Archive | September 2011

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Can We Learn from Those we Dislike?

From John Fea’s interesting Patheos column this week comes another interesting topic. I already blogged about his primary point in the piece, that studying history could help your marriage. The student transformation example that he uses is insightful. He relates the story of a student who was tasked with the challenging job of reading and […]

To Save Your Marriage, Study History?

Thanks to John Fea for an interesting Patheos column this week. His basic premise is that learning to study the past correctly can actually improve relationships, even your marriage. Here’s his lead in: I am working on a new book about the importance of historical thinking to the creation of a civil society, and I […]

A Must Have Product

No doubt about it, I want this. Problem: it doesn’t exist in the real world yet, it is only a concept. Click here to view the game on The Princess Bride‘s Facebook page. They claim that if they get enough likes they might be better able to convince someone to fund the production of the […]

Missional Communities at McBIC

My home church, McBIC (Mechanicsburg Brethren in Christ) has been talking about missional communities in the services the past month or so. This week, our Senior Pastor and one of the other pastors on staff posted this video to talk about what missional communities look like at McBIC and share their vision. I know that […]

Almost Time!

The NFL Films special on Reggie White and Jerome Brown is on tonight at 10:00 on the NFL Network. NFL Films has the latest sneak peek available on their website. I’m pretty excited at the chance for a trip down memory lane, even if it is mixed with the sadness of the early death of […]

The Importance of Punctuation

My students here at Messiah College sometimes argue that as a math and stat professor I shouldn’t be so picky about punctuation. This image shows why they are wrong! (HT: my wife shared this via facebook)

Learning from History

From a recent article on The Onion‘s website: WASHINGTON—With the United States facing a daunting array of problems at home and abroad, leading historians courteously reminded the nation Thursday that when making tough choices, it never hurts to stop a moment, take a look at similar situations from the past, and then think about whether […]

A Wild Night of Baseball

From, a timeline of the events in MLB last night. Baseball At Its Best Four games ended within 89 minutes of each other, sending the St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays to the playoffs and Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves home. Time, p.m. ET    Site       Event 7:10 ATL First pitch 7:10 BAL […]

Statistics and Empathy

A former student of mine here at Messiah College was tagged in this image by a friend of his. This led to an interesting comments area discussion of the portion of the text that is clear enough to read. Here it is in print, in case you can’t make it out: The researchers theorized that […]

Is Africa Capable of Sustaining Democracy?

This was a question that Swiss-Ghanian filmmaker Jarreth Merz asked himself as he saw the threat of chaos growing while filming the Ghanian elections. He was surprised, not only by the way chaos was avoided, but what the Ghanians taught him about themselves, the possibilities that democracy could be done better in Africa under the right […]