An invitation to discuss “Finding Calcutta” by Mary Poplin

With our limited time, energy, finances, blog attention spans, why focus on Mary Poplin’s “Finding Calcutta: What Mother Teresa Taught Me About Meaningful Work and Service” (IVP. 2008)?Read more…

Mary Poplin on “Is Reality Secular?”

Why did you write the book, Is Reality Secular? Mary: Actually I think I just never stopped writing the Appendix of Finding Calcutta after it went to press in 2008. . . .Read more…

Finding Calcutta: An “Advent”-ure

Have you found yourself on an Advent-ure as we’ve considered Finding Calcutta? Do you find yourself longing for and waiting upon the coming of the Lord in your life, your neighborhood, your discipline, your campus, your nation, the creation?Read more…

Finding Calcutta: What is My Legacy?

How would you articulate the gulf between a secular legacy, one of the world’s primary measures of a life’s work, and faithful fulfillment of Christian calling?Read more…

Finding Calcutta: I’m not called to be Mother Teresa, but . . .

As Mother Teresa said, “You can do something I cannot do. I can do something you cannot do. Together let us do something beautiful for God.”Read more…

Finding Calcutta: “call awareness” w/o losing “Caller dependence”

Questions to explore: What is the definition of calling? What are biblical characteristics of “finding” one’s calling? Who comes to mind as examples of biblical characters who “found” their calling? What are sins that undermine our calling and we shouldRead more…

Finding Calcutta: Find yourself in doing, not criticizing

What are spiritual principles for our attitude and our actions in pursuing God’s calling? How are attitude, action and audience are part of our calling?Read more…

Finding Calcutta: Jesus’ Call to Us – “Follow Me.”

How do we identify and describe the various aspects of our Christian calling? What is the difference between the Christian understanding of calling to the popular secular use of the term?Read more…

Finding Calcutta: Prayer and Our Calling

How do we understand the role of prayer in seeking our calling with the Father? In what manner may the prayers, spiritual direction, and ministry of Mother Teresa, offer some guidance as we seek to understand and live our own calling by God.Read more…

Finding Calcutta: How do I get there? How should I prepare for the journey?

“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage” (Psalm 84). . . . How do you recognize, articulate, and carry out the relationship of Christian calling for vocation with your life’s journey in Christ? Who holds you accountable in the daily grind across the various “spheres” through which you travel?Read more…

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Finding Calcutta: To make possible true inner silence, practice

In follow up to “Finding Calcutta: Where is Calcutta? Somewhere beyond (just) ourselves,” below is a meditation for reflection upon our calling.Read more…

Finding Calcutta: Where am I now? Is this my calling?

As we open “Finding Calcutta: What Mother Teresa Taught Me About Meaningful Work and Service” (Mary Poplin. IVP. 2008), let’s begin by wrestling with “Finding (my/your) Calcutta.”Read more…

“Finding Our Calcutta” on Campus

Over the past several days in venue after venue across Pittsburgh and South Central PA, I heard Mary Poplin, Professor of Education at Claremont Graduate University, share not only her testimony, but also the cost of following Christ in higherRead more…

On Alert and On Call: Armed Only with His Mind and His Love

Mary Poplin offers a personal statement that describes her call as a Christian professor in a secular university. Read more…

Devotions: Beatitudes (5) — Mercy

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. — Matthew 5:7 Probably next to love, no other character quality so defines God as that of “mercy”. And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you andRead more…

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Serving Christ as a Professor: Suggested Readings from Urbana 12

Below are suggested readings from my Urbana 12 seminar Serving Christ as a Professor. These are books or essays that Emerging Scholars Network staff and members have found especially helpful to their journey toward becoming a faculty member. In each section,Read more…

Culture Making by Andy Crouch

What Books Should We Suggest at Urbana 12?

In only 15 days, ESN will be joining 18,000 of our closest friends at Urbana 12, InterVarsity’s triennial missions conference. As in years past, we’ll have an exhibitor table, and I’ll be hosting a seminar on “Serving Christ as a Professor.” OneRead more…

Would You Support ESN With An End-of-the-Year Gift?

If you’re an official member of the Emerging Scholars Network, then you’ve received my recent end-of-the-year emails. (If you aren’t an ESN member, then why not join right now?) These updates share the good news of ESN’s recent activities and inviteRead more…

Why “Christian Apologetics”? — Hell

Please join me in taking a few minutes to prayerfully consider and respond to some of the material on “hell” in Douglas Groothuis’ “Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for the Biblical Faith” (IVP. 2011).Read more…