education

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: What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts?

by Timothy Motte on February 24, 2014

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

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

It’s all about liberty.

Dr. Hunter Baker, dean of instruction at Union University, recently published a piece at The Federalist in which he offers a defense of the liberal arts. Many people may not even know what the liberal arts are, much less what their importance is to human flourishing.

You may have read defenses of the liberal arts before, but Hunter is a friend of The City and this topic hits close to home. So this discussion takes it to a very deep level.

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Want to see our regulars and where we record? Check out the video version of this episode. 

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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The City Podcast: Who Was Socrates?

by Timothy Motte on January 27, 2014

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

Featuring: Cate MacDonald, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

One of our loyal listeners wrote in to ask about the historical Socrates. We hear a lot about the Socratic method, but what was the man really like? We have Dr. John Mark Reynolds to tell us.

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

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

Many of you may have a hard time caring about politics because it seems unintelligent, uncharitable, and irrelevant to how you live your day to day life.

What if we told you that this was not always the case?

Enter Dr. Barbara Elliott. She is the founder of the Russell Kirk Forum for Cultural Renewal at HBU, and she was able, to the delight and mild surprise of our regular podcasters, to show how the Conservative movement is not a political ideology, but an entire approach to life (including politics). Russell Kirk is the influential author who put all the pieces together in the middle of the 20th century.

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Mentioned in this podcast:
The Imaginative Conservative
The Intercollegiate Studies Institute
The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk
The Work-Faith Connection