Blogs vs. Term Papers: The Case for Term Papers

Recently, I have offering some thoughts on the relative value of blogs vs. term papers in higher education. I was inspired by an article in the New York Times: “Blogs vs. Term Papers.” This article describes the convictions of an English professor at Duke to abolish term papers in favor of blogs. As you might [Read More...]

Blogs vs. Term Papers: What I Think About Educational Blogging

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Yesterday, I blogged on the subject: “Blogs vs. Term Papers: What Do You Think?” I was responding to an article in the New York Times that featured a writing professor at Duke who thinks it’s time to retire term papers and to have students blog instead. Today, I will offer a few of my thoughts [Read More...]

Blogs vs. Term Papers: What Do You Think?

Here's how I used to do it. My first typewriter was a Hermes Rocket, like the one pictured above.

I’ve spent a fair amount of my life writing term papers and blog posts. I was a full-time college and grad student for eight years, and then spent nine years (on and off) writing my dissertation (a whopper of a term paper). I estimate that I’ve spend something like 5,000 hours writing papers and 3,000 [Read More...]

Why Do We Confess? Inspiration from the High Calling

Why Do We Confess? Psalm 106:1-48 Like our ancestors, we have sinned. We have done wrong! We have acted wickedly! Psalm 106:6 For the most part, Psalm 106 in an extended confession of sin. The anonymous writer begins by saying “Like our ancestors, we have sinned. We have done wrong! We have acted wickedly!” (106:6). [Read More...]

Should The Government Regulate High Heels?

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Honestly, I’ve never been much into high heels. Given that I’m a 54-year-old male, that’s probably a good thing. About 50 years ago, I wore some of my mom’s high heeled shoes, but only for a few steps before I fell. I couldn’t imagine how people could actually wear them or why they would want [Read More...]

Kickstart Your Dreams

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While some folks take the the streets to camp out and protest economic unfairness in our society, others are Kickstarting the economy and advancing their own dreams. While some complain that you can’t get ahead unless you are rich, others are finding ample funding for their creative visions through the online phenomenon called Kickstarter. I’ve [Read More...]

What You (Really) Need to Know

Lawrence Summers. From Flickr.com.

What do you need to know? Really? And how might you be able to learn this? Questions like these are addressed in a tantalizing piece that appeared recently in the New York Times. Written by Lawrence Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury and President of Harvard University, “What You (Really) Need to Know” examines our [Read More...]

A Playful God – Inspiration from The High Calling

A gray whale spouting. This is like what I saw that day, though the photo is not mine, but from WikiCommons.

A Playful God Psalm 104:1-35 See the ships sailing along, and Leviathan, which you made to play in the sea. Psalm 104:26 Psalm 104 celebrates God the Creator who made all things. Verse 24 sums up the main theme of this psalm: “O LORD, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you [Read More...]

Is It Okay to Grieve? Or Should You Just Be Quiet?

Is It Okay to Grieve? Or Should You Just Be Quiet? This post is one of my Daily Reflections that is emailed to over 16,000 people each morning and that appears on TheHighCalling.org. It has elicited quite a lot of discussion, both on TheHighCalling.org site and in personal emails to me. So I thought I [Read More...]

Fascinating Piece on “Business in the Way of Jesus”

Dr. Uli Chi

I just finished a fascinating article on “Business in the Way of Jesus.” It was originally a chapel presentation by Uli Chi at Seattle Pacific University’s chapel service. Dr. Chi is the founder and CEO of Computer Human Interaction, LLC. I highly recommend that you read this whole article. Here are some tantalizing excerpts: On [Read More...]

When Tim Tebow Loses, Does God Lose Too? On the Contrary!

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This is the question posed by religion writer Tom Krattenmaker in his USA Today op-ed, “When Tim Tebow loses, does God, too?” If this seems like a silly question, remember that some Christians have been seeing Tebow’s amazing victories as quarterback of the Denver Broncos as miracles. Particularly inspiring was the fact that in the [Read More...]

Romney, Mormonism, and Evangelicals: What Are the Real Issues?

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As Mitt Romney’s march toward the Republican presidential nomination seems almost inevitable, we’re hearing more and more about the discomfort of evangelical Christians with Romney’s Mormonism. Much of what I’ve read or heard on the news seems to be shallow. Often, it misunderstands evangelicals and their thinking. An exception to this tendency appeared recently in [Read More...]

God, Answer Me Quickly! Inspiration from The High Calling

God, Answer Me Quickly! Psalm 102:1-28 Don’t turn away from me in my time of distress. Bend down to listen, and answer me quickly when I call to you. Psalm 102:2 When we ask a question or share a concern with someone, we expect a quick response. Gone are the days when we would write [Read More...]

Bible Scholar Takes Contemporary Miracles Seriously

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A recent issue of Christianity Today magazine featured a fascinating interview with New Testament scholar, Craig Keener. Keener, a prolific scholar who now teaches at Asbury Seminary, recently published a massive two-volume work entitled Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts. In his typically encyclopedic fashion, which required 1172 pages, Keener examines the evidence [Read More...]

Prodigious Procrastination and the Great Big Box

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When I walked into my office suite today, I saw a great, big box. According to the printing on the box, it contains a new printer for the office. That’s good news, because our old printer is biting the dust, day by day, bite by dusty bite. There’s another bit of good news here. Where [Read More...]

Great Writing on Work and Faith

TheHighCalling.org hosts “Everyday Conversations About Work, Life, and God.” Recently, The High Calling features some of the best articles on work written in 2011. I would encourage you to check them out. You Are More Than Just a Job Title by Bradley J. Moore When I was 29 years old I interviewed for a business [Read More...]


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