dear mentor

Dear Mentor: Is this all there is?

I love Bronwyn’s writing and her work has appeared at The Well before. When I saw this “Dear Bronwyn” question and her response here on her blog... more

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

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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

Making Peace with Academic Rhythms

It’s that time of year. I can feel it in my bones. In just a handful of days we’ll all be climbing back on the hamster wheel, arms loaded with books, schedules packed to the gills. Open days on the calendar slip through my fingers ... more

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