The Sam B. Hall Jr. Lectureship has been a feature on the ETBU campus since 1993 when it and the professorship were started. This year we will have a banquet and guest lecturer from The University of Mary Hardin Baylor, Dr. J. David Holcomb. His talk on the implications of recent Supreme Court decisions for religious liberties will capture some attention and provoke discussion. The event is on February 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the Jarrett Library. Call 903.923.2083 for ticket information.
February 7, 2010
June 20, 2009
At ETBU we cannot know the limits to the good that is to come from being intentional about our learning as a continual act of faith and grace. It must be so because our learning belongs to life, and if our lives are in Christ, then we are in Christ, and in learning, because of faith and grace. It is our discipleship, our obedience as his followers.
March 15, 2009
It IS way past time to comment on the real news in ETBU Mass Communication: Dr. Roe and his students have ETBU radio streaming online, and TV lab training soon promises to expand in local partnerships; Dr. Franklin and his “greater debaters” (so they call themselves) have been acquitting themselves well on the collegiate debate circuit (including a team first-place tournament victory at SHSU this winter); and Mrs. Brenda Allums and her journalism crew have the campus newspaper in fine shape this year — and it’s coming online in April 2009. There are many good things happening in this expanding program!
February 7, 2009
Class discussions the other day turned my thinking to the moral and ethical interrelationships of politics, economics, community, and ecology. These do all hang together in a concept of ecumene. No news to anyone, I suppose, but if any of us thought that our decisions, based as they are sometimes on selfishness and greed, had no consequences for anyone else, the news always proves us wrong. No wonder we need to be reminded that our general individual and corporate wretchedness needs not only redemption but considerable discipline in redemptive community. That’s all the more reason, then, to make sure the walls of the church do not restrict the living, breathing church from drawing others into the circle of trust, under the tent of life. There is no solitary redemption.
August 31, 2008
Welcome back to ETBU Dr. Frank Lower! Dr. Lower is teaching three courses while the department seeks God’s best person for the position Dr. Dennis Robertson left when he became V.P. for Student Affairs here. (You can hear) Dr. Lower every day on KMHT – Marshalll 103.9 FM. It’s another exciting transition year with radio and television program development ongoing in an exciting department.
August 28, 2008
May 27, 2008
Our travel-study group returned to Texas at DFW airport on Friday evening May 23rd, after an active, intense trip. Most of us were “pretty healthy”, though China’s air pollution had depressed the upper respiratory systems! So: Beijing, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Xi’an, and then back through Beijing (with an extra night due to an unworkable airport transfer) — what of it all? And what of our presence in Xi’an during the three national days or mourning for the Sichuan earthquake victims? Let me suggest a metaphor for the entire trip, which we had to re-route just before departure anyway. Speaking urbanely, the term protean works (the simpler word is changeableness) from the Greek sea-god Proteus who could change shapes. Or, as D. Wainscott took to saying, “flexibility” in the face of possible diversions, delays, or frustrations. Altogether we could accept surprises and perhaps serendipities, and there were some, even to the last when we spent yet another afternoon and evening of group bonding, unplanned, at the Guo Du (Sino-Swiss) hotel near Beijing airport. Did we get some needed rest, recuperate from some brief illnesses, have an in-house picnic with help from the local grocer, (watch the finals of American Idol, some of us), and get one last look at some stunning contrasts of wealth and poverty, new and old, in Developing China in the neighborhoods close by? Yes, all that. Fundamentally, though, what we had was life, but in uncustomary contexts. That’s travel, and that’s part of the aim and intention for our international programs. We will be evaluating these things more, and I’ll write some more in dialogue with our group members. Maybe some of them will respond to this posting, too.
I’ll get a photo or two up here later today.
May 4, 2008
So our plan to be in Lanzhou at our partner institution Lanzhou University of Technology will not work this year (no foreigners in Gansu Province), and our international director has us on the Beijing to Hong Kong train — only a 25-hour trip. We can do that. Let’s call it quality time for our group, and an opportunity to meet other rail travelers. Our historical focus will change from Silk Roads ancient and modern to the geopolitical and economic history of a maritime entrepot, the Hong Kong of almost seven million persons. We also get to visit our partner institution in Guangzhou (The Guangdong College of Foreign Languages and Art), just a two-hour train ride after we depart HK. But only for three or four days there, though we will be able to visit some classes, spend time with their students, faculty, and administrators, and visit some key sites in GZ. More later, especially the Travel Study China Report on the ETBU website.
April 29, 2008
That’s right. Our ETBU travel study & BSM group goes to Beijing via DFW and SFO this next Monday. Our itinerary once we are there is under reconsideration — more on that later. In reading Peter Jenkins’ eighties book Across China about his trip to Tibet, Everest base camp, and China, I noticed that he passed through Lanzhou but wrote hardly a word about it! Other places warranted more print, I guess, but, then, as the coastal Chinese say, Lanzhou is so “remote”. Not any more.
December 11, 2007
Our travel study group to China is growing and coming together along with the BSM leadership — and will get ready to go during the spring semester! Our itinerary (about May 5-22): Beijing – Lanzhou – Xi’an – and then back through Beijing. The middle part in Lanzhou – about a week – gives us some great cultural exchange and interdiscipilinary experiences in history, politics, music, communications, and the general culture. We’ll look forward to seeing Mu Yongqiang, Hou Binhua, and the good friends in the international office at the Lanzhou University of Technology, too, and they will be helping us with a lot of things while we are there.
Our travel study and many other experiences will help us all to understand the Chinese past, the fascinating Chinese present (and future), and the ways they connect together — or not. That’s a good thing to do considering that we are already in what many people are referring to as the “Chinese Century”.
More later . . .