Leadership and Transformation

Leadership is leadership, but context is still king. I lead differently in church ministry than I do in my day job, but several principles superintend both contexts.  Two items have been particularly helpful in providing thought-fodder lately: 5 Voices: How to Communicate Effectively with Everyone You Lead, by Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram.  I’ll review…

Still Converging: Information Services in the Library

This collection of case studies (see below) is now almost 10 years old and the studies it contains are at least that old if not older. The idea of convergence and collaboration in campus information services, however, continues to drive the current operations and future planning of most academic libraries even today, and probably rightly so. A cursory…

Compassionate Disfiguration? The Story of 16th C. Executioner Frantz Schmidt.

Frantz Schmidt was, for 45 years, employed by the state to extract confessions and execute criminals–361 of them, to be exact. He tortured, flogged, and disfigured hundreds more, the details of which are chronicled in his private journal with blunt matter-of-fact. Modern published editions of his journal reflect no moral confusion resulting from his numerous…

The English Puritan Thomas Brooks

Yesterday was the 326th anniversary of the death of Thomas Brooks (d. 1680), an non-conformist English clergyman. He preached a series of sermons on Lamentations 3:24 that were eventually compiled and published in 1662 as An Ark for All God’s Noahs in a Gloomy Stormy Day. I discovered this passage while I waited during a…

New Book: Brand Luther

A fascinating and well-researched look at “how an unheralded monk turned his small town into a center of publishing, made himself the most famous man in Europe, and started the Protestant Reformation.” Andrew Pettegree’s scholarly works continue to prove helpful. Luther thought that the printing press would usher in the end times due to its…

The Reformation and Erasmus’s Greek Testament

I’m not sure how I missed this, but a new exhibit opened at the Dunham Bible Museum at Houston Baptist University back in January, 2016. “Renaissance of the Bible: Erasmus’s Greek text, a foundation for Reformation” commemorates the 500th anniversary of the publication of Erasmus’s Novum Instrumentum, the first publication of the printed Greek New Testament…

UNESCO and Luther’s 95 Theses

Though I am planning a return trip to Wittenberg, Germany, next year to attend and hopefully present a paper at the 2017 Research Consortium of the Refo500 conference on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther and his 95 theses, tomorrow, March 17, would be an historic day to visit as well. 14 early writings of the…

Cotton Mather: The First American Evangelical

The first American evangelical: A short life of Cotton Mather Rick Kennedy; William B. Eerdmans 2015 WorldCat•LibraryThing•Google Books•BookFinder  New to the OBU Library comes this title from Eerdmans on the American Puritan pastor and scholar, Cotton Mather, from the North End of Boston in late 17th Century.  Contents: The last decades of Puritan Boston, 1663-1674…

Using Public Discourse to Change Politics

The Politics of Common Sense: How Social Movements Use Public Discourse to Change Politics and Win Acceptance Deva R. Woodly; Oxford University Press 2015 WorldCat•LibraryThing•Google Books•BookFinder  New to the OBU Library.  This is not a review, but the title seems particularly relevant to this election cycle.

Now, Where Was I?

A great deal has transpired since this site was last active almost four years ago.  When we last left our heroes (Rocky and Bullwinkle reference, anyone?), I was on the library staff at the James P. Boyce Centennial Library of Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY.  The summer of 2012 brought me to a new chapter…

Of Shelving and Shelvers

  This little guide from ALA series for the “busy librarian” is perhaps the most succinctly helpful book on the topic of training those who reshelve books in the library.  A tedious task, to be sure, but is there a more needful one?  Patricia Tunstall is a reference assistant at a public library in Illinois…

Making Sense of Yet Another Guide

Making sense: a student’s guide to research and writing : religious studies Margot Northey; Oxford University Press 2012 WorldCat•LibraryThing•Google Books•BookFinder Oxford University Press has developed a series of discipline-specific guides built from the more generic 2007 guide to research and writing of the same name. This particular volume reiterates the approach recommended there and applies…