It is with many fond and grateful memories that we announce Doxa will be coming to its end as a journal this year. It has been an honor and blessing to work with every one of our contributors who chose to share their talents to the glory of God. Thank you all for being a part of this endeavor. A heartfelt farewell from Dr. Bob Milliken, who dreamed of and founded this journal:
After ten years and six issues, Doxa will cease publication. It has been a delight to work with these creative undergraduate writers and artists for a decade, and a privilege to publish for the first time many talented students. We have made the decision to move to new ways of encouraging undergraduate writers, and fostering a spirit of praise and worship before the glory of God.
We will miss many things about this partnership, especially the excitement and challenge we experienced as we meditated on the witness of art, poetry, fiction, and essays that brought glory to Jesus Christ, and hope in a dark world. We pray that all who have enjoyed this ministry will continue to write and create for the glory of God and the Lamb who was slain.
Thankful to Jesus,
This will be the third year we’ve held an open photography competition to determine the next cover of Doxa! We’ve been so thrilled with the beautiful art we’ve been blessed to view in the past, and can’t wait to see what this year will bring. Last year’s winner and honorable mentions can be seen here.
This competition is for any photographer of any age, student or not. While the undergraduate artwork within the pages of Doxa can only be published in black and white, we request that color photos be submitted for this competition. Photographs must be at least 300 dpi resolution to be usable. The winning picture will be voted on by the editors of the journal.
To enter photos for consideration, please e-mail them in .jpeg format to Lgraves.email@example.com, along with your name and mailing address, so that the winner of the competition may receive a free copy of the journal in which he or she is published. The deadline for submissions to this competition will be April 30th.
We are excited to announce that submissions have now opened for our seventh issue of Doxa, to be published this fall. The deadline for entries will be April 30, 2016. The editors welcome material from any college undergraduates. (For more submission criteria, please look under the “Submit” page.) We accept submissions of:
Artwork (black and white photography and drawing)
A $100 award will be given for the editors’ choice of the top submission in each category.
Please send all submissions or questions to Lgraves.firstname.lastname@example.org
All submissions must be received by April 30, 2015.
Once upon a time there was a mighty, but loving, King who had a son who meant the world to him, the Prince. The King loved his son and his son loved him.
But the Prince, like most little boys, loved to have fun. If he could have it his way, he would run outside as soon as he woke up and not return until the sun went down.
But his father knew what was best for his son, so there were some rules to keep him safe. One of them was that the Prince could play, but not all day, so that there would be time to spend together.
The Prince loved his father, but wished he could play and have fun whenever he wanted. He wished there were no rules. That he could do whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted.
Earth gathered and life breathed through a soul.
Speaking to the deceased,
“Lazarus, come forth!”
Sacrifice that lives again.
A name, yet not so plain a name.
The sound of water over sand,
so clean and bright and out of hand.
Rushing forth to break a dam,
the same in us did God the Lamb.
Growing strong like flowers abloom
to love, be loved, and all consume.
The name of God,
unwavering in might,
is sweet to His child as day turns to night.
So a name, yet not so plain a name
is all one needs to take your blame.
In June 2015, I went to Pattaya, Thailand for six weeks with 20 fellow students to take part in a Global Injustice Response Training called The Justice School. The Justice School is an intensive training course designed to equip students to eradicate the injustice of our world that is human trafficking. Pattaya is known to be the child sex tourism capital of the world. We spent time in the classroom being taught by experts in their respective fields, participated in various field works around the city, and experienced what sex trafficking looks like in that part of the world. The following works are the blogs I wrote leading up to, during, and following my trip to Thailand.
As I sit here at work on this Friday afternoon, I am beginning to realize how close it all is. This time next week I will be finishing the last hour of my last shift as a student in the Nebraska Christian College library. Graduation is 8 days away.
It all feels surreal. I can’t believe that I am almost done with college. It has gone so quickly. But in 8 days I will walk across that stage and get my diploma (I think—let’s hope I didn’t miss too many chapels!). I honestly couldn’t be more excited to graduate. I am glad that I had the experiences I did because they shaped whom I have become and what I plan on doing. There are people I will miss and things I will miss. However, I can’t pretend I’m not more than ready to be done here.
Mostly because I’m excited about what comes next.