Come Home [Balm in Gilead / Summer Read…Quote…Reflect]

What novel or series of novels provides “windows” to your life, family, community / communities, and / or vocation? Have you (and / or some of your friends) been invited by the Lord to “come home” through a novelist? What is unique about a novel written through the lens of a well-developed Christian perspective on daily life?Read more…

Healing…Fiction…Connectedness [Balm in Gilead / Summer Read…Quote…Reflect]

With summer unfolding, I thought that it would be good to go the direction of Read…Quote…Reflect, beginning with a series on “Balm in Gilead: A Theological Dialogue with Marilynne Robinson” – an InterVarsity Press publication resulting from the 2018 Wheaton Theology Conference.Read more…

Living in relationships with immigrants, refugees, and other low-income people . . .

What is my main takeaway for those of us in the context of higher ed? Royce’s conclusion summarizes the book’s call to prayer, knowing and learning from immigrant neighbors, serving, giving, educating our churches and communities/advocacy, and addressing the root issues. Read more…

Welcoming the Stranger: My Impressions of the First Edition (Part 2 of Welcoming the Stranger Series)

Last week we introduced a new series by Royce Francis, an associate professor at George Washington University and an ESN author. Today Royce shares his thoughts on the IVP book Welcoming the Stranger, and gives a training update as he prepares to run the Baltimore Half Marathon for World Relief. Read more…

Winsome Persuasion. A Teaser

The uniqueness of Winsome Persuasion is that it helps readers prepare to engage by laying the theoretical foundation for understanding what constitutes a counterpublic (section 1), discovering the rhetorical and philosophical tools necessary for engagement (section 2), and wrestling with issues specific to Christian counterpublics (section 3).Read more…