The Value of a Blog Post

Rob Jenkins, a community college professor, recently wrote a blog post for the Chronicle of Higher Education in which he questioned the value of blogging.  Most who teach in higher education are involved in a world that requires them to publish in order to retain their livelihood, yet blog posts are often not counted as published material.  Since blogs have the power to shape how people think about issues, Jenkins asks important questions: Which ultimately does more good—an article or monograph Read More …

Book Reviews – Helpful or ?

I have now posted well over 125 book reviews on this site.  This diverse list focuses on books published in recent years that have been helpful to me on my journey of faith.  Many of the books I have reviewed are "religious," but others have no overtly religious or spiritual content. I find that the discipline of writing the reviews to fit my normal format (meet the author, book basics, and so what) forces me to capture the basics of who wrote, what they said, and why it matters.  And, I Read More …

The Economic Worth of a Congregation

David O'Reilly's  Philadelphia Inquirer article, A Study Asks: What's a Church's Economic Worth?, explores the findings of a recent study investigating the economic worth of  select local congregations in Philadelphia.  The research was conducted last summer by Partners for Sacred Places and  Ram Cnaan, professor of social welfare at the University of Pennsylvania. In additional to chairing the doctoral program in social welfare, Cnaan (pictured at right) serves as the Associate Dean for Read More …