Off with the masks, on with the name tags

By Brad Crofford We live in a society of masks. We wear masks when we are around others, wanting them to have a positive view of us. I knew all about this when I sang in choir in high school. When I was going to be performing a solo at a concert, I would practice for weeks. I would have ... Read More »

As I see it: Sixty-four crayons

By Patty Juliuson I love crayons. I love the way they look in the box and I love using them. I even like the way they smell when they’re new. I see myself as a 64-crayon person, you know? Why color something brown when you can use “Burnt Sienna”, “Desert Sand” or “Fuzzy Wuzzy?” Read More »

Why infographics are destroying America

By Brad Crofford I am a nerd. I have been aware of this for the vast majority of my life, and sometimes it prompts me to do nerdy things like practice for the LSAT for fun. This past week, my nerdiness manifested itself in checking the math on a C-SPAN infographic that came across my Facebook home page. In the ... Read More »

As I see it: Jumping into the pond

By Patty Juliuson Down at the pond (don’t ask me which one; it doesn’t matter), three frogs are sitting on an old log. In a lengthy conversation, they debate the merits of their log, note the features of the pond and discuss their place in the world. Believe me, the rot characteristics of their log and a thorough examination of ... Read More »

Is America blessed?

By Brad Crofford Consider the following progression of statements: America is  fortunate. The United States has benefited greatly over time from a wealth of natural resources and a strong work ethic. To the extent that this statement describes America’s fortunate economic circumstances relative to much of the world, I agree. God blessed America.  Read More »

As I see it: Geek alert

By Patty Juliuson In every class, be it high school or university, there seems to be “that student.” You know the one. Everyone else is heaving heavy sighs and rolling their eyes at having to take the class, and “that student” is perched on the edge of her seat, notebook open, # 2 pencil at the ready, and enthusiastic, bordering ... Read More »

Presenting Jesus in a Hindu culture

By Ashleigh Buchanan During my semester abroad in India last spring, I was dropped into a vibrant culture where nearly everything was completely foreign. One of the generalizations I had about India was that it was a country of predominantly Hindus who worship multiple gods. This generalization was confirmed almost immediately upon my arrival. From the bindi dot on a ... Read More »

Our favorite answers from the NSI Fair

We were excited to be visited by about 100 new and returning students at our NSI booth! We will be announcing the winners of our Kindle and gift card giveaway over the next few days here on our website. We met a lot of fun, enthusiastic, and talented people today! Some of the answers to our survey  were especially creative ... Read More »

Serving and Being Served

By Ronna Fisher Before our nine-student mission team left Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to reach our project site in Chemin-de-Granges, our site-coordinator told us, “We are going to build a church, and if we have time we will build a building.” This perspective flavored the entire experience of our Southern Nazarene University mission trip in May to rebuild a Nazarene church that ... Read More »

Romney makes the wrong choice with VP pick

By Brad Crofford Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has announced his running-mate. Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House budget committee and a member of Congress for over a decade, has been added as the second part of “America’s Comeback Team.” If you thought Romney was too moderate, then Ryan may seem like a great addition to the team ... Read More »