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December 11, 2018
The Past As It Should Have Happened
Historians often say that they study the past "as it actually happened." But they can't...
December 04, 2018
Advent: The Most Apocalyptic Time of the Year
Reading a new collection of sermons by Fleming Rutledge got Chris thinking about the implications...
November 28, 2018
How To Get Into A History PhD Program
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November 20, 2018
Engaging Empathy, Disgust, and Lament
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Surviving the Academic Job Market Part 2: Interviewing Well
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August 22, 2018
There And Back Again: Advice For History PhD Students
I am afraid of heights. I first realized it when I was 16. I had...
August 09, 2018
History and the Search for Meaning: The AB at CFH 2018
The Conference on Faith and History is celebrating its 50th anniversary this October, with a...
July 11, 2018
Losing Our (Medieval) Religion? The Cost of Not Teaching History…..
Seventeen years ago I stood in this exact spot--only then, the gate was locked. I...
June 27, 2018
The Value of Failure in Graduate School
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April 25, 2018
Standing by Graves, Practicing Resurrection: History as Christian Vocation
After writing eulogies for three colleagues in the last three years, Chris reflects on what...
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Christian Scholarship’s Distribution Problem
Today’s guest post comes from Raully Donahue. Donahue took a PhD in European history...
November 15, 2017
A Serious Proposal for Academic Conferences: Ban Harvey Weinsteins
It was during a major academic conference. A male colleague alerted me that a female...
November 01, 2017
Top Ten DON’TS for Conference Presentations
I both love and hate conferences. I love them because of the free-flowing ideas and...
June 14, 2017
Handling Personal Crises in Academic Life
On September 19, 2016, I received news so shocking that the world stopped. I was...
April 19, 2017
Are Women Human in Christian Academia?
Recently, Karen Swallow Prior spoke out against the "Billy Graham rule"--married men distancing themselves from...
March 11, 2017
What if this had been me? A gendered analysis of the funniest video ever.
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February 16, 2017
Are the gods present?
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August 22, 2016
“History is Hot”
Many historians have been given prominent public platforms of late. Is history "hot" right now?...
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Should You Apply to Graduate School?
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Choosing a Book or Dissertation Topic
John Turner recently had a fabulous post on "Publishing without Perishing" which is full of...
October 21, 2015
How to Start a Writing Group
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Professors and the New Public Sphere
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