Teaching Tips: Grace and Identity

As an undergraduate, I found it very difficult to contribute to class discussions—sometimes I was too shy to speak up, other times I simply couldn’t think of anything to say. The struggle persisted into graduate school, where I pushed myself to participate, but was still frustrated and disappointed in my performance. I suspected that my professors were too.Read more…

As Christ First Loved Us (Teaching Tips Series)

Every Monday morning, my work week begins the way I always dreamed it would, with chalk hitting the chalk board as I pace in front of thirty something young minds who were befuddled by the reading assignment I gave them over the weekend. Teaching at the university level is not only my dream job; it is also my real life job! Read more…

Does the Bible support discovery of God’s creation through scientific method/inquiry? (STEAM Grant Series April Question, Post 2)

Christ, in the Sermon on the Mount, encourages his disciples to “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow […]” (Matthew 6:28b, ESV). In doing so, Jesus calls us into a deep contemplation of the created order, not as an end in itself, but as a means of knowing God.Read more…

Making the Second City Church Lenten Cross

I professed faith in Christ in 1970, right as I was completing my M.F.A. in sculpture. I was living in Baltimore, where I studied at the Rinehart School of Sculpture, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). The results of my conversion were mixed. My behavior certainly changed in some positive ways, but artistically I was stymied. I could not find any contemporary role models.Read more…