Capture

Capture

I checked my makeup and hair one last time. Straightened the collar on my blazer and smiled. I looked at my reflection in the mirror and told myself, “Rachel, you can do this. You are professional, and you are completely capable.” At first these interviews were just a requirement for my travel study credit. I had spent a whole semester researching the history of Liberia, the conflict in Liberia, and their present problems. I knew I was ready for them. I had questions written down and did mock interviews with Dr. Karen Sumner. But now these weren’t just interviews. I fell madly in love with the people in Liberia. I was in love with their hospitable kindness, their unending joy, their open hearts, and their easy-going nature. The children at the orphanage quickly stole our hearts. We each gravitated to our favorites (which were all of them), and we struggled each day to say goodbye. The torrential rain, constant stomach pains, and miserable humidity could not keep us from loving the people. The hugs from the children easily erased any complaint we had. Dickson Freeman was a twelve year old who taught me African hopscotch, which was just him laughing at me when I kept doing it wrong. We sat and talked about America and Liberia. I had to ease his concern by telling him no, we do not eat dogs, and yes people get sick in America. He looked at me and said, “You’ll take me back to America with you?” I was speechless. They tell us how to respond to that, but it’s different once it happens....
Poverty of Nations Class

Poverty of Nations Class

Come hear one of the five most-requested speakers in the U.S. at Arizona Christian University! Starting this fall, Dr. Barry Asmus will be teaching a course at ACU based on his recent book, Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution. Dr. Asmus’ Poverty of Nations class is an interdisciplinary elective based on his recent book,Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution, co-authored with Dr. Wayne Grudem. Students will consider the potential of free-market and Scriptural principles to bring about economic, social, and spiritual change in nations around the world. The course focuses on the importance of personal freedom, the rule of law, private property, moral virtue, education, and biblical truth in promoting economic prosperity and safeguarding a country’s long-term stability. Students will investigate a variety of approaches — economic, political, cultural and spiritual — to address the problem of poverty around the world. The course is taught by Dr. Barry Asmus, Senior Economist with the National Center for Policy Analysis, Dr. Asmus is an advocate of free market economics. A dynamic and engaging educator, he was named by USA Today as one of the five most requested speakers in the United States. Dr. Asmus has been twice voted the Outstanding Professor of the Year and was also awarded the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge Award for Private Enterprise Education. Dr. Asmus recently traveled to various countries to speak with government leaders about free-market, low tax, protected property rights and free trade policies. This course counts as an upper-division elective, and also can be counted as an economics (ECO) course. $300 to Audit $900 for Credit Apply...
Chorale Spring Concerts

Chorale Spring Concerts

Join the Arizona Christian University community in attending these spring music events this weekend. The Chorale Spring Concerts will feature the Arizona Christian University Chorale as well as student and faculty soloists. Also this weekend, graduating music student Matthew Taylor will perform his senior recital, featuring ACU’s The Pursuit band. The first part of the Chorale Spring Concerts will highlight the ACU Music Department’s studios and faculty soloists. Students from the Vocal Studios of Professors Kelsey Gross and Tracy Peterson will perform solo pieces. Professor Gross (May 1st concert) and Professor Peterson (May 4th concert) will also perform solos. The instrumental studios will be highlighted by senior student Natalie McIntyre playing the piano, and by our multitalented composer, conductor, and violinist, Professor Libbie Kent, who will play the violin. The second portion of the concert will feature the ACU Chorale and will consist of pieces connected by the theme “Meditations on the Beautiful Savior, the Book of Psalms, and the Book of Song of Songs.” The ACU Chorale will perform pieces in several languages, including German and Hebrew. Repertoire will include arrangements of traditional Christian hymns. The ACU Chorale is directed by Dr. Hoffmann Urquiza Pereira, Chair of the Music Department, and accompanied by Professor Shara Engel. “These concerts represent the culmination of the ACU Chorale technical development during this academic year. It is also a great opportunity for the Music Department faculty and students to share the integration of experiences the department offers as these students prepare for careers in ministry, teaching, and performance,” says Dr. Pereira. Spring Music Performances Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Natalie McIntrye’s Senior...
Constitution Day 2012

Constitution Day 2012

On Monday, September 17, 2012, we celebrate the 225th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution. The turmoil in much of the world last week, along with remembrances of the 2001 terrorist attacks and murders on American soil September 11, are in many ways vivid reminders that we live in an exceptional nation. The freedoms we have in America are unusual in our world, and the ideas our nation is based on are worthy of defending – not only militarily but also with our words and actions. Compared to the rest of the world today, and really, compared to the experience of most humans for thousands of years, most of us in America have lived our entire lives with levels of peace and prosperity unprecedented in human history. That is not an accident, but is largely a result of the choices made by America’s Founders more than two centuries ago. When we say America is an exceptional nation, we should be clear on what it means, and what it doesn’t mean: It does not mean America is perfect or above criticism. It certainly does not mean that the people of America are somehow more worthy of blessings than the people of other nations, or that we are somehow intrinsically better than other people – that would be unbiblical and wrong. What it does mean is that the ideas America was founded on – the notion that all men are created equal, that our rights come from God, not government, that the power of government should be limited and separated between various branches – are exceptional ideas. And...
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