The City Podcast: The Antidote for Pro-Life Weirdness

by Timothy Motte on September 22, 2014

Should all humans be treated equally? That question is probably pretty easy to answer.

Why? That’s a bit more difficult.

Josh Brahm is the founder of the Equal Rights Institute.

He wants to help pro-lifers be more persuasive and less weird when they communicate with pro-choice people.

So do we. Let’s talk.

Featuring: Josh Brahm, Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Cate MacDonald

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

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ADVICE TO MY DAUGHTER 4: FANTASY

by Lou Markos on September 18, 2014

I know, my dear daughter, that you have always been a lover of fantasy, and so it seemed right and proper to devote an entry to that often misunderstood subject. Although many of my fellow evangelical Christians are suspicions of fantasy and consider it to be dangerous and even deceptive, you were lucky to have been raised by a father who was himself raised on The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings. [click to continue…]

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The City Podcast: You Can’t Live Without Friends

by Timothy Motte on September 15, 2014

Here is a provocative statement:

Friendship is more important to human flourishing than marriage.

Discuss.

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Cate MacDonald, Dr. Holly Ordway

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ADVICE TO MY DAUGHTER 3: NURTURE

by Lou Markos on September 11, 2014

Why is it that most nurses and school teachers are women? If you ask the academics, especially the social scientists, they will likely paint you a picture of female oppression. Others of a less political persuasion might point out that these jobs allow women more flexibility in terms of balancing work and home. Although I will not deny that there is some truth to both of these explanations, I would offer a third that looks at the situation from the internal perspective of women rather than from an external one that reduces women to members of a class, oppressed or otherwise. [click to continue…]

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The City Podcast: You Keep Using That Word…

by Timothy Motte on September 8, 2014

The concept of friendship has been greatly reduced in our culture, perhaps even lost.

This podcast will help you think about the role of friends in your own life.

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Cate MacDonald, Dr. Holly Ordway

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Jesus, Educator: A Higher Education, Part (IV/IV)

by John Mark Reynolds on September 5, 2014

Dr. Robert B. Sloan, Jr.I have been told by marketing friends that in the United States only Abraham Lincoln is better liked than Jesus. Given Lincoln’s wonderful heritage to this nation, the popularity of Father Abraham makes sense. Jesus is, of course, to most Americans the Son of God, Savior, and the central figure in their religious beliefs.

Yet Jesus was more than Redeemer, King, Savior, and Christ. Jesus was also the greatest teacher who ever lived. You might be able to build some kind of a university program on the ideas of Lincoln, but Western schools all begin with Jesus, the educator, as a foundational thinker. Oddly, many Americans forget his role as an educator, though his followers thought of themselves primarily as students (disciples) and called Jesus “teacher” (rabbi). All colleges and universities in the West used to be Christian and the foundations still exist, even if in rubble, at most schools. Jesus the educator, Jesus the sage, Jesus the thinker gave Christians ideas and an example that produced our aspirations.

An important leader in thinking about Christian higher education in the United States is President Robert Sloan of HBU. He began this academic year reflecting on Christian higher education. First, he assumed certain things about education in his introduction. Second, he rejected the idea that Christianity only adds “nicety” to university. Third, Dr Sloan showed that no Christian college exists merely as a cover to “get people saved.” Finally, Sloan turned to the role of Jesus, the educator. As provost I have tried to reflect on what my leader is saying, not because I have to do so, but because when I heard this talk it seemed unusually important. [click to continue…]

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