space the size of a Super Walmart. Somewhere between 5 and 7 thousand refugees breathe these emotions in on a daily basis. The darkness is crippling. Why is this happening? How did it come to this? 

There are so many questions to ask when you stare into the face of Moria, a camp of chaos and heartbreak. I can remember my first day there as I looked into the eyes of these displaced people: men, women, and children, and wondered what their stories were. What had they fled? How long had they been in Moria? Were they there alone? What happens when they leave? Will they get to leave? Will they be sent back? Story is such a powerful thing. They are not static characters. They are constantly developing and proving their desperation to be dynamic. Their fearful journey in a lifeboat across waters that have marked themselves as a liquid grave yard is a testament to their determination. 

The watery passage from Turkey to the island of Lesvos is less than 10 miles. Most of the refugees in camp told me that it took them four hours to cross. The rafts they come in have a capacity of 18. Yet, most boats hold over 30-40 refugees coming from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, the Republic of Congo, etc. This journey is not easy, but those who make it to Greece have a new monster to face once they arrive. It is out of the frying pan and into the fire so to speak.

Was the decision to flee their countries the right one? Are the conditions in Moria any better than the wars and oppression that pushed them out? It is a devastating question, but I am not sure it can be answered, nor do I think it is the right one. Getting caught up in the hopelessness of Moria is easy to do. The crisis continues and there is no way I can fix it. It will continue because the war in the Middle East continues as ISIS, Asad, Turks, and many others continue to fuel the beast of despair that ravages their world. Yet, I did not go to Moria to work with refugees to simply become listless under its heaviness.

The NGO I worked under in camp is called EuroRelief. So many things amaze me about the work this organization does. As I partnered with them during a span of a little more than a week, I quickly realized how needed they are. EuroRelief provides for the needs of refugees during their stay in Moria. They house, clothe, take census, guard, provide heat, distribute blankets and diapers, answer questions, and overall attempt to bring order to a camp characterized by disorder. While we worked, we wore bright orange EuroRelief vests. I quickly realized that this marker signified something throughout all of camp. There were so many times that refugees stopped me and said things like: “Moria no good, but EuroRelief good”. And I think that’s why they do it. Even though these full time workers and volunteers know that the work they do in camp is simply a bandaid, it is better than leaving an open wound.

EuroRelief is run by a bunch of 20 year olds from different countries and different denominations. It is a clear picture of the Kingdom coming together and putting aside differences for the sake of injustice. Going on this trip is very different from other mission trips. It’s not about bringing the gospel to people, but BEING the gospel. A major theme both in the Old and New Testament surrounds caring for the poor and the outcasts, and that is what EuroRelief lives into. It is also some of the most physically, emotionally, and spiritually taxing work that I have ever experienced. Volunteering in Moria is hard. 

I’ve been back in the U.S. for a little more than 7 weeks now and it is still hard. I see the images of children in rain-soaked flip flops. I remember the feel of the cold that creeps its way into the very essence of camp as wind and rain sting the faces of these displaced people. The rain symbolizes tears as these displaced people bravely continue the life of flight that they have embarked on. I still see the families smushed together in make-shift tents, and devastated faces of new arrivals haunted by their past. Yet, I also remember the kindness of these people who brought me hot tea to drink when I was out in the cold. They invited me into their tents and attempted to get to know me through broken English and non-verbal hand gestures. In a camp that tries to break you, love is still found. Kindness is still found. The volunteers and the refugees contribute to this restless culture of hope and hopelessness, but they somehow choose to give hope the upper hand. Through all of this, I see Jesus spreading light in the most unlikely of places. As John 1:5 says: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” I choose to believe this.


Spring Retreat 2019 to take place mid-April

2019-spring-retreat-design_-(002).pngJUTN- Johnson University will hold its annual spring retreat April 12-14. The event is geared toward high school youth.

The event consists of a weekend full of messages, worship, and fellowship. The theme for this year’s retreat is NEVER ALONE.

As stated on the Johnson University website, those planning the weekend’s festivities  “hope to provide a fun weekend with thought-provoking messages and a time to learn more about who they are in relation to each other.” The idea of the retreat is to provide high-schoolers an opportunity to grow their relationship with God in the midst of others who are like-minded and passionate for Christ.

Those who plan to attend must register for the event. The cost for those who register by March 22 is $40 per person. Those who register after March 22 will pay $55 per person. The registration fee covers a t-shirt, on-campus housing, and all on-campus meals (these include Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast).

For the registration and liability forms and/or more information click here.



Taylor Gilpin recipient of 2019 DII Men’s Basketball Pete Maravich Award

Gilpin during a game against Kentucky Christian University during the 2017-2018 season.

The NCCAA has named Johnson University senior, Taylor Gilpin, the recipient of the Pete Maravich Memorial Award for Division II Men’s Basketball.

Gilpin, a guard from Bloomington, In., has helped the men’s basketball team on and off the court. As captain for two years, Gilpin has led the team with an average of 17.35 points and 4.01 rebounds per game. This season, he became Johnson’s all-time leading scorer record with over 2,300 career points. In 2018, he helped the Royals finish 4th at the NCCAA National Tournament and was awarded 1st Team All-Regional and 1st Team All-American honors.

Off the court, Gilpin has been a Resident Assistant for three years and has served with various organizations, while also helping JU connect with local elementary schools. He is a Business Administration major with a GPA of 3.56, which has led him to be a recognized as a NCCAA Scholar-Athlete in both 2018 and 2019.

“Taylor is a tremendous example of faith lived out in everyday life,” Head Coach Brandon Perry said. “He has set a culture of high character and academics for our team while maintaining a high level of basketball skill.”

According to the NCCAA website, “The purpose of this award is to recognize the outstanding NCCAA student-athlete in Men’s Basketball and highlights excellence in competition, skill, academics, and Christian service during his career. ‘Pistol Pete’ Maravich was known for his ball handling, shooting abilities, and creative passing. He was an NBA All-Star, named one of NBA’s 50 greatest players, and inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. He came to know Christ later in his life and spent the last years of his life pointing people to Christ. This award is sponsored by Mr. Gary Beck, manager of the Gary Beck Foundation and a former NCCAA All-American student-athlete from Greenville University, IL.”