The City Podcast: Are GMOs Frankenfoods or Fantastic Foods?

by Timothy Motte on December 16, 2013

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

Featuring: Dr. Hannah Wingate, Dr. Holly Ordway, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

With all of the controversy over Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in our food, we turned to HBU biology professor, Dr. Hannah Wingate, to get an expert’s opinion. It turns out that chemicals are actually much worse for you than GMOs, and genetic modification actually allows for lower use of chemicals.

And if it can make HBU’s campus smell like bacon, Dr. Reynolds is for it.


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Advice to My Son 15: How to Become a Better Person

by Lou Markos on December 5, 2013

If you want to become a better person, my son, then you need to become conscious of your negative behaviors and attitudes and then work to alter them. The best way to do this is to internalize the Golden Rule: to really and actually treat others as you want to be treated yourself.

I suggest you begin small by modifying your driving habits. [click to continue…]

The City Podcast: That Hideous Strength

by Timothy Motte on October 18, 2013

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

Featuring: Cate MacDonald, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

C.S. Lewis’ great novel, That Hideous Strength, has had a most profound shaping effect on the life and work of Provost Dr. John Mark Reynolds. Here he and Cate MacDonald discuss some of the insights found in this beloved work, especially the great value placed on living a normal life. Our contemporary culture needs to hear the message that you don’t necessarily need to accomplish anything in your life other than living well and loving well.

We hope this conversation edifies you. You don’t need to have read the book, but after this you might end up making it a priority.


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A Whole Soul: The Goal of Education (Part IV)

by John Mark Reynolds on October 10, 2013

What should I want for those I love?

I want them to be happy, of course, but not at the cost of their soul. If hurting other people makes them happy, then I would prefer those I love be less happy, but better human beings. That is obvious, plain enough that I sometimes forget it needs to be said. I wish for health, prosperity, and good things, but experience shows that this is not enough.

A healthy man can be miserable and a sick man happy. I would rather be a depressed Socrates than a happy pig, though for me I am more likely to become a depressed pig. Put simply: I would wish for those I love to have minds that are awake, virtue in their spirit, hearts that are tender, and desires that can be fulfilled in a good life. I would wish them the physical health to enjoy these good things.

Erotic desire, the higher passions, and the intellect come together in a body to make a human being. When we incarnate the virtues, give goodness skin, then we may not always be happy, but we will better for those around us.

A goal of education should be to harmonize all those elements: [click to continue…]

A Spirited Soul: Part of Being Whole (Part II)

by John Mark Reynolds on October 8, 2013

This weekend HBU won its first football game: ever.

Some schools sell t-shirts that say: “Our School Undefeated in Football since Date of Founding” and HBU once could sell such shirts, but can no longer. We were smacked down hard by the defending champs of our conference in our first game, but came back to defeat a local Baptist rival in our second.

HBU can say it has won as many games as it has lost, but we are not undefeated. When I was a kid, ABC had a show called Wide World of Sports that began with clips of great sport’s victories and disasters. HBU football was safe from making either category.

Of course, the school that does not enter the arena will never taste “the agony of defeat,” but it will never get “the thrill of victory.” And there is something a bit pathetic about such a place. After all, nobody picked as their Biblical hero the servant who hid their talent in a napkin. [click to continue…]

An Erotic Soul: Part of Being Whole (Part I)

by John Mark Reynolds on October 7, 2013

Nobody is a Vulcan, not even Vulcans, if Star Trek canon is to be believed: intelligent beings in bodies have passions and suppressing them in unhealthy.

Sadly, so is acting on them thoughtlessly.

Sometimes we forget we have passions, sometimes we are controlled by them: a trick to a good life is accept the passions and to control them.

Consumer culture celebrates our desires, while a gnostic paganism demonizes them: neither reaction is Christian. How do we know? The only way a person can know God is by God’s revelation of Himself to us through Jesus. God became man, so we could have any hope of knowing God. All that we can know of God that is not mere negation (God cannot lie) or abstraction (God is omnipotent) comes from Jesus: God becoming human. [click to continue…]