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Giving Tuesday: Advancing the labors of InterVarsity's Emerging Scholars Network. For your prayerful consideration. To God be the glory!
The Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) Facebook Wall reached 1500 "likes" on September 4. Now we're at 1,633.
As I shared on September 5:
Wow! Humbling. I remember when I found it hard to believe we had reached several hundred, let alone 1000. Pray for God's discernment in how to best serve the Kingdom of God through this resource page in relationship to other media (both internal and external to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Emerging Scholars Network). As you have recommendations (or desire to join the team in some manner), please do not hesitate to let me know by emailing me here. . . .
AND it's not just the FB Wall which is growing, below is an example of the interest expressed to me by several of our Emerging Scholars (crossing over 4,000 in 2013):
I read with regularity the ESN blog and the materials that you publish on Facebook. I noticed the other day that you had a post on writing for the ESN blog and I read your links and I would like to pursue that as a possibility.
In the coming weeks this PhD student will post on his personal life as an Emerging Scholar, books which he's found of particular benefit, and several topics of significant concern in higher ed. I have the first series in the editing process. In another sphere: just over the course of the past several days I've received an invitation for ESN to explore co-sponsoring a conference. The conference is across the nation from where I live -- this would be a big next step as we begin the process of developing local hubs of events/activities. More tba.
As the Lord leads you to financially support the encouraging and equipping of the next generation of Christian scholars offered through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Emerging Scholars Network, I ask to prayerfully considering giving a year end gift toward my funding (click here) and/or that of the Emerging Scholars Network (click here). Furthermore, please contact me if you desire to learn more and become more involved with blessing Emerging Scholars (locally and/or nationally). Yes, I have lots of opportunities/ideas :)
Living in the reality that God provides through the people of God not only as we finish this year, but also as we step into 2014. . . .
To God be the glory!
Am I in a relationship? What is my individual identity? How do I enter relationship, find my individual identity? Do you question your faith? What brings coherence to your life?
In An Examined Life, social historian Edwin Judge* explores some of the big questions of our age and shares about his personal faith. The interview is by Simon Smart for the Centre for Public Christianity (5/1/2011. 5 min 4 sec).
Additional Centre for Public Christianity interview clips of Edwin Judge available at https://publicchristianity.org/library/person/Edwin-Judge/. On the Emerging Scholars Network FB Wall I have highlighted the below pieces. Please consider and share with others who would receive benefit. To God be the glory! (More)
Book Review: 'Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy' -- Bob Trube. Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) Blog. 11/5/2013. Thank-you to Bob for his offering of six takeaways from this lengthy book (624 pages), which as you may remember was the focus of an Adult Elective (Sunday School class) last fall at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church. Well worth the read and the discussion.
In case you've haven't been following the Emering Scholars Network Blog, I wrapped up Christian Devotional Classics with a post on A.W. Tozer and "The Pursuit of God" and have started a series on Who Am I? Bonhoeffer as a Historical Mentor in Prayer. Part 2 will be posted tomorrow.
As you have reflections/questions regarding Bonhoeffer and his life/writing, please post below, on the ESN blog posts, and/or email via http://www.intervarsity.org/contact/emerging-scholars-network.
Book Review: Eat with Joy. -- Bob Trube. Emerging Scholars Network blog. 9/10/2013.
Question: How do you approach eating? Note: I just added a link to an author interview (Rachel Marie Stone) as part of the bonus features. Enjoy another challenging piece published by InterVarsity Press .
To God be the glory!
The first Emerging Scholars Network Blog Post on Minds, Brains, Souls and Gods: A Conversation on Faith, Psychology and Neuroscience by Emeritus Professor of Psychology Malcolm Jeeves (InterVarsity Press, 2013) is up at http://blog.emergingscholars.org/2013/09/faith-psychology-neuroscience/.
To help shape the series, I'd like to hear your questions regarding faith, psychology and neuroscience. Please post questions below or drop me a line at http://www.intervarsity.org/contact/emerging-scholars-network.
C.S. Lewis on Scripture. God's Word in Human Words. Part 2 of 2 -- David Williams˙. Emerging Scholars Network Blog. 9/5/2013. Note: I encourage you to read Part 1 before reading part 2. Maybe that's just because I appreciate David's approach to topic and I want to be sure you don't miss anything ;)
When you visit the post don't miss my picture of “C.S. Lewis’ desk and chair” from my brief time at the Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College, IL. I enjoyed several hours of research there last fall during a trip to Chicago to interview James W. Sire for a seminary paper/project -- for a series of related posts scroll forward beginning at here.
AND yes, I didn't miss the opportunity to also visit InterVarsity Press while I was "in the neighborhood." :) What a joy to be a part of a campus ministry with a press which has been printing excellent material for decades -- with more to come. To God be the glory!
Yesterday the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) Facebook Wall reached 1500 "likes." Wow! Humbling.
I remember when I found it hard to believe we had reached several hundred, let alone 1000. Pray for God's discernment in how to best serve the Kingdom of God through this resource page in relationship to other media (both internal and external to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Emerging Scholars Network). As you have recommendations (or desire to join the team in some manner), please do not hesitate to let me know by emailing me here.
PS. As the new academic term begins, please extend the blessing of the ESN by inviting those with whom you are connected in higher education to join the community/conversation on the Facebook Wall and the larger Network. To God be the glory!
Improbability not equal to impossibility -- Zachary Schmoll. Emerging Scholars Network Blog. 9/4/2013.
Comment: I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to connect with Zak˙. I pray God’s blessing upon his 1) labors as an assistant underwriter, 2) beginning of an MBA program with a desire to teach accounting, 3) blogging through the Bible one chapter at a time*, 4) competing in power soccer. AND whatever else God has in store for him. To God be the glory!
Book Review: Teaching and Christian Practices. Emerging Scholars Network Blog. 9/3/2013. From my introduction: "With the new term opening, let’s get serious with Bob Trube’s review of 'Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning' (David I. Smith & James K.A. Smith, editors. Eerdmans, 2011) and a few bonus articles."
Thank-you to Bob for the challenging piece highlighting that the love God and the love of learning are deeply intertwined.
Work in Progress: Finding the Shape of my Vocation -- Hannah Eagleson. InterVarsity's The Well. 8/26/2013.
Comment: Thank-you to The Well for publishing this rich piece! This week the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) Facebook Wall highlighted Hannah's series What I Wish I’d Known About Graduate School. If you're considering graduate school, in graduate school, graduating grad school, and/or have friends in the process, I encourage you to read both the post on The Well and the series on ESN. AND then share with friends (possibly including a fellowship).
A little bit more of the story . . . It was great to introduce Craig Gartland (the Director of InterVarsity's Faculty Ministry/Emerging Scholars Network) to Hannah and Nathan (another ESN contributor) over breakfast at Folklore Coffee & Co. What a beautiful meeting place for a number of the the ideas and people part of a "local hub" for the Emerging Scholars Network. To God be the glory!
An invitation . . . Please let me know if you're interested in writing about the grad school experience or helping ESN gather local hubs of conversation regarding the transformation of students and faculty, campus renewal, and developing world changers (in particular scholars sharing their blessing on campus and beyond). Looking forward to Hannah's fall contributions to the ESN Blog. Stay tuned :)
I found the post particularly applicable to the context of my current labors among graduate and medical students at Penn State College of Medicine through the Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA. AND all the more so due to a recent conversation with a resident and her husband.
During that time they touched on the importance of a Christ-centered life (including relationships and habits) in the midst of the high pressure, not just of vocation but also in raising two young children. What a joy to hear them share how much they have learned about the value of rest/Sabbath for their daily life on the Way AND how they seek to extend this Life to others. May others receive the Truth which they, Monica, and many Emerging Scholars share through word, life, and deed. To God the glory!
Hot off the Press: Campus Resources from IVP '13* is a "hot" post. Lots of people visiting the post and sharing with me on Facebook/email their appreciation of the resource. If you haven't already done such, I encourage you to enjoy some of the fruit of the Emerging Scholars Network's partnership with InterVarsity Press and possibly even help us take this campus resource "another step forward." To God be the glory!
*Thomas B. Grosh IV. Emerging Scholars Network Blog. 8/20/2013.
The Jamaica Call to Action (Part 2): Ten 'Calls' (8/6/2013) -- The third post in the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) Blog series on Creation Care & the Lausanne Movement by Ed Brown, Director/CEO of Care of Creation and the Senior Associate for Creation Care for the Lausanne Movement. Thank-you Ed!
Note: The previous posts in the ESN Blog series are
1) "A New Awakening? Creation Care & the Lausanne Movement", http://blog.emergingscholars.org/2013/07/creation-care-lausanne-movt/
2) "The Jamaica Call to Action (Part 1): Two Convictions", http://blog.emergingscholars.org/2013/07/jamaica-call-to-action-part-1/
"The 'whole gospel' includes caring for God’s creation." -- Ed Brown's (Care of Creation) opening of A New Awakening? Creation Care & the Lausanne Movement (Emerging Scholars Network Blog. 7/23/2013).
Comment: It was great to connect with Ed at Urbana12 and I'm really looking forward to this 4-part series. Please swing by the post to learn about the growth of creation care in Evangelicalism. To God be the glory!
"On The Teaching of Truth. . . . Truly, 'we have eyes and see not': for what concern to us are such things as genera and species. . . ." -- I wrestle with this quote and some additional material from Thomas à Kempis' "The Imitation of Christ" at the Emerging Scholars Network FB Wall, https://www.facebook.com/emergingscholars/posts/10151431975821618. Please swing by to check out the material and share some of your thoughts.
In FactChecker: Does College Cause Young Adults to Lose Their Faith?, "Professor Smith observes three primary and very interesting reasons why the university is not the faith-shredder we imagine it to be:
1) The increase in presence and effectiveness of campus-based ministries like Campus Crusade, InterVarsity, and Young Life.
2) The increase of relativism and the decline of strict scientism, which allows for discussion of faith and spiritual speculation, similar to what Paul experienced at the Aeropagus.
3) An increase in committed evangelical and Catholic faculty at secular universities in America who can serve as an encouragement and balance for Christian students." -- Glenn T. Stanton. "FactChecker: Does College Cause Young Adults to Lose Their Faith?" (The Gospel Coalition. 6/18/2013).
Not only more to read in the article (and the writings of Christian Smith), but there is much to engage with via cutting edge campus missions such InterVarsity's Emerging Scholars Network. I commend to you yesterday's ESN blog post Becoming a Thoughtful Christian in the Secular Academy and the on-going series on the campus mission. Furthermore, I thank-you for your support of my labors with InterVarsity's Emerging Scholars Network and the Christian Medical Socity (CMS)/CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine. If you have the ability to help us gather in the final $6,000 in our annual $100,000 ministry budget at year end (June 30), please drop us a line and/or visit our InterVarsity donation page. To God be the glory!
Part of a "Dead Theologians Society"? If so, please share. If not, interested in starting one? Click here to check out Ohio State University's (OSU) inspiration & reading list. Thank-you to Bob for sharing a good report of the work at OSU. To God be the glory!
"Give 'em Heaven." -- Dallas Willard's final charge to his granddaughter Larissa. May we do likewise all of our days! To God be the glory!
For more of what Larissa shared at the Saturday, May 25 memorial service (5:15), click here or below. Praying for God's grace and leading in the legacy each and every one of us will leave our family as Christ-followers.
Thank-you to The Charles Malik Society for Redeeming Reason FB Wall for the heads up on this link.
Pray for those who are facing challenges to their positions in research/higher education. Pray for those who are losing positions and those seeking positions.
This evening I received a call regarding one who has lost a position today. Rejoice with me that God is a visible healing presence through His people. Pray for renewal and the realization that worth is not based on position, but being created in the image of God and renewed/restored in Jesus the Christ. Pray for healing and discernment in next steps. As you have prayer requests related to higher education, email http://www.intervarsity.org/contact/emerging-scholars-network.
Best Christian Books of All Time Reviews: Knowing God, Pt. II (John Hundley. Emerging Scholars Network Blog. 4/25/2013). It is so good to be reminded of some of the significant points of this excellent InterVarsity Press book -- foundational not only in my first steps as a Christ-follower and many friends at Grove City College, but for many others (including those with whom I labored with at Carnegie Mellon U when they were students). To God be the glory!
Note: First post in the "Knowing God" series, http://blog.emergingscholars.org/2013/04/best-christian-books-of-all-time-reviews-knowing-god-pt-i/. Third post in series coming next week :)