ADVICE TO MY SON 30: BE A MAN OF YOUR WORD

by Lou Markos on April 24, 2014

Be a man of your word. Now there’s a phrase you don’t hear very often these days. There was a time when most good fathers would lay that injunction on their sons with an almost sacred tone of high seriousness. Today, that injunction, if it is given at all, is more often reduced to “follow the rules” or “protect your reputation” or “watch your back” or, worst of all, “don’t get caught.”

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The City Podcast: How to Go from Fasting to Feasting

by Timothy Motte on April 21, 2014

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

Featuring: Fr. Micah Snell, Cate MacDonald, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

How do you make the transition from 40 days of fasting to 40 days of feasting? For some people that can be hard. What about you?

Here is a resource that many of you may find helpful. Let Us Keep the Feast: Living the Church Year at Home

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

You might also be interested in The City Podcast: What 3 Anglophiles Think of England.

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ADVICE TO MY SON 29: HOPE

by Lou Markos on April 17, 2014

Of the three theological virtues, faith, hope, and love, the one that is perhaps most misunderstood today is hope. Yes, faith and love are sometimes reduced to generic belief and strong emotions, but at least neither faith nor love is dismissed as adolescent at best and reactionary at worst. Too often, people mistake hope for some vague promise of pie-in-the-sky-by-and-by. They view hope as a crutch for people who can’t look reality in the face, who prefer to see the world through rose-colored glasses. Such weak-kneed dreamers, who would rather moon after heaven than labor under the sun on the fields of earth, are an affront to the modern spirit of progress.

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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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