Listening to Lucy: The Short Way to God

The know-nothing and the pseudo-intellectual are the same personality type in different zip codes. The know-nothing cannot be taught, because even the possibility he might be wrong enrages him. The pseudo-intellectual cannot be taught, because he already knows the truth and has the credentials to prove it. This is even true of the pseudo-Socratic personality [Read More…]

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Education: What Has Changed What Has Not

If Jesus had online educational capacity, He would not have had 612 apostles. Online education is a tool, but it is a tool that impacts geography and access to information. We can now dialog on a great book, even if we are hundreds of miles apart. This weekend students, staff, and faculty of The Saint [Read More…]

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Dickens on the Super Bowl

Today is the birthday of the literary showman, Charles Dickens. He was one of the first authors to add performance to his writing . . . Dickens would perform his own work to riotous applause and profit. If he lived during the Super Bowl, he would have found a way to be part of the [Read More…]

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How to Spot Online Educational McCollege

Much online education is the equivalent of a restaurant that serves food that may not kill you, but isn’t good for you. Let me explain. Education is a human activity and the heart of education is the relationship between the teacher and the student. Socrates and Glaucon, Jesus and John: history is made, in part, [Read More…]

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God help us, but we must say, “Yes!”

If a gunman invades my workplace and asks the Christians to stand, then I hope I would stand. I am not so arrogant to know what I would do, but God helping me, I would have to stand. I don’t wish to die yet, but there are some things worse than death. Better dead than [Read More…]

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The Way School Should Be: Joyful

Charles Dickens was no saint, but he knew what a saint looked like. In his great novel Hard Times he described the school of the future .  . and the future looked grim. There facts replaced passion and imagination was forbidden. The Gradgrind teacher was a name dropper, had credentials, but viewed each student as [Read More…]

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Change the School, not Sam Houston

Photography was still new and mysterious when this picture of Sam Houston was taken. Men would make a living claiming that they could show the spirits of the dead captured on the plates. Sam Houston, already a legend, looks as if he is daring any spirit to make an appearance. Brave soldier, congressman, governor, general, [Read More…]

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Speed of Discussion

Speed kills cultures. At the speed of mules, Medieval people learned to discuss, debate, and decide. A certain amount of thoughfulness was possible in the lag time of copying a scroll. Burn a few copies of an intemperate letter and it was gone. At the speed of printing presses, Christians discussed with Medieval rules and [Read More…]

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Mentoring: How Small Schools Can Be Better than Big Ones

Faculty matter. Other issues matter, but nothing counts more than faculty if we are discussing the quality of education at small schools. How can a small Bible college, liberal arts college, or university compete? The big players can match any innovation we try, but in a recent lecture, I suggested that small schools have an advantage [Read More…]

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Beware Becoming the Music Man: Reflections on a Weekend Reading Ion

We don’t have to be told that there is trouble in the United States: we have to educate our young adults. We know there is trouble, terrible, terrible trouble. But there is also good in the decay: You cannot sell HBU students, but you can educate them. You cannot con them for long, but you [Read More…]

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