Convocation Fall 2017: A retrospective

That’s a wrap folks! The fall 2017 semester is officially over. That means no classes, no 8:15’s, and no convocations for the next month. With the semester now over, I thought it was a good time to look back and evaluate the semester as a whole. So without further ado, lets look at the recap.

Total convocations: 37

Bible verses quoted all semester: 79

Average bible verses per convocation : 2.14 quotes per convo

Political convocations: 6 (It felt like a lot more, didn’t it?)

Convocations with pastors: 8

Favorite convocation:Convocation 10/11/2017: Father Edwin Leahy and Mike Donehey

Worst convocations: Convocation 12/4/17: Tomi Lahren and 12/8/17 Corey Lewandowski’s (That week had terrible convocations).

Overall, it was a pretty ordinary semester of convocations. While there were some truly awful convocations, the majority of them were okay. Great convocations were few and far between (I can honestly only remember two or three good convos). We only had six purely political convocations (we had way more during the election season), however politics and partisanship seeped into almost every religious convocation. Only around a quarter of convos had pastors, which does not seem like a lot compared to previous semesters. However, many of the pastors who did speak were there for the first time, so at least we got to hear from new voices.

I did like the change to emphasize social issues that we began to see in the second half of the semester. While the convocations on racism and domestic violence were not perfect, I do think they are an important area of discussion that Christians and the church must address. I hope that we see more of these convocations that address social issues from a biblical perspective next semester.

And with that, I am finished for the semester. I want to thank everyone who read this blog and shared it with others. I truly appreciate your support. I also want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a relaxing holiday break.

I will taking some time away from the website, mostly because there will not be any convocations to write about, however I will still be tweeting at @skepticalpyrrho. See you all in Spring 2018.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Liberty University leadership or administration in any way. This post is solely a matter of personal opinion. The opinions expressed here are solely my own and should be not be taken as the opinion of the University, its staff, or the student body.

 

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