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Vocatio Christi: The Contours of Our Callings (Scholar’s Compass)

“Follow me.” With these two simple words Jesus turned the worlds of Peter, Andrew, James and John upside down. Jesus called them away from the life that they knew in order to be apprenticed into a new Way, a new Truth, a new Life. He extended this call to Matthew the tax collector, to a rich young ruler, and to many, many more. Some followed. Some didn’t.Read more…

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Missio Dei: The Context of Our Callings (Scholar’s Compass)

What, if anything, does my spiritual life have to do with my work life? Better yet, what does my spiritual life have to do with my life’s work? Is my specific vocation incidental or irrelevant to my spiritual formation? Or do these aspects of my life converge somehow? Similarly, are evangelical witness and the integration of faith and scholarship mutually exclusive concerns, one activity being suited to dynamic extroverts and the other to bookish introverts? Or is there a way in which these go together?Read more…

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Final Week: Double your ESN Gift with Matching Grant

For July only, we’ve received a matching gift opportunity to raise $2500 towards sharing Scholar’s Compass teaser booklets at summer conferences. As we enter the final week, it’s a perfect time to give towards putting Scholar’s Compass in the hands of academics and Christian leaders this summer. Read more…

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ESN Interview: Randy Isaac, American Scientific Affiliation

I find it exciting when people tell me that ASA stopped them at the door on the way out of the church. It’s fulfilling to hear how students struggled to learn how to connect their faith with their science and found common ground in the ASA. It is the fellowship with other Christians dealing with the same issues that resonates with me.Read more…

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Give to ESN: Send Scholar’s Compass to ASA Conference

Next week, ESN heads out to the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) conference, and you can help send Scholar’s Compass booklets along. For July only, we’ve received a matching gift opportunity to raise $2500 towards sharing teaser booklets with five Scholar’s Compass posts and great graphic design.Read more…

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Sleep and the Graduate Life (Scholar’s Compass)

Normally, I’m a heavy sleeper. But I woke up the other night and rolled over to a more comfortable position. But I did not fall back asleep. Instead, I began to think about the rent on my new apartment due in a month. I began the math of incoming paychecks and other bills and repeated the infinite lament of the graduate student stipend. I did not sleep for another hour. Read more…

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Feasts and Revelry: Good Food and the Grad Life (Scholar’s Compass)

I visited the Trade Winds Asian Market on a rare summer evening where time slows and places itself like infinity in your hands. I wanted to make green coconut curry before the summer ran out; summer always seems to run out before it has any right to do so. A friend and I drove to the market and wandered the aisles of unfamiliar labels and food types. We pondered the notations in Chinese characters of which green stalks were lemongrass and which was the Thai basil. Read more…

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Activism in the Academy

A couple of years ago, I found myself surrounded by respected faculty colleagues, discussing a book proposal that I was preparing. The topic of the book is economics and animal ethics, an area of significant disagreement. My own convictions are well-outside the mainstream for Christian economists in the Mid-west, and I am a junior faculty member, so I was somewhat taken back when a colleague asked “Is this book going to be objective? Or will it be advocacy?” I wanted to answer “Yes.”Read more…