Often, in the Old Testament, the familiar refrain, “Be strong and courageous,” is given by God to such leaders as Moses and Joshua. Biblical courage is not psycho-babble; it is based on the presence and favor of God, on behalf of His people, and is predicated upon God’s promises in the present concerning His future intervention.
Diligence in the Life of the Christian Scholar (Scholar’s Compass)
What is diligence? Related English words give us some clues as to what diligence is, words such as: endurance, perseverance, persistence, or to be committed and tenacious.
In Pursuit of Gospel-Driven Productivity
A Review of Matt Perman’s What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done (Zondervan: 2014) By David H. Leonard, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics, Luther Rice University, Atlanta, GA It might be tempting to think that productivity is a topic more suitable for business leaders and entrepreneurs, for whom […]
Success, Failure and the Protestant Work Ethic
Not long ago I wrote an Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) blog post about my experiences on the tenure track, sharing my concerns about whether I would get tenure and contemplating my priorities. I wanted to think through whether tenure even should be my primary goal, and what I would give up to achieve it. It was encouraging […]
Evangelical Scholarship and the Pursuit of Excellence
A Review of Andreas Köstenberger’s Excellence When posted, guest contributor and ESN member David Leonard had recently completed a Ph.D. in philosophy and was teaching a wide range of courses at several universities in the Twin Cities. His project at the time involved developing a taxonomy of the intellectual virtues to be used in college-level philosophy courses. […]