Ohio University

I made a recent visit to Ohio University and I fell in love with Athens all over again.

Why I fell in love…
The buildings, the brick, the beauty.
Atmosphere of learning, of loving, of having fun!
Campus Crusade for Christ.
The nature, the trees, the park areas.

Why I am biased…
I spent my 4 years of ungrad there.
And I lived in Athens for 6 years before my ungrad as well. It is a nice little town.
And I moved to a larger, noisier, busier, more real life town and it is the opposite of Athens.

It is whole another world compared to the rest of Ohio.
Just a small little college town in the middle of no where but yet 20,000 college aged students come together. It is awesome. The weather there too is unlike any of other place in the world too.

OU and Semester?

Rumor has it that the switch is likely.
I am glad that McDavis waited until at least his first for full years (my entire class) to try to instate this.

It is a bi g switch!

I really enjoyed the 10 week quarter program though it is fast paced and fun with a long winter break!

Second life finding way into first life

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Has anyone ever played with the real life simulator “Second Life?” It is very interesting. In fact, I actually enjoyed messing around on Second Life when I was a student at Ohio University.
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O.U. has an actual Second Life campus that looks very similar to the actual physical campus. One of my good friends introduced me to O.U.’s Second Life campus. He is a real PR and Communications geek. But it is good stuff.
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Anyways, my friend and I are not the only ones who have experienced this “second life.” In fact, a recent study reports that Second Life is a trend and it is catching on. The article from CPYU also gives som great advice to parents. Check out the links.

OU printing profit

As a student @ O.U. during my time their, every student was entitled to 50 pages of black and white print per month at any printer on campus.

when I was visiting O.U. to say goodbye to my friends I noticed that the University has began a new campaign and strategy. They are no longer allowing students to have 50 pages of print per month, now students must pay for all pieces of paper that they print on while printing from a University machine.

That sucks, but I do not care too much since I am graduated!

Graduation (part 2: reflection on today)

Today was really a great day. It was awesome. I am reassured in how much family and friends love me and support me.
Today was fun and exhausting, but it was a great day and one that I do not want to forget.
The day started actually slow. I watch TV, tried to read for one of my classes, that did not happen.
Went to my graduation ceremony, parts of the commencement speech was good, but the service was long.
Then got home and there was a BIG party with lots of food, friends, family, and fun. I ate way too much, enjoyed the fellowship of others, and am exhausted! It was great and a blessing. People gave gifts that I was not expecting, God is good.
Anyway, church in the AM. Good night.

Graduating today

So I am graduating from Ohio University today, technically I am already graduated, but it is commencement and I am just walking around in a cap and gown. I am not exactly sure how it all works, I wouldn’t even do it except mom and Nana really wanted me to…

How do I feel?

I already felt and have gotten over all of those sentimental feelings about how I am going to miss OU and all my friends and all that. i had an entire quarter to think about that since I finished school early. It was a great 4 years. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun.
Now I am ready to “move on” and all that. So this service today is exciting and it is nice having people send me cards and money. And I appreciate all the family that has come to see this moment in my life.

SO mostly just excited and glad that it has finally come.

Thoughts on Persuasion

I have been thinking a lot recently about Persuasion in our Faith.

I have to reference a podcast I listened to from Apologetics.com on this topic
But I have been thinking a lot on the topic from reading Speaking to Teenagers, oddly enough.
The same ideas about persuasion are followed in both instances, going back to the Greek philosopher Aristotle’s ideas of Ethos, Pathos, and Logos. I have been trained on this a lot recently in my Communications and Philosophy classes that I took this quarter at Ohio University.

A very brief overview of these three things is explained well here:

Ethos (Credibility), or ethical appeal, means convincing by the character of the author.

Pathos (Emotional) means persuading by appealing to the reader’s emotions.

Logos (Logical) means persuading by the use of reasoning.

One thing that is difficult for intellectual Christians, like myself, is finding the balance between showing love and doing real evangelism verses studying theology and talking about it. We can get so caught up in learning and studying theology, for a number of reasons: Ranging from us wanting to know the Lord better to wanting to be able to make a strong argument for our faith, or desiring the knowledge in hopes of receiving a Doctorate degree. Let’s focus on using this knowledge to help us make a strong case for our faith.
Studying theology to win intellectual arguments can be a great thing, but it can also be dangerous and a waste of time. Knowing knock-out winning arguments is not true evangelism. God can and will use these on His own time but in our own prideful ways these arguments can be in vain.

1 Cor. 13: 13
So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
My rant :
Showing Christ’s Genuine Love in your life, is the best way to persuade other’s for Christ. Yes, having knowledge about theology can help and I am not saying that you are completely wasting your time by studying theology and “always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope” (1 peter 3 :15) . There is a balance.
Studying theology and knowing these knock-out arguments becomes dangerous when we put them above love and above Christ working through us. It is a problem when we put more trust in ourselves, our arguments in this theology rather than truly loving our friends (and enemies) – or anyone we are explaining this theology to- and depending on Christ and his love.

I am still thinking about this idea of persuasion in our faith. Love and reason.