By Sarah Pride
Patrick Henry College
The text of Scripture must undergird intense intellectual striving.
While Patrick Henry College holds three corporate chapel sessions each week, featuring a time of worship, Scripture readings, and biblical messages, Dr. Walker notes: “We can’t assume that students are as biblically literate as we would like. Even many churches focus their teaching more on themes of successful living than on exposition of Scripture.
“I think there is a latent hunger for real grappling with the Word of God, in a way that is spiritually fruitful and intellectually rigorous,” he continues. “I hope that at the end of Biblical Emphasis Week, we will all be stoked and fed.”
Dr. Walker has known Dr. Cockerill, author of a number of scholarly and popular works, including the upcoming commentary on Hebrews in the New International Commentary on the New Testament series, personally for fifteen years. He assures that Dr. Cockerill will present messages that are “of a high caliber, intellectually and spiritually.
“Dr. Cockerill brings erudition, combined with passionate knowledge of the God of and from whom the Scriptures speak,” endorses Dr. Walker.
The surrounding community is also invited to attend the free sessions. While students are not required to go to evening sessions Tuesday and Wednesday, they are encouraged to attend as long as it doesn’t conflict with existing classes. At least one professor has altered his own class schedule in order to accommodate Dr. Cockerill’s lectures. After each evening message, members of the faculty and administration will make themselves available to pray personally with anyone who so desires.