Archive for February, 2010

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Alex and Brett Harris

February 10, 2010

Alex and Brett Harris

While still in their teens, these homeschooled twin brothers co-authored a book, gained widespread media attention, and inspired young people across the country. It all started at age 16 when their father handed them a copy of The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman. Upon reading it, they realized that the mentality of young people in America was in stark contrast with that of teens in other countries such as China and India.

Alex and Brett began a blog in August 2005 as “a teenage rebellion against low expectations.” By the following year it had expanded to become a website, TheRebelution.com. Since then, their site has received over 32 million hits, making the Harris twins among the most widely read teen writers on the internet. Their first book, Do Hard Things, was released on April 15, 2008, by Multnomah Books. In June 2007, Alex and Brett went on their first nationwide Rebelution Tour, hosting a series of one-day conferences for teens, young adults, and parents.

Alex and Brett were raised in a ministry family by Gregg and Sono Harris, pioneers in the Christian homeschooling movement and well-known seminar speakers from 1981 through the mid-1990s. Their older brother, Joshua Harris, began speaking at conferences when he was 17, and he even launched his own “New Attitude” seminars for young adults. So it only seems natural that Alex and Brett would also excel in public speaking. In fact, they received six national championships in high school speech and debate.

Inspired to think big, in the autumn of 2005 Alex and Brett applied for internships at the Alabama Supreme Court. The staff attorney in charge of the internship program successfully encouraged Justice Tom Parker to waive the age restriction. The two brothers were 16 at the time, making them the youngest Supreme Court interns on record in the state of Alabama. In spring 2006, at the age of 17, they also became the grassroots directors for four simultaneous statewide campaigns for the Alabama Supreme Court, including Justice Parker’s run for Chief Justice.

Alex and Brett are currently sophomores at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia. When they’re not at school or on tour they live with their parents and three younger siblings in Gresham, Oregon (near Portland), where they attend Household of Faith Community Church. Their older brother, Joshua, bestselling author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye and Boy Meets Girl, now serves as Senior Pastor of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Besides serving as the main speakers for The Rebelution Tour conferences, Alex and Brett are frequent contributors to Focus on the Family’s Boundless webzine, and have been featured nationally on MSNBC, CNN, NPR, and The New York Times, as well as in publications like WORLD magazine, Breakaway, and Ignite Your Faith. In addition to their passion for God and for their generation, their personal interests include basketball, soccer, filmmaking, music, and politics.

Alex and Brett’s newest book, Start Here: Doing Hard Things Right Where You Are, will be released on March 16, 2010.

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University

February 10, 2010

SAGU

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a Bible-based institution of higher learning located in Waxahachie, Texas. It exists primarily to educate and prepare students for vocational ministry, but the university also has programs in a number of other fields. SAGU has two colleges: the College of Arts and Professions, and the College of Bible and Church Ministries. Between the two, SAGU offers over 60 academic programs on campus and through distance education.

The purpose of SAGU is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students spiritually, academically, professionally, and cross culturally so as to successfully fill evangelistic, missionary, and church ministry roles and to provide quality educational and professional Christian service wherever needed throughout the world.

SAGU’s mission is rooted in the great commission of Jesus Christ to “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation…” and to “make disciples of all nations… teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you,” which is the primary emphasis of SAGU’s parent body, the General Council of the Assemblies of God.

The university has seven core values that guide its mission. These core values are the following: Bible-based Education, Pentecostal Distinction, Spiritual Formation, Academic Excellence, Missions-mindedness, Servant Leadership, and Community and Personal Wellness. The university encourages individuality but also nurtures students in a supportive environment that helps them to find the right path for their career and calling.

SAGU is accredited to award masters, bachelors, and associates degrees. The following are some types of degrees and majors offered at SAGU: Bible and Theology, Business and Management, Church Ministries, Communications and Journalism, Counseling Psychology, Criminal Justice, Education, English, Foreign Language and Literature, Health Sciences, History, Music, Nursing, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, and World Ministries (Missions).

The Harrison School of Graduate Studies is one of the fastest-growing programs at SAGU. Graduate courses are offered on campus or through distance education. SAGU’s distance education program was created in 1984 to provide a flexible format for adult students (22 years and older) using a combination of audio/video, online multimedia, and personal instruction. The university also offers Double Majors, Dual Enrollment of High School Students, External Degree Program, Independent Study, Internships, ROTC, Army, and Teacher Certification.

SAGU’s annual enrollment is 2,000+ with a faculty to student ratio of 1:14. Students typically find that the small college environment allows for small class sizes and personal interaction with professors. The university has disability services as well, so be sure to inquire about them if needed.

All applicants admitted for studies at Southwestern must evidence a born again spiritual experience as defined by the following passages of scripture: John 3:3; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7; and I John 1:7-10. A minister’s recommendation is required. Applicants must also answer four short essay questions describing their personal background, salvation experience, ministry involvement, and future plans.

SAGU is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the National Christian College Athletic Association. It currently fields teams in Baseball, Basketball (men and women’s), Football, Soccer (men and women’s), and Volleyball (women’s).

SAGU has many other organizations and clubs for students to choose from whether they have a passion for drama, history, music, missions, prayer, school spirit, cheerleading, student congress, free enterprise, marketing and media, street witnessing, as well as community outreaches to children, the elderly, and those in prison.

Top 10 Reasons to Choose SAGU:

1. You believe that God has given you a purpose and you want to do everything within your power to see that purpose fulfilled.

2. Purple is your favorite color.

3. You desire to be taught by qualified faculty who have a sincere interest in your success.

4. You believe hard work has its rewards.

5. “Waxahachie” is so much fun to say.

6. You long to impact the world.

7. You believe faith and reason should reinforce one another.

8. Lions are your favorite animals.

9. You want to experience college life in a quiet community within driving distance of an exciting metroplex.

10. You want a university that addresses every aspect of your life; mental, social, spiritual and physical.

Top 6 Reasons SAGU is Homeschool Friendly:

1. Christian atmosphere.

2. Small class sizes.

3. Close contact with caring professors.

4. Dedication to Christian values.

5. Dedication to academic excellence.

6. Campus security.

For more information, visit the SAGU website: http://www.sagu.edu