Professor of the Year Speaks Wisdom

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Lendol Calder is a professor of history at Augustana College, Rock Island, IL., and the “professor of the year” in the state of Illinois. His observation about students: “Students today are like adventure tourists walking through a jungle,” says Lendol. “‘Nothing here but trees and grass,’ says the student while their guide shouts ‘Look! There’s a tiger in the grass!’ …

Up in the Air

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Jen said in a roundabout way that maybe she’d join me for lunch in one of O’Hare’s many eateries. Chicago’s O’Hare airport: my new friend. We’ve spent a lot of quality time together this past year. Now it appeared a third party was inserting herself into our relationship. Jen had plopped her luggage and computer bag across the aisle from …

A Simple Suggestion

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My current job takes me around the country to many ministry venues on college campuses and churches. An observation from my travels: Keep it simple. Comparing the ministries that are moving ahead with those that aren’t, the growers keep it simple while the dwindlers keep it not-really-very-simple. The growers develop leaders around a compelling, incisive vision. Dwindlers muddle along organically …

Last in the series: The Modern, Postmodern University, part 7: reaching the postmodern student with a modern veneer

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I’ve talked the past few weeks about reaching Postmodern students: with trust Modern students: with logic Modern students with a postmodern veneer: with trust and logic Now this week, the postmodern student with a modern veneer. This is the student who’s firm on the outside, soft inside. Like an egg. First,  connect with that firm, logical exterior by appealing to reason. …