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Beating the College Debt Trap: Getting a Degree Without Going Broke

Dr. Alex Chediak, a professor of engineering and physics at California Baptist University has written a book that, I believe, should be read by all students and parents prior to making decisions about college. He has provided a very accessible book that provides the reader with valuable information and wise counsel regarding choosing a major, student loans, working while a student, budgeting, and finding a job after graduation.

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A Sacramental Perspective on Creativity and the Arts

I am afraid that we have relegated Christianity to something in our mind and lost the sense of how holistic redemption is, how God communicates what Christianity is through the images that he has given to his church. There is a felt flatness to some versions of Christianity, not an embodied invitation to a historic sacramental Christianity. The historic images that God has given to his church are not the practices that usually come to our mind when we think of what it means to be a Christian.


Beauty and Life in the Garden

Christians talk all the time about Eden and rightfully so, yet, it usually is just to set the scene for the upcoming drama rather than be a part of the drama itself. But when we come seeking God’s agenda rather than pushing our own, we see that Eden is not just a backdrop for the world’s beginnings, it is a theology lecture in garden form. In every tree, plant, and fruit, God is explaining who he is and who we are. And as the true artist, he speaks to us through the garden’s form and function.


A Glorious Dark

It is the tension between belief and experience that Portland, Oregon-based pastor, professor, and author A.J. Swoboda explores in A Glorious Dark. In it, a means of navigating between these poles is identified: hope. And yet, Swoboda does not offer this as a huckster’s panacea, but rather, as a sincere solution – one characterized more by grit than gloss.