Colorful Language

Perhaps the most important element of language style is the ability to use figures of speech in order to turn a memorable phrase. A figure of speech varies from the ordinary meaning of words to make a description unique, vivid, and memorable. While the following certainly is not an exhaustive list, here are seven figures...
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Why Write?: Part 2

What God’s speaking of creation into being really means is not symbolic. It is the only non-symbolic language in existence. When God utters, pronounces, speaks—choose your word—the word and the thing are one; they are synonymous. By uttering the word, the thing is brought forth. Amazing! Thus, language is a function of the divine nature...
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Why Write?: Part 1

No one is born a good writer. No matter how many times you have heard (or said), “You’re naturally good at English,” or, “You’re not good at English,” it’s not true. Everyone can learn to be a good writer. It just doesn’t happen overnight or over years of primary and secondary education, or over two...
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The Heart of Christian Higher Education

I am often asked, what distinguishes education at a Christian university from education at secular schools? Certainly, our faculty must be Christians and we have a set of community standards that reflect our faith commitment; our students are required to take Bible courses and attend chapel. But is there really anything different about the education...
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5 Tips to Improve Listening

Most of us spend more time listening than we do talking. Listening is a learned skill. Since it is a learned behavior it is something that can be improved upon. Whether you are a student or a working adult in a business meeting, you should find the following tips helpful when listening to others. Concentrate...
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See One, Do One, Teach One

“See one, do one, teach one” is a phrase that is believed to have been coined by William Halstead, MD. Dr. Halstead created the first surgical residency-training program in the United States at John Hopkins. The catch phrase is a simple teaching model, but is it effective? I can teach my nine-year-old daughter how to...
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Be an Encouragement!

Whom can you bless today? In our busy lives, we are sometimes able to glean encouragement from something we read. An encouraging word can come from any source, such as this quote: “Today will never come again. Be a blessing. Be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care.” We can look to the Bible...
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