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…

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…

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…

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…

Takeaways from “Is Reality Secular?”

Mary Poplin responds to the question, “What do you desire to be the top takeaways for readers of Is Reality Secular?”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…

Tips from Tim Gilmour (Growing Spiritually in Academic Life Series)

Life in the university promises a chance to think about the big questions in life, to reflect on who we are and what we’re learning. But all too often, life as an academic seems so busy as to overwhelm anyRead more…

Justice and Righteousness are the Foundations of His Throne (Scholar’s Compass)

When I volunteered with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity in 1996 for two months, she basically told me that I did not yet know my call; she was right. I was 44 and a struggling new Christian, only three years old in Christ.Read more…

Campus Resources from IVP ’14

“Live” . . . Over the weekend I posted Campus Resources from InterVarsity Press: 2014-2015 Academic Year Edition in the media section of the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN)’s website and now it’s on the blog too 🙂 With a tweaking of the format,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…

Is Reality Secular? Part 2

What is real? . . . If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain (43) Material Naturalism With the above quoteRead more…

Is Reality Secular? Part 1

Is reality secular? Is adequate knowledge secular? And is that something that has been established as a fact by thorough and unbiased inquiry? Is this something that today’s secular universities thoroughly and freely discuss in a disciplined way? (11) MaryRead more…

Reclaiming Conversations?

“Reclaiming conversations, that’s the next frontier.” — Sherry Turkle‘s [1] concluding line to her TEDxUIUC 2011 presentation Alone Together. This morning David O’Hara’s Can I Ask Questions In Church? [2] spurred me to read Jaweed Kaleem’s Keeping Alive The Big Questions [3]. In Kaleem’sRead more…

Your Minds Mission

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…

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…