weekly review, the dell returns edition

If you follow me on Twitter (and happened to catch the few tweets that mentioned my plight), you know I’ve been without my beloved Dell laptop for a week. The extended warranty expires on Tuesday, so I figured it was high time to count up the computer’s various issues and send it for some free service.

It arrived back today and looks like a stinkin’ new computer. Pretty fun. And it runs better than the laptop I had been able to borrow (though I’m very thankful for that opportunity). Between that computer and my iPhone, it really wasn’t that bad a week.

In any case, this was good timing for constructing another “week in review” of the online conversations that connect with our field! If you ever find a discussion that connects to our field, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

College ministers learning along the way: Matt McComas has now posted twice on the adjustments involved in changing from a “cowtown” resident to an “urban hipster” (in his words). The posts (first and second) are asking some great questions and drawing some great comments – definitely worth a look. Meanwhile, Mark Warrington points out what he’s learned in his first year as a church-based college minister, after serving for a few years before that in other contexts.

An evangelism tool from the IV world: Canadian Inter-Varsity staff member Tom Greentree provides a helpful look at a staple of IV ministry: the “Investigative Bible Study.” Check it out for a helpful primer on this aspect – AND a great evangelistic tool.

Books worth discovering: Two more “best reads of 2009” lists came out from big people connected to our field: Tim Elmore and Derek Melleby. Elmore’s post also includes what he plans to read in 2010.

Books and more worth suggesting to students: Byron Borger reviews a bunch of daily devotionals – which may be worth pointing your students to, particularly here at the front of 2010! Meanwhile, Donald Opitz at the Academic Faithfulness blog points students to a John Updike short-story entitled The Christian Roommates. Sounds like a good read for urging / discussing making the most of the college years – including beyond the classroom.

Helping collegians think about grad school / seminary: Wheaton English prof Alan Jacobs posts (and links) thoughts for students about attending (or not attending) grad school. While he focuses on English / the Humanities, its principles are quite adaptable – especially when he starts talking about how to choose a school (which would be helpful for those headed to seminary, too). (HT: Scot McKnight) JesusCreed also takes up the discussion, specifically about counseling students about spending their seminary years well – and pointing to some good resources for helping our future seminarians.

Souls in Transition: All week, Scot McKnight has been discussing “emerging adults” (those 18-29), in response to Christian Smith’s Souls in Transition. As always, it’s worth reading both these posts at the JesusCreed blog and the comments they attract. Here’s the list:

  1. Part 1: Introduction
  2. Part 2: The cultural world of emerging adults
  3. Part 3: Trends affecting emerging adults’ religious leanings
  4. Part 4: The comparative reliosity of emerging adults
  5. Part 5: The religious expression of emerging adults

The Recession Generation: Scot McKnight also pens a brief post on how the present economic climate might impact our students for life. Interesting to ponder.

And around these parts…: Finally, here at Exploring College Ministry, my post on dealing with TOO MANY good ideas seemed to be encouraging to some college ministers! Hooray! I followed it with a couple of posts on how to decide which ideas to use (start here for that). I also had the chance to guest blog elsewhere about “The Art of Brainstorming” – start here for that timely discussion as 2010 is getting underway!


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