Adam McHugh provides a very reflective and open-minded resource in hisÂ Introverts in the Church: Finding our Place in an Extroverted CultureÂ (Intervarsity Press, 2009).Â As I began to digest it, I soon thought of two books published in the past few yearsâ€”one, Susan Cainâ€™sÂ Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Canâ€™t Stop TalkingÂ (Penguin, 2012) and second, more tangentially related, Angela Duckworthâ€™sÂ Grit: The Power of Passion and PerseveranceÂ (Scribner, 2016). As it turns out upon my investigation, Adam McHugh has been a contributor to theÂ Quiet RevolutionÂ blog (www.quietrev.com), an online resource led by author Susan Cain. While McHugh has also published more recently with IVP (The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction, 2015), his title that has been out for nearly a decade now contains some personal account of his own struggle during the time of his preparation for pastoral ministry, struggle whichÂ nearlyÂ prompted him toÂ take the step of resignation from the ordination process following seminary study, and potentially shutting the door on a future in ministry. He relays the connection he experiencedÂ early onÂ with the persevering, studious characteristics needed inÂ theÂ academicÂ aspect of graduate school;Â and yet, while enjoying close relationship with others, he struggled to maintain the pace of public interpersonal interaction that is often called for in the work of ministry. [Read more…] about Book Review: Introverts in the Church
â€œHezekiah received the letterÂ from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the templeÂ of theÂ LordÂ and spread it out before theÂ Lordâ€ (cf. Isaiah 37:14, NIV). [Read more…] about Unroll the Scroll (Scholarâ€™s Compass)
Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World,Â Rev. Alexia Salvatierra and Peter Heltzel. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2014.
Summary: Most advocacy and activism efforts have been organized around secular principles. The authors explore what organizing and advocacy work that is deeply and thoroughly rooted in Christian principles would look like and illustrate this from their years of experience. [Read more…] about Book Review: Faith-Rooted Organizing, by Rev. Alexia Salvatierra and Peter Heltzel
In an evangelical world in which â€œsecularâ€ knowledge is sometimes not valued, itâ€™s important to remember that the Bible itself, at least in a couple of instances, supports the learning and use of whatâ€™s sometimes termed â€œsecularâ€ knowledge. Of course, there is no such thing as â€œsecularâ€ knowledge, really. There is simply knowledge, and God has all of the knowledge itâ€™s possible to have, including the â€œsecularâ€ and â€œsacredâ€ kind. So, we really shouldnâ€™t have to defend the use of â€œsecularâ€ knowledge. Nevertheless, the following places in Scripture are useful: [Read more…] about A Biblical Basis for Secular Knowledge (Scholar’s Compass)
Most human societies have some kind of hierarchy, which means some folks have more of something — power, money, time — than others. And mutually beneficial cultural artifacts like aqueducts require cooperation and coordination. Yet at least in the short term, there is no advantage to the giver in yielding resources to another. This raises the question — how did the first hierarchies form? [Read more…] about Science Corner: The Hunger Simulations