Module 3 – Blogs in Theological Classes

“In the Nick of Time” is a theological blog by the former president and now research professor, Kevin Bauder, of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Plymouth, MN. Stephen Downes, “Blogs in Education,” (http://halfanhour.blogspot.com/2009/04/blogs-in-education.html) identifies a blog as “a personal website that contains content organized like a journal or a diary. Each entry is dated, and the entries are displayed on the web page in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent entry is posted at the top. Readers catch up with blogs by starting at the top and reading down until they encounter material they’re already read.” “In the Nick of Time” meets that definition. The website contains the personal thinking and theology of the author, in dated and reverse chronological order.

The blog is located at http://centralseminary.edu/resources/nick-of-time

The blog was started as a forum for the discussion of questions being raised by seminary students and pastors in the current theological milieu. The blogs are almost all theological in content. The ideas and questions are generally contemporary questions, although there are a few that tend to be reflective of the idiosyncrasies of the author (but then we all are idiosyncratic at some place in our lives – all except me, of course). The link above brings the reader to latest 10 blogs; there are 8 pages of archives.

This blog could be used by requiring students to read these as they are produced and identify which ones relate to the specific course the student is in. The students could also be required to do a one or two-sentence summary of the blog. Since Bauder is an excellent writer, I would love to get the students to emulate his writing style; perhaps I could require them to write one blog on a specific topic in the current class and have them do so in the “Bauder” style.

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