Welcome to The Lamp Post—a newsletter from InterVarsity’s Faculty Ministry. As the name implies, The Lamp Post is about bringing light, helping us to grow in our understanding of God in the face of Christ (II Cor. 4:5-9). May you find encouragement from these resources.
Andy Crouch describes, from close up, the life of the scientist and academic, and the gift it can be to pastor and nurture them as scientists and persons, helping them to understand their vocation as a means of grace.
How does one thrive spiritually in the academic world? Whether we work in secular or Christian contexts, we can benefit from learning how believing faculty members abide in Christ in the midst of their day-to-day teaching tasks. Anne Pharr describes such a conversation in this first of a series on spiritual vitality in the academy.
In this interview from the ESN Blog, 2016 Christian Scholars’ Foundation Grant Recipient Carrie Bredow describes the psychology research she’s carrying out with the grant and talks about how her faith and academic work interact. For more information about the CSF Grant, see this post.
Thinking about a graduate school search in the social sciences, or advising students who are? In this two-part series, Kateri Collins shares advice, steps, and checklists to help plan a search process. Read more and find links to Kateri’s own graduate school search story, her suggestions on finding mentors, or her reflections on inhabiting transitional time well on the Emerging Scholars blog.
It was a great year for the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) blog, thanks to partnerships with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA campus staff ministers, campus grad fellowships, and individual emerging scholars.
The interaction between people who hold different and particularized beliefs leads to the challenge of pluralism—the fact of deep and incommensurable difference around us. In this article, Dr. Inazu shares about the challenges pluralism brings—especially in the university—and how one of those challenges calls us to live together through our indifferences.
The Bible talks about work and rest in the same breath. It sees work and rest as opposite sides of the same coin. You can’t understand one without the other. To have a biblical understanding of work, we also need a biblical understanding of rest.
Michael Gehrling, National Director of International Graduate Student and Faculty Ministry, shares a story from his ministry reflecting on how the Holy Spirit led a Bible study group, he intended to lead in one direction, in an unexpected way.
What does it mean to be part of a global religion, and how can Christians make sense of the diverse missions, values, and politics of that belonging? How can we better understand following Jesus in a connected world?
The MBA ministry was blessed by record attendance to the Business as Mission track at Urbana 15. We thank all those who attended and invite those who could not to join us as we pursue God's calling into business and what that might mean for us individually and corporately. Here are some recommended resources and next steps.