The City Podcast: The Interesting Lives of Professors

by Timothy Motte on April 14, 2014

The City, a podcast of Houston Baptist University: Smart. Sane. Spiritual.

Featuring: Dr. Marie Mater, Dr. Holly Ordway, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

Often students don’t realize that their professors have lives outside the classroom. If a student thinks about it at all, she probably assumes that the professor lives in a supply closet on campus.

If they only knew the stories some professors could tell…

Dr. Marie Mater has some the most interesting stories from her travels. And she shares the best ones with us on today’s episode.

Along the way you’ll hear:

  • How to get a cow to cross a rope bridge in the Himalayas,
  • The 3 hardest things for international students to adapt to, (Driving is a big one.)
  • How intercultural communications can go wrong,
  • And 3 things to add to your bucket list.

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Email us at podcast@hbu.edu with your thoughts, questions, or suggestions for future episodes.

Read more from Dr. Mater at Reflection and Choice.

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ADVICE TO MY SON 28: CHARITY

by Lou Markos on April 10, 2014

Charity comes from caritas, a Latin word which means roughly the same thing that agape does in Greek. Although, sadly, modern English usage has reduced the word charity to the giving of alms to the poor, caritas and agape bear a richer meaning. In their fuller, Christian signification they describe a self-giving love that moves out of itself toward the other.

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The City Podcast: International Living

by Timothy Motte on April 7, 2014

The City, a podcast of Houston Baptist University: Smart. Sane. Spiritual.

Featuring: Dr. Marie Mater, Dr. Holly Ordway, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

Dr. Marie Mater has lived or spent significant time in 31 countries and territories. From growing up raising steers for the rodeo in Kansas to studying rhetoric in Ireland to avoiding Peking Duck in Singapore, Dr. Mater brings her significant insights of intercultural communication to The City Podcast. According to her, one of the most important aspects of cultural identity and communication is… food.

Mentioned in this podcast: Dr. Mater’s inaugural post at Reflection and Choice, “The Long Road to Rodeo.

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Email us at podcast@hbu.edu with your thoughts, questions, or suggestions for future episodes.

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ADVICE TO MY SON 27: CAMELOT

by Lou Markos on April 3, 2014

During the spring of your senior year in high school, I took you to see one of my favorite Broadway musicals, Camelot. Through songs whose soaring melodies are matched only by the charm and wit of the lyrics, the musical swept us away to the court of King Arthur and his knights. With great joy and greater sorrow we watched together as the ideal of the Round Table was born and flourished through the idealism of Arthur, the love of Guinevere, and the chivalry of Lancelot, only to be broken and die when Guinevere and Lancelot commit adultery and are exposed by the scheming illegitimate son of Arthur.

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The City Podcast: On Difficult Music

by Timothy Motte on March 31, 2014

The City, a podcast of Houston Baptist University: Smart. Sane. Spiritual.

Featuring: Randall Gremillion, Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Tim Motte

Our last podcast convinced you that you need to listen to opera. In this podcast, Randy lists some fun operas that are great for beginners.

But before we get to the list, there is an engaging discussion of what makes some music difficult, and why it is worth the effort.

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ADVICE TO MY SON 26: JUSTICE VERSUS FAIRNESS

by Lou Markos on March 27, 2014

There are many people today who read the account of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet and jump too quickly to the conclusion that Jesus was an egalitarian who wanted to break down all distinctions between people. But that is not the message of the story. Had Jesus meant that to be the message, he would have concluded the lesson by informing his disciples that from now on they were all on an equal level with no more rulers or servants. Here is what he actually says:

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