The other night my wife and I were able to hear Andrew Peterson at the TruthXChange conference. I was so glad that he played You’ll Find Your Way, from his new album Light for the Lost Boy. It’s a song many parents can relate to. Andrew wrote it for his son when he turned 13, basing it on Jeremiah 6:16: “Thus says the LORD: ‘Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.’”
Great news for Bethlehem College and Seminary:
The board, faculty, and administration of Bethlehem College and Seminary are pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Andy Naselli as Assistant Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology. Dr. Naselli has been serving as D. A. Carson’s research assistant and as the administrator of Themelios, the theological journal for The Gospel Coalition. Dr. Naselli holds PhDs from both Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Bob Jones University.
Dr. Naselli has taught New Testament Greek at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and he currently teaches Bible and theology as adjunct faculty at several seminaries. He has published over twenty articles, forty-five book reviews, and a few books, including Let Go and Let God? (2010).
As an aside, the Paul Ryan announcement reminds me of a great book I read over vacation: The Debt Bomb by Senator Tom Coburn. The reality is, the USA is broke: Our national debt is greater than the entire U.S. economy (we passed that threshold in January). Ryan is a man with a plan to fix this by reigning in entitlement spending over the long haul in a way that gets our fiscal house in order and does not hurt the truly poor. (By the way, he has strong social conservative credentials as well.)
Coburn and Ryan are not afraid to criticize failures in both parties. For example, many Republicans pledge never to raise taxes so as not to hurt businesses and individuals by lowering their income, but then they go and spend money like crazy on wasteful projects, causing the national debt to soar. They do so to curry favor with those back home (“bringing back the bacon”) rather than acting in the nation’s best interest. Coburn masterfully explores the psychology of power, and how fear of losing it can change good people of various political persuasions. A great book.
Michael Horton talks to Dr. Jean Twenge about her fascinating book The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement and her previous book Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled–and More Miserable Than Ever Before.
Dr. Twenge quotes a study that found one third of all college students think they deserve a B if they show up to class. And two thirds of students thinks that if they try hard, a professor should increase their grade.
Both of Dr. Twenge’s books were very helpful to me as I wrote Thriving at College.
I just received what looks like a very timely resource: Cleaning House: A Mom’s Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement by Kay Wills Wyma. Lots of contemporary books (like this one and this one, which both influenced this other one) have highlighted a sense of entitlement among young adults in our day. The theory is that it starts in childhood.
From the publisher’s press release for Cleaning House:
While today’s well-intentioned parents are doing all they can to facilitate their children’s rise to greatness, parents are realizing that the hovering is backfiring. Now, if or when, kids even leave home–they are increasingly helpless and dependent. Parents’ attempts to boost their kids’ success are instead enabling their failure with the unspoken message: “I’ll do it for you because you can’t.”
Frank A. Brock, former President of Covenant College packs a ton of wisdom into this short book, available as of this moment for $5.20, 60% off. It echoes a lot of the themes I discussed in Thriving at College, but in a book suitable to parents walking their children through the college preparation and selection process.
Brock sets out to help parents “understand something of the educational landscape and see that there are many types of learning communities with differing philosophies of education, all of which have different outcomes.” He wants to help higher education customers be discerning, because “there’s a difference between getting a degree and getting a good education.”
They talk transition at Bethlehem, and church pastoral transition in general:
HT: Collin Hansen