Frequent ESN contributor andÂ InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA Graduate & Faculty MinistriesÂ Staff Mark Hansard explores John Locke’s ideas in Part 4 of hisÂ series on faith and reason. As you may remember,Â Part 1Â took aÂ brief look at a Scriptural basis for using reason and logic, Part 2Â discussed St. Augustineâ€™s ideas about faith and reason, and Part 3 engaged with the thought of Aquinas.Â If you’re looking for Advent content this week, check out our Resources for Advent post from last week, and plan to visit Mark’s post Preparing for Epiphany after Christmas.Â [Read more…] about Faith and Reason Part 4: Locke
Editorâ€™s Note: To supplement Kathy Cooper’s Daniel: Notes for Grad Bible Studies,Â a review ofÂ With the Clouds of HeavenÂ by James M. Hamilton, Jr. Thank-you to Bob Trube for sharing his reviews with Emerging Scholars! Bob first posted the above review on Bob on Books. ~ Thomas B. Grosh IV, Associate Director,Â Emerging Scholars NetworkÂ . . .
With the Clouds of Heaven (New Studies in Biblical Theology) by James M. Hamilton, Jr. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2014.
Summary: A true study of the biblical theology of Daniel, including its structure, key themes, how the book influences both early Jewish literature and the New Testament, and how it connects to key themes throughout scripture.
Amy Sherman begins Chapter 8 ofÂ Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common GoodÂ (InterVarsity Press, 2011) with a bang!
Jesus is actually looking for people He can trust with His power. –Â Dallas Willard
Faithful vocational stewardship is not only aboutÂ doing,Â it’s also aboutÂ being.Â To deploy their vocational power for the common good, believers must possess a character that handles this power humbly and eschews its misuse. This is why discipling for vocational stewardship involves not only the work of inspiration and discovery but also an emphasis on formation (italics in original.Â Sherman, 129).
What do you think of power, particularly as a follower of Christ? How do you discuss its use in your household, local congregation, neighborhood, department, lab group, campus fellowship? Ever been in a mentor-mentee conversation such as the one young Spiderman found himself in with Uncle Ben?
I’m reminded that those engaged in higher education as young scholars are truly involved in a maturation process. Sherman helpfully highlights four key character traits as the beginning of wise vocational stewardship. As you consider these character traits, what Biblical texts and stories from your experience in higher education give testimony to their value?
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