How to Connect with CONNECT 2017

Feb 24th, 2017
ibc-faculty-jaye-rodenbush by Jaye Rodenbush

Thanks to the amazing staff and students of Indiana Bible College. Preparing the campus tonight for our record-breaking IBC CONNECT Weekend. CONNECT is the weekend high school juniors and seniors come and explore the campus, attend chapel, classes and social events all while getting acquainted with the faculty, staff and students of IBC. We are expecting a fabulous weekend. Thanks to our new CONNECT students, we are working to get you ALL comfortably on campus so that you will have a great experience.

Thanks to Promotions Director Christopher Henderson and his team for his tireless work to make this happen. We knew the CONNECT attendance numbers were up, but this response has blown through our projections and has been incredible. It looks like the student body of IBC FALL 2018 is going to be great!

Perhaps your time to experience Bible college has passed, but it’s never to late to join us in other ways. We REALLY could use your help. Our greatest need is for people with a heart for students to do the following:


Pray God sends us great students with a heart for revival. Pray that while at IBC they can find and develop their calling. Pray that they can use the time they have at IBC to make the connections and build the relationships that will help them fulfill the destiny God has placed upon their hearts. Pray that God anoints our faculty and staff to pour into the hearts and lives of each student that walks through our doors. Pray that God daily renews our passion for this work. Pray that he supplies the families of our IBC faculty and staff with the health and financial blessings they need to dedicate even greater focus to this great task ahead of us.


Our greatest need at IBC is funding for qualified, hard-working, dedicated students, who despite their best efforts, are struggling financially to work their way through college. Donations are tax deductible and you may designate a specific student that you already know or allow the scholarship committee to help you choose from a variety of worthy recipients. Due to the considerable growth of our student body, we are committed to a variety campus improvements. Housing this number of students each year requires a great commitment by our host church, Calvary Tabernacle. They have gone above and beyond to support the work of Indiana 16864679_10155857861858696_4518722866254251812_nBible College, but we have much work still to be done. Funding needed for campus improvements includes emergency projects that HAVE to be done in the next six months, to what we like to call “DREAM” projects that would make our campus more conducive to creative methodology and more comfortable for both staff and students. We truly need some MIRACLES. We are thinking big and dreaming big, because we know we have a big GOD.

Thank you for all of your support of IBC through the years.

God Bless,

Rob Rodenbush & Jaye Mooney Rodenbush

Indiana Bible College Executive Vice President & Dean of Administration

Dialogue with Reality

Feb 6th, 2017

ibc-faculty-paul-mooneyby Paul Mooney


I suspect we would all agree that no political campaign in recent history has incited more dialogue, denunciation, false news, real news, insulting rages, horrible feuding, bold oratory and occasionally some powerful and commanding rhetoric. Laying aside political opinion, it is obvious that despite the ugliness of the debates and the constant barrage of negative news reporting, the nation, nevertheless, was fully engaged. Coffee shops, talk shows, universities, offices, family gatherings, and even churches provided lively venues for endless dialogue. The result? American voters responded. And a political revolution exploded into the history books.

The issues, although still in a state of fluidity, are at the very least being submitted to debate and dialogue by large numbers of people, both on the left and right. This dialogue is illuminating America’s ugly sins and weaknesses. Yet, in some ways, it is also revealing the glorious hope for this country’s future. We are rediscovering what’s important, the things that matter.

pickupthephone2Christians should learn from our culture’s present example. Dialogue matters. Preaching the Bible under the anointing of the Holy Spirit reveals the conflicts caused by sin. It turns the world toward the truth. It strengthens the vision and joy of the church. It calls home backsliders. It gives peace and hope to the hearts and minds of God’s beloved humanity. Jesus commanded His disciples to go and preach. “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). I suspect Jesus gave this command because it works. It’s His chosen method.

“For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe” (1 Corinthians 1:21). Herein lies an important issue, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:2). We can shake the world again — ‘preach.’ Jerry Jones, our beloved General Secretary, got it right in his new book entitled We Preach.

“It’s easy to forget,” as James Herrick, Hope College professor, mentioned recently in his discussion concerning the massive negative impact that the Internet is having on our children, “that students today inhabit a ‘phantasmagoric’ theater of afrenetic-media images, raw emotion, and powerful appeals that undermine the ‘self,’ to make a sale.”

The more one looks into Herrick’s warning the more one understands the monumental significance it plays concerning the darkness of this “present world.” The word phantasmagoric references the images of horror, religious mysteries, animalism, violent rituals and such, as is common to the cyber world, video games, television and movies, that dominates minds and lives, especially of children. Once exposed, young minds carry these images, messages, thoughts, suggestions, challenges and inducements in their heads and hearts constantly, every day. These strong and influential images shape a child’s thinking and personality. It is not good. The consequences are destroying the innocence and happiness of our children. Many are enticed into alternate personalities or extreme characterizations.

Psychologist Michael Seto states, “We are living through the largest unregulated social experiment of all time. A generation of youth who have been exposed to extreme content online, we are facing serious ‘socio-technological implications.’” In London, 200 teachers, psychiatrists, neuroscientists and other experts signed a paper expressing alarm over the “erosion of childhood” (The Daily Telegraph).

Either we preach in order to challenge the darkness of this world or we lose. The Prophets and the Apostles were protagonists against humanism. God’s carved stones given to Moses were a direct challenge to the status quo. Our generation must understand that there is no compatible compromise with the world’s philosophies. Trying to adapt the manners, techniques, and/or methods of this world, or worse, the false manner and methods of charismatic charlatans into the structure of an Apostolic church is a foolish endeavor — the very opposite of the Apostles’ foundation.

An Apostolic church is the one place we should expect the believers to be overcoming these matters. It’s possible, of course. Preach the word — it transforms sorrow into joy, it strengthens the weak, it expels darkness from the mind. Confront and address the false hopes and false religions that are overwhelming the world. May we forever exalt Godly living as a lifestyle of joy and peace, deny the overt juvenilization of church services, and call our youth to greatness in Christ.

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