Today, Beth Madison shares some things she’d change if she could redo her years of graduate school and early professorship. Read Beth’s earlier reflections “Not What I’d Planned” and “Stories for Life.”Â [Read more…] about If I Had to Do It Again: the Graduate School and Early Professor Years Edition (Scholar’s Compass)
In my last post I took some time to consider the ideas of legacy and success from a Christian perspective. When I die, how will people remember me? What will be my mark on the world? What impact will I have made on the lives of others?
I didnâ€™t know at the time how apropos those words would be. Last Tuesday my grandmother died. On Saturday I gave the eulogy at her funeral. She was 94 years old. [Read more…] about Journalism Notes: Pressing On II
When I die, no one will make a documentary about me. I donâ€™t expect a big New York Times obit on my grand contributions to society and culture. Itâ€™s unlikely that social media will be flooded with worldwide tributes and memorials to how my work changed peopleâ€™s lives. [Read more…] about Journalism Notes: Pressing On
Engaging SocietyÂ was produced for InterVarsity’s Following Christ 2002 Conference. I find it an apt piece (9 min, 17 sec) for our reflection and action not only on Martin Luther King Jr Day, but as the Emerging Scholars NetworkÂ (ESN) pushes ahead in 2014.
In the coming days, weeks, and months we willÂ give focused attention to the meaning/purpose of higher ed and how this plays out across disciplines, the “academic ladder”, our neighborhood . . . the creation as a whole. As you have material to add to this conversation (e.g., posts to write for the ESN blog, links to share with the ESNÂ Facebook Wall, campuses/conferences to connect with, a legacy to create/share/leave as a blessing to others), please contact me. Thank-you.
I write after a good cry. Dallas Willard died this morning after announcing stage 4 cancerÂ on Monday. You can read moreÂ here.
For those who don’t know, Dallas was a longtime philosophy professor at USC. He was a great voice for Christianity and his writings will continue to influence new generations of Christians. His bookÂ Spirit of the DisciplinesÂ was influential in my life, helping me to see that following and becoming like Christ is our life’s work. I became a disciple by reading this book.
At the end of my first semester on campus at USC I stopped in my tracks one day with the conviction that I should visit Dallas’ office and share more of my heart with him. We had met a couple of times earlier in the semester, but I had only been able to introduce myself briefly.
I had an apple left over from my lunch and I grabbed it and walked to Dallas’ office while I sifted through the thoughts I wanted to communicate. He was in his office and only had a few minutes before class. He was standing and eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich while reading something on his desk. He welcomed me, the interruption. [Read more…] about Thank you. You can rest Dallas Willard.