2018 Beloit College Mindset List

This is always interesting reading.  Beloit College publishes this list to professors and staff to remind them what the incoming class.  

From the Beloit College Website:

Each August since 1998, Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., has released the Beloit College Mindset List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones and experiences that have shaped the worldview of students entering colleges and universities in the fall.

Behind the light humor of the Mindset List there are always some serious issues about the future of the class and their role in the future of the nation. The digital technology that affords them privacy from their parents, robs them of their privacy amid the “big data” of the NSA and Google. How will the absence of instant on-line approval impact their performance in the classroom and work place? Will this generation continue to seek reliance on prescription medications to address challenges and adjust reality?

Between the medications and the social media this generation is able to do what, once upon a time, only celebrities could do: advertise their self-designed personalities. Will that keep them from ever finding their authentic selves, or will they go through life with a “virtual” identity.

The Mindset List is assembled each year by Ron Nief and Tom McBride at Beloit College. It was initially created as a reminder to faculty to be wary of dated references and quickly became a catalog of the rapidly changing perception of each new generation as they make an important transition. It is requested by thousands of readers, reprinted in hundreds of print and electronic publications internationally, and used for a wide variety of purposes. It has caught the imagination of the public and draws responses from around the world and a million visitors to the website each year.

2018 List

Students heading into their first year of college this year were generally born in 1996.

Among those who have never been alive in their lifetime are Tupac Shakur, JonBenet Ramsey, Carl Sagan, and Tiny Tim.

On Parents’ Weekend, they may want to watch out in case Madonna shows up to see daughter Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon or Sylvester Stallone comes to see daughter Sophia.

For students entering college this fall in the Class of 2018…

1. During their initial weeks of kindergarten, they were upset by endlessly repeated images of planes blasting into the World Trade Center.

2. Since they binge-watch their favorite TV shows, they might like to binge-watch the video portions of their courses too.

3. Meds have always been an option.

4. When they see wire-rimmed glasses, they think Harry Potter, not John Lennon.

5. “Press pound” on the phone is now translated as “hit hashtag.”

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8 Ways to Comfort the Suffering

From The Gospel Coalition: 

I have officiated more than 40 funerals ranging from suicides to infants. I have buried the young and the old. I have sat in hospitals with the dying as well as in prisons with those who have taken life. For the last two years, I have walked with my Resplendent Bride as she has suffered through lymphoma, leukemia, and a bone marrow transplant.

With one addled brained banality, I hope to forever clinch my claim to the title of Captain Obvious by opening an article on how to disciple a member of the fellowship of the suffering with this astute observation: “People suffer differently.” So the process of discipling them through their pain will look different depending upon the person who walks next to you through the shadow-lands.

People suffer differently. People are soothed differently. The goal of discipleship in the midst of suffering must be comfort in Christ, for the closer we walk with the Lord Jesus the more we see of the massive burden he always carries on our behalf. Surely the Lord Jesus walks with us through the feasts and the famines (Ps. 23).

Here are some lessons I have learned since joining the fellowship of suffering.

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Singing a “New” Song

hymnsSing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.

Psalm 96:1

If you’ve been to a worship service that I have led, you will usually find at least one song, if not two “come from” the hymnal.  Over the years I have come to appreciate the “hymns.” For the purpose of this post, I define a hymn as something you would find in an older hymnal.  One of the hymnals that we have used over the years is called “Praise & Worship.” It was compiled in the late 50’s. This hymnal is more of a gospel songbook.  Some of the grand hymns – the songs that you would sing with a big majestic organ are missing in this hymnal.  That is one of the advantages of singing with the screen is that we can do “old” hymns that aren’t in the current hymnal – songs like “By Thou My Vision,” or “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” – neither which appear in “Praise & Worship.”

I love the hymns and that is why we include them in our worship sets.  Sometimes we do brand new hymns – the songs that modern hymn-writers Keith and Kristyn Getty are writing.  I’ve already mentioned we do some pre-1500’s hymns – and we sing everything in-between.

So what does that have to do with singing a “new” song?  Back when I was in college (in the mid-90’s) publishers were just starting to arrange hymns in a more contemporary style.  Most of these stylings just played with the chord structure – Integrity Music did quite a bit of this and added some secondary chords along with major 7th’s to give the hymn a more contemporary feel.  It was great to be able to sing these songs with guitar or with keyboardist (such as myself) who couldn’t read music.  

In the 2000’s a new concept came along – the first that I remember was “The Wonderful Cross.”  The concept was to take a familiar hymn or gospel song – keep the melody intact and add a new chorus.  I love this concept – it has expanded quite a bit to songs such as “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” and “Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King” to name a few.  I’ve already mentioned the “new” hymns of the Getty’s.  Then there are songs like “Cornerstone” in which the lyrics are the verses to “The Solid Rock” set to a new melody with a new chorus.  “Cornerstone” has become a favorite at Parkway – we change it up from the way Hillsong and everyone else does it – in fact, we do that quite a bit.  I tend to add back in the verses that have been left out in updating the songs.  We also avoid overdoing the chorus – I guess I’m just not into all that repetition. Another song that has been completely rearranged is “Glorious Day.” I love what Mark Hall did with this song and it is one of my favorite old gospel songs now.  

One more way that has been used of late is to take an old text and pair it to new music – this really works for hymns that no one has heard of before.  Some of the songs that fit into that category are “Before The Throne of God Above” and – the one we sang this week – “My Savior My God.”

The song “How Can I Keep from Singing” is yet one more way.  Chris Tomlin used as that basis for this song an old Quaker hymn by the same title.  He rewrote the lyrics and the tune and gave us a very singable song.  

As I’ve written this, I realize how many of these we have done in recent weeks and that doesn’t include the traditional arrangements of songs that we have done – such as, “Holy, Holy, Holy,” “Crown Him With Many Crowns,” “It Is Well,” “Our Great Savior,” and “Come Christians Join To Sing.”

I love the new expressions of our faith and worship – We do quite a few of those as well – from Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Matt Maher – and they write some great songs – and I think that we do some of the best of their songs – but I never want to lose the rich theological songs of the past.  If we have to give them new wrapping, so be it, but let’s use all the expressions of our faith that God has given us.  

Sing to the Lord a new song!


Sunday Set List

Sunday Set List MainAugust 24, 2014

11th Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship and Invocation

Psalm 138:1-2

Songs of Worship

Beautiful One

My Savior My God

He Knows My Name

Worship Through Prayer

Worship through Music

Our Great Savior

How Can I Keep From Singing

Worship through Giving

Worship through God’s Word

Song of Commitment

I Need Thee Every Hour