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Edgar’s, carries suits and blazers, silk ties, dress shirts, and Fossil bags and accessories, watches, fine writing instruments, notebooks and stationery, and other accessories.

Edgar's will meet your needs in all areas of professional fashion. Suits and blazers, silk ties, Fossil bags and accessories, fine writing instruments, notebooks, fragrance, and other classic accessories. 

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Refresh: Thoughts on How to Invest Your Time this Summer

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A view from Main St, downtown Louisville. 

A view from Main St, downtown Louisville. 

As a semester closes and a summer begins, we can take a deep breath. Summer is freedom. After a tight semester and work schedule, the summer recovers our freedom to choose what we do with our time and energy. Use this time to get the rest you need. But, after you have successfully caught up on sleep, we encourage you to make a summer investment. Think through how you can capitalize on new found time. Here are our suggestions to help stimulate your thoughts.

Serve

From a distance the Louisville skyline is a picturesque panorama. However, close up Louisville is a city with great need—giving you a great opportunity to serve. The Louisville Rescue Mission is currently looking for extra volunteers for the summer; you can volunteer here. Likewise, the global refugee crisis has brought refugees from all over the world to the city of Louisville and Refuge Louisville is working to give you opportunities to serve them—here are the service opportunities with Louisville Refuge this summer. Give yourself for the joy of service to others this summer!

Study

Southern Seminary and Boyce offer a strategic way for you to get ahead on school. By taking just two classes every summer you can knock a whole semester off the time it takes to complete your degree at Boyce. J-term and online summer classes at Boyce or Southern save you time, however, there is also a range of specialist classes on offer each summer that are not available during the regular semester. One such class to consider is Dr. Dan Dewitt’s master level class on the life, writings, and legacy of C.S. Lewis. A great option, for undergraduate students, is Dr. Charles Draper’s advanced level class on interpreting the book of Amos. The opportunities that Boyce and Southern offer each summer give you an opportunity to study some great subjects and maximize your summer. Check out the full range of opportunities at Southern!

Recalibrate

Summer freedom enables capitalization and improved efficiency. Summer classes enable us to press on with study, but summer freedom also give us time to reflect and prepare. Every semester we study and grow at such a rate that it can be hard to process. So use your summer to reflect on the past semester: what areas of your time management can be tightened up for the future? What area of your church, school, and work commitments would benefit from more attention in the coming semester? 

Sojourn

Serve, study, search, with your summer, but we encourage you to top it off with the kind of journey that only summer freedom enables. Take a summer sojourn. Take a temporary excursion out of the regular schedule of your life. Take some time off work and spend some time somewhere you have never been. There are a range of absolutely-stunning parks around the Louisville area like Red River Gorge, which is only a two hour drive away, and has breath-taking beauty. Another great and affordable option that is just a little bit closer to home is the Yew Dell Botanical Gardens; they are only thirty minute drive to the eastern side of Louisville, but have an international reputation in the world of flower gardens. 

Don't waste the summer! So, after you have finished resting, think about how you can best invest.  

Graduation Gift Guide

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Graduation is a time for gratitude. The student soon to graduate has so many reasons to give thanks. On the upward trail towards a degree there were hills that they had to overcome and plateaus where they needed renewed strength. Looking back from the summit of an academic career, we have the opportunity remember those who have helped.  As you seek to celebrate, these categories of gift ideas will help you rejoice with your loved one and equip them to begin new adventures.

Celebration

The soon to be graduate has worked long hours; the last semester in particular is often very strenuous. As their classes and papers compounded, they had to clamp down on leisure time. Give your son or daughter something that will help them rejoice and recover. Here are a few suggestions:

1. A Classic Novel—likely the person you care for has spent the last few years reading more text books and academic sources than you can imagine. But one thing you can do is help them recover the joy of pleasure reading by giving them a classic novel to read this summer.

2. A Hiking Pack—set your friends up for an adventure. Encourage them to celebrate the journey towards graduation with a hike in the mountains.

Memorable

College and seminary builds memories. Their school no doubt invokes a sense of nostalgia—it was here that they built lasting friendships. Give them a gift that will encapsulate those memories allowing them to be treasured in years to come. Here are some choice gifts that will help them remember:

1. A Campus View Print—there are a range of great campus view canvas pictures available that enable your graduate to take a little bit of their seminary or college with them when they leave.

2. A Seminary Tumbler or Mug—Southern Seminary’s campus gift store Fifth and Broadway has a great selection of handmade mugs and travel tumblers. These mugs with the school’s crest on them are a practical gift that provokes daily coffee-time memories.

Professional

Graduation begins the summer long interlude between study and life’s next adventure. Your graduation gift need not only inspire celebration and memory for your loved ones; you can also consider a gift that equips them for the next stage of their lives. Graduation is, after all, a celebration that someone is ready to begin professional life. Here are some ideas to equip your student for an internship or job opportunity:

1. A Messenger Bag—a leather messenger bag is a practical gift that will last and look great for years. It will provide your student with a way to organize their daily work and personal items as they begin a new job.

2. A Shave Kit—Give them are sharp groomed look with a new, steel safety-razor, some smooth shave cream, and a badger-hair shave brush.

CLASSIC

There are some gift ideas that have endured through the centuries as great gift choices for graduates. These are items that are traditional and always a good choice. Here are our top suggestions:

1. A Quality Pen—Give them a pen that they can use to write personal letter and thank-you notes to their church members in their new ministry position. A new fountain pen or rollerball pen enables your graduate to express their personality and care to those they minister too.

2. A New Blazer—help your student make a good impression by buying them a high-quality blue blazer. A sports blazer gives a clean and timeless look for your student regardless of what their next adventure is.

Graduation is a time for gratitude. We hope you enjoy the opportunity to look back and share the joy with your friend or family member who is graduating this semester. Remember to stop in to Edgar's to celebrate with our graduation special, Buy One Get One 50% off store wide. 

 

Book Review- Live Smart by Dan Dumas

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This is a book review of Dan Dumas' latest book, Live Smart.

Dan Dumas is Professor of Christian ministry and leadership and Senior Vice President for Institutional Administration at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. You can find more from him at his website and blog dandumas.com


Win the mind of a youth win the future. In recent times, Christian leaders have made it clear that the evangelical church is failing to address and disciple young people. Wisdom is not being passed down from generation to generation. There is very little substantial preparation being made to address the problem. Any generation, and especially the rising one, is in need of ministers who will labor to apply God’s Word to their lives. They need mentors. They need preachers. And they need books that capture their hearts.                     

Dan Dumas has written such a book. Live Smart is a book which demands a young person’s attention. For, as Al Mohler notes in the forward, quoting the words that a wise mentor told him in his youth, “At the end of the day, much of who you are will be decided by the people you know and the books you read” (9). In Live Smart, Dan Dumas has endeavored to be faithful and apply the wisdom of Proverbs to the lives of high-school and college age young people. He makes vivid and practical applications to the struggles that youth face. But the wisdom that he outlines from the book of proverbs maintains relevance for the Christian walks of all believers.

Dumas focused on four vital areas of Christian growth: the Christian must grow in the way they relate to God, the way they act toward others, the way they walk personally, and in their appreciation for the gospel. Speaking of these four paths to spiritual growth in every Christian’s life Dumas urges young people not to squander their opportunities to live lives that count: “I’ve walked a little further down those paths, and I want you to know that those roads are the way to a full, bold, intentional life that counts for eternity” (16). He structures his book around these four areas, which are especially important as a generation of young people are tempted to turn their backs on the church.

The structure of the Live Smart is one of its sure strengths. Instead of narrowing his lens on certain aspects of growth to the neglect of others Dumas addresses the wisdom of scripture to the whole person. He starts by directing the heart orientation of young people toward God: “At the center of every future gospel leader is a robust, right, and lofty view of God” (21). In order to grow into men and women who are leaders—who love God, his word, and his people—high school and college students must love God, the bible, and the church now. Dumas demonstrates that the life of a teenager is not changed by aspiration alone but by aspiration and application: a teen must get serious now in order to be able to put his hand to the plow of faithfulness and leadership later.

In the following sections Dumas provides some of the concrete applications teens need. A relationship with God must bear fruit in service to others and in the cultivation of personal holiness. He urges young people to submit to the authorities God has placed in their lives, seek godly mentors, and serve others. He encourages teens to forget themselves for the joy of anticipating and meeting the needs of others: “Life will bring you more joy when you remove yourself from the center. True greatness is found in the pursuit of God’s glory and the good of other people” (64).

If authority is an area that is crucial in the life of a wise young person, then work ethic is an equally crucial area. Dumas challenges teenagers who know the temptation to procrastinate and let their homework stack up, “if you want to work hard as a young person, and please God with your life, then start working hard now. Focus. Make plans. Start things and finish them” (94). He offers this same sort of direct advice in his last section, where he directs his readers to pursue a life that is saturated in awe of the gospel, “Know the gospel. Taste it. Believe it, and never let it go” (125). This is an example of the powerful pleading applications that Dumas makes throughout his book as he seeks to capture the hearts of young people and see them pursue the glory of God.

The young Christian in high-school or college—who feels the pressure of classmates and the temptation to take life lightly—would be benefit by reading Dumas’ latest book. Their generation is in need of men of God who will labor to apply God’s Word to their souls. In Live Smart Dumas writes to capture their hearts and directly apply the Bible’s wisdom to their unique struggles. He urges them to grasp the significance of this time in their lives and “embrace the pursuit of wisdom” (136). He has grasped the call of the scriptures to the young person. Throughout the bible the young person is confronted with the call to see every area of their lives as an area where God can be glorified. He grasps this biblical vision and outlines tangible ways for teenagers to heed it. He leaves the reader with the admonition of the father to his son in Proverbs four, “Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight. Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her” (Proverbs 4:7-8). This book would make a great recommendation for young people in your church or family.


Dan Dumas is Professor of Christian ministry and leadership and senior vice president for Institution Administration at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. You can find more from him at his website and blog dandumas.com