Anyone can face mental health challenges. For all the blessings of the academic life, there are also many struggles, including stresses to mental health. Several writers in the ESN community shared reflections on mental health with us in the last few weeks, so we are sharing their stories as a way to encourage others in this stressful time of the semester. The stigma against asking for help can be strong in both Christian circles and academic ones, and we want to encourage readers to seek help when they need it and to know they are not alone. Thank-you to ESN authorÂ David H. LeonardÂ for offering this piece in response to Andy Walshâ€™s recent post on mental health. At the end of the post you will find a list of help lines Andy included in his piece. We also recommend this recent post by Kateri Collins,Â A Poem/Prayer for Survivors of Mental Health Challenges.
A number of my colleagues recommended I read What is the â€œGood Newsâ€ of Jesus Christ?*, delivered by David Suryk at the 2016 Midwest Faculty Conference (Cedar Campus, 6/19/2016). When I had opportunity to connect with David at this summer’s Midwest Faculty Conference, I asked him not only for a copy of What is the â€œGood Newsâ€ of Jesus Christ?, but also the permission to share the sermon with the Emerging Scholars Network via a series on the blog (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4). “Thank-you!” to David for the series and Hannah for editing. What a joy in this post not only to continue exploring how all four Gospels have the same crucial structure telling the Jesus story, but also read the good news shared at the end of the post. To God be the glory! ~ Tom Grosh IV, Associate Director, Emerging Scholars Network
Christ Crucified: Understanding the Atonement, Donald Macleod. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2014.
Summary: A thoughtful, contemporary restatement of the classical doctrine of the atonement including different contended terms in reference to the atonement includingÂ substitution, expiation, propitiation, satisfaction, and victory.