Monthly Archives: February 2010

18 posts

Introduction to the Reel Jesus

Tonight is the first film in our local series “The Reel Jesus.” Here are my opening words. Reel Jesus Introduction Good evening. My name is Christian Brady and I am dean of the Schreyer Honors College and on behalf of the State College Theatre and the Film Collective I welcome you to the Reel Jesus Film Festival. In a moment I will outline the events of our evening, but first a few words about this […]

Ryken interviewed by CT

There is a very good interview with Wheaton College’s new president Philip Ryken on CT online. You can read it all here. A snippet relevant to my earlier comments. What do you think the role of college president will demand from you that being the pastor of a large church didn’t? One of the main things that being a college president will demand from me that being a church pastor does not is a much […]

Phil Ryken named as 8th President of Wheaton College

The news came out this weekend that Dr. Philip Ryken will be the Eighth President of Wheaton College. I met Phil while at Oxford, he arrived a year before we did and left (as I recall) a year before us as well. He is clearly a very intelligent individual and has been very prolific in his writing. Made all the more remarkable since his 30 books have been published while a full time pastor at […]

What’s the buzz, tell me what’s a-happening?

This post is not a reference to Jesus Christ Superstar or the upcoming “Reel Jesus” film festival we are putting on here in State College. Rather it is a reference to Google Buzz. I have not taken the time learn much about it other than that there is outrage about privacy concerns. (Really? With our beneficent Google? Who would have thought it?) But I did come across this very prescient summation. The original version of […]

The Discipline of Lent

Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a  season of penitence and fasting. This is season of Lent provided  a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy   Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of  notorious sins, had been separated from the […]

Ambassador Richard Butler

Originally posted on my university blog. This is what makes being in a university (and an honors college) so much fun. Meeting folks who have made and been a part of history. Tonight we had our inaugural speaker in the Honors Faculty Colloquium Ambassador Richard Butler. Ambassador Butler is Penn State’s Distinguished Scholar of International Peace and Security in the School for International Affairs. You may recall that in addition to being a four-time ambassador for […]

Should information be free? (Or: giving away your education)

Tony Pittman of Real Tech is in an interesting conversation regarding whether or not information should be free and, specifically what is the model being developed by universities that are places courses online. The commentator wrote: Based on what I heard about Harvard and MIT offering free classes, I extended the question a bit and asked myself, “Should information, namely higher education, be free?” The goal of these universities and others, according to the OpenCourseWare […]