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Seminary Re:mixed

posted by Scot McKnight

Seminaries are today again up for review. The editors at Christian Century have a series of questions we can discuss and then they have a rather firm suggestion as well. How would you answer their questions? If church leaders had […]

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Homeschooling and Asylum

posted by Scot McKnight

On homeschooling… What do you think of the homeschooling movement in the USA? The numbers are more significant than you might think (see below after the jump). My father was a public school teacher; Kris’ father was a public school […]

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Education in the Church

posted by Scot McKnight

We’ve had a number of posts at Jesus Creed about the outcome-based model of education and how it can reshape both preaching and the entire educational program of a local church. Little did I know that Gary Parrett and S. […]

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Education for Human Flourishing 2 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

IVP is publishing a series of books designed to help college students in a variety of disciplines integrate a Christian worldview into their approach to their discipline. The first book in this series is by Paul Spears and Steven Loomis […]

Education for Human Flourishing … Do we need the soul? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

IVP is publishing a series of books designed to help college students in a variety of disciplines integrate a Christian worldview into their approach to their discipline. The first book in this series is by Paul Spears and Steven Loomis […]

Missional Campus Ministry … Integration (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

In his post this morning Scot suggests that missional people are asking folks in their own neighborhood: “How can I help you?” The answers to that question determines what “missional” means in that neighborhood. Given this definition missional campus ministry […]

A President in the Classroom

posted by Scot McKnight

The much-disputed speech of President Obama is now a matter of record. I have posted what is found on the White House site. Now what are your thoughts? I’m wondering what folks are hearing from those who were most concerned?

Missional Campus Ministry 4 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Last week I took my eldest to Bethel University in St. Paul (well Arden Hills) where moving in was truly an experience. The President of the University and his wife, Jay and Barb Barnes, greeted each and every new student […]

Class of 2013

posted by Scot McKnight

The Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2013. Most students entering college for the first time this fall were born in 1991. For these students, Martha Graham, Pan American Airways, Michael Landon, Dr. Seuss, Miles Davis, The Dallas Times […]

What do teachers make?

posted by Scot McKnight

The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education.   He argued, ‘What’s a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was […]

Missional Campus Ministry 1 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Yet another academic year approaches – yet another set of fresh new faces on campus. As we approach a the start of term I would like to renew the conversation on campus ministry we began last spring (You can find […]

Universities Turn to Kindle? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

A NY Times Blog Green Inc. reported last week that six universities will test a Kindle text book plan this fall.  The development was also reported in the Wall Street Journal last May: Amazon to Launch Kindle for Textbooks. From […]

Is the Problem the Wages?

posted by Scot McKnight

The NYTimes published a piece this week reporting a new school in Washington Hts (from the Equity Project) that has assembled a dream team of teachers, paid them 125 grand a piece with promises of as much as 25 grand […]

Four Educational Myths

posted by Scot McKnight

Charles Murray famously spends time deconstructing the myths of public education. He’s not always right, he’s usually politically incorrect, but he’s always worth listening to — especially if you are a public educator. With civility, what do you think (honestly) […]

Education, Discipleship, and the Future 3 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

One of the topics Scot has emphasized of late has been the future of our church and the importance of youth ministry – defined to cover anyone from 12 to 30 or so.  We have been discussing an aspect of […]

So You Want to Go to Seminary?

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

I receive a letter like this two or three times a month and thought it might be a good idea to jot down a brief response. First, the letter; then, the response. Hello Scot, My name is [Kip]. I’m a […]

Sandbagging Applications?

posted by xscot mcknight

I read this piece about parents (!) sandbagging the applications of others [other kids who apply to schools] in our local paper this week. Have you heard of this? And what do you think?

Good Teachers 9

posted by xscot mcknight

This marks the end of our series on good teachers and the book by Ken Bain called What the Best College Teachers Do. The book comes to an end with one of my pet peeves about education: assessments and evaluations.

Good Teachers 8

posted by xscot mcknight

How do the best college teachers relate to and with their students? There is a school of thought, and I will call it the authoritative/traditional model, that operates with the teacher as the authority and the primary mode of operation […]

Good Teachers 7

posted by xscot mcknight

How do good teachers conduct a class? This is the central question for chp 5 of Ken Bain’s What the Best College Teachers Do, a book I consider the best book I’ve ever read on education. He gives seven principles […]

Good Teachers 6

posted by xscot mcknight

In thinking about what good teachers expect from students, we come back once again to the important issue of what learning and education is all about. This is the theme of the second half of the 4th chp of Ken […]

What Incoming First Yr College Students Believe

posted by xscot mcknight

This study, which comes out every year, maps what this incoming first year students have known their entire life. OK, what do you think about this?

Good Teachers 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Three educational stereotypes: Women don’t do well in college mathematics and science courses, African American students don’t do well in college and Mexican American students don’t do well in school. Three stereotypes that good teachers not only recognize but are […]

Good Teachers 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Good teachers teach in similar ways. One of the patterns of good teachers is how they prepare to teach — how they prepare to engage students. Ken Bain, in What the Best College Teachers Do, writes about the questions these […]

Good Teachers 3

posted by xscot mcknight

How do good teachers prepare to teach? This is the second question asked by Ken Bain in his excellent new book on teaching: What the Best College Teachers Do.

Good Teachers 2

posted by xscot mcknight

The first question Ken Bain discusses in his book, What the Best College Teachers Do, is “what do good teachers know about how we learn?”

Back to School Supplies

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve got it made. All I have to get ready for school are my syllabi, fill my fountain pen with ink, put a few things in my book bag, and off to school I go. But, I was thinking about […]

Good Teachers 1

posted by xscot mcknight

The beginning of August means I read a book on teaching, and my pick this year has been all and much more than I expected. It is by Ken Bain and is called What the Best College Teachers Do. This […]

Back to School: Computers

posted by xscot mcknight

When I went to college, I had a manual typewriter. I think it was our family Royal typewriter. At some point in college my parents purchased for me an Adler electric typewriter. Then while in seminary I got an IBM […]

On Reading Fiction 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Dan de Roulet now finishes up with an insightful interpretation of this story, and I have to say … wow, I didn’t see most of this at work; if I did, it was so inchoate I needed to see it […]

On Reading Fiction 4

posted by xscot mcknight

As many of you know, we’re doing a series with Dan de Roulet, an English professor, about reading fiction and we’re using “Revelation” by Flannery O’Connor to get to some of the issues in reading fiction. So, here’s Dan response […]

On Reading Fiction 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Dan deRoulet is my instructor in this series on how to read fiction. We are looking at Flannery O’Connor’s “Revelation.” He’s asked me two questions — which parables do the exposition and crisis evoke, and where was Mrs. Turpin when […]

On Reading Fiction 2

posted by xscot mcknight

I’m doing a series with Dan deRoulet, author of Finding Your Plot in a Plotless World, on how to read fiction, a lesson I needed long ago. We are using Flannery O’Connor’s “Revelation” (Collected Works) as our example, and this […]

On Reading Fiction 1

posted by xscot mcknight

One of my friends and a former colleague, Dan de Roulet, used to urge me to read some piece of fiction. He just knew I needed to do this, but deep inside I had to admit that I simply didn’t […]

East, West and the Grand Rajah

posted by xscot mcknight

One of my best friends and a colleague is Rajkumar Boaz Johnson. I call him the “Rajah” which means “king”, “Raj” means “prince” and “Kumar” means “son.” Boaz is from India and we talk almost every day about our academic […]

Thoughts on Cedarville and Claiborne

posted by xscot mcknight

When I saw the news that Cedarville chose to uninvite Shane Claiborne, I was saddened. Not only because some watch bloggers were behind the event, but most especially because of educational theory and for its impact on students. So, I […]

Eastern

posted by xscot mcknight

I was invited last week to give the Faith Forum lectures at Eastern University in Philadelphia. It was a wonderful time and the generosity and hospitality of Joe Modica, a long time friend, will remain with me. I could say […]

Women and Mary Class

posted by xscot mcknight

My Monday evening class, “Women, Mary and Jesus,” just started and I have to admit it may have been the best first class session I’ve ever had. To set the whole class into context, we focused last night on discussions […]

SBL!

posted by xscot mcknight

This weekend I’m in San Diego at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion. Last year Kris went with me and it was a revelation. She couldn’t believe how “nerdy” the professors […]

Letter to an Inquirer

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s a recent letter and it has taken me a few weeks to get it posted here:

Zarley Lectures

posted by xscot mcknight

Randall Balmer, professor at Columbia University, will be on campus at NPU today to give the Zarley Lectures. Balmer is an expert on American religious history and has become a specialist on the relationship of evangelicalism to cultural forces — […]

Which Jesus Will it Be?

posted by xscot mcknight

On the first day of my Jesus of Nazareth class I ask students to complete a “test” that explores how our self-perception influences our perception of Jesus. (The test: NEICE Images of Jesus (PDF)), but for some odd reason the […]

Culture Wars and Political Correctness

posted by xscot mcknight

In her essay, “Procrustes and the Culture War,” Anne Fadiman warns us of getting caught on the bed of Procrustes — her image of getting caught up in the ideology of political correctness, of the ideology that you must toe […]

When Student Becomes Friend

posted by xscot mcknight

One of my former students, Kent Palmer, was once asked, “What is your relationship with Scot?” “It’s rather complicated, actually.” So, let me explain:

Teaching Freedom in Seminary

posted by xscot mcknight

My post last week on thinking about going to seminary unleashed a bag full of suggestions and, in particular, the questions about “to go or not to go” to seminary (its necessity) and “what do you really get out of […]

Thinking of Seminary?

posted by xscot mcknight

I had lunch with one of my former students, one who graduated one month ago, because he wanted to talk about going to seminary. I don’t know why — maybe because I’m accessible through e-mail and this blog or maybe […]

A Word for Public School Teachers

posted by xscot mcknight

Laura Barringer, our daughter, finished her school year of teaching yesterday. She’s a first grade teacher in the area. Public school teachers go at it, more or less, from the middle of August to the middle of June. We owe […]

Top Ten Books: Teaching

posted by xscot mcknight

Chris Jones, a frequent reader of this blog, asked me for some suggestions on books about teaching and education. I rifled my shelves and pulled off my top ten (or so). There are many, many more, and some of you […]

Problems of Professorhood

posted by xscot mcknight

My St. Louis commenter has come back with another question: “What are areas of being a professor that are difficult – kind of the reality type things – non glorified real picture?” Good one. Here are a few thoughts, but […]

The Make-up of a College Prof

posted by xscot mcknight

My writer from St. Louis asked three questions: 1. Why the move from seminary to undergrad? 2. What do you like most about undergrad teaching? 3. What type of person would you say would make the best undergrad prof? Yesterday […]

Why leave seminary for college?

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve been asked this question so many times I’ve stopped estimating. Recently a seminary student from St. Louis wrote to me with these three questions, and I said I’d finally answer these questions on the blog:

A Baccalaurate Prayerful Charge

posted by xscot mcknight

Frank DeBoer, a colleague of mine at North Park, retired after 41 years of teaching chemistry to college students. A man of Reformed faith, Frank was asked to give the “charge” to our graduates. I share it with you:

On Grading Papers

posted by xscot mcknight

Best opening line of a paper this semester: “My parents are Christians and I grew up in the convent.” (He meant “Covenant” as in denomination.) Anyone with some funny or clever lines in papers?

Papers are now due

posted by xscot mcknight

It’s end of the term; papers are due. I got a note from a student on Wednesday about 3:45pm. He asked about the paper in such a way that I was confident he probably had not yet begun. I approved […]

When Students Become Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

Besides our wonderful time with Rob and Linda Merola in Sterling, VA, I’ve had some great times with my Trinity Seminary students who are no longer students but friends — Cheryl Hatch in D.C. and Sam Lamberson in Ft Lauderdale.

Biblical’s Missional Perspective

posted by xscot mcknight

Are you interested in taking a theological course on the missional perspective — and take it online? Check this out: Biblical Theological Seminary site, scroll down the right to “Biblical’s First Online Course,” click there and you can see the […]

Interested in a PhD?

posted by xscot mcknight

The following program of study could become a center for the next generation of theologians with an interest in society. LeRon Shults announces a new PhD under his supervision. Here is his announcement but you should ask comments at his […]

CNN Presents: After Jesus — The First Christians

posted by xscot mcknight

If you have a chance, I recommend each of you carve out the evening of Dec 20, from 7-9pm, to watch CNN. The show is called After Jesus: The First Christians, and it is an excellent and stimulating presentation of […]

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

If you have either visited the Holocaust Museum or read any of the many works of Elie Wiesel — like Night — you will know one word pushes itself to the front of his vision: Remember! Remember the Holocaust is […]

Committees Re-visited

posted by xscot mcknight

Yesterday I began my day with a 6:30am breakfast with a pastor. It was encouraging to hear all the missional work that is going on at Willow Creek. Then I had a meeting with Mindy Caliguire, who directs SoulCare, and […]

Thanks to John Brown U!

posted by xscot mcknight

Speaking at a college chapel, regardless of where it is, carries one of my biggest challenges. Iâ??m not sure why, but one thing comes to mind immediately: by and large, students are there because they have to be. It’s not […]

University Professors and Faith

posted by xscot mcknight

What do you think of the report below? It talks about the faith of university professors — and I suggest parents of teenagers take a good long gander at this report. Here it is: religions1.pdf

Harper Collins Study Bible (NRSV)

posted by xscot mcknight

I’m not one to pay all that much attention to Study Bibles, but the Harper Collins Study Bible, based on the NRSV and edited by HA Attridge is a Bible that churches and pastors and others will surely want to […]

Teaching Word Study

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s my question: How do you teach students to do word studies? But, here’s the kicker for me. All the student has is (1) a Bible [NIV, TNIV, NRSV, etc] and (2) a computer. There was a day when more […]

The Zarman: Student-Athlete

posted by xscot mcknight

Our Annual Kermit Zarley Lectures are possible because of the donation of a good friend and former touring professional golfer, Kermit Zarley. If you want to know what a student athlete looks like, look at him: he won the NCAA […]

Gospel and church

posted by xscot mcknight

In my two lectures (MP3) at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, I addressed the gospel and the church. But I must say this: GRTS, under the careful eyes of both President Doug Fagerstrom and Peter Osborn, know how to do things […]

To me or for me?

posted by xscot mcknight

Some see education solely in terms of professional training. College, so they think, will prepare them for a job — and the more money the better. There’s another element, far more important, behind and beyond the professional nature of college […]

When Familes Fall Apart

posted by xscot mcknight

Once or twice a year a student in my office informs me that his or her parents are getting divorced or going through serious marital issues. One student was overwhelmed by the gravity of her situation: After explaining that she […]

Vocational Angst

posted by xscot mcknight

I routinely have students in my office who are puzzled — or lots more than that — about “what they should do” when they graduate. They wonder about vocation, about God’s will, about “the plan,” and about what they are […]

Techno Classroom

posted by xscot mcknight

Some twist of fate tossed me and my wonderful Jesus of Nazareth students into a brand new classroom outfitted with the wizardry of technology. Tuesday morning I entered the room, walked to the “rostrum” (not sure of the right word […]

Dear Joel

posted by xscot mcknight

We have a new colleague in our BTS Dept at North Park: Joel Willitts. Having figured out this blogging world a bit, I thought it might be a good time to record some thoughts of what I wish a veteran […]

On Cheating

posted by xscot mcknight

Some students cheat. I heard a story yesterday from another North Park professor of two new ways students cheat, and each of them surprised me. Some students text message questions from the classroom to friends outside the classroom who, in […]

PowerPointing in Class: Not!

posted by xscot mcknight

Not in mine. I am one of the only professors or preachers in the Western world today who has never done a PowerPoint presentation and who, in fact, doesn’t even know how to do one. I’ve got the software and […]

Computers in Class: Not!

posted by xscot mcknight

It came to my attention too late to do anything about it last semester, but I heard from a student or two by accident that a few students were sitting in the back of the class and surfing the net […]

Teaching Seminary, Teaching College

posted by xscot mcknight

Because of some time teaching at a seminary and now at a college, I’ve been asked to reflect on the difference between teaching seminary students and college students. I haven’t taught seminary students in 12 years, and will get to […]

Leon Morris: My Tribute

posted by xscot mcknight

I was notified yesterday that Leon Morris, the great New Testament scholar from Australia, died Monday afternoon in Melbourne. He was 92. I was fortunate to have been a teacher at Trinity seminary when Leon Morris was retired and doing […]

Who Deserves the Summer off?

posted by xscot mcknight

Public school teachers, that’s who. Laura Barringer, our daughter, finished her school year of teaching last week. She’s a first grade teacher in the area. Public school teachers go at it, more or less, from the middle of August to […]

The Goodness of Graduation Gowns

posted by xscot mcknight

I have to admit it, I think the gown from the University of Nottingham is one of the more notable graduation gowns to be seen. Some of my colleagues rent a gown from a rental company, but most have purchased […]

Goodbye Students!

posted by xscot mcknight

Amidst the whorl and whirl of grading, examining, reading papers, dealing with excuses, preparing for graduation, and turning in grades, this is also the week we say our goodbyes to students. At several levels:

Best Excuse Ever Survey

posted by xscot mcknight

What is the best (story-wise) excuse you’ve had from a student for why he or she can’t turn something in on time or come to class?

Students who want to leave class

posted by xscot mcknight

In the last two weeks of my class, Jesus of Nazareth, we take brief stops in each of the Gospels to give a perspective on the overall theology and style of each Evangelist. Recently we were looking at John. It […]

A Typical Lunch with Students

posted by xscot mcknight

Today at lunch two students pushed me for funds, one of whom needs funds for a trip and the other her advocate. One student is going to Africa this summer for a most worthy opportunity to help some missionaries. This […]

What I like most about Faculty Meetings?

posted by xscot mcknight

Cookies. I’m trying to figure out what’s next on my list but am having a hard time figuring what is next — ah, yes, the adjournment motion and the second and vote. Perhaps the best way of saying this is […]

Former Students

posted by xscot mcknight

Seems I’ve heard from students a lot lately, and there is only one question: What do you think of The DaVinci Code. In the last ten days I’ve gotten about six or seven phone calls about this, and this is […]

NPU Students

posted by xscot mcknight

This year I’ve been eating lunch with students on most Tuesdays and Thursdays, and we invited a few of them over for pizza this evening. Here’s a pic of the crowd in our home at the end of the evening. […]

On Committee Meetings

posted by xscot mcknight

I’m constitutionally incapable of finding committee meetings interesting. I do my best to come to each meeting with a good attitude, but it doesn’t last very long.

ScotCrowder and the BTS Band

posted by xscot mcknight

My friend and fellow blogger, Pastor Steve McCoy, ever mindful of the image of the Southern Baptists, is now watching out for my image. In an effort to improve my standing in an increasingly youthful development in our Biblical and […]

NPU Search Announcement

posted by xscot mcknight

Many of you know we conducted an international search for an opening in our Department (Biblical and Theological Studies) this year, and some may recall that we had over 165 applicants and inquiries. Really quite amazing. What we discovered in […]

Wanna play golf?

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s the deal. My school has asked me to post this auction to support missions work for our students. If you win the bid at NPU [#11], which funds go for missions work, I’ll take you and a friend out […]

Medieval Education

posted by xscot mcknight

Here is a paper I gave at North Park last year, in which I explore an implication or two of the Italian Renaissance writings on education, in which I offer a mild case for their being a good canon of […]

On a Christian College

posted by xscot mcknight

I gave a paper some five or six years ago at North Park on the nature of a Christian college, especially as it applies at my school. The exploration of a Christian education through the categories of monotheism, polytheism, and […]

Age-Specific Formation? I need your help

posted by xscot mcknight

I wrote this in a Comment box back on David Fitch’s last chp. But, what I’m wondering is what resources there are for this sort of thing: David’s last chp has sent my mind reeling a few times in the […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 9

posted by xscot mcknight

Yesterday a blogger commented that Fitch got him to recall, in his chps 4-5, that IH Marshall had written an article back in 1985 that argued that the NT evidence does not suggest the Christians got together for “worship” (as […]

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