April 19, 2015

The Holy Spirit is coming! Tonight! …on NBC (9/8c)

With production values and writing that far surpass the first two installments, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s passion project tackles perhaps its most captivating episode tonight. TV has never seen anything like it.

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April 9, 2015

The ‘Story Behind the Story': Making Lit Matter, by Erick Sierra

As American society increasingly questions the importance of what we in the humanities do, in the classroom I’ve been able to depend less and less on the grand narratives that long ago motivated my own passion for literature and instead imagined an importance for literature—a story behind the story—sourced not in grand abstract metanarratives, but in what students themselves find viscerally and deeply important.

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April 8, 2015

Dean Batali, ‘That 70s Show’ Writer and Producer, Shares His Greatest Cultural Influencers

One of today’s most articulate voices for faithful engagement in culture, Dean Batali, is best known for his work on That ‘70s Show, where he served as a writer for seven years and as an executive producer for the show’s final season.

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April 8, 2015

Academic Branding: Professors Producing Hollywood-Style Previews to Attract Students, by Daniel A. Gross

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Harvard University was an early adopter in short videos shared across social networks to boost student interest and attendance as they “shop” for classes. They have an intimacy that course catalogs and posters lack.

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March 26, 2015

How To Raise Money for Your First Movie: Interview with Producer/Director Mark Freiburger, Part 2

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The one thing I get asked about the most by other aspiring filmmakers is not about those more high profile experiences, but about how to go out and raise money to make their first features.

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March 26, 2015

From Indie Producer to Super Bowl Director to Studio Films: Interview with Producer/Director Mark Freiburger

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Before Transformers, I had zero knowledge of anything VFX related because I had only been making low budget Indies. But this experience changed that for me.

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March 19, 2015

Fiddler on the Roof: Worldview Change and the Foundational Power of Story

Like Tevye, the stories of Scripture provide not only fertile soil for nurturing reinterpretations of our philosophy and culture for a new generation, but also irresistible bedrock for grounding the story of our own life in the mind of God.

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March 17, 2015

St Patrick’s Greatest Accomplishment: Missional Higher Education

The patron saint of Ireland is rarely credited with what was perhaps his greatest achievement.

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March 16, 2015

The Shield of Saint Patrick: His Greatest Spiritual Warfare Prayer

Patrick developed his “shield” or “breast-plate” prayer to help him “put on the full armor of God” (Ephesians 6:12) in the midst of the incredible trials he faced in bringing the word of God to Ireland.

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March 16, 2015

The Greco-Roman Liberal Arts: When Students were more than just Numbers

Whereas Plato and Aristotle interacted with their students as friends, the depersonalized modern university student is often little more than a number. No relationship means no moral transformation, at least not for the good.

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March 13, 2015

This is your Brain on Beethoven! Daniel J. Levitin and Understanding the Neuroscience of Music

The relationship between music and science is more complicated (and beautiful) than we ever imagined.

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March 9, 2015

Create Meaning in Your Work, by Todd W. Hall, PhD

Core motivations energize you, and that give you a sense of meaning and fulfillment because they express something central to your identity.

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March 8, 2015

Hillsong United Movie “Let Hope Rise” To Be Released Nationwide May 29, by Phil Cooke, PhD

It’s a great experience – and it’s being released in Surround Sound so you’ll experience the music as if you were right in the venue.

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March 7, 2015

The Future of StoryTelling: Wisdom in the Age of Information, by Maria Popova (VIDEO)

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A great storyteller — whether a journalist or editor or filmmaker or curator or professor or pastor — helps people figure out not only what matters in the world, but also why it matters.

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March 6, 2015

Yale Makes Works of Jonathan Edwards Available for Free, by Jonathan Merritt

Edwards is widely recognized as one of the most important American thinkers and religious figures and as a major figure in the history of Christian thought. The release of Edwards’ work comes at a moment of renewed interest in the preacher, especially among conservative evangelicals.

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March 5, 2015

God’s Cure for a Very Bad Day, by Sue Stratton

It is impossible to love and be loved while filled with a toxic sense of fear and shame.

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March 4, 2015

Fear, Shame, Hiding, and Blame: God and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Sue Stratton

We must overcome these four deeply rooted response patterns to become all that we are created to be. We must somehow return to the Garden from whence we came.

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March 3, 2015

What’s in a Name? The Presence of God! by Sue Stratton

Of course God is present in all of his creation all of the time, but this is different. I tell my college students: God is ‘in your face’ present!

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March 2, 2015

Millennials and Lent: An Unlikely Pairing, by David Kinnaman

Millennials are by far the least likely age group to be aware of Lent—but, interestingly, they are more likely than average to say they are planning to fast.

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