David Skidmore encourages ‘The Gathering’ audience to imitate Jesus

David Skidmore encourages ‘The Gathering’ audience to imitate Jesus

Tuesday afternoon’s chapel featured David Skidmore, a youth minister at North Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro. Skidmore kicked off his message by recalling a recent experience in a movie theater that left most of the customers dissatisfied with their purchases at the concession stand. After the customers had already paid, they found out that the soft drink machines were out of every drink except Powerade. He laughed at the experience, and explained that his family has adopted the incident as an inside joke. They will often quote the manager of the theater by passionately yelling, “Look lady, we still have Powerade!” “That’s just become a metaphor in our lives for if everything else is bad,” Skidmore said. “Powerade’s not going to work,” he said, explaining that nobody wants to go to the movie theater to drink a sports beverage. “College is where I spiritually began to struggle,” Skidmore said. He explained that he made a lot of unwise decisions during those four years, and he sees some students doing the same. “I just know there’s hope, because I’m standing up here,” he said. After Skidmore’s college roommate watched him make poor decisions, one day, he told Skidmore, “If you’re the best example of what can happen when the spirit of God gets ahold of a person, I think I’m doing pretty good without him.” Hearing that hurt Skidmore that day, but it still brought him grief to repeat it to the audience. “That day, I said, ‘Okay, everything is going to change,'” he said. “I realized what it was like to stand at a counter and to have...
Women’s March 2018 photo gallery

Women’s March 2018 photo gallery

Overwhelming crowds gathered at Public Square Park to march through the streets of downtown Nashville for the 2018 Women’s March on Saturday afternoon. After gathering in the park before 2 p.m., the rally was led in chants and entertained by local, all-female bands. Mayor Megan Berry spoke to the crowd before they marched to the capitol building. « ‹ 1 of 3 ›...
Snow day 2018 photo gallery

Snow day 2018 photo gallery

Students experienced yet another day off from school due to inclement weather after having the Friday before off due to winter weather and yesterday off due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In The Gathering today, SGA President Carson Panovec announced that classes after 3 p.m. were officially cancelled, and classes before 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning were also cancelled. To enjoy the snow day, students and people from surrounding neighborhoods used makeshift sleds to slide down the hill of the Lipscomb soccer field....
Lipscomb and Amy Grant kick-off Christmas with 2017 Lighting of the Green

Lipscomb and Amy Grant kick-off Christmas with 2017 Lighting of the Green

Friends, family, students and alumni gathered in front of Lipscomb’s bell tower to usher in the Christmas spirit at this year’s Lighting of the Green Tuesday night. Spectators traveled from near and far to witness the annual festivities. Some students simply left their dorms; other families drove across the state. Former Bison Riley Adkisson’s family traveled from St. Louis, Missouri, to come watch Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith perform alongside Lipscomb’s choirs. “My family drove for five hours for this,” Adkisson said while looking for them through the crowd. Upon arrival, guests were greeted with twinkling lights and free hot chocolate. On the upper level of the Allen Arena parking garage, clips from family-favorite Christmas movies played in the background while visitors “ice skated.” The holiday concert kicked off at 5:30 p.m. with a performance from Lipscomb Academy’s elementary choir, followed by Grant and Smith, who sang both original and traditional Christmas carols. One of Grant’s originals included, “To Be Together,” a song she wrote about the presence of loved ones during the winter season. “It’s a song about being together, which is what matters most,” Grant said. “As I get older, I realize that’s what it’s all about.” Grant and Smith stopped in Nashville mid-tour. “We’re going to 19 different cities,” Grant said, “but now we’re at Lipscomb!” Other performances took place from winner of season nine of The Voice, Jordan Smith to Lipscomb University’s student choir. The audience sang “Silent Night” as the final song of the evening. President Lowry concluded the event with the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree, thus officially kicking off the Christmas season on...
2017 Dove Awards red carpet photo gallery

2017 Dove Awards red carpet photo gallery

Tuesday night outside Allen Arena, artists in the Christian and gospel genre gathered in celebration of their work. The red carpet for the annual GMA Dove Awards started at 3:30 p.m., and by 6:00 p.m., all gathered had seen filmmakers and musicians, including headlining artist Reba McEntire. The red carpet precluded the 48th-annual Dove Award show, the fifth of its kind on Lipscomb’s campus. « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...