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Welcome to the new Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) blog! [8/21/2008] We have created this blog as a supplement to the main ESN website, to direct you to useful resources for emerging Christian scholars around the web and to offer some “first thoughts” about issues affecting Christian scholars in the secular academy.

Some of the topics that we’ll cover will include:

  • Advice for preparing for, flourishing in, and successfully leaving graduate school.
  • Resources to connect you with like-minded scholars.
  • New offerings (podcasts, books, web resources) from our ESN partners. (Note: I know that “partners” in web-speak too often means paid sponsors, but these partners are fellow Christian organizations that care about the life of the mind and the health of Christians in the academy.  If we link to something they offer, it will never be because they have paid us to do such.)
  • Thoughts and discussions about topics that affect Christian scholars, such as the integration of faith, life, and learning, the role of Christianity in the secular academy, and such like.

I’ll be one of our main bloggers, and I’ll be joined at first by my colleague, Tom Grosh IV, who serves students and faculty in Pennsylvania. If you’d like to contribute to the discussion, please feel to comment or to take part in our discussion forums.  If you’re interested in contributing a guest post or suggesting we add your own blog to our blogroll, let us know.

Update (8/22/2016): In 2012, Micheal Hickerson passed on the baton of editing the ESN blog to Tom Grosh IV. Tom currently co-edits the ESN blog with Hannah Eagleson. All three of us have enjoyed investing in the growth of a community of scholars who give and receive from this piece of the larger ESN endeavor. Tom and Hannah were recently interviewed for a short history of ESN, written by a colleague taking a class by George Marsden (Professor of History, Emeritus, U. of Notre Dame) at Regent College, Vancouver. Beautiful timing as we take next steps in ministry. Stay tuned to learn more . . . To God be the glory!

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Micheal Hickerson

The former Associate Director for the Emerging Scholars Network, Micheal lives in Cincinnati with his wife and three children and works as a web manager for a national storage and organization company. He writes about work, vocation, and finding meaning in what you do at No Small Actors.

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