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Setting out Into the Deep

Alvin, a compact, pointed submersible reminiscent of a small starship out of a science-fiction film, descends slowly. The welcoming light blue of the water, colored by the sunlight above the surface, gradually gives way to a heavy, blinding darkness. Dr. Walter Cho, PLNU assistant professor of biology, and two other marine scientists are cocooned in a spherical cockpit as Alvin continues to tread cautiously toward the depths of the ocean. It’ll take roughly two hours for them to reach their destination. To save power, they descend…

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How to Form Healthy Habits that Last

Trying out the latest fitness trends? Easy! Sticking to them? That’s the tough part. Whether you’re just beginning or well on your way toward a healthy lifestyle, these tips, developed by alumnus Taylor Robbins (12), can help. Taylor and his wife, Nikki (12), own an online fitness company called Body Temple System. Their expertise reaches people from San Diego to Germany, helping them form healthy habits for the (literal) long run. Tip #1: Determine Commitment is essential. Determine in your heart and mind exactly what…

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A Bear on the Loose: When Habits are Mindless and Stress Goes Unchecked

Picture a grown man—husband, father, college professor—lying in his bed. The lights are off and the shades drawn, even though it is the middle of the day. On one side sits his wife, trying to get him to eat a little cherry Jell-O. On the other side are his in-laws, holding his hands and praying for him. His body is shaking and all his muscles ache, like symptoms of a severe flu. When he sits up, his head pounds and the room spins as if…

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The habit maze in the brain

Habit-Making, Habit-Breaking

“By servitude to passion, habit is formed, and habit to which there is no resistance becomes necessity.” – Augustine, Confessions Who hasn’t struggled to gain and keep good habits— and break negative ones? Take comfort: we are not alone. The apostle Paul expressed in Romans 7: 15-20, “For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.” Though we are redeemed by Christ, most of us still wage the habit battle. Debates…

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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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