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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Kinds of Counseling: How Theoretical Orientation Shapes Your Counseling Experience

Many factors influence your experience in counseling including the theoretical orientation of your counselor. A theoretical orientation is a counselor’s philosophy about how problems develop and how these are resolved or treated. It also informs the counselor’s focus in each counseling session, goals of counseling, and interventions you will experience in counseling sessions. Below are...
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Faithful Steps

The old saying goes, “A journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step.” How many times do we find ourselves paralyzed because we had too many options for that first step? Or even worse, it looks completely barren and empty with nothing on the horizon. My big journey of how my South Asia mission trip started,...
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