Exasperated by BS in Higher Education

I stumbled on a diatribe from Christian Smith in The Chronicle Review from January 9, 2018 entitled “Higher Education is Drowning in BS”. It is a prophetic lament for a scholar who sees the “disastrous political condition” of his country directly linked to the failure of its institutions of higher learning. He maintains that universities … More Exasperated by BS in Higher Education

Campus Ministry: Deep Roots, Wild Branches

The Flourishing Congregations Institute reported a few years back that the United Church in Canada was closing a church every week. That can’t continue very long. Religious “nones” are the fastest growing religious group in the country–up to 25 percent of Canadians, and even a higher percentage of the younger generation. If churches contribute to … More Campus Ministry: Deep Roots, Wild Branches

Diverse Diversity in the Public University: A Book Review of Wolterstorff’s “Religion in the University”

Wolterstorff’s goal: to establish the place of religion in the public university in a liberal democracy. Not its legal or moral place, but its place within the role-ethic of a scholar in such a context. … More Diverse Diversity in the Public University: A Book Review of Wolterstorff’s “Religion in the University”

Dying to the Genius of Youth: Andrew Root vs. John Seel on the Future of the Church

I just had an article published with The Christian Courier in which I review some recent books on youth, faith, and church. The subject, of course, is close to the heart of the university, as it is dedicated to the formation of youth for wisdom and service in society. To be for higher education is … More Dying to the Genius of Youth: Andrew Root vs. John Seel on the Future of the Church

The Corpus of James K. A. Smith: Worldview Made Flesh

Dr. James K. A. Smith has been called both an “academic rock star” and “a faithful guide” and I want to commend his postliberal Biblical vision for creaturely life to you. I have been following him for years, trying to keep up with his prolific writing, identifying him as a post-boomer peer who offers a fresh paradigm and practice for Christians. I would describe him best as a provocative public intellectual: a self-described “philosophical theologian with interest in socio-political realities” who teaches at Calvin University in Michigan. … More The Corpus of James K. A. Smith: Worldview Made Flesh

Christian Worldview 101

Worldviews are the way we view the world and its moral order. G. K. Chesterton maintained that while it is important for a landlady to know the income of her renter, it is more important for her to know his worldview. “The most practical and important thing about a man,” he said, “is still his view of the universe.” … More Christian Worldview 101

Academics Who Care: The Society of Christian Scholars

Its a powerful technology that hopes to nurture a warm and lively community of like-minded scholars and become a significant transnational influence for good. Its is becoming a wealth of virtual libraries, webinars, job postings, and conferencing for academics who share a commitment to the Christian faith, the church, God’s kingdom, and the planet. … More Academics Who Care: The Society of Christian Scholars

Dialogical Pluralism for Secular Universities

Blog Intro Post #2 Global Scholars has historically focused on sending professors to publicly-funded universities rather than Christian colleges and seminaries. This was not because there were other agencies already pursuing the worldwide establishment and resourcing specifically Christian institutions. There were. But it was a vision for a Christian academic voice within the national research … More Dialogical Pluralism for Secular Universities

Christianity at Risk: A Chastened Missiology for the Post-Christian West

“Each meeting with a non-Christian partner in dialogue therefore puts my own Christianity at risk.”  -Lesslie Newbigin The Open Secret, p. 182 Dialogue with religious others puts one’s own religious tradition at risk. I’m beginning my blog with this quote because Christians have historically too often encountered people of other faiths expecting the conversion of … More Christianity at Risk: A Chastened Missiology for the Post-Christian West