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Head, Heart and Hands Together: Implications and Challenges

Questions How would you summarize how the overemphasis on or neglect of either the head, hearts or hands dimension of one’s faith (or the faith of one’s faith community) causes one to be less than what God envisions for usRead more…

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Head, Heart and Hands Together: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Has the balance/relationship of head, heart and hands been explored/discussed in some manner in your field? If so, what has been the conversation? If not, how might you propose research and writing on the balance/relationship of head, heart and hands in your field?Read more…

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Head, Heart and Hands Together: The Biblical Case

How would you present the biblical case for a faith with well-developed and balanced dimensions of head, heart, and hands?Read more…

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Head, Heart and Hands Together: Pandita Ramabai

Inspired by Heading East: Kami in India and our place in “Head, Heart & Hands: Bringing Together Christian Thought, Passion and Action,” let’s briefly consider the life and testimony of Pandita Ramabai (1858 – 1922).Read more…

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Head, Heart & Hands: Distortion of the Hands

Ever found the “hands” dimension of one’s faith or the faith of the larger Body of Christ distorted? How does God draw us back to a balanced faith expression of head, heart, hands?Read more…

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Head, Heart & Hands: Christian Faith and the Hands

How do you define the “hands” of the Christian faith? How do you understand the “hands” working in relationship to the “head” & the “heart” in one’s Christian faith?Read more…

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Head, Heart & Hands: Distortions of the Heart

Ever found the “heart” dimension of one’s faith or the faith of the larger Body of Christ distorted? How does God draw us back to a balanced faith expression between head, heart, and hands?Read more…

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Head, Heart & Hands: Christian Faith and the Heart

How do you define the “heart” . . . understand the “heart” working in relationship to the “head” in one’s Christian faith . . . perceive/articulate the role your “heart” played in your conversion to faith in Christ?Read more…

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Head, Heart & Hands: Distortions of the Head

What “Distortions of the Head” have been particularly difficult for you and the communities in which you are involved? How have you (and the communities in which you are involved) sought to address these issues in relationship to loving God? Read more…

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Head, Heart & Hands: Overview – Definitions of “Head,” “Heart,” and “Hands.” Part 2

Which faith dimension do you struggle to keep in proper perspective or alignment in your daily life, work, and relationships? Is there an area which your local congregation and/or campus ministry over-emphasizes? How so? Why?Read more…

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Head, Heart & Hands: Overview – Definitions of “Head,” “Heart,” and “Hands.” Part 1

“Holding together what people tend to pull apart” To facilitate conversation (inspired by Gene’s comment on the previous post):  Would love to have you briefly share … How you describe your “theological/spiritual development.” How your “theological/spiritual development” guides/relates to yourRead more…

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Head, Heart & Hands: Fragmented Faith and Fragmented People (Intro/Chapter 1)

Let’s begin our study of Head, Heart & Hands by asking the provoking question: As you characterize your conversion experience, would you say that it is one Of the head? Of the heart? Of the hands? A combination of oneRead more…

The Big Picture of Ministry to Emerging Generations

Christians must care deeply about culture and they must recognize that true cultural obedience to their Lord has to take place under the cross. — Richard Mouw. Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal Introduction (Eerdmans, 2011), 136. In Ministry to Emerging Generations I brieflyRead 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…

The Spiritual Life as an Editorial Process

Have you ever considered The Spiritual Life as an Editorial Process? Al Hsu, an editor (and author) for InterVarsity Press, skillfully explores The Spiritual Life as an Editorial Process in Chapter 5 of the recently published A Spiritual Life: PerspectivesRead more…

The Incarnational Stream & Higher Education: Holistic Spirituality

Introduction Last week I had the privilege of participating in the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA)1 Connections Conference. The support, conversations, content, networking, and resources which I took away from CMDA, Bristol, TN, encouraged me in and better equippedRead more…

The Incarnational Stream & Higher Education: Family

Introduction Have you considered the influence of your family history (or how you frame your family history) on your vocation and daily life? In Personal Foundations in Ministry, one of my assignments will be to complete a genogram. Have youRead more…

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The Incarnational Stream & Higher Education

During the spring term I took a class on Spiritual Formation in Ministry at Evangelical Theological Seminary (Myerstown, PA). My Engaged Learning Project and Classroom Presentation focused on the Incarnational Stream/Tradition. Over the course of the next several weeks, I’llRead 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…

Renewing & Redeeming the Campus – What Can We Do?

Last Friday in the midst of crazy weather, I boarded Amtrak in Elizabethtown, PA, to lead a discussion on Renewing & Redeeming the Campus – What Can We Do? at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Christian Fellowship (PGCF). Abstract:  PGCFRead more…

Do You Have a Mission Statement?

Several weeks ago a physician encouraged members of the Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine to develop personal mission statements.  Yesterday morning I engaged in an on-line discussion regarding ministry mission/vision statements.  In the afternoon, I cameRead more…

No football. Campus tradition rooted in peace-making

Preface I’m surrounded by Elizabethtown College campus records checked out from High Library.  Why?  I’m writing a paper for a Brethren in Christ Core Class on The Theology of the Church (taught by Terry Brensinger) which will explore how wellRead more…