dear mentor

Dear Mentor: Overcome by tears?

Dear Mentor, I gave a talk this past week to a group of people in my field — including a visiting leading expert. There were questions afterward... more

Dear Mentor: Seminary with Kids?

Dear Mentor, I am a mom of two — a two year old and a newborn — who is interested in pursuing an online master's degree. (Online because the... more

Dear Mentor: Living with Parents?

Dear Mentor, Last spring I graduated with my master's degree.  Because of school loans and poor job prospects, I am working and living at... more

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In Focus

Clearing the Way: Six Questions for Setting Goals

I’ve actually been productive on this rainy, unseasonably cold Friday in June. On most days like this — especially when they’re incongruous for the season — I let myself... more
In Focus

Christian Faculty in Secular Colleges and Universities: Challenges and Opportunities for Integration

Given the flexibility that I have to study any phenomenon related to higher education, I often direct my research efforts to topics that will assist me in my own personal or... more


from the blog

Emerging from the Silence

Monday, Michael Brown’s parents asked the media and the protestors for a day of silence so they could memorialize their son. I was thankful for the silence. I needed it. I also needed our Sunday church services (morning and evening) to renew my mind regarding God’s sovereignty... more

Porch Sitting and Raphah

I grew up watching my neighbor Hoyt watch the world go by. After Hoyt had retired from the cotton mill, he sat on his porch — a lot. I’m not saying he did nothing, because he also had a large garden and tended football-field-length chicken houses... more


Ebola. The headlines began with updates on the spread of the virus in Liberia, Sierre Leone, and Guinea, then the report of an American doctor and nurse falling ill and their arrival on US soil, Liberia has now declared a state of emergency . . . more