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Come on out to a Student Ambassador Informational Meeting on Wednesday, September 16th at 7:00pm in the BHC Northeast classroom! Bring any questions you might have as well as an appetite for some home-baked treats.
To all who came to Admitted Students day, thanks for coming out! It must have been a pretty full day, but we hope you enjoyed your visit. We had a great time meeting you all, and we hope to see you again in the fall. Until then, have a wonderful summer!
Outstanding Delegation, 3-peat
by Jesse Eastman
Fifteen PHC students participated in this year’s Model UN from March 24 to 28 where they received the highest award, “Outstanding Delegation,” for the third consecutive year. Only the top 10 delegations receive that honor.
Teammates Josh Mechaelsen and Jasmine Howells also won a specific committee award for an exceptional position paper, which commends their research and writing abilities. Teammates Kira Clark and Ruan Meintjes won a committee award for diplomacy with other states.
We are so proud of our Mock Trial team for making it nationals! Congratulations and keep up the good work!!
We are excited to welcome our guests to Patrick Henry College's Open House Event. Looking forward to the ice cream social tonight!
We are happy to welcome our guests to Patrick Henry College's Open House Event today!
PHC Team Wins Top Awards at Moot Court Tournament
￼by Alissa Robertson
All nine Patrick Henry College moot court teams at the ACMCA Mid–Atlantic regional tournament in Lynchburg, Va., broke into out–rounds two weeks ago despite being PHC’s least experienced teams.
The American Collegiate Moot Court Association (ACMCA) hosted regional tournaments in Orlando, Fla., Fichburg, Mass., Long Beach, Calif., and Lynchburg, Va. this year. PHC sent at total of 19 teams to the regional competitions, and a number of those teams will compete this week-end at Long Beach.
The Mid–Atlantic tournament was held at Liberty University’s Law School, where 36 teams from various colleges ar- gued both sides of the first and fourteenth amendments.
“This was the most inexperienced team that we’ve taken to a regional tournament since I’ve been here,” said Dr. Frank Guliuzza, PHC’s moot court team coach. “Ulti- mately, they were successful.”
Fortunately, PHC’s returning varsity competitors worked with students who attended the tournament, he said.
Each two–person PHC team qualified for the elimination rounds (octifinals), and PHC closed out the tournament at the semifinal, claiming first through fourth place.
Cameron Etchart and Sam Cordle beat Gregory Monk and Jeremy Tija in the final round of the tournament for first place and the Mid-Atlantic regional champion- ship title. Third place went to the seasoned team of Tait Deems and Adam Smith, while fourth place went to Justin Bullock and Joseph Samelson.
Jeremy Tija was the top orator in the tournament. He averaged nearly 95 out of 100 points in every category on every ballot during the preliminary rounds, Gu- liuzza said.
PHC did phenomenally well considering its opponents, Regent University and the University of Virginia, Samelson said.
“Given the quality of competition at the tournament, we should not have been able to dominate the tournament like we did,” Guliuzza said. “All of the PHC teams met or exceeded reasonable expectations.”
“I learned an immense amount watch- ing the quarter, semi, and final rounds,”said sixteenth seed Sherry Clay. “I was very happy that PHC did so well and that we were able to represent our school in a competitive, yet God-honoring way.”
“It was my first moot court tournament besides the intramural, so I very much enjoyed being able to face other colleges,” champion Etchart said.
While four PHC teams from the Mid- Atlantic tournament qualified for nation- als, not all will make the coaches’ cut. PHC can only send eight teams from the four regional tournaments to represent the school at Regent University.
Etchart and Cordle secured a spot in Nationals at Regent University due to their victory.
For the others, Dr. Guliuzza and Dr. Farris will choose the teams that provide PHC with the “best chance of success” and who might best benefit from the experi- ence.
Logan Spena, Patrick Henry College’s moot court assistant coach, will assist Gu- liuzza and Farris in their decision. Spena has coached PHC moot court teams dur- ing the Fall 2012 semester and attended all of the qualifying tournaments.
Are You Ashamed of the Gospel?
A letter to the PHC student body from Dr. Michael Farris
During my morning reading, I came to a very familiar verse: “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”(Romans 1:16).
Because I was reading the whole chap- ter, I did not stop with this verse and con- tinued. Verse 17 says: “For in the Gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.’”
The Gospel reveals righteousness. Stop. Pause. Think. The Gospel reveals righ- teousness.
excludes God is a rejec-
tion of the righteous-
ness of the Gospel.”
We could go off on our own at this point and start to explain what Paul meant by the revelation of righteousness. We would be accurate if we said that, in its ul- timate sense, the righteousness revealed in the Gospel is found in the person of Jesus Christ. That is a valid point, but we can readily see that Paul wants to address the problem of the lack of righteousness we see in human beings.
The righteousness that comes from the Gospel is contrasted with the “wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness.” It is not that the truth is hid- den from men – no, ever since creation God has revealed himself to men so they are without excuse. If they cannot see God, it is because their own choice to sin has led to self-inflicted blindness.
The Gospel reveals a righteousness that is contrasted with the worship of created things. The Gospel reveals a righteousness that is contrasted with sexual impurity of all kinds–even the ultimate degradation of homosexual practices.
Knowledge that excludes God is a rejec-
tion of the righteousness of the Gospel. This rejection includes evil, greed, depravity, murder, strife, disobedience to parents, praising those who do evil.
This brings me to my point. So many Christians today are unwilling to talk about sin. They are uncomfortable with calling out sexual sin in particular. They do not want to appear “homophobic,” so they talk about choices and alternative life- styles and tolerance.
Those who contend that the message of the Gospel is separate from the message of sin don’t understand the Gospel. The Gos- pel does not ask a sinful person to merely add Jesus to his or her lifestyle. The Gos- pel demands a radical change of heart. It exposes sin, names sin, condemns sin, and calls people to the only One who can save them from their sin.
I was a beach lifeguard for four summers (and a pool guard, for one very anticlimac- tic summer thereafter). I made about 300 “saves.” Most of the “saves” or rescues were preventative in nature. I could see that the person was in trouble, but he or she often didn’t agree with my assessment and would bristle when I said: “Grab onto my surf- board, I am taking you back to shore.”
About a quarter of the rescues were peo- ple who knew they were in real trouble and would likely die if they were not rescued. A rescuer is always welcome when people know they are in peril.
Our unwillingness to name sin and our desire to come across to the world as tolerant is contrary to the message of the Gospel because it mutes the message that people are in peril and need a Savior.
In reality, the reason we don’t want to confront sin in our culture is this—we don’t want to be embarrassed or shunned or un- comfortable. In other words, we would be ashamed to be seen as taking a strong view on the sinfulness of sin.
Stop. Pause. Think. Yes, when we are unwilling to confront the sins of our culture, we are in fact ashamed of the Gospel.
“So many Christians to-
day are unwilling to talk
The Gospel is not some timid message. It is a profound message of truth. Because, in fact, people are lost. People do need to be rescued.
And, yes, as a lifeguard I realized that I was putting myself in peril to make the “save.” I had to fight my way out of some dangerous head-holds when a panicked person grabbed me.
Those who present the complete mes- sage of the Gospel may be shunned or even attacked. If that dissuades you, you need to stop and ponder: Am I ashamed of the Gospel?
Please enjoy Andrew Lonon's article "The Gospel and the Classical Liberal Arts", featured in today's issue of the Herald (a PHC student publication):
The question was recently posed to me, “do we really need the Classical Liberal Arts to have a complete life in Christ?” The obvious answer is no--the Gospel does not need the Classical Liberal Arts. A vibrant love for Christ is born out of his work on the cross, not out of education. That being said, I do believe the Classical Liberal Arts is more valuable for Christians than any other model of education available today. As a CLA major, I have wrestled often with the interaction of the gospel and education, and I thought I might offer some of my own musings on the subject.
If the gospel is primary, and education secondary, the question follows: “What is the relationship between the gospel and education?” Perhaps education is neutral, and the Classical Liberal Arts is good for some Christians, while a vocational education would be better for others. As long as we have the gospel, does it really matter where we go to school? I think it matters immensely—I can say with full assurance that I would not have the same love for the Lord today were it not for the presentation of Christ through the Classical Liberal Arts. Here are two examples of how this has occurred during my time at PHC.
First, the Classical Liberal Arts has taught me what it really means to be created imago Dei. We study the human soul in literature, we wrestle with the nature of man in philosophy, and we examine the story of man in history. Secondly, and more importantly, the Classical Liberal Arts has taught me the relationship between knowledge and love. Progressive education tells us that knowledge is that which can be verified by science and the scientific method. But that kind of knowledge alone can never give someone the ability to love a person, because to love a person is to know something mysterious and beautiful. This is true of our knowledge of human persons, and all the more true of our knowledge of God.
In short, I firmly believe that the Classical Liberal Arts education has helped me understand what it means to love God and to love my neighbor—which is the real point of the gospel. This brings me to my main thought: I believe that studying the Christian Classical Liberal Arts is one way of studying the gospel. Specifically, it is the study of the gospel’s ability to redeem every aspect of human life, from politics and law to music and literature. Most education will give a body of knowledge about a certain vocation, without ever teaching students how the Gospel should impact that vocation. The Classical Liberal arts starts with the gospel and teaches how to see Christ in every aspect of our lives, from job to family to friendships. In that sense, I think the Classical Liberal Arts is not simply one option among many—I firmly believe that it is the best kind of Christian education.
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