We’re planning to record one more special episode this summer to conclude our first season of the College for Christians podcast, but this week we paused to answer a couple of questions from listeners — plus one that we had ourselves but had never fully addressed. Stream or download that episode from Podbean, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, … More College for Christians: Some Listener Q&A
We’re headed down to the basement for the first tornado warning of the season up here in Minnesota, so briefly: This week’s episode of College for Christians is our most in-depth yet, as special guest Alex Hintz answered all the questions Sam and I could think of regarding financial aid. A former student of mine, … More Inside Financial Aid
This week I spoke as part of a panel on the war in Ukraine, recorded a podcast about the blurring line between high school and college, and let churches, colleges, etc. know how they could book me for a talk or class in 2022-2023. Elsewhere: • For Mother’s Day, Elizabeth Bruenig lamented that “when it comes … More That Was The Week That Was
Early in the history of American education, it wasn’t unusual for there to be close links between secondary and postsecondary institutions of learning. The oldest secondary school in what’s now the U.S., after all, was a Latin grammar school in Boston meant to prepare young boys to enter Harvard. But over the course of the … More What’s “Early College”?
It happened last month: that annual moment when I realize that all of the events on my Speaking page are now in the past and nothing is yet listed for the future. Not coincidentally, that moment almost always comes in mid-spring, which happens to be the time when churches are planning adult education speakers for … More If You’d Like Me to Speak at Your Church, College, Library, Etc. in 2022-23
This week Bethel wrapped up its 150th anniversary celebration, so I shared both the talk I gave at the celebratory dinner (on the individual moments that make up our collective story) and an analysis of the religious and educational continuities that define Bethel in the midst of so much change. Also, we recorded a podcast … More That Was The Week That Was
On this week’s episode of College for Christians, Sam and I tackled two of the most pressing questions in higher education: why does college cost so much, and is it worth it? Especially in response to the first question, we were again trying to demystify higher education, where confusion adds to stress. We talked through … More The Cost and Value of Higher Education
Earlier this week I was invited to talk about Bethel’s history at a dinner celebrating the university’s 150th anniversary. For once I spoke without notes, but here’s the best I can do to reconstruct what I said: my attempt to make our history more personal for more people, rather than focusing on the stories of … More What Is Bethel? The Moments That Make Up Our History
“If Lutheranism is the parent of Pietism,” I began my response this month in the Following Jesus conversation, “then surely the Wesleyan Tradition is the closest cousin to my own.” Started by English Protestants who had been profoundly shaped by their encounters with Pietism, Methodism and the other Christian movements that originated with John Wesley … More Following Jesus: The Wesleyan Tradition
This week’s episode of College for Christians is probably my favorite that Sam Mulberry and I have recorded so far — mostly because it feels less like me giving a lecture on educational history and more like two people who work in higher ed trying to make sense of a word that is both ubiquitous and … More How Do You Know If a College Is a Good “Fit”?