Nathan Branson

Why Freshman Composition Teachers Should Encourage Students to Write About Their Anxiety

Freshman Composition As a Space for Self-Reflection

“Hey Mr. Branson. Is it OK if I write my essay about the effects of divorce on children? My parents are divorced, and I want to write about the impact that divorce has on a child.

For my freshman composition class, I let students write about whatever they want to write about as long as they provide me with a realistic outline. As . . .

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June 04, 2020

Reading "Every Moment Holy": A Step Towards Seeing Monday to Friday as Sacred

Liturgy for Busy 21st Century Americans

When the topic of “reading liturgy” comes up among Christians it is often associated with corporate worship (“Does that church read liturgy during the service?”) rather than personal reading (“Do you read liturgy?”) I haven’t attended a church that regularly reads liturgy since I was 15 years old. I spend my early years in a Methodist church . . .

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October 30, 2019

Prayer Helps Us Overcome Anxieties and Random Phobias

I have a phobia of standing in front of people for long periods of time. It’s a different version of the public speaking phobia. In fact, I am less nervous about speaking in front of people than I am about standing there with no particular task to do. So when my friend John Creger asked me to be a groomsman in his wedding, this fear was the . . .

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October 16, 2015