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Celebrating Small Victories (Strength for the Journey series, Part 4)

ESN is delighted to share wisdom on continuing in the journey of higher education from Dr. Claudette Ligons. Dr. Ligons has the distinction of a 100% graduation rate among the Ed.D. students she has supported through the dissertation process at Texas Southern University. The concluding post in a series of four.Read more…

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Surely the Lord Was in the Rare Books Room, Part 2 (Scholar’s Compass)

Christians in university settings can all too often find in the church and in academe two cultures that lead us to discouragement. The most uptight Pharisees can miss Christ just as easily as the most ardent skeptics by failing to see the God that they have misdefined in the first place. Read more…

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Learning from our Brothers and Sisters after Charleston

The shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston is heavy on my heart because 10 years ago I, too, stepped into an AME church as a young white man. I didn’t know anyone there and was anxious about how I would be perceived. But the pastors and members showed me hospitality that forever changed my life.Read more…

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Science Corner: S-U-C-C-E-S… Leave off the Last ‘S’ for Science!

Even if science isn’t your thing, the very practical insights and tips are relevant to any situation where you are communicating with people who understand the world differently from yourself. For example, the advice seems just as applicable to the challenge of clarifying misconceptions about the Bible.Read more…

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Planning for Victory, Prayerfully (Strength for the Journey series, Part 2)

Let’s begin with Prayerfully Planning for Victory. If you are convinced that your studies and your career are aligned with God’s purpose, you are starting in a place of victory. Knowing that will enhance your faith as you pray for His guidance and His support in other areas of your life.Read more…

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Seeking God’s Wisdom in Strange Places

The author guidelines for Scholar’s Compass posts advise beginning with “a quotation from Scripture or a Christian writer”. The first quotation above is neither. It is an extract from the Instruction of Amenemope (variously named Amenophis, Amenemopet, or Amen-em-apt), an ancient Egyptian work of uncertain date giving advice of a practical and ethical kind from a father to a son. Read more…

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Partner With ESN: Urbana Sponsorship

Would you like to support an emerging scholar as that person makes vital connections with other Christian academics at Urbana? In a pilot program, ESN is offering 20 sponsorships to Urbana for emerging scholars. They include a chance to engage in smaller groups with other believers in your subject area, and $100 towards Urbana tuition. Read more…

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Strength for the Journey, Part 1

ESN is delighted to share wisdom on continuing in the journey of higher education from Dr. Claudette Ligons, and to highlight the work of InterVarsity’s Black Scholars and Professionals (BSAP). BSAP, a national ministry within InterVarsity, recently hosted its fifth annual conference in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Ligons spoke on persevering and growing in the academic life, a topic very relevant to emerging scholars.Read more…

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Gates and “Keys” (Scholar’s Compass)

Most days, on my way to the library, I have to pick my way through a narrow passageway between Senate House (the ceremonial headquarters of Cambridge University where degrees are conferred) and Gonville and Caius College, dodging speeding cyclists, tourists stopping to take photos, and long crocodiles of schoolchildren. Read more…

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Science Corner: Pluto’s Even Goofier than We Thought

We infer a lot about God’s nature from the regularity of the sun. . . . Yet it’s starting to seem as if that kind of behavior is, if not rare, then at least not the only significant paradigm. . . . given all the unpredictable behavior in nature right here, what sort of theology should we have here on Earth?Read more…

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Wisdom: Cosmic, Practical and Playful (Scholar’s Compass)

In the first post in this series, I introduced the mysterious figure of Lady Wisdom, a key character in the nine chapters that introduce the book of Proverbs. This figure, gendered as female, stands in the streets and calls the passers-by to feast at her house, eating her bread, drinking her wine, and learning from her to “walk in the way of insight” (Proverbs 9:1-6). Read more…