Navigating Knowledge: Integrating Faith and Archaeology (Scholar’s Compass)

The most common reaction I get when I tell people I am an archaeologist, is ‘I always wanted to be an archaeologist when I was little!’ Since most people later leave that dream behind and find more useful things to do, I sometimes find myself pondering why it is worthwhile to engage in archaeology. After the first excitement of the prospect of digging up treasures has worn away (probably after weeks of finding nothing whilst digging in rock-hard clay in the scorching sun, or alternatively sloppy, slippery clay in the pouring rain), why would a Christian have an interest in pursuing an academic career in archaeology at all?Read more…

Fostering Thoughtful Integration of Faith and Subject within Christian Academic Communities (Scholar’s Compass)

You’re a postgraduate student with a busy course and research schedule, spending long hours in the lab or poring over books. Or a new lecturer, coming to grips with juggling teaching, marking and caring for your students with continuing to build your research career.Read more…

James Clerk Maxwell’s Accidental Invention of the Color Photograph: Humility in Research and Faith (Scholar’s Compass)

Reading Through the creatures Thou hast made Show the brightness of Thy glory, Be eternal Truth displayed In their substance transitory, Till green Earth and Ocean hoary, Massy rock and tender blade Tell the same unending story — “We are TruthRead more…

Scholar’s Compass: Preparing for Epiphany

Epiphany, the season after Christmas and before Lent, is a celebration of the revelation of Jesus. On January 6th the Western church celebrates the coming of the wise men, who divined from the stars the appearance of a new Jewish King. Who the wise men were, and what methods they used to discover the coming of Jesus are mysterious in Scripture, but they represent the Light of Christ coming to the Gentiles.Read more…

Scholar’s Compass: QU4RTETS: A Collaboration

My own recent project, QU4RTETS, comes out of the conviction that a robust “cross-pollination” is possible between visual, literary, and musical forms––and it has developed over the past three years into a collaborative touring exhibition and concert performance with painter Makoto Fujimura and composer Christopher Theofanidis. Read more…

Scholar’s Compass: Sir Gawain Seeks Christmas

One of my favourite Medieval, Middle-English poems (if you don’t have one you really should), is Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. It begins at a Christmas feast in King Arthur’s court. All are feasting and laughing when suddenly a giant of a man comes riding into the hall where the courtiers are feasting.Read more…

Advent: Expecting Our Hope to Be Fulfilled (Scholar’s Compass)

In the Northern Hemisphere, Advent coincides with shortening days and falling temperatures, the dormant season for most plants and animals. In the Christian calendar, Advent prepares us for the celebration of Christmas. This season of expectation and longing overlays Israel’s long wait for the Messiah with our own long wait for the Messiah’s return.Read more…

Advent Awakening: How The Story of the Wise Men Can Transform Our Worship Once Again (Scholar’s Compass)

As I sank down in my chair, I felt deeply frustrated. Another ‘through the bible in a year’ reading finished. My smartphone app congratulated me with a ‘great job,’ but it felt hollow and empty. I had read the words, but they weren’t transforming me.Read more…