Archives for April, 2012

Young Adult Fiction on the Move with “The Hunger Games” and New Baseball Novels

Young adult fiction is moving these days. That is, story lines are including an interesting amount of sport and culture-related themes. From the archery in "The Hunger Games" to new books about baseball, Janis Flint-Ferguson, professor of English and Education who specializes in young adult literature, sees young readers gravitating toward books with which they can best identify. As part of her Read full article »

Why Immigration Issues Are Complicated

In this week's Capital Commentary from the Center for Public Justice, Ruth Melkonian-Hoover, associate professor/chair of political science, addresses the complexities of immigration reform policies. In her article, "Prosecutorial Discretion on Illegal Immigration: Prudent or Punting?" she explores both the current administration strategies as well as responses from the Christian community: By Ruth Melkonian-Hoover, April 20, 2012 "In the past year, the Obama Read full article »

Finding Hope—and Leadership Examples—In the Movies

Christian hope can be found throughout the media, even in pop culture, says Nathan Baxter, associate professor of communication arts. This semester in his selected topics course called, "Group and Leadership Communication," Baxter and his students have explored theories and examples of leadership in various media. In one section of the class, they've looked at specific films that reflect the Read full article »

What Young People Offer the Church

Youth ministry needs a new way of thinking, says Sharon Ketcham, associate professor of Christian ministries. On April 5, the national organization Youth Specialties sent an independent videographer to Gordon to interview Ketcham for an upcoming training event aimed at youth workers. Ketcham’s scholarship explores biblical and theological perspectives on the role of community in shaping the faith of young Read full article »

Beyond Salvation: The Writing Life of William Booth

100 years after his death, William Booth (1829–1912) is remembered for the role he played in founding the Salvation Army, the evangelical organization that now operates in more than 120 countries. What few people know, though, is that Booth was also a prolific author, writing articles and speeches on topics such as Christian doctrine and women in ministry. Roger J. Green, professor Read full article »

Health Care’s ‘Civil’ Discourse

In another Capital Commentary, Tim Sherratt, professor of political science, offers a unique perspective on the recent hearings before the Supreme Court concerning the issues of health care. In it, he writes that the best examples of a democratic process were on display this past week in Washington, D.C., becoming perhaps un expected role model for elected officials on the Read full article »