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…

Community, Excellence, and Joy, Part 2 (Closing Interview, Faithful Is Successful series)

ESN: One of the largest themes of the series has to do with issues of faith and ambition. It seems that God has called us to do our best work for Him, and yet He’s also called us to seek humility and associate with the humble. Any further thoughts on navigating that tension?Read more…

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…

Listening to our colleagues: Muslim, secular, Christian. Interview with David Vishanoff

Too often we are so immersed in the tacit standards of our own discipline that we don’t stand back and try to reimagine them in radically Christian ways. Not jettison them and start over, but just notice how our standards and expectations embody and reinforce our sinful nature, and imagine how those particular sinful patterns and blind spots might be redeemed, right here in the specific department or conference or library where we find ourselves. It’s exhilarating, really, if we let our imaginations run wild a bit.Read more…

Faithful Is Successful: Interview with Howard Louthan

There is a huge cultural gap between the church and the university, and we are called to bridge it. Frankly, I have never felt completely home in either world. While my university friends need to learn to see nuance and diversity in the Christian tradition, those in the church have much to learn from the university. During our time at the University of Florida my wife and I collaborated with a local Christian Study Center to try to bridge these two worlds. We sponsored speakers who lectured both in a professional setting at the university and also to local church audiences.Read more…

Faithful Is Successful: Interview with Matthew Cabeen

A congressperson once asked a scientist, “Why should we keep funding so many research projects when such a small percentage actually make important contributions to human society?” The scientist replied, “You are right that very few projects have profound results. But the problem is that we don’t know beforehand which few projects will be the important ones! So we have to do them all.” I see an important parallel to family life here.Read more…

Faithful Is Successful Interview: Dano Jukanovich

For the last almost two years, I have juggled a number of different roles: continuing to oversee Karisimbi Partners with frequent travel to Rwanda, conducting leadership training seminars in China periodically, refurbishing a 150 year old farm house, barn and vegetable-stand, supporting my wife’s work in a stressful senior executive role, being the primary caregiver, playdate scheduler and sandwich maker for our 5, 8 and 11 year olds.Read more…

Snapshots of Four Global Worldviews (Mary Poplin)

Note: In the first post of the Is Reality Secular? series, Mary Poplin shared what led her to write her new InterVarsity Press publication. Tom: I have found Is Reality Secular? truly serving as a “resource for living in and actively influencing our culture without being overtaken by it.” Thank-youRead more…