Oct 02 2014

Sparta FUMC Youth!: It’s a letter….to you!

Remember when you were 16 with that ridiculous hair?

And how you’d thought that by the time you got to here, to now, it was going to be good? That by now everything would be all good.

That by now you’d know down in the very marrow of your bones, what it’s like to really live loved. That you’d be known. Fully known. And wholly embraced.

That the Big Dream would have happened, that the peace and the purpose and the Big Point would be under your skin, that the awkward would be gone and that you’d finally fit and that your life made a real difference, you’d made a real mark, and that you really mattered.

The letter is called “Dear You” and can be read in it’s entirety here….

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Oct 02 2014

A Potter's View: Dr. Welch’s Grape Juice & World Communion

This is that time of year when I ponder what World Communion really means. I can say that I love everybody, but if I harbor ill will when I come to the Table then it doesn’t do much good. If I’ve been a jerk to someone, I have prevented them from knowing grace, too. I […]

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Oct 02 2014

Mustard Seeds: A to Z: First Reaction (TV Review)

Tonight, you can watch NBC’s latest rom-com, A to Z. That is, if you haven’t already heard the hype and checked it out prior to now, so that you already know about the ‘first meeting’ chemistry of Cristin Milioti and Ben … Continue reading

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Oct 02 2014

Allan R. Bevere: Are Academics Terrible Writers?

from Steven Pinker, The Chronicle of Higher Education:
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Together with wearing earth tones, driving Priuses, and having a foreign policy, the most conspicuous trait of the American professoriate may be the prose style called academese. An editorial cartoon by Tom Toles shows a bearded academic at his desk offering the following explanation of why SAT verbal scores are at an all-time low: “Incomplete implementation of strategized programmatics designated to maximize acquisition of awareness and utilization of communications skills pursuant to standardized review and assessment of languaginal development.” In a similar vein, Bill Watterson has the 6-year-old Calvin titling his homework assignment “The Dynamics of Inter­being and Monological Imperatives in Dick and Jane: A Study in Psychic Transrelational Gender Modes,” and exclaiming to Hobbes, his tiger companion, “Academia, here I come!”

No honest professor can deny that there’s something to the stereotype. When the late Denis Dutton (founder of the Chronicle-owned Arts & Letters Daily) ran an annual Bad Writing Contest to celebrate “the most stylistically lamentable passages found in scholarly books and articles,” he had no shortage of nominations, and he awarded the prizes to some of academe’s leading lights.

But the familiarity of bad academic writing raises a puzzle. Why should a profession that trades in words and dedicates itself to the transmission of knowledge so often turn out prose that is turgid, soggy, wooden, bloated, clumsy, obscure, unpleasant to read, and impossible to understand?
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The entire article can be read here.

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Oct 02 2014

This Day With God: Preparing the Way

We are told in Luke 3:1-20 that John began his preaching in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar. His purpose was to bring the message of repentance, prepare the way for the Lord, and share the Good … Continue reading

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Oct 02 2014

Seedbed: Threshing Floor Podcast 025: Left Behind (part 1)

For the very first time, The Threshing Floor has a topic so wild it deserves a two part episode! In this first part, our hosts break down their […]

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