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August 28, 2018
The Smell of History
What does the past smell like? Chris shares a couple of historically evocative aromas from...
August 21, 2018
Lena and the Zipline: A Parable of Learning and Courage
What Chris learned about student learning from his six-year old daughter...
August 14, 2018
Why We Teach: Inspiration for the Start of a New School Year
Before the start of another school year, Chris has some words of advice and inspiration...
August 07, 2018
“Education Is a Life”
As many of us prepare for the start of another school year, guest blogger Rachel...
March 16, 2018
On Gratitude and the Christian Liberal Arts
Chris shares his gratitude for the students, parents, and colleagues who make possible his work.
March 13, 2018
The Stevens Point Pathway: How the Liberal Arts Will Die at Christian Colleges
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is planning to eliminate its arts, humanities, and social science...
February 06, 2018
Church History Is the Future of Christian Colleges
A leading historian of evangelicalism thinks that "the study of Church history has ‘a huge...
January 30, 2018
Some Thoughts on “Christian Scholars’ Distribution Problem”
Chris shares some reflections on being a Christian scholar who blogs and podcasts.
January 23, 2018
An Open Letter to Anyone with $75 Million to Give to Christian Colleges
In the wake of Johns Hopkins University announcing a major gift for its philosophy department,...
January 15, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Great Cloud of Witnesses
In MLK's 1963 Letter from a Birmingham Jail, we meet a man whose understanding of...
November 16, 2017
Christian Scholarship, For Such a Time as This
I’ve got to be honest. There was a time, not long ago, when I had...
September 25, 2017
Beware The Crucible
The first time it happened I thought it was a fluke, a funny self-referential New...
June 01, 2017
Slow Cooking: The College Classroom and American Civic Life
Today we welcome Will Katerberg to the Anxious Bench. Will is Professor of History at...
May 09, 2017
Teaching as an Act of Wonder
Teaching as an act of wonder: wondering at, wondering if, wondering while, wondering with, and...
March 28, 2017
Confessing Faculty: A Statement of Confession and Commitment from Christian Professors
Hundreds of "Confessing Faculty" at Christian colleges have signed a "Statement of Confession and Commitment."...
March 09, 2017
Betsy DeVos, HBCUs, and the History of Christian Higher Education
Thinking about Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' advocacy of school choice in light of the...
February 15, 2017
Betsy DeVos, Sandra Bullock, and the Historical Cost of School Choice
How a popular Hollywood movie celebrates the potential benefits of school choice, but obscures the...
January 12, 2017
A New Moral Vision
If you clicked on this link because you're desperately seeking a new moral vision, this...
November 21, 2016
Education: What is It?
For a "think tank" of sorts, I find myself writing a white paper on education...
September 03, 2016
Football at Christian Colleges and Universities
While schools as large as Baylor and as small as Bethel have long played football,...
August 30, 2016
Incarnate, Crucified, Resurrected: What It Means to Be the Body of Christ
What the Body of Christ has in common with the historical body of Jesus —...
August 17, 2016
Notes to First-Year Students on Mystery and the Liberal Arts
Today's post comes from a talk I gave several years ago at Asbury University, where...
April 08, 2015
Does Christian Liberal Arts Education Have a Future?
A month ago, the board of Sweet Briar College announced that the school, which has educated...
October 29, 2014
Serendipity in the Stacks: A Case against Bookless Libraries
Several months ago Florida Polytechnic University opened a brand-new library. Its architecture, designed by Santiago...
September 09, 2014
How to Survive Graduate School
As a new semester begins, it is a good time to reflect on the practices...
February 04, 2014
So You’re Thinking of Homeschooling…
A friend and parent of preschoolers recently asked how my wife and I made the...
December 03, 2013
My wife and I are not exactly fire-breathing homeschool zealots. Homeschooling is not for everybody,...
September 04, 2013
A Humble Proposal
At the beginning of each semester, I ask my students to call me David, not...
August 22, 2013
Campus Ministry, Race, and Affirmative Action
We here at IVCF have a spiritual legacy that over the years has sort of...
August 06, 2013
Do Christian Kids Need Christian Education?
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