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Pilgrimage: Life of a Pilgrim on Campus (Scholar’s Compass)

As we near the end of this series of devotions on pilgrimage, let’s return to where we began, on that highway to Jerusalem in Psalm 84. On that highway travelers have their hearts set on arriving in Jerusalem and worshipping in God’s holy temple. With their focus set on this story, the path they walk becomes one of refreshing springs even in the desert. When we encounter Paul in Athens, he is also following a story, a story that begins on a road to Damascus. Read more…

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On Submitting Academic Work (Scholar’s Compass)

I have a love-hate relationship with deadlines. I am a procrastinator. I’m sure many of you can relate. I don’t procrastinate because I’m lazy or because I don’t want to work hard. It’s a crutch directly related to perfectionism. My work will never be as good in reality as it remains in my head. So I avoid the inevitable disappointment that comes when the writing exists.Read more…

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Pilgrimage: Communitas in the Academy (Scholar’s Compass)

As we muddle our way through liminal spaces on the path to a sacred center, especially with others who also see themselves on pilgrimage, not only do we change, but so do our relationships. A unique community arises that focuses on reaching that goal more than remaining within the usual boundaries and edges of social interactions. The lure of such a community often draws people to the academy.Read more…

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Opening: Liberal Arts/Honors College, Full-Time Faculty Position (Houston Baptist University)

Houston Baptist University seeks a professor for its Smith College of Liberal Arts and its Honors College. Rank will be commensurate with qualifications. Candidates should be available to begin work in August 2015. Review of applications will begin immediately andRead more…

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Grading as a Spiritual Practice (Scholar’s Compass)

It’s that time of year again: grading time. I’m sure you’re familiar with the saying “I teach for free, but I get paid to grade.” You may be procrastinating right now, avoiding those last 27 papers you have to grade. Maybe you’re enjoying the clever memes posted by colleagues about student complaints, entertaining typos, or plagiarism. . . .Read more…

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Pilgrimage: Liminality in the Academy (Scholar’s Compass)

On a journey to a sacred center, pilgrims often leave behind known and familiar lives to step into an unfamiliar time and place. Even if they have a good image of their destination, they cannot predict what will occur along the way. In this respect, pilgrimage is essentially a time of liminality.Read more…

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Navigating Justice: Followup to Defender of the Accused (Scholar’s Compass)

Drawing on her experience as lecturer and head of the Mission department at West Africa Theological Seminary in Lagos, Nigeria, Chinyere Priest contributed to our Lent series with a reflection on pursuing justice for those falsely accused of witchcraft within Nigerian society. . . . Here she provides more detail on the theological grounding of her post. Read more…

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Giving Thanks: A Christian Approach to Vocation (Scholar’s Compass)

The man standing at the podium swipes his hair back again and continues with is presentation. He has a new theory, challenging the one that has become the status quo, which has staved off competing explanations for decades. He drops numerous names and somehow in the mix mentions the deficiencies of his father. I begin to suspect that this proud, brilliant, and yet surprisingly insecure scholar is no longer filling just a lacunae in the field but a hole in his heart.Read more…

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Pilgrimage: Sacred Center of the Academy (Scholar’s Compass)

Towards what story are you traveling? That’s the big question of any pilgrimage. When going to Jerusalem or Santiago de Compostela the story seems clear. Pilgrims long to walk in the footsteps of Jesus or stand at the tomb of St. James, following the paths that millions have taken before to come closer to God. For centuries these and many other pilgrimage centers have held the promise of miracles because heaven and earth have met there before – the transcendent God became immanent. However, as Paul reminded the Ephesians it is not necessary to travel to a specific location for the transcendent to become immanent. Read more…

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Ambition and Identity: Interview with Bruce Huber

I hope that Christian scholars will be emboldened to excel in their work while wholly immersing themselves in the story of God. Integrating faith and scholarship is difficult in many fields. We haven’t always been very imaginative in how we’ve undertaken that. We should do all we can to nurture conversation and push the frontiers of thought in that connection.Read more…