Making the most of college (fifth annual)

September 2010

Comment Magazine - Making the most of college (fifth annual)

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Sonnet (1st place): "Another Look"

By W.F. Lantry

02

Editorial: Barefoot Scholarship

By Gideon Strauss

I have my students read Calvin Seerveld, and I make them take off their shoes in class because, really: when we study God's world—the tiny creatures under our microscopes, the vast galaxies within which our sun and planet whirl, the ways of men and women selling and buying in markets, the making of love and war and law and sausages—we are in the very presence of God.

06

Muscle Memory and the Frenetic Student

By Ben Bouwman

Reggie Miller's buzzer-beaters were thrilling and memorable. Less exciting: the slow, repetitive training he and we go through to thrive at the right times: at the free-throw line or in class.

12

Pocket Litter

"Pocket litter" is a spy novel term. It refers to items inserted in a spy's pockets and luggage by a support team—including things like receipts, coins, theatre tickets, and so forth—to add authenticity to the spy's "legend," should he or she be apprehended.

If you abducted a Comment staffer and shook him or her down, you might find traces of the following. . .

14

Vocation Needs No Justification

By Steven Garber

Vocations of all sorts are equally important to the work of God in the world, as each one contributes to the common good, to what it is that makes our common welfare a place for more rather than less flourishing. In the life of Dave Kiersznowski and his DEMDACO Corporation, I see this become flesh in his business and life commitments.

21

Sonnet (2nd place): "Little Reunion"

By Brett Foster

22

The Stories of Scientists

By Nate Barksdale

"Suppose," the Gospel says, "one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'" Darn good advice.

32

Making the most of going back to college

By Gerrit Verstraete

When you are sixty-five years old, going back to school is both formidable and frightening. Here's my advice for those who, like me, are returning to school later in life.

33

Sonnet (3rd place): "SCSI Man Dies"

By Frank van Veen

34

Ut pictura poesis?

By Bruce Herman

There was a prolonged period recently when the words "traditional" and "craftsy" were the kiss of death for an artist's career. One result is that in the past several decades, artists of every discipline have been trained with the primary expectation that they shall produce new and sometimes shocking objects; choreograph daring dance movements; compose provocative musical pieces or poems—and in many cases, skill has been moved to the margins or completely off-stage. But in recent decades the centrality of novelty and the demand for an art centred primarily on ideas and issues has lessened a bit—a pendulum swing away from experimentalism.

40

Communities Enduring Beyond School

A Comment symposium on academic-borne friendships that beat the odds.

46

Reviews

A glance at recent non-fiction releases by Miroslav Volf, Peter Kreeft, J.I. Packer, W. David O. Taylor and more.

50

Inside the Second Black Box

By Ray Blunt

Great leaders are driven not for their own success, but by a sense of purpose for their organization and the people in it. And they possess an all-too-rare humility.

54

Spinning and Being Spun

By Nancy Nordenson

What comprises the life ready for death? Surely crumbs and unmatched socks are not mortal sins of commission or omission. But what of a disregarded career interest or the seed of a creative project abandoned without water or light? On one of those points will God note a hole in the universe, however tiny, and thereafter regard me with a tone of disappointment? Have I done the work I was made for?

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Comment Online Best of Q2

Did you know Comment publishes five times more content online than in print? Here's a look at our most popular online articles from April-June 2010.

This Issue

When we study God's world—the tiny creatures under our microscopes, the vast galaxies within which our sun and planet whirl, the ways of men and women selling and buying in markets, the making of love and war and law and sausages—we are in the very presence of God, which, when we hear the rustle of his movements, makes the hair stand up on our arms, leaving us trembling and struck quiet in awe.

Making the most of college—making the most of grad school, of trade school, of law school, of seminary or art studio—begins well when you realize where you stand: in the presence of the God who made and patterned all things slowly, according to a mysterious and often frightening design, who in Jesus Christ wrought justice upon the evil we drag around in the world, who by the Spirit offers us comfort as we work towards and await the time when—as Derek Webb sings in one of my favourite songs—"this too shall be made right."

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