Faithful Is Successful Interview: David E. Lewis

If your work never has a clear substantive connection to your faith, this does not mean that God cannot be intimately involved in your research life. In the chapter I write about ways that my faith influences both the process of research and the substance. 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…

Faithful Is Successful Interview: David E. Lewis and Joshua Swamidass

ESN is partnering with the team that wrote Faithful Is Successful to foster conversation among our Scholar’s Compass writers and the community of Christian scholars and professionals who authored the book. Today, we feature an interview with two of the book’s editors.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…

Faithful in Successful: Interview with Soo Chuen Tan

The common thread is that life is a journey and our career is a part of that journey. Our careers are our work, the product of our offering to God as we work out and grapple with what we do and who we are. My story is just one of many that can be an example, but everyone has their story.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…

Fall Preview: Interviews

Want to join our team of interviewers? Or are you willing to be interviewed about topics such as choosing graduate programs and applying, navigating different career stages, learning to teach, publishing your first book, etc.? 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…

Derek Melleby

Derek Melleby: Academic Faithfulness

While I was the Coalition for Christian Outreach’s Jubilee conference a couple of weekends ago, I had the chance to sit down with a few very interesting people and interview them for the blog. One of these was Derek Melleby,Read more…

Graduate School Survival Kit

We’ve gathered some of our most read and appreciated material on navigating graduate school here. If you’re looking for encouragement/grad school survival advice individually or for your campus group, check out these five options.Read more…

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…

Serving the Church through Scholarly Ambition (Scholar’s Compass)

Today I’m thinking about how academics can use their gifts to serve the church, encouraged by Bruce Huber’s essay in Faithful is Successful. As Huber wrestles with the thorny question of ambition, one of his conclusions is that ambition can be pursued rightly in the context of service to the body of Christ. This has me thinking about the many faithful scholars I know through ESN and elsewhere. I thought I’d make a partial list of some ways I see the fruit of faithful scholarly ambitions supporting the church, universal or local.Read more…

Opening: History Dept, Full-time faculty position (Bethel U)

Updated Job Announcement: https://blog.emergingscholars.org/2015/10/job-announcement-history-at-bethel-university/. Application is open. The position will now begin Fall 2016. Tom Grosh IVTom enjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa and their four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren inRead more…

Opening: Assist/Assoc Prof, English & Literature (U. of Northwestern–St.Paul)

The University of Northwestern–St.Paul is seeking candidates for the position of Assistant/Associate Professor in the Department of English & Literature. Founded in 1902, Northwestern is an evangelical, nondenominational Christian institution offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Northwestern is anRead more…