Posts Tagged ‘course’

What IS literature? Why do we study it?

That was the the topic of the entire 3 hour and 10 minute Literature Theory class I have the opportunity to take notes of for a student with disability the first half of this summer.

…expression of a person’s thoughts/ideas written down (or not)? message in a story? artistic merit? subjectivity or objectivity? something that lasts? what society values based of economic conditions? etc.

So much universality and relative talk. Theorist can’t pin down the exact answer. These college kids (mainly English majors) will be reading Freud and Marx, among others. In my eyes, it’s a pity and disturbing to know how confused even the professor seems to be. He didn’t even give an answer. He agreed with the class a lot.

I was ITCHING to say things in today’s class; so when everyone was dismissed, I have requested permission to interject my two cents when ever I feel like. It was granted. ;D We shall see how it goes!


Friend: isn’t literature just “words on paper”??

Me: Apparently, according to this class, “words on paper” is your opinion, postulate, theory, assumption, subjectivity. Thus, it is not necessarily true for someone else. What they are teaching is the POSTMODERNISM worldview: reality is what individuals or social groups make it to be.

Friend: So nothing is TRUE. What a wonderful world that must be

What are your thoughts?


The Summit Ministries Student Worldview Conference was one of “thee” best experiences I ever had as a young adult. It was another one of those turning points in my life. I felt like I stepped onto a whole new level, with a lot of adventure. Not only did I take my very first solo flight across the nation from Florida to Manitou Springs, CO and was by myself for two weeks with the challenge to make new friends, but I left Summit with one of the largest burdens yet–to encourage, teach, lead and share my experiences, knowledge, and passion with adolescents and young adults alike (my peers). I was inspired and greatly encouraged at Summit because I had the wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded students from every where in the United States (including Hawaii) and Uganda, Africa. WOW.

The very week I returned (this was in June), I got to work. I came home with a two part Sunday School/Bible Study curriculum called “Thinking Like A Christian” and “Countering Culture,” both of which I presented to the Elders of my church in order to teach to the 10% minority of the youth group who were as excited as I was (and am) about worldviews. Having been approved, I took off and started the study in Fall 2010 with 16% of the youth group (4 high school students). This was great! We had SOOO much fun learning how to “think like a Christian;” and the best thing was that we all learned from each other. That included me. This was very promising to me that there are young adults out there who still are willing and seeking to step up to the plate and lead.

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. ~Colossians 2:8

After a week being home, I was off again. This time to Virginia Beach, VA at Regent University with my family for the National Christian Forensic Communication Association (NCFCA) Speech and Debate National tournament! Why was I there? It was all because of our HOLY GOD! This was my third and last year competing in the league and at the Regional Tournament, I once again did not make it to finals. YES, I was disappointed, BUT that did not cause me to question GOD for HIS WAYS. I just accepted it and moved on–to Summit, of course. 😀 While I was at Summit, my mother received a call from the National Board saying I was qualified to Nationals. That was amazing! What happened was this: 3 competitors, who had higher points than I were not going to the tournament for w/e reason, thus their slot rolled down to the next person–me! Now, who can’t say that was all God’s doing?

Looking back, I can now see that God’s answer to my prayer to qualify to Nats was never “NO,” but instead “WAIT.” And that was something new I learned spiritually.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. ~Proverbs 3:5-6

Not only that but I moved on the Semi-Finals in Nationals and was awarded fifteenth place in the nation in Illustrated Oratory.

In July 2010, almost a month after I returned from Summit, I started this blog.

(The one you are reading now)

At Summit, one of the lectures we had discussed about how Christians can use the internet for things like social networking and blogging all for God’s Glory. And that’s what I wanted to do. I was so excited to start a blog as soon as I got back from CO, but the only thing that slowed me down was that I needed to find the right name for my blog and one that was currently not being used by anyone else… That was not very easy.

In September 2010, I organized a “Reading of The Constitutionevent, during the U.S. National Constitution Week, at the university I have been taking classes at. This was a first timer and a little intimidating as it was also my first time stepping out of my box on campus. With the help of some new Christian and politically conservative friends on campus, I was able to kick off this great event with Historian Dr. Jerry Newcombe as guest speaker, an official reading of the Constitution aloud by college students on microphone, and PIZZA (one of college student’s favorite foods, I learned)!

Today, April 7, 2011, I have been listed as a Staff Reporter for the University Press on my campus. For the past two months I have been contributing to the college newspaper by writing four storys, 3 of which were put to print. Journalism is a completely new writing style for me, however I have learned A LOT and quickly. Every story I have written required me to interview people like the County Commissioner, Professors, Campus Deputy Chief, students, and the Interim Provost. This is something I have been truly enjoying and it has been expanding my skills to a different level.

Bottom line is, Summit Ministries really helped me take off doing great things I would probably not have really “felt” like doing before. I definitely encourage young adults and parents to look into setting asside two weeks in the summer to attend one of the many sessions Summit Ministries has to offer. You will never forget it and you will be a whole different person. Trust me. I am.

PS: By the way, sorry about the loooong story; I do not normally write this much. I like to-the-point posts. But this was critical. I just felt REALLY compelled to share my story with you.

Wow.  The ACLJ fights for our rights. Sure was noble for this guy to try to teach a college course on Islam:

Since when did America’s colleges and universities become subject to Islamic authority?Professor Barry Sommer was prepared to teach a winter term class called ”What is Islam?” next month – a full and complete look at Islam … this class was designed to introduce students primarily to the Qur’anand other viewpoints on Islam in a world where terrorism is a constant threat.

Before he could begin teaching, the class was cancelled and Mr. Sommer was fired due to pressure from the terrorism-related group, CAIR – an Islamic organization that the United States has labeled a ”co-conspirator” in a major terrorism case with links to Hamas.

The ACLJ has engaged this serious issue, representing this teacher who has been targeted by a radical terrorism-related group.

Taken from an email by the ACLJ.

And read Jay Sekulow’s Trail Notebook Entry:

Standing Up for Oregon Teacher

It doesn’t make sense.  A teacher at a Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon was scheduled to teach a course on Islam.  Instead of being able to conduct the course, the teacher was fired – given a pink slip for speaking the truth about Islam.

What’s worse.  The terrorism-related group CAIR pressured the school to get rid of the teacher.  That’s right – intimidation from CAIR – an organization that the U.S. government labeled an ‘unindicted co-conspirator’ in a major terrorism case with links to Hamas.

We are now representing the teacher, Barry Sommer, and are in the process of completing a demand letter to the school.  If the school does not rehire our client and reinstate the class, we will take legal action.

This is absurd.  Not only did the school violate the First Amendment free speech rights of our client, it caved in to the bullying tactics employed by CAIR.  This is CAIR’s strategy – intimidate – attack.

We’re not going to let that happen.  We’re standing up for this teacher and his right to teach the course on Islam. It’s important to note that this class was designed to introduce students primarily to the Qur’an and other viewpoints on Islam in a world where terrorism is a constant threat.

The purpose of this course was to provide a basic understanding of Islamic doctrines so that students could make informed decisions based on unbiased and current information.

But that didn’t satisfy CAIR.  They lashed out.  They pressured the school to take the politically-correct route and get rid of the teacher.

This, from a community college where academic freedom, diversity, and acceptance are supposed to be cherished educational values.

The law is clear.  We’re fighting back.  Our demand letter to the school is going out today.  We want you to stand with us and add your name to our Committee standing up for the First Amendment rights of our client and standing up against CAIR.

Add your name here.

Posted: 12/9/2010 12:00:00 AM

The ACLJ is asking for contributions to help fight against this case. Contribute here.

This past midterm election demonstrates what happens when Evangelicals show up and vote.

In the 2006 midterm election Evangelicals made up only 25% of voters. This resulted in Nancy Pelosi becoming Speaker of the House and Harry Reid becoming the Majority Leader in the Senate.

But in 2010 Evangelicals were 32% of the voters. This is an historical high for a midterm election and shifted the balance of power in Washington D.C.. 78% of Evangelicals voted for pro-life, pro-marriage Christian ideals. Evangelicals are the largest voting block in America and when we show up our values prevail.

Thanks to everyone who sacrificed to achieve this historic victory. Now we must look to the 2012 elections. Below is the list of the top ten things you can do to prepare: 

  1. Pray that America will truly be one nation under God.
  2. Share the gospel with your non-Christian friends and family.
  3. Register to vote and then actually show up.
  4. Get informed about our Christian heritage and the Constitution.
  5. Register your Christian friends and family to vote.
  6. Provide your Christian friends and family with useful voter information.
  7. Get your Christian friends and family out to vote.
  8. Teach or attend a Christian citizenship / worldview class in your church.
  9. Become active in a political party or organization.
  10. Become a candidate or support other qualified Christian candidates.

Taken from an CADC email:

The Truth Project.  How many of you have seen the 12 week video series by Focus on the Family with author and teacher, Dr. Del Tackett?  If you have, how was your experience?

Here is my comment on this project.  Find a group near by where you live, for those who haven’t seen it yet.  I highly recommend it.

Well, this past Thursday, I just completed the entire “tour”, as Del Tackett calls it.  My church was hosting a group viewing and discussion of it.  And now, I am watching it again with the youth group at my church on Sunday mornings during Sunday School.

But WOW.  I just LOVE The Truth Project.  It is an amazing in depth tour of the Christian Worldview.  Every Christian should have a Biblical Worldview. Do you?

Did you know that ONLY 9% of professing Christians have a Biblical Worldview?  This was reported by the Barnas Research Group.

The Truth Project covers the following:

Take a look at this official extended trailer. Please be sure to watch the entire video below:

You DO NOT want to miss any of the Cross Examine video episodes with Dr. Del Tackett, teacher of the Truth Project, and John Rabe, who use to be a broadcastor.  This is a new Christian television series produced by Coral Ridge Ministries.

The program will air on Inspiration Network (Sunday mornings), The Church Channel (Monday evenings), and Daystar (Saturday evenings); or watch the entire episode online at the website.

The Question: How True is Your View?

Posted on September 16, 2010 at 10:23pm

by Jonathon M. Seidl

Prayer was taken out of public schools decades ago. But as one parent learned in Wellesly, Massachusetts, if students take a field trip to the local mosque, praying to Allah is quite alright.

The organization Americans for Peace and Tolerance just released a mini-documentary about a sixth grade public school field trip to a large mosque, sold to parents as a history lesson, but delivered as much more:

The video was taken inside the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center – Boston’s controversial Saudi-funded mega-mosque – during a Wellesley Middle School social studies trip to the mosque, ostensibly taken to learn about the history of Islam first-hand. Yet the video reveals that the students are being blatantly mis-educated about Islam.

Some of the young boys can be seen prostrating to Allah while shoulder-to-shoulder with Muslim men. However, only male students were given the opportunity to participate — the female students and female chaperons had to watch from a distance:

This evening, the school apologized. “I extend my sincere apologies for the error that occurred and regret the offense it may have caused,” Wellesley School Superintendent Bella Wong said. “It was not the intent for students to be able to participate in any of the religious practices. The fact that any students were allowed to do so in this case was an error.”

Americans for Peace and Tolerance has long opposed the mosque shown in the video (which it says is the largest in the Northeast). When the mosque first opened in 2009, the organizationwrote an op-ed in the Boston Globe accusing the mosque’s leaders of being extremists, linking them to groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood:

The city has helped the Wahhabi clerical establishment — purveyors of the most intolerant religious teachings on the planet — and the Muslim Brotherhood — genesis of all Sunni terrorist organizations — set up shop in the Cradle of Liberty, flying a false flag of moderation.

The Mosque claims that no child was asked to participate, but admits that it did not turn away those who showed interest in participating. “Certainly in our tours we do not invite kids to take part, but if someone wants to come pray and take part, we shouldn’t prevent them,” said Bilal Kaleem, president of the Muslim American Society of Boston.

“It’s more an issue with the school,” he added.

Taken from:

Constitution Day Celebration

On September 16 – 17, 2010, Hillsdale College will be offering a live webcast sponsered by Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship.

Take a look at the agenda.

The live webcast is free of charge. All you do is check the box of any or all of the 8 webcasts and register for them.

Register here.


There is a 6 part Online American History Class that begins in September and it is for EVERYONE.  Adults included!  This is not just for high schoolers; adults need to understand the American history just as much, even if you think you learned it back in your high school years.

“Who controls the past, controls the future.  Who controls the present, controls the past.” – George Orwell from his book, 1984.

Do you recall that line?

We have a duty, as AMERICAN CITIZENS, to understand the history of our nation in order to understand the present.  Ever wondered why we have problems in America? It is because we don’t understand history. We don’t learn from our past. Have you ever wondered why, despite bailouts, stimulus plans, etc, these problems cannot be fixed? It is because we are looking at the SYMPTOM instead of finding the CAUSE for the problem. No jobs in America? Stop looking at the job loss numbers. Instead, stop the big government from taking jobs from one industry and putting it in another without replacing what they took out! The same concept applies to other matters at hand.

Americans, please listen. History repeats itself. “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9, NIV).

Educate yourself by taking this course!

*Please take a look at the class Information taken from the flyer. For syllabus, contact Ms. Ballenger (Contact at bottom).

May God continue to bless America through those who stand up for TRUTH!