Call to Faithful Witness in 2019

As we press into the daily grind of 2019, set aside time to join me in checking / resetting our compass by prayerfully considering: Who is this Jesus I / we follow? Is Jesus my / our first love — receiving primary allegiance? Do I / we “trust and obey” — placing hope (short / long term) in Jesus? How do I / we share the love of Jesus with others in our messy context?Read more…

ESN News: A Leadership Transition

With both sorrow and joy, we announce that Tom Grosh IV will be transitioning to a new role as an area director with CMDA (Christian Medical and Dental Association) in South Central Pennsylvania, and I will be carrying on the vision and mission of ESN. Sorrow, because Tom is an amazing colleague who has grown ESN into a vibrant ministry with a strong model, and I will miss him immensely. Joy, because Tom is moving on to another wonderful opportunity to serve Christ and still plans to do some volunteer writing with ESN, and joy also because I am deeply excited to grow the vision, mission, and model Tom has built at ESN.Read more…

Equipping Christian Scholars at Urbana 18: The ESN Urbana Fellows Program

One of my [Hannah] most vivid memories of Urbana 15: sitting at a table of emerging scholars passionately discussing what it means to be missional in a humanities field, as the loudspeaker above blared regular announcements such as, “Those in the green area, you should be finishing your salad now. Those in the red area, you should be clearing your tables now.”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…

Book Response: Renaissance, by Os Guinness

There is no shortage of analyses of the twin crises of the church and the West, but by themselves such analyses have too often led to despondency, fear and paralysis, just as medical diagnosis without remedies can be heartless and debilitating. What we also need is a constructive overarching vision of Christian engagement in today’s advanced modern world, one that is shaped by faith in God and a Christian perspective rather than by current wisdom, and one that can inspire Christians to move out with courage to confront the best and worst that we may encounter (27).Read more…