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alone in the big city

I’ve been coming to New York City in the spring for almost 20 years, usually to attend and often to give a workshop or two at a conference for student journalists. I’ve had some of best experience with students here, as well as some of my worst—losing a student on the subway or having one […]

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beginnings and benedictions

May we all be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. May we roar with the Lion of Judah and rest in the Lamb of God. Deliver us from temptation. Lead us beside still waters.

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the cheat sheet

I’m speaking at 2011 Wordcamp Detroit this weekend, a gathering of bloggers using the Wordpress content management system. As a convenience for participants (and you), I’m posting here some links and resources I referred to.

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to tweet, or not to tweet

To reflect in concise ways is becoming a necessary and important skill

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all the news unfit to print

If we are going to sustain a democracy, we need accurate information to make thoughtful decision of our own. It’s more complex than “just the facts,” perhaps, but it is also more important than it’s true because I think it’s true.

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a university of porches

Every college should have a front porch, a place where students can actually learn something. Discipleship is just a kind of hospitality after all.

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dear unhappy student

We can work very hard at something and still fail because the amount of effort is no measure of success. Hardworking people fail as spouses, parents and bosses every day.

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keeping up with convergence

Will one of my students be the first to publish a Pulitzer Prize article that isn’t distributed on a piece of paper? In Ecclesiastes we are told that of making many books there is no end. But the Preacher wrote that with a quill on a parchment. The technology changes.

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The online instructor as shepherd

….from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people …. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them. Psalm 78:72-73 Much of the conversation about the role of an instructor in online learning falls out generally along the line of teacher vs. coach, or […]

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An abomination

We ran a series of posters on campus to promote a lecture series I direct, and at least one person really hated them. That would be the person who tacked one of them on my office door, with these words scrawled in black magic marker: “This is an Abomonation For EVERYTHING This school stands for! You should be ashamed! [sic]”

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