How to improve your essay marks

What gets good marks? A good academic essay directly addresses the set task, and is well-researched, well-argued, and well-structured. Pay close attention to these qualities, and to matters of style, and you will see improvements in your essay marks. Relevance You must adequately address the essay question or topic. Failure to do so suggests unfamiliarity …

Who is Mother Goose?

Some books I enjoyed as a small child involved no magic or magical creatures, and are set in a world identifiable as our own. But one of my earliest childhood literary memories, Mother Goose, takes us right to the heart of fairy tale territory. Cover of The Complete Collection of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes (Applesauce Press, 2018). …

The preface and purpose of Luke’s Gospel

Matthew begins his Gospel by tracing Jesus’ ancestry to Abraham (Mt 1:1-17). Mark has no infancy narrative and begins with the ministry of John the Baptist and the baptism of Jesus aged about 30 (Mk 1:1-11). John’s Gospel takes us back to before the creation of the universe where we learn that Jesus created all …

The politics of punishment

By Rod Benson Rod outlines the real reason for the Southern Baptist Convention’s recent decision to sever ties with the Baptist World Alliance. One of the chief architects of the Southern Baptist Convention's "Conservative Resurgence," retired Texas appellate judge Paul Pressler. The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) is a fellowship of 211 Baptist unions and conventions …