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…

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…

Jesus Among the Scholars: InterVarsity Faculty Conferences, Summer 2017

Are you a professor looking for ways to connect with other faculty who care deeply about integrating faith and academic vocation? Do you long for a time of reflection and prayer this summer? Would you like to learn from others and share your own stories? InterVarsity Grad/Faculty Ministries has four summer faculty conferences in different regions of the US. Read more…

Reimagining the Sacred & the Cool: A Literary Symposium (Highlighting Community)

Missing Books and Culture? Want to have awesome conversations about literature and faith? Wishing you could hang out in a cool Christian study center this spring? Our friends at Upper House, a Christian study center in Madison, Wisconsin, have a way to address all three of those longings. Read more…

New Series: Why I Appreciate Christian Scholars

This spring semester, ESN is delighted to introduce a new series, “Why I Appreciate Christian Scholars.” In this series, we’ll hear from believers in many vocations and walks of life who want to share an encouraging word on why they value the work of Christians in academic vocations. We launch the series today with a reflection and prayer by Gary Anderson, a Gordon-Conwell seminary student and Park Street Church pastoral intern with a background in business.Read more…

Highlighting Community: Spring Lineup at Center for Christianity and Scholarship (North Carolina)

Since 2012, the Center for Christianity and Scholarship has worked with students and faculty at Duke University and around North Carolina’s Research Triangle to create and sustain a community of scholars interested and engaged in discovering what it means to think as Christians about the workings of the physical world, social structures, history, art, philosophy, and other fields of study. Read on for spring events. Read more…

Resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, ESN Staff prays for the ongoing grace to seek justice and practice mercy, to stand with the vulnerable, and to celebrate the vast diversity of people represented in God’s Kingdom. Here are a few resources the ESN blog has shared over the past few years related to the work of Martin Luther King Jr.Read more…

Fall Snapshot: Depending on Christ

As an aspiring psychologist, I was recently in a training session that taught us how to validate clients’ feelings—to show respect for their feelings, display empathy, and exhibit active listening so that they feel heard. While learning how to empathize with the feelings of others, however, I’ve also been reflecting on my own feelings, especially transitioning into my first year in a Master’s program in New York City.Read more…

Summer Snapshot: The Discipline of Simplicity

Two years ago, my husband and I packed our two-bedroom townhouse into my parents’ garage and flew to the U.K. with two bags each. During our postgraduate studies, we lived in a 300 sq. ft. apartment and shared one three-feet-wide closet for a whole year. Aside from traveling and making friends from around the world, we learned a few unexpected lessons which we are trying to integrate into our lives this summer.Read more…

Summer Snapshot: The Secret of Solitude

Same setting yet different pace of life. A transition from being an undergraduate student to graduate student at the same university is a place of mixed feelings. As I’m utilizing my summer by starting a research project, the reality of large time commitment is becoming very tangible for me as I realize how quickly time escapes from me.Read more…

Summer Snapshot: Taste, See, and Obey

This summer, everything is new. My plans have been pushed aside in favor of God’s, and He is constantly telling me that I know what’s best, and I will provide. I’ve just finished my undergrad degree in molecular biology and Asian American studies. I’m still torn between what to pursue for graduate school. Read more…