PALNI Prize

I recently┬áhad the privilege to be an invited panelist at a PALNI (Private Academic Library Network of Indiana) strategic planning meeting. For post-dinner entertainment, they had a video contest, with the various libraries in the network entering submissions. The dean of the Butler University libraries, Julie Miller, submitted my “Viva La Library” video as our [Read More...]

Butler University 2014 Israel Trip Movie Trailer

OK, so this movie trailer, made by one of the students who went on the trip, may be my new favorite movie… [Read more...]

Grace(land) Unlimited

I love the fact that Josh Turner, a Butler University student who offers his musical abilities to the campus ministry Grace Unlimited, has now had his cover of Paul Simon’s “Graceland” go viral, landing him on Good Morning America. Here’s the video: Since the song is not just literal but metaphorical, and my church settled [Read More...]

Discover Butler

Butler University has created several new marketing videos. I love that they integrate the skills, courses, and programs of the Liberal Arts, and in the first of the two videos below (click through for more), one of the students who went on my first trip to Israel and the West Bank in 2012 mentions that [Read More...]

Port Cities in Israel

I love visiting port cities in Israel with students, because they illustrate in physical terms the connections that existed between this region and other civilizations around the Mediterranean. Yesterday we visited Old Joppa, which turns up not only in Jonah and Acts but also Clash of the Titans (the rock is still known today as [Read More...]

Center for Faith and Vocation

This video about Butler University’s Center for Faith and Vocation was created to mark the occasion of its 10th anniversary this year. Happy birthday, CFV, and thank you for the privilege of being connected with so much of the great work that you do! [Read more...]

Travel and Blogging in May

Today I will be leaving for Israel and the West Bank with a group of students from Butler University. I hope to be sharing photos and updates from the trip here at Exploring Our Matrix, as well as on a blog dedicated specifically to that purpose: From Indianapolis to Israel There is also a Facebook [Read More...]

Full Professor

I just received the official letter that I have been promoted from the rank of associate professor to professor. For those who may not be aware of these aspects of academia, or live in a country where the ranks have different titles, in the United States the system is as follows. The tenure track usually [Read More...]

Machen League Baseball

Tonight was the final public lecture in our series at Butler University about religion and freedom of expression. The two presenters were Pete Enns and Steve Sanders. Steve spoke about the nature of academic freedom, its history, its contractual character and legal status. Pete spoke mostly from his own experience. Having pointed out the role [Read More...]

The Hero of Our Own Story

I am grateful to Brandon Withrow for making a guest appearance in my course on religion and freedom of expression yesterday. He and Menachem Wecker have a forthcoming book, Consider No Evil, focusing on religion and academic freedom, which is the fourth and final major topic in this year-long course. They have set up a [Read More...]

Finding Your Vocation

This video features a Butler graduate, Dr. Stephanie Slemp, who majored in religion, talking about her choice of major, her vocation and career path, and the role that the Center for Faith and Vocation here at Butler University played in her exploration of and reflection on the decisions she made. [Read more...]


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