My Dearest and Beloved Students,
I want to share a resource with you that I pray will help you. I have noticed that many of my students through the years have a challenge in making the transition from writing personal, reflective papers to writing graduate-level social-science research papers. One of the keys is to have a strong grasp on the art and science of rhetoric. In the following Intercollegiate Review short article, Professor Dr. Basil “Chad” Chisholm, of Southern Wesleyan University in South Carolina, introduces us to the basics of using rhetoric in composing our weekly essays. I trust this will be of some aid to you in your work.
Here is “The Rhetoric of an Excellent Essay.
God bless you as you continue to grow in the critical work of research and more ably mastering the important work of composing scholarly research papers for the glory of God and the advancement of knowledge: a magnificent goal that will surely (ultimately) yield a greater application of wisdom to ministry as well as public service (both subjects that I teach), and, thus, inevitably, endow greater freedom to the People we serve, whether in the Church, nonprofits, or government. Our research is that important. For your research is forming the kind of professional you will become as you assume the important positions in public service once leaving your respective program of training. I want to equip you to do your very best, in this class, and in every class, but more especially for the roles that God will call you to once you receive your degree.[pullquote]I want to equip you to do your very best, in this class, and in every class, but more especially for the roles that God will call you to once you receive your degree.[/pullquote]
Commending you, each and all, to Christ and to the Word of His grace, I remain