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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The City Podcast: Opera 101

by Timothy Motte on March 24, 2014

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

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

Opera is a big idea.

Did you know that it is essentially the product of a 16th century think tank? And that this is a good thing? Did you know that opera unifies all the arts? Did you know that operas are still being written today? And did you know that opera does not have to be difficult?

Dr. Reynolds thinks that you should listen to opera. And today we’re talking with opera singer, Randy Gremillion. You’ll also hear 3 things you should do before going to the opera.

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The City Podcast: Rites of Passage

by Timothy Motte on March 17, 2014

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

Featuring: Cate MacDonald, Dr. Holly Ordway, Peter Gross

When did you realize you were an adult?

Anthropologists tell us that rites of passage, either intentional or de facto, are a very crucial signal of entering adulthood. What was yours? Did you have one? What does a specifically Christian rite of passage look like?

Peter David Gross, Director of Wheatstone Ministries, is working with many Christian youth and inviting them into Christian adulthood. This could change your entire view of youth ministry. Or it could merely change how you interact with the Christian youths in your life.

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

You might also enjoy this podcast from our archives: Don’t Just Sit There. Do Something!

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ADVICE TO MY SON 25: INTEGRITY

by Lou Markos on March 13, 2014

One of my favorite words in the English language is integrity. It comes from a Latin root that means whole or complete, which is why we use the word “integer” to refer to whole numbers. Integrity is a word that was used often in the past but is heard less and less today. Though it does not appear on the list of the four classical or three theological virtues, those who lack it are less likely, and less able, to manifest any of the seven virtues.

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