Fall Play: The Importance of Being Earnest


Friday, November 18, 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 19, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, November 20, 3:00 PM

Doors open 30 minutes before each performance.


The Grace University Theatre Department stages this comedy classic.First performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James’s Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personas to escape burdensome social obligations.

Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play’s major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways.

Contemporary reviews all praised the play’s humor, though some were cautious about its explicit lack of social messages, while others foresaw the modern consensus that it was the culmination of Wilde’s artistic career so far. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde’s most enduringly popular play.

Bible Conference 2016

“Adopt” or “Adapt”: Doing Theology in a Changing Culture


About the Topic

We all read the Bible through our cultural lenses: our background and experiences, our church traditions, our education, our family (and so forth). Everyone accepts that this is true. But how significant this is not always obvi-ous to us in how it affects the way we live our personal lives and our lives as Christians in the church and in our cul-ture.

Our culture and circumstances are very different from the culture and circumstances out of which the Bible springs, but when we read the Bible we automatically assume:

1. We know the agenda/intention of the original writers

2. We understand what the writers (and God!) are saying for us in the church today

3. We know whether to “adopt” teach-ings (and commands) directly or to “adapt” them to our present con-texts, and how to “adapt” them cor-rectly.

These sessions will invite us to think better about how we hear, study, and apply the Bible in a culture that is rapid-ly changing.

Conference Schedule


Session 1: 8:45 am 

Building a Foundation: The Mission of God! 

Does our interpretation lead to bringing God’s love to a broken world?

Session 2: 10:30 am 

Theology within our Culture: Understanding a Redemptive God in our world. 

Does our interpretation and practice lead to redemption in our current cultural setting?


Session 3: 8:45 am 

Developing a Theology – Part 1: Thinking Biblically 

Is our interpretation consistent with the freedoms established by the Bible?

Session 4: 10:30 am 

Developing a Theology – Part 2: Thinking Historically 

Is our interpretation consistent with the theological development of the Bible as it unfolds?


Session 5: 8:45 am 

Developing a Theology Part 3: Thinking Historically 

Does our interpretation allow for bringing the eschatological (“end-time”) Kingdom into our present world?

Session 6: 10:30 am 

Functional vs. Confessional Theology: Walking our Talk! 

Are our individual practices consistent with our stated beliefs?

About the Speaker

Jim Howard 

screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-11-08-09-amJim and Nancy have been married since 1984. They have four children and eight grandchildren. Jim grew up in South Florida… a true beach bum! After high school he joined the US Navy’s nucle-ar program and was stationed in San Die-go, CA where he met his first wife, Judy. She went to be with the Lord after they had been married 5 years from complica-tions relating to Cystic Fibrosis. This left Jim with a 1 and 3 year old.

Jim and Nancy met at a nuclear plant in Colorado… how romantic is that? After getting married they had two chil-dren together. They served together in Germany as missionaries. While in Ger-many, Jim discovered his gifting as a teacher and passion for being with people. Jim’s passion for teaching led him to inter-national ministry where he annually teaches at schools in Nepal, India, and Mozambique. After Germany, they moved to Dallas, TX where Jim attended semi-nary and completed a Th.M. and Ph.D. in New Testament Studies.

Jim loves hiking, camping, skiing, sailing, four-wheeling, taekwondo (he has his 1 Dan black belt) and reading. Jim also loves being pastor at Dillon Community Church in Dillon, Colorado.

October 17-19 2016 

Contact Nick Oegema in the SDO with questions.

Phone: 402-449-2923

Email: sdo@graceu.edu

Chamber Singers Trip to Germany 2017


The Chamber Singers of Grace University is a 14 member group.  They are preparing to present a music and drama ministry in eastern Germany and the Czech Republic.  The group is lead by Dr. Greg Zielke and Mackenzie Dehmer.  They will give programs for church groups, street ministry, and mission organizations and schools.  The presentations include a wide variety of choral music, instrumental music, and drama.  We work in collaboration with German pastors of the FeG (Freie Envangelishe Gemeinde).  The Chamber Singers are ministering in Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, and Prague.  The trip is scheduled for May 26 to June 6, 2017.

Each member of the team, students and staff, need to raise $3000 in support.  Thank you in advance for your participation in the ministry.  Each gift means so much to us.

DONATE HERE (Please select “Germany Trip 2017” form drop down menu)

Scholarship Interview/Audition Day

– Monday, February 20, 2017 (register by February 1)

Scholarship Interview/Audition Day is a chance for any incoming student interested in applying for any of Grace University’s special scholarships including music.

Fill out my online form.