The purpose of this study is to examine principles of punishment with an eye toward thinking through some fundamental principles of the criminal law. This is, again, good practice as you get into the habit of evaluating the law by biblical principles.

The purpose of this study is to examine the tort law that God gave to Moses for the Israelite society. We will use the case laws in Exodus to examine our own thinking about the goals of our system of tort law. I recommend spending two weeks on this study if the group finds it interesting.

Tom Trevethan shares a prayer service dedicating the academic year and seeking God's provision for your campus fellowship. We pray that your meetings with faculty may bring unity and encouragement.

Tags: Prayer | Leaders

Black Scholars and Professionals (BSAP), a national ministry within InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, hosted its fifth annual conference in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Claudette Ligons spoke on persevering and growing in the academic life. Dr. Ligons also has the distinction of a 100% graduation rate among the Ed.D. students she has supported through the dissertation process at Texas Southern University. Originially published on the Emerging Scholars Network blog, we are delighted to share wisdom on continuing in the journey of higher education from Dr. Ligons in this four part series, Strength for the Journey.

"The notion that God is a God of justice, as well as grace and love, allows oppressed people to have hope. When wrong is acknowledged and hope springs forth, it is possible to receive justice even when the system may let you down."

Read more from Dr. Alice Brown-Collins, Associate Regional Director of Graduate and Faculty Ministries (GFM), Northeast and the Area Director for Black Scholars and Professionals (BSAP), originally published on the Emerging Scholars blog.

Emerging Scholars Network, Women in the Academy, and InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries wish you a wonderful new year. As you flip your calendars, we pray that you are renewed and ready to finish the academic year well. Whether you are or not, these articles offer quick, practical advice that might encourage you in your academic and personal pursuits.

What good is it if we gain academic prestige, yet forfeit our souls? Robert Kaita, Principal Research Physicist of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, offers his perspective and a Scriptural basis for aiming to serve Christ and achieve academic success simultaneously.

A prayer for the new year; and a prayer by Samuel Johnson before beginning a new study.

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Ever feel like you are all alone, venturing into unchartered territories? As Christian graduate students, faculty, university staff/administrators, and campus ministers, university life is challenging. Lauri Swann offers scripture, prayer, and testimony of God's provision for us in this three-part series from Scholar's Compass, a devotional series from the Emerging Scholars Network:

​ May God use Lauri's words to encourage and bolster your faith to hear his voice and obey.

Bird-watching is more than a hobby for me. It is a spiritual discipline, a facet of a life of prayer, an extension of my seeking, seeing, and hearing from the Spirit of Jesus. Not only do the disciplines of bird-watching and contemplative prayer appear strikingly similar, but I also see parallels in the tools as well.

The practice of spiritual disciplines enriches our understanding of God, deepens our obedience, and increases our longing for God. Many faculty members deeply desire to follow Christ in the academic world. May this guide beckon you to establish a regular rhythm of seeking and finding God.

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