The Advanced Theological Studies Fellowship

The Advanced Theological Studies Fellowship at the Theologische Universiteit Kampen in The Netherlands is amazing. Every year the university invites a handful of PhD students from around the world to spend four weeks at the university studying, researching, and writing, followed by a summary paper presentation to the university community. Travel to and from The…

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 Baptist History Rap Redux

Andrew, one of my students in Baptist History and Theology, recorded this take on the Baptist History Rap for extra credit. The original was recorded by Ashley Unzicker who gave permission for me to offer this as extra credit in my classes and now a student has finally taken me up on the offer.

The iPad Pro: Library Research & Article Annotation

I am a university CIO who began as a tech-oriented librarian. I now get to dream about innovative ways that libraries (information resources) and campus technology (information systems and services) can collaborate and collide to make new things possible. But I also retain a foot in the academic world as I try (emphasize on try)…

The iPad Pro: Writing and Reference Management

Using Microsoft Word is like shopping for a washing machine—it has more features than you need, has features you need but aren’t satisfied with, and it seems to break down more than it should. But, it’s ubiquitous and sometimes must be used. Not too many years ago Word for the iPad was such a pared…

3 Weeks with the iPad Pro: First Thoughts

From Windows 3.1 through Windows XP, I was a Microsoft man.  Then in 2001, as if someone threw a switch, in the midst of fighting against XP for some task that I though should have been simpler than it was, I decided to jump ship.  The Mac suite of products wasn’t an option for me…

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…

Before you become too entranced with gorgeous gadgets and mesmerizing video displays, let me remind you that information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other, and we need them all. —  Arthur C. Clarke

Technology, the Humanities, and the University

A recent article asking, “Whither the Digital Humanities?,” observed an incredibly helpful distinction between emerging and emergent use of technology in the humanities. The emerging use of technology in the humanities was all about the rise of the machines (see Meredith Hindley’s article in Humanities, July/August 2013), and is best illustrated by an Italian Jesuit priest…

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.