Psalms for Divine Protection from COVID-19 The Psalms have gained prominence among Christians since the rise of COVID-19. Psalm 91 has been particularly popular. This is understandable given that it speaks of how God will save you "from the deadly pestilence" (v. 3, NIV = "deadly disease" in the NLT), and the assurance that "pestilence" and "plague" (v. 6) "will not come near you" (v. 7). How are we to interpret such claims in the Psalms? What are we to think when we read that "no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent" (Psalm 91:10)? Promises to [...]
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(Updated May 25, 2020)Thank you for considering Horizon College & Seminary! We know these are unpredictable and in many cases uncomfortable times, and we want to assure you that if you are feeling called to pursue a Christian leadership education this fall, then we are here for you! As a registered college in the province of Saskatchewan, we are continually adjusting as the province moves through the various phases of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan under direction of the Ministry of Health and the Chief Health Officer. You probably have many questions about the fall so we will answer them the best [...]
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everybody. Within the span of a week, it put our small, non-profit organization into a cash-flow crisis, forcing us into temporary wage reductions and layoffs to reduce expenses initially by approximately 66% and requiring us quickly to identify new ways to generate income. As we've been forced to make quick, high-consequence decisions and to take unplanned, unhappy actions over a remarkably short period, I've been circumspect on my thoughts. Writing helps me think, and my thoughts took the form of advice offered to a senior leader (myself), describing the steps I see myself taking to [...]
An open letter to our constituency The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everybody. It's changed our everyday behaviours, disrupted our regular social patterns, and affected our spiritual and mental health. In the span of one week, Horizon went from a vibrant on-campus community to a locked-down and mostly empty facility. We don't take for granted how seamlessly we were able to transition from in-class to exclusively online course delivery. I know many colleagues and students in other institutions who are still struggling with the transition. Thankfully, we had the infrastructure and practised professors already in place. But for all [...]
During this COVID-19 crisis, it is important that we are taking care of our mental health. The Provincial Government recently released a statement highlighting various mental health support networks in the province. They state: All Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) mental health inpatient units for adults, children and youth remain open for admissions as needed. Community mental health sites remain open, offering most services by phone. However, they have maintained capacity to assist clients and patients in person if necessary. Group-based services have been discontinued, but clients and patients are being contacted by phone. The SHA continues efforts to reallocate resources [...]
Latest update on COVID-19 from Horizon College & Seminary There is not much new to report, but it's good to keep you informed. Our building is closed to the public, including our residential wing from our academic wing. Classes are running smoothly online, and we've announced numerous online spring/summer courses you can take. See College Courses here and Seminary Courses here. There are very few onsite staff. We will pick up deliveries and mail, observing social distancing protocols. We are running with a very streamlined staff right now so please connect with us by email: email@example.com. Please be aware of multiple [...]
An important note for prospective and returning students: With the world so crazily uncertain at this moment you may be wondering, "Will Horizon even be running in September?" The answer is an emphatic "YES!!!" Right now, we're eagerly awaiting the arrival of multiple new and returning students on campus this fall. We're ready with student housing as Nathan and Melanie Cressman of Cressman Realty have residences ready for students to move into. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested! And for those of you who can't wait - or who want to get a head start - (we're thinking especially those of [...]
We're all a little anxious in the midst of this COVID-19 storm. But please remember that is is a storm - a fierce and terrible storm, for sure! - but a storm all the same and it will pass. Right now we, along with the rest of the world, are forced to bunker-down and wait it out as best we can while preserving as much life, laughter, and normalcy as we can. On March 19, all students who remained on campus completed the onsite portion of classes and most have moved out of residence. Horizon's facility is now locked down to [...]
With the increased measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 announced by the Government of Saskatchewan this morning, Horizon will be ceasing on-campus academic and student life activities effective Friday, March 20. We will continue to offer courses for the rest of the year online via Zoom, which thankfully we are well set-up to do. We will also offer opportunities to connect weekly online for chapel and life groups. We are not completely closing our residence since this is the local "home" many have who are working in the city. However, we will encourage students already planning to return home after [...]