You Will Change Your Mind

I have been working with college students for twenty-five years. Student attitudes change as fads come and go. In some ways, it is difficult to predict how college students will react to change.  In other ways, some changes are very predictable. In fact, some changes in attitude are so predictable, I can even see into the...
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Hearing God in a Noisy World

I like music. I think I always have. When I’m working, I’m often listening to music. When I’m driving? Music. Typing up this blog entry? You guessed it, music. Music can elicit memories of time gone by. It can create hope, joy, or even sadness. I’ve heard it said, “If art is how we decorate...
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Never Stop Learning

As a professor of English, I’m often asked what I’m reading outside of my teaching and research duties: i.e. what I read for pleasure. In my case, like others in the professorate that I know, we can have trouble answering this question to the satisfaction of our questioners because they might not believe us if...
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How to Make an A in Biology

“Dr. Ylostalo, how can I get an A in your Microbiology class?” A question I often get asked early in the semester by students who seek to succeed in my course. Here are some of the main points of the discussions I have with the students asking this question. These approaches will not only help...
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Fragile or Sturdy?

Christmas is a wonderful time of year, full of wonder, anticipation, and the celebration of the coming Savior. I love Christmas as much as anyone, but when it’s over, I’m ready to pull down the decorations and resume my normal schedules related to faith and work. As I was taking the decorations off the tree...
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Worship

Does your church do worship right? That’s a loaded question, isn’t it?  We have been through a bit of “worship wars,” and I’ve read any number of posts about why hymns are good or why modern choruses are good or why we need to use hymnals or why we need overhead projectors. Frankly, most of...
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