As a pastor to graduate and professional students, I recognize that I have a vested interested in people staying graduate students. Yet, sometimes staying isn’t what’s best for someone, and I am thankful that I have been invited into conversations with students about that. To give you an idea of some of the challenges and … More Sometimes leaving is the better decision
A recent NPR article talks about the challenges that Christian colleges face with welcoming LGBT+ students while also having the official policy that the Bible does not affirm same-sex relationships. Mary Hulst, chaplain at Calvin College, explains the tension well. “It’s a place where you need to be wise,” Hulst says. “I tell them I … More Can one be non-Affirming and Loving?
A recent tweet by Tim Keller illustrates how a lot of people see evolution as being about the strong overcoming the weak. Keller asks: If we are merely the product of evolution on what basis can we object to powerful people oppressing marginalized ones? Strong>the weak — Timothy Keller (@timkellernyc) March 19, 2018 Andy Walsh, … More Evolution and Flourishing
Colleen Flaherty from Inside Higher Education recently reported on several studies that “suggest that graduate students are at greater risk for mental health issues than those in the general population. This is largely due to social isolation, the often abstract nature of the work and feelings of inadequacy — not to mention the slim tenure-track job … More Mental Health + Graduate Students = Crisis
Greg Cootsona, who has done a lot of work studying the faith of emerging adults, notes that there seems to be a correlation between a “drop in religious affiliation and a rise in Internet use.” He suggests that this might be because of the “strong correlation between empathy and religious belief—that is, believers tend to … More Faith in a Digital World
Ezekiel 5:6-7 says that Israel has been worse than the surrounding nations. Such an accusation seems strange, as it doesn’t seem merely to say that Israel was worse in not obeying the special laws that God gave them, but instead that Israel was objectively worse than those around them. How is this possible? First, Ezekiel … More Worse than the nations around you
Steve, one of the board members of Campus Edge, wrote a fascinating article about how science and faith can help us understand altruism. He notes that, “For a given behavior, if the degree of relatedness times the benefit is greater than the cost this behavior should be favored by natural selection.” Through Jesus the degree of relatedness, … More Science and faith redefining altruism