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Brian and I drove from northern Indiana to the Chicago area late last night so I could speak and sing at Wheaton College's chapel service this morning. Wheaton's 2400 students are required to attend chapel services held three times a week - well, they can skip nine a semester. So, since attendance I expected folks to nap, read a magazine or talk on their cell phone - that's what other schools' chapels are often like anyway.

But Wheaton's students leaned in and listened whie I taught and sang about why they're in college, why we're here, what it means to be "For Christ and His kingdom" as Wheaton's sign out front says. They sang along and laughed and did that furrowed eyebrow I'm-thinking-about-what-you-just-said thing that teachers love to see on faces and even found me afterward to say thanks. If I could do nothing but play chapels and have them be chocked full of students like Wheaton's I'd do it. Thanks to Wheaton's chaplain Dr.Kellough, his assistant Marilyn and everyone at chapel this morning for letting me do what I love. And for not reading magazines while I did it.

After chapel we headed over to Wheaton's radio studio for an interview with Joy Curry, who apparently reads SHLOG.

Then we did something we never make time to do: we became tourists. The great thing about this job is that I get to see three or more cities every week. The bad news? I see them from a stage and a hotel room and a rental car. We never have time to relax and site see. But today we made time to visit the Marion E. Wade Center, a museum on Wheaton's campus housing a research collection of books and papers from seven British authors: Owen Barfield, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. Pretty cool stuff.

A map of Narnia drawn by C.S.Lewis.

The wardrobe some believe inspired Lewis' Narnia stories.

The plaque posted beside it tells the story of the wardrobe. (Click to enlarge and read.)

It doesn't work, by the way. Yea, I was bummed about that too.

Instead of Narnia I'm at Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky tonight and playing here in the morning. More from the road tomorrow.


Anonymous Steve Shore said...

Of course it didn't work... you're not a child; you're too old. Silly Shaun...

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Blogger Kathy said...

I am glad you had a great time at Wheaton. My folks wanted me to think about attending Wheaton. I was raised like the book you blogged about "Evangelicals." I did not want to go to a boring christian college. This was back in 1971. A long time ago.

I love reading your blogs. I have a blog but I do not think it is near as interesting as a lot that I read. Check it out sometime if you can.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a student at Wheaton College and I wanted to let you know that the chapel you lead was spectacular! A lot of times people do nap, read, and talk, but chapel was awesome Friday afternoon!

Keep singing for the Lord and you will go far!

Blogger Shaun Groves said...

Brian's comment to this last kind comment:

"We've been far and we're back now and we're OK with that."

Speak for yourself.

I AM fine. I AM fine. I AM fine.

Ok, all better now. Thanks for the compliment.

Blogger Mustard Packet Pelter said...

They actually let you get that close the the closet thingy?! Wow! I'm surprised. Usually in places like that they have those nice little velvity rope thingys surrounding it letting anyone over the age of 12 know that you're not suppose to pass this point(aka: no touching!)
But Shaun really I didn't think you'd need a wardrobe to get to Narnia. I mean gosh you've got a pretty active imagination...right?

Anonymous mj said...

I went to Wheaton, my sister's there now, and my cousin goes to Greenville! You're doing the midwest proud.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shaun dear,
It's the "dream girl" from the GMA event. You are still in the land of "far" in the midst of "doing" that. People know your name and run to your blog site every time they get the "there's a new blog at Shlog.com" in their inbox. People go back to month old blogs to follow up on the comments. You're not a worldwide icon yet, but would you really want that....well yeah, o.k. I dream of a regional tour, your off to do a world tour. You ARE fine. You ARE fine. Keep up the good work and count the blessing of being a blessing to sooo many.

Blogger Shaun Groves said...

Thank you. Just relaying the comments of the ever-wise brian that's all. Far or, uh, near? I'm thankful. Thanks for the encouraging words.



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