English Departments

August 5, 2014

In defense of literature and traditional English departments. I am very sympathetic, and then there is this:

Considering that reading a bad novel is better for intellectual development than receiving narrative from an electronic messenger, the benefits multiply when reading a good literary novel.

About that ABD

August 3, 2014

Some thoughts on the phenomenon of the ABD student.

Mental Illness

August 1, 2014

Some thoughts on mental illness from a Christian perspective.

Hymnals

August 1, 2014

Here’s a post suggesting 15 reasons we should still be using hymnals. I’m sure not all of them hold water (e.g., ones that suggest digital format is inherently inferior to print are problematic). But a few do – or at least we should try to replicate the best features of the hymnal in our new digital age.

Hail Night Owls

August 1, 2014

Here’s proof it’s better to be a night owl. Well, actually it’s a web article that may or not be valid. It just made me feel better.

Chess History

August 1, 2014

For those who are fans of chess, 10 important moments in chess history.

The Declaration

July 26, 2014

A review of an interesting book on the meaning of the Declaration of Independence.

Wikipedia

July 26, 2014

Another reason to urge my students to be careful in citing wikipedia, especially in religious matters.

Seal of Confession?

July 26, 2014

Apparently there are more pressures to undo confidentiality in religious practice. This seems a bit dangerous. What to do when there are cases of imminent danger or ongoing and unrepentant evil is complicated, however (though not in the Catholic tradition, if I understand correctly).

Fact-checking sermons

July 26, 2014

I’m grateful not to have spent much time in churches where fact-checking was needed. But, I’ve heard some sermons…


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