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Friday, December 21, 2012

Press Release: Nancy and Richard Pearcey to Lead Francis Schaeffer Center for Worldview and Culture at HBU

By Rick Pearcey • December 21, 2012, 03:10 PM

The following press announcement is available for immediate release:

Nancy Pearcey & Richard Pearcey to Lead
Francis Schaeffer Center
for Worldview and Culture at HBU

Dec. 21, 2012, Houston, Texas -– Best-selling author Nancy Pearcey and writer-editor J. Richard Pearcey have teamed up to create the Francis Schaeffer Center for Worldview and Culture on the campus of Houston Baptist University.

The purpose of the Francis Schaeffer Center is to “promote foundational research and out-of-the-box creative thinking based on historic Christianity as a total way of life informed by verifiable truth concerning God, humanity, and the cosmos,” according to the FSC mission statement.

Nancy Pearcey serves as Director of the Francis Schaeffer Center. Formerly an agnostic, Nancy is Professor and Scholar in Residence at HBU. She is the author of seminal works such as Total Truth, The Soul of Science, and Saving Leonardo, and also serves as editor at large of The Pearcey Report.  Nancy was heralded in The Economist as "America's pre-eminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual." 

Courses created by FSC will give students a unique opportunity to work through Nancy's award-winning books and other foundational resources on worldview and cultural engagement.  "Our goal at FSC is to equip students in every major to be critical and creative thinkers," Pearcey said. "Under the visionary leadership of President Robert Sloan, Houston Baptist University is moving forward strategically to implement a Christian worldview approach more intentionally and comprehensively across all the disciplines."  

The Center is named for noted author Francis A. Schaeffer, whose work with wife Edith at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland won international respect for giving an “honest answer to honest questions.” Time magazine hailed the Schaeffers' work as a “Mission to Intellectuals.” 

J. Richard Pearcey serves as Associate Director of the Center. Richard is Scholar for Worldview Studies at HBU, as well as editor and publisher of The Pearcey Report. He is formerly managing editor of the Capitol Hill newspaper Human Events and associate editor of the “Evans-Novak Political Report.”

“If the Christian worldview is true to reality, and we think a rational case can be made that it is, it can be the key to a renaissance of humanity, freedom, and creativity,” Richard said. “Nancy and I met at L’Abri in Switzerland, so we are grateful for the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to the Schaeffers and their work by inspiring students and others -- teachers, activists, professionals -- to apply Christian thought forms across the whole of life, from art to science to business and politics."  

HBU Provost John Mark Reynolds said, "When I was a young adult, the writings and films of Francis Schaeffer modeled a way of doing Christian apologetics that had an important impact on my life. It is my honor to see HBU set up a study center dedicated to the Schaeffer approach to worldview studies. There is no better time for Christians to impact the culture, few better models than Schaeffer for evangelicals, and no better team than Nancy and Richard Pearcey to set up the Center."

According to the FSC mission statement, "Since its founding, Houston Baptist University has built a rich heritage of Christian higher education.
. . . The Francis Schaeffer Center for Worldview and Culture will give focus to HBU's goal of equipping students and faculty with a Biblical worldview for application to their thinking and their lives.  

“FSC will equip HBU students, faculty, staff, campus organizations, stakeholders, and outside partners to apply the liberating principles of a Biblical worldview in the classroom, across the campus, and around the world.”

To arrange an interview with the Pearceys, please email Nancy at npearcey@hbu.edu or Richard at Pearcey@thepearceyreport.com

If you are interested in learning how to direct support to the Francis Schaeffer Center for Worldview and Culture, please contact the Pearceys or Charles Bacarisse (Vice President for Advancement at Houston Baptist University at 281-649-3428; email cbacarisse@hbu.edu), or visit this HBU website 


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Breaking: Nancy Pearcey & Richard Pearcey to Lead Schaeffer Center at HBU

By Rick Pearcey • December 19, 2012, 02:55 PM

Nancy and I can now gladly, with thanks, announce today the formation of the Francis Schaeffer Center for Worldview and Culture, located on the campus of Houston Baptist University

This is a developing story. More information will follow.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Breaking: Sen. Jim DeMint to Lead Heritage Foundation

By Rick Pearcey • December 6, 2012, 11:54 AM

This just in from the Heritage Foundation:

Edwin J. Feulner, the man who first envisioned, then built The Heritage Foundation, will step down as president next April, the think tank announced today.

The top spot will be filled by Jim DeMint, the senator from South Carolina who, over the last decade, has organized an influx of principled conservatives to serve in the U.S. House and Senate.

"Jim DeMint has shown that principled conservatism remains a winning political philosophy," Heritage Chairman of the Board Thomas A. Saunders says. "His passion for rigorous research, his dedication to the principles of our nation's founding, and his ability to translate policy ideas into action make him an ideal choice to lead Heritage to even greater success."

Jim DeMint: "It Must Be Repealed"
Allen West, Jim DeMint, Marco Rubio: 3 Highlights From CPAC 2010

Friday, October 26, 2012

Breaking News: Petraeus Throws Obama Under Benghazi Bus

By Rick Pearcey • October 26, 2012, 06:32 PM

William Kristol writes at The Weekly Standard:

The CIA spokesman, presumably at the direction of CIA director David Petraeus, has put out this statement: "No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate."

"So who in the government did tell 'anybody' not to help those in need?" Kristol asks.

"Someone decided not to send in military assets to help those Agency operators. Would the secretary of defense make such a decision on his own? No."

Kristol concludes: "It would have been a presidential decision."

Father of Slain SEAL Blasts Obama White House: They Murdered My Son
New Benghazi Report: Denied Pleas for Help 3 Times 
Our Ambassador Is Dead, But Obama's Political Guru Is Very Well Protected While Shopping 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fox News Breaking: Team Obama Secretly Labeled Libya Embassy Attack as Terror, From Day One

By Rick Pearcey • September 27, 2012, 10:22 AM

Minutes ago, Fox News anchor Bret Baier confirmed on Fox:

1) Despite its public statements to the contrary (asserting a "spontaneous reaction"), the Obama administration internally labeled the September 11 attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, as a terror attack, within 24 hours of the assault.

2) There is, as of this moment today, no FBI personnel on the ground in Benghazi to investigate the terror attack. Fox News anchor Martha Maccallum later suggested this presence may indicate conditions on the ground in Benghazi remain unsafe.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Breaking: Shooting at Family Research Council -- Updates

By Rick Pearcey • August 15, 2012, 01:10 PM

ABC Channel 7 (WJLA) is reporting "bomb dogs on the scene" of a shooting at the Family Research Council in northwest Washington, D.C.  WND

Says on-scene reporter Jennifer Donelan, "We do have one person shot and sources tell me that he is a security guard here at the Family Research Council. . . .

"They do believe in the union of one man and one woman, so they are anti-civil unions, anti-gay marriage."

WJLA is reporting that the "shooting leaves security guard wounded."

Update: Fox News is reporting that the gunman posed as an intern and that he shot a security guard "after expressing disagreement with the conservative group's policy positions."

UpdateHuffPo comment: "I hope the gaurd [sic] recovers quickly and fully. I hate to see an employee get hurt for the crimes of the employer. Not to say I want the people who run the Family Research Council shot but . . . . . . . . well . . . . . . . I would like them to go away voluntarily forever."

Update: WND reports:

A public information officer for the Washington police department said the shooting happened about 10:45 a.m. Eastern.

“A security guard confronted the suspect, which is a matter of their policy. The suspect did fire upon the security guard. The security guard was struck, and transported to a hospital,” the police report said.

The security guard was listed in stable condition, police said.

“The suspect was apprehended on the scene and taken into custody.” 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Pearceys Resign From Rivendell Sanctuary

By Rick Pearcey • May 11, 2012, 08:54 AM

Nancy and I tendered our resignations to Rivendell Sanctuary yesterday. What follows is from the letter of resignation, submitted to CEO Bobby Norment:

We are writing to let you know that our family is moving to Houston, Texas, so that Nancy can assume a new appointment as Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University. As a full professor, her duties will include teaching, research & writing, and helping to create a new MA program in Apologetics. Rick is pursuing exciting opportunities that would be premature to announce at this time. 

John Mark Reynolds of the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University was recently announced as the soon-to-be new Provost of HBU.

Here's more news: Today, Nancy and I depart for a series of lectures at the Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Also, there is the recent publication of Darrow Miller's important new book, Emancipating the World: A Christian Response to Radical Islam and Fundamentalist Atheism

I was honored to write the Foreword, which you can read here.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Inside the Raid That Killed Bin Laden

By Rick Pearcey • May 2, 2011, 09:09 AM

"Helicopters descended out of darkness on the most important counterterrorism mission in U.S. history."

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Video: Tea Party Activist Confronts Fleeing Wisconsin Democrats

By Rick Pearcey • February 17, 2011, 08:11 PM

"What's Your Name, Sir?" -- For some reason, the Wisconsin Democrats were in Illinois (according to the BGov headline).

The Wisconsin senators do an excellent impression of "Deer in Headlights." More at Big Government.

Hat tip: Mark Levin

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Report: Gov. Abercrombie Admits No Obama Birth Certificate in Hawaii -- Audio

By Rick Pearcey • January 26, 2011, 11:31 AM

The information in this stunning audio may be one reason Obama's State of the Union speech last night was so flat.

Here's the opening visual statement as the audio begins:

Neil Abercrombie admitted to close friend and reporter Mike Evans -- There are no records of Obama's birth in Hawaii.

Here's more at Breitbart.com. Author Jack Cashill on Denver radio with AM 630 KHOW host Peter Boyles weighs in here.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Press Release: Nancy & Richard Pearcey to Join Faculty at Rivendell Sanctuary

By Rick Pearcey • January 13, 2011, 06:26 AM

May 11, 2012, Update: Pearceys Resign From Rivendell Sanctuary

Going out across PressWire today is the following announcement: 

Worldview Thinkers
Nancy Pearcey & J. Richard Pearcey
to Join Faculty at Rivendell Sanctuary 

Bloomington, MN (Jan. 13, 2011) -– Rivendell Sanctuary, an innovative new college, announces that best-selling author and scholar Nancy Pearcey, and editor-publisher J. Richard Pearcey, will join the Rivendell faculty. The couple begins team-teaching classes in the Fall 2011.

Best known for award-winning books such as Total Truth, Nancy Pearcey is currently a columnist with the Capitol Hill newspaper Human Events and editor at large of The Pearcey Report. Nancy studied with Francis Schaeffer at L'Abri in Switzerland and served as the Francis A. Schaeffer Scholar at the World Journalism Institute. Her most recent position was Scholar of Worldview Studies at Philadelphia Biblical University. An article in The Economist describes Nancy as “America’s pre-eminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual.” Her latest book is Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, & Meaning.  

“What appeals to me about Rivendell Sanctuary,” Nancy says, “is that it is a ‘great books’ program with an integrated curriculum, using a Socratic method of teaching. Students are taught to dig deeply into a text and learn how to think for themselves.”

J. Richard Pearcey, also a published writer, has worked in the Washington, D.C., area for several years as an editor at The World & I, managing editor of Human Events, and associate editor of the Evans-Novak Political Report. He has edited books by David Limbaugh, Hal Lindsey, and John Erickson and is currently writing a manuscript on worldview and resistance in a secular age. In 2005 he launched the influential Pearcey Report (www.pearceyreport.com).

Rick and Nancy met at Swiss L’Abri, and they see Rivendell as encouraging a similar kind of honest and intensive engagement with ideas that helped thousands of young people discover a vibrant Christian worldview through the Schaeffers’ work. As Rick puts it, “In a sense, Rivendell is L’Abri with a bit more structure.”

In the 18-month program, students learn to think independently and Christianly while earning an Associate of Arts degree that they can take to any four-year college. A Rivendell education emphasizes:

  • Holistic Learning -- Discover how the unity of knowledge engages the whole person
  • Critical Thinking -- Test everything in the rigorous pursuit of truth 
  • Authentic Community -- Live and learn in fellowship with a single group of students and faculty for the entire 18-month program to build genuine relationships
  • Global Adventure -- Travel abroad to broaden your perspective with a semester in Europe

“I consider myself a free-thinker who embraces the Christian worldview as a liberating way of life based on verifiable information about God, humanity, and the cosmos," Rick says. "That's what I hope to communicate to students. The founding of a unique educational venture like Rivendell at such a critical moment in our nation’s history surely has a relevance and meaning that is both immediate and enduring.”

Bobby Norment, co-founder and CEO of Rivendell, says, “We are delighted to welcome the Pearceys to our team at Rivendell Sanctuary. Their high standards of excellence and dedicated pursuit of truth align perfectly with our vision for developing students of honor.”

To learn more about Rivendell, go to www.rivendellsanctuary.com. To find out how you can enable a student to attend this life-changing new college, look into their “Take Back Education Scholarship Fund” at www.takebackeducation.org.  

To schedule media interviews with the Pearceys, or to talk with someone about Rivendell Sanctuary, please contact A.J. Hofstetter (email: aj@rivendellsanctuary.com; phone: 952-996-1451). 

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Breaking: BP Says Leak in Cap Is Fixed

By Rick Pearcey • July 15, 2010, 09:06 AM

This story just broke on Fox News.

Update: "BP says it has fixed the leak on the pipe gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico," according to MYFOXNY/AP. "Officials say a test is still needed of the cap over the leak. Millions of gallons of oil have poured into the waters off the Louisiana coast for 88 days. An update on the oil spill is expected at 11 a.m. from National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen."