Monday, July 21, 2014

Update: Christian College Will Keep Accreditation

Earlier, I posted an article that talked about how Gordon College, a Christian college in suburban Boston, was facing accreditation scrutiny due to its president's signing of this letter.

I was quickly informed by some colleagues who are studied from and employed by Gordon College that Gordon College is not, in fact, in danger of losing its accreditation.

It looks like President Obama is not going to acquiesce to the aforementioned letter's request, and there may be some negative circumstances stemming from that. However, contrary to earlier news reports, Gordon College's accreditation is not in any danger.

News reports will not likely make strong efforts to announce this update (since it's not as grabby), so I thought you should know.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Fun: Badly Arranged Church Sign

You might want to find a way to separate the pastor's name from this particular sermon title. Or put the words "This week's sermon" before the title in quotes. 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Learning from TV Presidents

I haven't watched Scandal or House of Cards, but my wife and I did jump on the West Wing bandwagon . . . in 2013 (yeah, we were a bit late). In any case, there are some interesting points about how Presidents and politics have changed in their portrayals on television, and what that says about us.

For the record, I thought this article's author paints West Wing's President Bartlet as a bit too flawless, but the rest of the comparisons between the shows are insightful and fair. You can read the article here.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Another Christian College's Accreditation Questioned

Last week, I posted about how a UPenn literature prof questioned the accreditation of general religious schools, using my alma mater as the prime example, citing religion's anti-intellectualism that he assumes is inherent.

Now, another longstanding and locally reputable Christian school is going to have its accreditation investigated, but for another reason.

Here's the basic news, and here's a law prof's take.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Grace of LeBron James

Tullian Tchividjian, a Miami Heat fan, makes some creative connections between Scripture and LeBron's recently-announced return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In 2010, Cleveland had disowned and betrayed LeBron – from his once-beloved fans to his former teammates to the owner to the city itself – and he lived with this in his heart for four years. But, despite the fact that he wasn’t welcome there (he was, in fact, booed every time he went back there to play with the Heat) nor had he ever achieved championship status there, LeBron forgave them all before they had even asked. LeBron’s love for “his people” compelled him to leave a city that loved him (Miami) for a city that disowned him (Cleveland).

You can read the rest here.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Nation's Tamest Party Schools

eCollegeFinder, a website that helps high school students find their perfect match, released this map of the nation's tamest party schools in each state. At the very least, I don't think this should be a strong determining factor in selecting what's likely to be your defining education. Somewhat predictably, the list has a heavy portion of religious schools (including BYU) that likely have codes of conduct against alcohol use and other party antics. A few commuter schools are on the list, too.

This list shouldn't deter anyone from attending these schools, as I know some of them have some great programs. My alma mater's on the list, and I'm actually quite proud.

You can see the full map and list here.