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Remarkable studies in the New Testament have recovered the fact that the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, was apocalyptic good news--God´s redemptive action within history. Today, for more and more people, the sheer scope of an evolutionary universe renders life on Earth as utterly insignificant, religion as nothing more than superstition. And now, in the Anthropocene, we on the pale blue dot live in an apocalyptic age in which cataclysmic issue after cataclysmic issue threaten the future of the planet. The faith of the early church was in an apocalyptic cosmic Christ unleashing within history God´s good news of a new creation. Set within the world as we now know it, this gives meaning to the cosmos and life wherever it is found around any star. Screened from view for over a millennium during mission to non-apocalyptic cultures, now is the time for a new paradigm for church, the ´´´´apocalyptic church´´´´ for an apocalyptic age to replace the denominational church. What a difference this makes to faith, worship, and the role of the church in an apocalyptic future. ´´´´It´s time! Dean Drayton argues that it is time to recognize that the Christian faith must express itself through a recovery of an apocalyptic gospel. It is time to come to terms with our place in an ever-expanding universe and the threats posed by the Anthropocene. It is no longer sufficient to fall back on understandings of an Enlightenment-derived self and a denominational Christ.´´´´ --Clive Pearson, United Theological College ´´´´Dean Drayton has written a monumental, extraordinary work. Dean is a geologist, a pastor, a theologian, a leader, a deep thinker, and a good friend. He has written a remarkable book that stands among the best of books. You will discover helpful, hopeful wisdom and insights, compassion and scholarship, common sense and new thought. The book will bless you, your friends and family, and the whole of humanity.´´´´ --Kennon L. Callahan, Theologian, Author, Pastor Dean Drayton is an adjunct research professor of the Public and Contextual Theology Research Unit (PaCT) of Charles Sturt University, Canberra. He is the author of Pilgrim in the Cosmos (1995) and Which Gospel? (2005). He was national president of the Uniting Church in Australia (2003-06). A geophysicist ordained in the ´´´´Death of God´´´´ era, he has been actively involved as a minister of the Uniting Church in the practice and teaching of mission and evangelism.
Is the end in sight for college tuition hikes? Tuition and fees at public colleges and universities consistently have risen twice or even three times as fast as comparable increases in the Consumer Price Index in recent years. Since 2000 these costs have even grown 60 percent faster than health care costs. The results have been rapidly rising student debt (now $1.4 trillion nationally), rising delinquencies in debt repayment, and a dysfunctional stratification of public college student bodies on the basis of family incomes. This is a broken, unsustainable model for the majority of public colleges. Why has this occurred? The multiple causes include declining state support, the avaricious behavior of individual institutions, their reluctance to adopt productivity-increasing innovations, their cost-increasing competition for higher U.S. News ratings, and misdirected federal student financial aid policies. The key actors are the 50,000 members of the governing boards of public colleges, who too often forget that their primary responsibility is to citizens, taxpayers, and the 15 million students. Instead, board members are co-opted by clever administrators into approving tuition and fee increases well beyond what is needed to make up for declining state funding. Concerted, informed public pressure on governors, legislators, and board members is necessary to move institutions in more positive directions. Higher education funding and tuition and fee inflation are complicated matters that very few people understand well. The Impoverishment of the American College Student clarifies the central issues and provides plentiful data to support its key points. It is a must-read for anyone who believes that maintaining access to and the affordability of public colleges are vitally important to our society´s future.
Priscilla Buckley is probably known for her long and admired tenure as managing editor of the conservative political journal National Review, founded in the 1950s by her brother, William F. Buckley, Jr. But in String of Pearls we meet a different Priscilla, young Pitts Buckley, just out of Smith, eager for the next step up from the college paper to ´´real´´ journalism. There she is, in her proper wool suit, her cashmere sweater, and in her string of pearls, notebook at the ready, United Press Radio News Department´s fledgling employee. The war in Europe was winding to its close. For Buckley, the atmosphere in UP´s New York offices was a heady one; the journalists worked furiously but had time to play practical jokes, stage mock battles on the newsroom floor, and treasure the funny stories that haste and tension engender. Young Priscilla fit right in; she made friends, wrote copy for the reporters to read on the air (´´Keep the sentences short!´´), and joined in the fun and frequent hilarity. It was a demanding, sometimes heartbreaking, and always vibrant period. The author was pleased a few years later to be offered a job at the Paris bureau of United Press. The young writer who has spent some of her girlhood years living in prewar France with her parents and her numerous siblings found a different Paris at war´s end: scars of the prolonged occupation were everywhere. It was a poignant time, but for Priscilla and her friends there was laughter and comic misadventures as well, and she shares them, along with varied characters gathered at United Press at the time, with us. Buckley´s stay in Paris was cut short by a summons from brother Bill: Would she be interested in working with him on the new magazine he was starting? Thus ended her UP days, and this began a new and glowing journalistic career. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marguerite Gavin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001122/bk_blak_001122_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Most of us see sports as a welcome - even blessed - relief from the challenges and frustrations of everyday life. We want to sit back, open a beer, and enjoy the game. But many of those who bring us the game have a different agenda - they use their broadcasting platforms to harangue us with their own politically correct preoccupations. If a seventh-round NFL draft pick who can´t make the team or an over-the-hill basketball player declares he´s gay, he gets wall-to-wall media coverage and is hailed as a hero. If a stripper accuses college lacrosse players of rape, liberal sports reporters lead the lynch mob - with no apologies when the bearers of ´´white privilege´´ are proven innocent. In his blistering new audiobook, Bias in the Booth, sports reporter and commentator Dylan Gwinn takes you inside the sports media spin machine to reveal what they hope you won´t notice: The sports media are no different from the news and entertainment media. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric A. Urban. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/034538/bk_acx0_034538_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What would Jesus do if he visited your college campus? Walk around? Read books and drink coffee? Or would he preach the Gospel? As Christians, we are called to bring the truth of God and everything the Lord has taught us to the people around us. At times, this may be difficult because of our lack of biblical teaching on evangelism. This book is designed to show people how simple it is to fulfill the Great Commission, even in their daily lives. As an individual is led by the Holy Spirit, power and deliverance are brought forth in mighty ways and the fire of God is displayed. Evangelism does not have to be a burdensome act, but rather an enjoyable adventure with Jesus. Whether you are a new believer or a world-renowned evangelist, the teachings in this book are simple, yet profound. Everything from tracts to open-air preaching is discussed while referencing the scriptures. A successful soldier has proven techniques for battle, and so should we if we are to be successful evangelists. Not only for college students, this book can be used by anyone that so desires to spread the good news of God´s salvation. By the grace of God, may we all listen and obey the words of the apostle Paul and ´´do the work of an evangelist´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Crockett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/063044/bk_acx0_063044_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Going to college or university is an exciting yet daunting experience for many students. It´s exciting because you can study interesting subjects, make new friends, and pursue new hobbies in college. But it´s also daunting, because in order to get a successful academic education, you will have to accept personal responsibility for a task for which you have received little or no special training in school. This task requires you to manage your own learning or to become an active, independent, and self-motivated student when it comes to planning, conducting, and evaluating your academic work. For example, it´s up to you whether you go to lectures in the first place. And it´s up to you whether you spend your time studying in the library or going to the shops. And it´s your business, not that of your lecturers, to make sure that you don´t fall behind in your studies. Put simply, if you don´t want your free time in college to become wasted time, you will have to master a number of study skills that were not taught earlier in school. For example, you will have to learn to listen and write at the same time when taking lecture notes in class. And you´ll have to learn to study effectively - or read with a question in mind. Of course, you´ll also have to master the art of getting down to study regardless of the mood you´re in. But most of all, you´ll have to learn to think for yourself - the true hallmark of an educated mind.Put simply, as you can see, your biggest challenge in the years ahead is to manage your own learning effectively. The good news is that by listening to this audio presentation, you´ve already taken a step in the right direction. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Emma Thurston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/cool/000003/bk_cool_000003_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Is a college education worth tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of dollars? Is an Ivy League school any better than your local college? Do those rankings really mean anything? How can you understand the system to have a better chance of getting in? You´ll hear some fascinating information and get some very surprising answers in this special collection from the pages of The Atlantic, much of it written by current and former college presidents.Articles included are: ´´Who Needs Harvard?´´ by Gregg Easterbrook. An excellent education can be had far beyond the Ivies. ´´What Does College Teach?´´ by Richard Hersh, former president of Trinity College and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. ´´Is There Life After Rankings?´´ by Colin Diver, the president of Reed College. Why one school shuns the U.S. News ranking system. ´´The Third Way´´ by Richard Freeland, the president of Northeastern University. More and more students are choosing to combine elements of liberal arts and professional training. ´´Independent Counsel´´ by Nicholas Confessore. Is the expensive expertise of private admissions consultants worth the cost? ´´The Best Class Money Can Buy´´ by Matthew Quirk. The rise of the ´´enrollment manager´´ and colleges´ cutthroat quest for a competitive advantage. ´´Does Meritocracy Work?´´ by Ross Douthat. No - not if society and colleges keep failing to distinguish between wealth and merit. 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/atla/000002/pe_atla_000002_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With college costs continuing to skyrocket, many students (and parents) find themselves scrambling to pay for higher education. Unfortunately, a large percentage of these families find their savings fall short, and are forced to dig themselves into a massive hole of student loans. This is a hole that may take them decades to escape after they graduate college. Understandably, then, students faced with this prospect decide to search for a different method of financing their college education. The good news is, it is completely possible to graduate college for free, or at least at a dramatically reduced expense. There are several different options available for those who wish to graduate college for free. Some of these options are more feasible for the average student than others. For those of you who would prefer not to spend the better part of $100,000 for a degree, the primary choices are an athletic scholarship, military funding, or a merit scholarship. This audiobook will primarily focus on merit scholarships. For more good news, you do not have to be a certifiable genius in order to win a major merit scholarship, which can give you a free full-ride education at many different universities. The National Merit Scholarship Program is the most well-known of these major scholarship programs. When you take the PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), you begin the competition process. Levels of awards in the National Merit Program are Commended Student, Semifinalist, Finalist, and National Merit Scholar. Even earning a semifinalist placement can lead to a scholarship for free tuition at many major universities, while a full-fledged National Merit Scholar can receive free tuition, free room and board, and a stipend as well at some schools. Now, some brilliant students fail to win a National Merit Scholarship. And, some surprisingly ´´average´´ students do win a National Merit Scholarship, allowing them to attend college at little o 1. Language: English. Narrator: C.J. McAllister. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/119070/bk_acx0_119070_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.