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The Second Great Awakening: From Rural Revival to National Social Movement

February 12, 2017

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More than a century before the New Deal, Public Education, or the Civil Rights movements, the Second Great Awakening fostered a nation-wide “benevolent empire” of care for the poor, freedom for the oppressed and education for all.

More than a century before the New Deal, Public Education, or the Civil Rights movements, the Second Great Awakening fostered a nation-wide “benevolent empire” of care for the poor, freedom for the oppressed and education for all.

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Scripture and Culture-Making: What Christian Colleges could Learn from Rabbinic Higher Education

February 9, 2017

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Today’s teenagers know abundant details about the lives of favorite musicians and television stars or about what it takes to get into a good college, but most are not very clear on who Moses and Jesus were. -Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton

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Do America’s Colleges Need Revival?

February 2, 2017

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Before we can learn anything from Jonathan Edwards, we first need to humble ourselves as he did on that fateful day in 1734, when he finally admitted that “business as usual” was failing his students.

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The First Great Awakening: From a British Revival to the American Revolution

January 30, 2017

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By linking the choice of new birth with his audience’s choice of a new American identity, British evangelist George Whitefield provided a common American experience that unified diverse colonists who lacked a common identity

By linking the choice of new birth with his audience’s choice of a new American identity, British evangelist George Whitefield provided a common American experience that unified diverse colonists who lacked a common identity

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Revival and Moral Philosophy: A Puritan Vision for American Higher Education

January 24, 2017

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The leaders of these colleges were key to a surprising intellectual synthesis of revival and common-sense moral philosophy that dominated American thinking from 1790 to 1865 and which led to the remarkable Christianization of American society.

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Paparazzi in the Hands of an Angry God: The Great Awakening and the Birth of American Celebrity Culture

January 20, 2017

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Think the fiery Puritan who preached America’s most famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of Angry God,” would threaten to dangle celebrities over the pit of hell? Think again.

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The Holy Spirit and the Liberal Arts: The Future of Two-Handed Higher Education

March 28, 2016

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The common perception that orthodoxy finally prevailed because of “One Athanasius against the world” is far too individualistic an interpretation. The battle was actually, “One Christian college against their culture.” And the Christian college won.

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What does the University have to do with Prayer?

January 21, 2016

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In a generation hungering for intimacy at an unprecedented level, can we offer students pathways to encounter the Father’s transforming love? In a generation flocking to supernatural movies, television shows, and video games, can our campus ministries help students experience the kingdom of God breaking into the world in ways that defy all natural explanation?

In a generation hungering for intimacy at an unprecedented level, can we offer students pathways to encounter the Father’s transforming love? In a generation flocking to supernatural movies, television shows, and video games, can our campus ministries help students experience the kingdom of God breaking into the world in ways that defy all natural explanation?

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

March 26, 2015

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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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Jonathan Edwards Goes to Movies: What Story Structure Teaches Us About Religious Affections

February 20, 2015

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The inciting event presents the hero with a decision: Shall I continue in the relative comfort of my business-as-usual life, or risk pursuing a new and more dangerous goal? A lot like Lent is designed to do…

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Spirit-empowered Leadership and the ‘Dangerous Unity’ of Prayer

September 23, 2014

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Is it possible God releases the ministry of his Holy Spirit on earth primarily when and where his help is specifically requested by His people?

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Honeymoon from Hell: Micro-Worldviews and the Volcano in Your Backyard

June 26, 2014

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No one ever plans on a volcanic eruption in their own backyard, but it isn’t as uncommon as one might think. Not when there are so many unseen forces at work in the depths of our worldview. Just ask Jeannie and Kevin about their honeymoon…

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Connecting to God in Hollywood, the Ivy League, and Beyond

February 25, 2014

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Spiritual disciplines are designed not so much to “get you somewhere” in your career as much as to keep you alive spiritually in a constantly shifting landscape of success and failure.

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Casablanca and the Four Levels of Worldview: Why Everyone Meets at Rick’s

May 7, 2013

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y changing the foundational story of Rick’s life from that of a self-centered love-betrayed to the story of a other-centered love renewed, Ilsa transforms Rick’s values and rule of life as well. (Part 2 in revised and updated series, “Hollywood and Higher Education.” Includes 6 movie clips.

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Bezalel Rising: Gary David Stratton Speaks at Princeton on Hollywood Storytelling and Culture-Making Communities of Faith, by Sue Yonker

March 10, 2013

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Bezalel was called to create art worthy of bearing the presence of God (Exodus 35), and to do so in a Spirit-empowered learning community of masters and apprentices. To flourish in the 21st century and bring life to a floundering culture, our churches, colleges, and seminaries must learn to foster ‘Bezalel communities’ that bear the […]

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