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The Distinctive Culture of a University

Our society is constantly trying to measure the distinctions among colleges and...


A Universal Yearning for Freedom

A week ago two essays appeared in separate newspapers — The Wall Street...


We All Need Solitude

I found myself remarking to a colleague and friend the other day that “I am...


Can We Really Multitask?

Each year in late December David Brooks gives out what he calls the Sydney...


Putting Out Into the Deep

I serve on the national board of the National Association Of Independent...


A Way of Being Human We Never Imagined Before

In his latest book titled After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters,...


What Might Be the Lessons From Chile?

We are still groping to understand the extraordinary sense of triumph as each of...


Parthenon

What Happens When the Culture Collapses?

In her weekly Saturday column in The Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan alerted...


John Henry Newman

John Henry Newman and the Soul of the University

I recognize it has been some weeks since I have been active on the blog. I am...


Broken People and the Problem of Community

It was warm in Seattle last night. This is the season for the long evenings in...


Colliding Maps

Choosing Our Stories Carefully

I have written and spoken at length about a comment made on my campus some years...


King James, the Big Decision, and What to Do About Character

The over-hyped LeBron James circus is finally over. We can all take a deep...


Team USA plays Ghana in the 2010 World Cup

Soccer and the Meaning of America

I begin writing these reflections on Saturday morning several hours before the...


Video: A Message to Friends

Watch this brief video of President Philip W. Eaton. He shares some of his...


Can Politics Ever Provide the Solutions We Need?

I am sorry I’ve had to be away from the blog for a few weeks. I have been...


One Final Note on Character, Part IV

One Christmas Eve a couple of years ago, as we began a joyous dinner in our home...


On Character and Education Again, Part III

When I was a young faculty member some years ago we often engaged in some fairly...


On Teaching Character, Part II

Last week on the blog I was reflecting on the profound discouragement we all...


Can We Actually Teach Character Anymore?

It’s Saturday morning, my time for catching up on things, for some reading and...


Can We Actually Choose the Stories by Which We Live?

I have written and spoken at length about a comment made on my campus some years...


My Top Five (Or 10) Book Lists

I have put together a list of My Top Five Books. I have also included a list of...


The Reverend Martin Luther King, Suffering, Hope, and Haiti

Over the last few days, we have been assaulted with the horrifying images of...


Five Traits of a Great Leader

I have been thinking and writing lately about leadership. I don’t usually...


The Hammer, the Train Set, and the BB Gun

Our vivacious, ever-so-verbal, 2-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter, Esmee, told...


It’s Not That Easy Being Green

Kermit the Frog once said so eloquently, “It’s not that easy being...


Video: Are God and Santa Claus Neighbors?

Watch President Eaton’s new video on the biblical imagination and...


Is This the Season to Be Worried?

I am worried. I am worried that people are worried. I am worried that people...


Video: Where Joy, Mystery, and Beauty Meet

President Eaton braves a Seattle rain in his newest video that explores where...


Ashton Kutcher’s Got Four Million Followers

A few of my students have given me a bad time for ragging on texting. For the...


Is There Anyone Anymore Who Will Tell Us How to Write Well?

William Strunk? E.B. White? The Elements Of Style? Does anyone remember those...


People of Faith and the Presumption of Pluralism

I’ve been delighted by the amount and quality of the responses from so many...


What Does It Mean to Separate Faith and Culture?

When John G. Roberts was nominated in July 2005 to become the Chief Justice of...


Found at Starbucks: A Latte and a Big Idea

Watch President Eaton’s newest video about his conversation with a...


Lincoln Spoke for Two Minutes and Changed the World

This last week we did a lot of reading and talking together on campus about the...


Deep Nerves on Health Care

The debate over health care in America seems to have touched some very deep...


In My Absence

It has been a few weeks since I’ve been able to write a post for this blog. I...


Video: Why Community Matters

Watch President Philip W. Eaton’s newest video describing why the best...


Our Hour Upon the Stage

It seems like a lot of people are dying these days. I had that thought this...


Focusing Again on What Really Matters

I’ve been thinking lately that we just have to focus on what really matters....


Really Good Food — and Changing the World

Is it possible that cooking good food can change the world? Or that eating such...


Summer Days With Nietzsche and Hopkins

I am taking a few days of vacation in August, and I love it. Once we get into a...


Living in a World of Colliding Maps

The late, great Jewish novelist Chaim Potok said on my campus some years ago...


To The Moon And Back

I find myself imagining the hundreds of thousands of scientists, engineers,...


Where Does World Change Begin?

I recently attended a fundraising breakfast sponsored by a fine organization in...


What’s The News Today?

The news moves fast these days. The afternoon of Michael Jackson’s sudden...


Energized by Your Comments

I hope you are engaging with me on some of these ideas in this blog. I launched...


Madoff in Hell

Bernie Madoff stood before the judge today for sentencing and received a...


Leading With Grace — What Really Matters

David Hubbard, longtime president at Fuller Seminary, was a towering figure for...


The Encounter: Why We Need Great Teachers

A hugely important person in my life died this week. And I’ve been thinking a...


The Biblical Imagination and the Economy? Really?

“Nobody knows. Nobody knows. Nobody knows” — this was the answer, from a...


Where Does Joy Come From?

I was in Jackson, Mississippi recently, and as I sat waiting in a van outside...


So . . . What’s This Blog All About?

I have this intense desire to carry on a conversation about things that matter...