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A Review of Tom Sparrow and Adam Hutchinson’s A History of Habit: From Aristotle to Bourdieu

At PLNU, we often sum up our mission with three infinitives: “To teach, to shape, to send.” Faculty and staff fully embrace our commitment to “shape” students and alumni, just as they shape us. We teach students excellence in professional skills—but more importantly, we seek to anchor these skills in lifelong habits. That’s the heart of the Christian liberal arts within an intentional Christian community. PLNU’s mission “to shape,” in other words, aims at the formation of good—even holy—habits. Recently, many media reports and academic…

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The “Not-Me-but-Thee” Generation

BY WENDY ROBINSON “Lazy, entitled, selfish, and shallow”—people born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s are the “Me Me Me Generation,” according to a 2013 cover story in Time magazine. This generation, the largest since the Baby Boomers, is called the Millennials. According to Forbes magazine, there are an estimated 80 million Millennials in the U.S., and by 2020 they will comprise nearly half the nation’s workers. If this is the case, some questions arise: “Do they make good employees?” and more importantly, “Will…

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Servant-as-Leader-as-Servant: The Call to Servant Leadership

BY ANNA COX Here is Jesus, sharing the Passover meal with His disciples. He has created everything in that upper room. He invented the oak tree that made the table. He started the time that counts out the hours before His crucifixion. In His mind swirls the physics of the universe. He also spun the DNA of His disciples and shaped their hearts and feet, dirty feet that He washes. As He kneels—imagine, washing our feet—He takes off His outer garments and offers us this…

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