The Hand from the Sky When the Urgency is Gone
“Belief in God has to be more than mental assent, more than a cliched exercise in cognition.” ---Ann Voskamp
Recently I came home from work, very hungry. I knew there was very little to eat, no crackers, no cheese, no yogurt, no left-over spaghetti or burrito ingredients. So I got the peanut butter and bread out of the cabinet, laid it on the . . .
Does a person intentionally need to learn thankfulness?
"When one is thirsty one quenches one’s thirsty by drinking, not by reading books which treat this condition.” ----Pierre de Caussade
I’ve always thought of thankfulness as a perfunctory virtue for old people and holidays. It was something adult mothers started to develop once they had children. By the time they had grandchildren their . . .
An Old School Answer to an Common Problem
If I were speaking to 22-year-old, straight out of college teachers I would give them this piece of advice:
Find a way to write on the white board every single class.
This has been the one thing I've found that can wake up a sleepy class. I’ve taught freshman composition for 5 years now at the community college level. Like every teacher I . . .
Background Noise for the Commute or House-Work
Wrestling with questions in my faith has consistently led to growth. I have lots of questions about Christianity and how it works. Typically these questions float around subconsciously in my mind and I may randomly stumble across an answer in a book, sermon or lecture. Sometimes I write the question down and seek it out intentionally. However . . .
On Executing "Big Ideas" and Leadership
When it comes to leadership, I find that execution of a “big idea” is as important as the creation of the idea in the first place.
My senior year of college at UNCW, I came up with an idea, in which my literature professor helped me to turn into an on-campus panel discussion.
One Saturday afternoon in the spring of 2006, I emailed my UNCW . . .
Stories That Help Make Sense of the Big Questions
I work on a regular basis with people between the ages of 17 and 25. As a community college English teacher, I am tasked with helping students write the 5-paragraph essay, find credible sources online and write clearly. I walk into work every day hoping to help students enjoy writing rather than viewing it as a soul-sucking chore. However, . . .
And Less About Knowing How to Write Something That Rhymes
I started regularly writing poems in 2009 after two friends asked me to help them write song lyrics. My friends Zack, Marcus and I were sitting around a campfire late one night in the mountains. Zach was holding a guitar and Marcus was playing a banjo. Zack said “Nate, you were an English major. Do you think you teach us how to write song . . .