If you’ve been following the posts this semester on how to have a productive semester, you have already made a plan for the Fall Semester, and blocked out time in your calendar for writing every day. If you have been writing every day this semester, congratulations! If you haven’t, ask yourself “why not?” If you need some ideas on how to actually write every day, then this post is for you! “Write every day” is fabulous advice. But, how do you actually do it? That was my question for a long time before I finally convinced myself to give it a try. Now that I have been writing every day for four years, I can share with you a few ways to make that possible, and explain to you why I do it. I decided I needed to try to write every day when I found out that scholars who write daily and hold themselves accountable write nearly ten times as much as others!

In Robert Boice’s book Advice for New Faculty Members, he explains the virtues of writing every day. Once I read that, it was clear which group I wanted to be in. I was convinced I should at least try daily writing. Once I decided I needed to be writing every day, my greatest challenge was to figure out what it meant to write every day. Over time, I came to realize that writing means a lot of things and that there are lots of ways to write every day. I try to do at least two kinds of writing each day, starting with the blank page in the morning. I am at my best early in the morning. I use those early, fresh moments of the day to free-write and to create new material. Once I run out of steam, I might turn to editing something I have written or to checking references.

If I get stuck, I will pull out a mind map and brainstorm ideas. My routine each weekday, then, is to begin the day with writing or writing-related tasks. On a good day, I can concentrate for two hours. Usually, however, my mind drifts after an hour, so I take a break to check email or have some coffee, and put in another hour after my break. I keep track of the time I have spent working on writing so that I can be proud of my accomplishments, and so that I know when I need to stop. I know that many academics reject as ridiculous the idea that one could or should write every day. To them, I would gently ask if they have ever tried it. And, I would add that it is not only important to try writing every day, but to commit to trying it for at least a month to see if it works for you. It is also important to have others to whom you are accountable and with whom you can share your struggles. If you do try writing every day, let me know how it goes! If you are a seasoned daily writer, let me know why you keep it up!

11. Jesus never referred to the authority of the Old Testament. 14. This course (Apologetic 104) will be approaching the issue of” worldview”. 15. Christianity is unique in its belief that humanity is hopeless and spiritual dead unable to save themselves through human effort. 16. William Ramsey who was a sceptic about the historical accuracy of the researching one of the gospel writers detail to titles of historical figures. 17. Biblical authors were under the direction of the Holy Spirit they wrote scripture. 18. The New Testament is assumed to be inspired by the Holy Spirit but no specific scripture indicates that the Holy Spirit was continuing to inspire new scripture. 19. Ignatius was the bishop of what ancient city? 20. In the most recent century, most evangelicals spoke of culture from a” Christ above culture” perspective. 1. The fallacy of exclusion is used when evidence that would affect the conclusion is purposefully left out.

2. Everyone has a right to an opinion but that does not make every opinion but that does not make every opinion accurate or correct. 4. A person sometimes uses a logical fallacy if he/she realizes his/her argument is weak. 6. “i cannot be a Christian because all Christians are hypocrites” is an example of. 7. When a critical thinker is asked a question that he/she does not know the answer the answer to the best approach is to try to answer it anyway so that the person does not think they are ignorant. 8. Seeking to discredit a person’s argument by attacking their personal character, origin , associations , etc. Rather than their idea is what type of fallacy? 10. Which of the following is not one of the three important steps involved in critical thinking? 11. Selected perception is arguing a point by selecting and presenting only the evidence that support one’s current position or opinion.

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