Culture

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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Read more from Dr. Mater at Reflection and Choice.

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

The City Podcast: Science vs. God

by Timothy Motte on February 17, 2014

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

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

What if I told you that science leads you to God instead of away from him?

Astrophysicist Hugh Ross’ testimony is exactly that. His first encounter with Christianity was as a grad student at Cal Tech, and it was studying science that brought him to faith in God. The beauty of the heavens, the elegance of mathematics, and the evidence for design that Dr. Ross conveys so articulately in this podcast provide the antidote to conundrums faced by the students of Dr. Ordway and Cate MacDonald. You’ll definitely want to listen all the way to the end.

Mentioned in this podcast: Dr. Ross’ book, Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job

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