Archive - August, 2011

Thinking About Grad School?

Today, Boundless published part 1 of a two-part series I wrote about graduate school deliberations.  It opens:

Mike was a motivated biology student with a strong GPA. Since graduating, he’s spent the last three years as a research assistant in a large biotech company. Mike’s always been interested in medicine, and that interest has only grown since he’s been working. The thought of becoming a doctor seems increasingly exciting. Of course, it would be time-consuming to take the MCAT, apply to a bunch of medical schools, and then wait and hope for interview invitations. Not to mention the enormous expense and having to leave his job. Should he take the plunge?

Jenny always loved history. She’s intelligent and enjoyed college. Her 3.4 GPA could have probably been higher if it weren’t for her basketball and RA commitments. She likes her job as a tour guide at an important historic site, but it’s getting old. Truth be told, she’d love to be married and starting a family by now, but that just hasn’t happened. She’s thinking about going back for a graduate degree to qualify for jobs that would give her more intellectual challenge. Why not, if she’s going to be working anyway? But would going back to school derail her from someday becoming a stay-at-home wife and mom?

If it’s up your alley, read the whole thing.

ESV Student Study Bible

I received a copy the other day and have really enjoyed looking through this excellent resource.  Many students will benefit from this highly accessible and informative study Bible.  It looks great, ready easily, and is full of interesting and spiritually insightful commentary.  Here’s a little video about it:

ESV Student Study Bible from Crossway on Vimeo.

Horton on Steve Jobs’ Resignation

Horton reflects on the significance of Jobs’ resignation–which, many believe, is almost certainly a harbinger of death:

After battling pancreatic cancer, the Apple co-founder has finally resigned from the company and has resigned himself to one thing over which he has no control: death.

Horton then steps back and reflects on what Jobs’ and his technological work represents, as well as its limitations. An excerpt:

This gospel not only saves us from our sins; it saves us from the feverish and ineffectual striving to make something of ourselves, to be something, to become immortal at least in our legacy. Now, we can fulfill our callings—whatever their cultural magnitude—simply out of gratitude to God and love for our neighbors.

Read the whole thing.

Does Palin’s Upcoming New Hampshire Speech Suggest a Run?

It seems that Palin is to headline a Tea Party Express event in NH on Labor Day, just two days after she headlines a similar event in Iowa. Does this suggest a run? Maybe. But if so, I don’t see how this makes a huge difference in the race, since Palin is already factored into all the early polling. I don’t anticipate Palin growing her base, except perhaps by cutting into Bachmann’s support.

Binge Drinking at College

The widespread phenomenon of binge drinking is the subject of a recent USA Today article entitled “College drinking is liberating, and a good excuse.” The gist of the article is that educating students on the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption have not stemmed the tide, because students apparently perceive the benefits of drunkenness (lowered inhibitions and an excuse for bad behavior) as greater than the costs (hangovers, impaired physical, emotional, and sexual judgement, etc.).

“I think everybody’s aim is to get drunk on the weekend,” says Brandie Pugh, 22, a senior at Ohio University in Athens. “It’s not about the taste of the alcohol. It’s about the effects of it. It’s about the lowered inhibitions.”

Another OU student notes:

“Part of the thrill of it is you don’t know where the night is going to take you,” says Ohio University senior Holly Ningard, 20.

Continue Reading…

Rick Perry’s “Popping-Off” Problem

Peggy Noonan, writing for the Wall Street Journal on Gov. Rick Perry, who seems to be the front runner at this particular moment:

Mr. Perry’s primary virtue for the Republican base is that he means it. He comes across as a natural conservative, Texas Division, who won’t be changing his mind about his basic premises any time soon. His professed views don’t seem to be an outfit he can put on and take off at will. In this of course he’s the anti-Romney. Unlike Ms. Bachmann, he has executive experience, three terms as governor of a state with 25 million people.

His primary flaw appears to be a chesty, quick-draw machismo that might be right for an angry base but wrong for an antsy country. Americans want a president who feels their anger without himself walking around enraged.

Read the whole thing.

2011 Christian College Guide

Christianity Today puts out a Christian College Guide each year. This time, I was asked to contribute an article unpacking some of the themes from Thriving at College on transitioning to college.  My article is called Making the Switch from High School to College.  You can read it online at this URL – just click on the title of the article on the first page.

Annie Kate Reviews Thriving at College

Annie Kate, a homeschooling mom with 5 kids, and (get this) a Ph.D. in physics, reviews Thriving at College. Her gracious conclusion:

Other than the Bible, I have never read a better book for Christian students.   Chediak clearly voices the conclusions I’ve come to in my many years of learning and teaching at universities.  If every Christian student read and applied this book, the world would be so different in a decade!  Highly recommended.

Thanks, Annie Kate. And if you’d ever like to tutor some students….I can set it up. 🙂

Michael Horton on Discovering Your Calling

I have still have the May/June 1999 issue of Modern Reformation in which this excellent article entitled “How to Discover Your Calling” by Michael Horton appeared.  I’m glad Westminster Seminary California has decided to make it freely available over the Internet.  Horton’s article helped me come to terms with this issue myself as a young man, and also helped me in writing my own piece on the same topic. The related concepts are flushed out more fully in the latter chapters of Thriving at College.

Horton’s article is exceptional on many levels, as (on the “negative” side) he graciously critiques common misconceptions and (on the “positive” side) gives excellent, practical advice.

HT: Matt Perman

Family Vacation (Aug 6-20)

Picture us on a beach, fiddling (as it were) while America burns.

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