Book Response: Soul Searching

Since Soul Searching’s publication, I have recommended that parents, church leadership teams and youth/campus ministers prayerfully read, consider, and develop structural adjustments taking into consideration “Summary Interpretation: Moralistic Therapeutic Deism” (161-71) and the “Concluding Unscientific Postscript: Observations and Implications of NSYR (National Study of Youth and Religion) Findings for Religious Communities and Youth Workers” (259-271).Read more…

Book Response: Renaissance, by Os Guinness

There is no shortage of analyses of the twin crises of the church and the West, but by themselves such analyses have too often led to despondency, fear and paralysis, just as medical diagnosis without remedies can be heartless and debilitating. What we also need is a constructive overarching vision of Christian engagement in today’s advanced modern world, one that is shaped by faith in God and a Christian perspective rather than by current wisdom, and one that can inspire Christians to move out with courage to confront the best and worst that we may encounter (27).Read more…

Visions of Vocation on Labor Day

The word vocation is a rich one, having to address the wholeness of life, the range of relationships and responsibilities. Work, yes, but also families, and neighbors, and citizenship, locally and globally — all of this and more is seen as vocation, that to which I am called as a human being, living my life before the face of God. It is never the same word as occupation, just as calling is never the same word as career. Sometimes, by grace, the words and the realities they represent do overlap, even significantly; sometimes, in the incompleteness of life in a fallen world, there is not much overlap at all (Steve Garber. Visions of Vocation. InterVarsity Press, 2014, 11).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…

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

Updated Job Announcement: http://blog.emergingscholars.org/2015/10/job-announcement-history-at-bethel-university/. Application is open. The position will now begin Fall 2016. Tom Grosh IVEnjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa, four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church (whereRead more…