The Prodigal Son: The Older Brother

This year at soccer camp we have been teaching the kids about the story of the Prodigal Son during Bible time. (For those of you who are not familiar with this story, the original text can be found in Luke 15:11-32.) I am a coach/counselor for the pipsqueaks of the camp, ranging from age 6-8. Actually, this past week I had a 3 year old and a couple of 5 year old campers in my group. To my surprise and delight, their age in no way hindered them from understanding the story and the main points that they were supposed … Continue reading

Top 9 Things You’ll Miss While at College

So you’ve made it to college, the big leagues. You’ve finally gotten out of the house and on to bigger things. Actually, I’m willing to bet that your dorm room is smaller than you imagined. Anyway, that’s not the point. While there is a lot about college that is amazing and freeing, there are a few downsides, some things that are better at home. 1. A Home Cooked Meal Cafeteria food will never replace a home cooked meal. That’s just how it is. Though they try, the chefs in the caf can’t make pasta sauce like my mother. No one … Continue reading

Urban Ministry and Pastor David Beidel

From Pastor David Beidel’s blog on urban ministry at New Hope Community Church and Urban Hope NYC There is a long and beautiful road I use whenever I travel to my alma mater, Alliance Theological Seminary. Our church was conceived and an “urban promise” was made some 20 years ago on that quiet road, when God used the memory of a prayer request to break and capture my heart. A young man was temporarily living at my house when he asked our small prayer group to pray for his 10-year-old niece, who was being prostituted by her stepfather to support his crack … Continue reading

Global Worship

I’ve had the privilege of being a part of Ambassadors Football for several years now, an international soccer ministry. They put on soccer camps all around the world, and it is currently camps season in the US. Footballers from all over the globe come to the States to coach the camps, from small town Ohio, to London, to a village in Liberia. They come here for five weeks in total, one week of training and four weeks of camp. We have about 70 coaches at our training week this year, the training week being referred to as TREC (Training, Resourcing, … Continue reading

How My Internship at The Borgen Project Motivates Me to Help People Across the World

I am interning as a journalist this summer at The Borgen Project, a national campaign fighting poverty on the political level. Since interning at the nonprofit, I have realized how we can advocate worldwide change. The Borgen Project believes that our nation should be doing more to address global poverty. By contacting our nation’s leaders and urging them to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy, we not only help to secure our interests in the U.S., i.e. improve national security, expand our markets and create more U.S. jobs, we also help people across the world though thousands of … Continue reading

Perception: Coffee Shops and Book Covers

So I’m sitting outside at a local coffee shop (confession: it’s just Starbucks), and I’ve been stationed here for some time trying (and failing) to write a blog post. It was quiet and serene when I got here. Well, as quiet and serene as it can be when you’re positioned on the corner of two main roads. Slowly but surely, the place started to fill up, the customers inside spilling into my outside space. With more bodies come more noise, and to me, that means more distractions. I am first joined by a couple of women who look to be … Continue reading

Living out the School of Education’s Mission

  If you tuned in to last week’s post, you’ll remember that we discussed the School of Education’s mission and motto, SALT (Service, Academics, Leadership, and Teaching). However simple it may seem, the acronym reminds us of our calling as educators. As a matter of fact, the calling stems farther than educators, but to all believers. SERVICE As followers of Christ, we are all called to serve, and we are each called to serve in different ways. As believers, we are called to serve our neighbors, whoever they may be. As educators, we are called to serve our students, their … Continue reading

24 Tips to Save Money in College

College is expensive. Based on experience, I can tell you that saving money and making the right choices are two of the most important skills. Here are 24 tips to make saving money a little easier:  1. Budget your money. What are your expenses? How much money do you make? Allocate your money into categories for your expenses, and what is left over can go into savings, an emergency fund, and/or miscellaneous. 2. Know the average prices of items so you can comparison shop.  3. Don’t make impulse purchases. 4. Save your change and keep cash on you. 5. Take a shopping list with … Continue reading

When Being Salty is a Good Thing

What do potato chips, pistachios, peanuts, and popcorn have in common?  They all derive their most memorable flavor from the magic of salt. Food would be both bland and significantly less sweet without salt, and the same goes for life. Well, at least metaphorically. (I know, I know. That salt-makes-things-sweet bit doesn’t make sense. But trust me, it’s true. Well, trust science. Check it out.) If you’re well versed in trivia, biblical or otherwise, you know that salt is used for its preserving, healing, and seasoning properties. In Biblical times, salt was a hot commodity for trade, right up there … Continue reading

Top 10 Writing Tips from Stephen King

In March, I met Doug Heuck, publisher of Pittsburgh Quarterly. His best advice to me as a writer is to read not only great literature but books on writing. One book Heuck recommended is Stephen King’s On Writing. King’s book takes an honest look into his journey as a writer and the art of writing. I underlined, bracketed, and wrote notes throughout the book, and since reading it, I have grown as a writer. On Writing is a must-read for any writer working toward his or her dream. 10 favorite quotes: “Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door … Continue reading

Teaching: A Calling vs. Profession

So, you’ve made it this far, to college. By this point you probably have a fairly good idea of what you want to do with your life. (Well, at least I hope you do.) Now that you know what you would like to pursue as a profession, do you know your calling? They might be the same thing, and they frequently are. But it is certainly worth taking a step back to check. A profession can be anything, genuinely anything. People get paid for the craziest things. For instance, there is a hotel in Finland that has a ‘professional sleeper’ … Continue reading

Is Nyack the Place for You?

To everyone questioning whether or not they should call Nyack College their home next semester: I can’t answer that question for you, though I wish I could. It would make things a lot simpler for both of us. Knowing the answers to tough questions would also make my finals a lot easier. Alas, I do not have that ability and am forced to stay up late cramming the night before and wing it, just like everyone else. (Yes, even the Ed. major doesn’t always practice the best study habits. It’s okay. Just don’t tell my mom.) Even though I can’t … Continue reading

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