A Baptist Catechism for Kids

When I was growing up, there was this infomercial for a countertop appliance called the Showtime Rotisserie. I can remember the salesman showing the product’s many practical uses, and after putting a whole turkey or chicken or a salmon or a pineapple or whatever inside, he and the audience would repeat the catchphrase together: “Now…setContinue reading “A Baptist Catechism for Kids”

I Was a Lost Pinky Toe in College

The college semester is back in session, and our church is seeking to minister to the flood of students who descended upon the liberal arts college a couple of blocks down the road. At 30, I am already beginning to feel that drift, as the gulf of experience between me and these young men andContinue reading “I Was a Lost Pinky Toe in College”

Grove City College: What’s in a Name?

On Sunday, Dr. Michael Coulter shared an article about higher ed institutions changing their names. He posted the playful remark: “For GCC alums: Other colleges have changed names. What if GCC renamed itself? [my preferred name: Ketler College] The ‘city’ in GCC makes some think we are a community college.” What ensued was a livelyContinue reading “Grove City College: What’s in a Name?”

The Deterioration of the Teacher & Student Relationship

College education has changed a lot in the past two decades. While the demand for bachelor’s degrees has ballooned, many institutions have struggled to keep enrollment up in an increasingly aggressive market. Extension campuses and online/modular classes have made it possible for larger universities to poach student pools who previously attended local colleges. T.V., websites, andContinue reading “The Deterioration of the Teacher & Student Relationship”

On Grove City College and Fostering a Liberal Arts Culture

It’s a shame when I hear people speak with lackluster tone about their Alma maters.  It’s almost as though college was a place they merely tolerated.  They put their heads down and plowed through to that graduation stage where they were granted the wages for all of their efforts: a diploma.  The classes were easyContinue reading “On Grove City College and Fostering a Liberal Arts Culture”

So You Are Thinking about Seminary?

[Robbie Schmidtberger is the Church Planting Resident at Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA.] Not too long ago I was hired by my Alma Mater to be a part-time admissions counselor. And let me tell you what: it is a blast! Every conversation I have is kingdom-minded. I get to talk to congregations,Continue reading “So You Are Thinking about Seminary?”