April Luncheon

Thursday, April 21, 11:30 AM
OSU Faculty Club – Faculty Club Junior Colleagues Room

The 16 Strivings for GodPhoto of Steven Reiss sitting on a stool
Dr. Steven Reiss

Why are people attracted to religion? Is it fear of death? “People are attracted to religion because it provides believers the opportunity to satisfy all their basic desires over and over again. You can’t boil religion down to one essence.”

Dr. Steven Reiss is professor emeritus of psychology at The Ohio State University. He and his wife Maggi have two grown sons.

Dr. Reiss lead the team that discovered anxiety sensitivity, is a leading authority on the co-occurance of mental illness and intellectual disabilities know as “dual diagnosis”, and done much work on the care and treatment of people with developmental disabilities. He has also studied intrinsic motivation and identified 16 psychological needs or “basic desires,” which are goals common to everyone and deeply rooted in human nature. This work lead to his developing a theory of the psychology of religious experiences.

The cover of 16 Strivings for God by Steven ReissDr. Reiss’s book The 16 Strivings for God (Mercer University Press, 2016) describes his theory of what attracts people to religion is based on his research in the 1990s on motivation. He and his colleagues surveyed thousands of people and asked them to rate the degree to which they embraced hundreds of different possible goals.

In the end, the researchers identified 16 basic desires that we all share: acceptance, curiosity, eating, family, honor, idealism, independence, order, physical activity, power, romance, saving, social contact, status, tranquility and vengeance.

While the theory can tell us a lot about the types of people who are attracted to religion and different religious experiences, it cannot say anything about the truth of religious beliefs, Reiss said.

“I’m not trying to answer theological questions about the existence or nature of God,” Reiss said. “What I’m trying to answer is the nature of why people embrace religion and God.”

Quotes from the OSU Newsroom.

Bob Trube has posted a review of The 16 Strivings for God on his blog Bob on Books.

Come, spend an enjoyable luncheon with the Fellowship of Christian Faculty & Staff (FCFS).  We are limited to the first 30 so please RSVP.


Lunch arrangements: We get lunch from the full buffet bar. We pay one price for the buffet bar of $20. If that is too much for your budget please pay what you can. If you can pay a little more that money can help cover others. We trust God will provide. Get your lunch at the buffet. When you bring it to the Jr. Colleagues meeting room you pay FCFS who then pays the faculty club. Please bring cash or check. The Faculty Club does not allow food to be brought in.

Prayer Groups Forming

Fellowship with Christian Faculty and Staff doesn’t need to be confined to once a month or so! One of the things our Steering Committee has talked about is forming prayer clusters all over campus. Do you know one (or more) believer(s) on faculty or staff in your department or building? Have you thought about meeting over coffee or lunch once a week to once a month to pray for 15 minutes for each other’s ministry on campus, your department(s), and for the work of Christ at Ohio State? Why not ask them what they think about the idea?

If you find someone who is interested, decide when you can get together for the first time, and then whether you want to continue to meet regularly, and email Bob Trube at bob.trube@intervarsity.org. If you are interested but don’t know anyone else in your department/building, email Bob as well, and as we learn of others nearby on campus also seeking a group, we’ll match you up. We’ll send you some tips that have helped other prayer groups nurture a dynamic prayer life together and see God work. We would love to see a network of faculty and staff across the campus bathing Ohio State in prayer. Imagine what the Lord might do!

February Luncheon

Wednesday, February 24, 11:30 AM
OSU Faculty Club – Faculty Club Junior Colleagues Room

God and Time
William Lane CraigWilliam Lane Craig photo - face shot

Is God timeless? If God is beyond time how does he relate to our time space continuum? Does it makes sense to talk about a timeless person? Does time affect God? Or does God affect time?

William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University. He and his wife Jan have two grown children.

At the age of sixteen as a junior in high school, he first heard the message of the Christian gospel and yielded his life to Christ. Dr. Craig pursued his undergraduate studies at Wheaton College (B.A. 1971) and graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A. 1974; M.A. 1975), the University of Birmingham (England) (Ph.D. 1977), and the University of Munich (Germany) (D.Theol. 1984). From 1980-86 he taught Philosophy of Religion at Trinity, during which time he and Jan started their family. In 1987 they moved to Brussels, Belgium, where Dr. Craig pursued research at the University of Louvain until assuming his position at Talbot in 1994.

He has authored or edited over thirty books, including The Kalam Cosmological ArgumentAssessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of JesusDivine Foreknowledge and Human FreedomTheism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology; and God, Time and Eternity, as well as over a hundred articles in professional journals of philosophy and theology, including The Journal of PhilosophyNew Testament StudiesJournal for the Study of the New TestamentAmerican Philosophical QuarterlyPhilosophical StudiesPhilosophy, and British Journal for Philosophy of Science.
Read more: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/william-lane-craig#ixzz40CYMJWEq

Come, spend an enjoyable luncheon with the Fellowship of Christian Faculty & Staff (FCFS).  We are limited to the first 30 so please RSVP.


Lunch arrangements: We get lunch from the full buffet bar. We pay one price for the buffet bar of $20. If that is too much for your budget please pay what you can. If you can pay a little more that money can help cover others. We trust God will provide. Get your lunch at the buffet. When you bring it to the Jr. Colleagues meeting room you pay FCFS who then pays the faculty club. Please bring cash or check. The Faculty Club does not allow food to be brought in.

Future Luncheons

April 21, May 19

Faculty Symposium: Dialogue Within the University – A model for Christian engagement

January 30, Saturday 9am – noon.  Location:  269 Arps Hall on the OSU Main Campus

Banner with symposium title and photo of Terence C. HallidayThe Theme of the Symposium will be Dialogue Within the University and we will explore how faculty and others who work in the university may contribute cogently and charitably to important conversations within the university as Christians.

Our speaker for the day will be Terence C. Halliday, who is a specialist in globalization and law. He focuses on globalization of markets and politics, with particular attention to global norm-making by international organizations. Halliday co-directs the Center on Law and Globalization. He is Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University. He studied at Massey University, New Zealand, and the University of Toronto, before completing a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.

Terry has spent the last several years interacting with faculty and ministry staff of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students on our symposium theme and co-led the Faculty and Researchers track on Engaging the Campus at the 2015 IFES World Assembly in Mexico.

I hope you will consider joining others from central Ohio and across the Midwest. To sign up, so that we can plan for refreshments and handouts, please register at: Faculty Symposium

Lessons (Re)Learned about Procrastination

Thursday, January 28, 11:30 AM

OSU Faculty Club – Faculty Club Junior Colleagues Room

It is challenging to overcome the urge to procrastinate, despite the behavior’s negative impact on learning, sense of accomplishment, and life satisfaction. From the perspective of a decade of work in higher education, Lauren Hensley will explain her motivation for studying the topic of procrastination and present key findings from the scholarly literature. She will also explain how faith in God’s promises can help us address the fear of failure, perfectionism, and need for immediate gratification that are at the core of many forms of procrastination.

Photo of Lauren HensleyLauren Hensley is Senior Associate Director of The Ohio State University’s Walter E. Dennis Learning Center. Her current efforts focus on developing and managing college success courses, leading the Dennis Center’s instructional team, conducting educational research, and collaborating with other university units on initiatives that support students’ learning and motivation. She has been with the Dennis Learning Center since 2006 in roles including Graduate Teaching Associate, Coordinator of Learning Services, and Interim Director. She is a graduate of Ohio State’s Educational Psychology doctoral program, where she received the Loadman Dissertation Award (2014) for her research on procrastination. She also received her master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) from Ohio State. Her contributions have been recognized by The Ohio State University Board of Trustees, who awarded her a Student Recognition Award for leadership and scholarship (2012), and Student Life Disability Services, who designated her a recipient of the office’s Special Recognition Award for exceptional service (2009). In addition to learning and helping others to learn, Lauren loves to sing. She is grateful to serve on the musical worship team at Vista Community Church and to be a member of Capriccio Columbus, an 85-voice adult choir.

Come, spend an enjoyable luncheon with the Fellowship of Christian Faculty & Staff (FCFS).  If you can please RSVP.


Lunch arrangements: We get lunch from the full buffet bar. We pay one price for the buffet bar of $20. If that is too much for your budget please pay what you can. If you can pay a little more that money can help cover others. We trust God will provide. Get your lunch at the buffet. When you bring it to the Jr. Colleagues meeting room you pay FCFS who then pays the faculty club. Please bring cash or check. The Faculty Club does not allow food to be brought in.

Future Luncheons

February 25, April 21, May 19

November 19 Luncheon – Books that have changed your life: Our annual sharing

Thursday, November 19, 11:30 AM

OSU Faculty Club – Faculty Club Junior Colleagues Room

Sue Collins led us in sharing with each other brief reviews of books we have read recently and how have helped us grow spiritually.  Some of the books we discussed included

  • The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
  • The Book of Blessings by R. Scott Osborne
  • The Cross of Christ by John Stott
  • Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God by Timothy Keller
  • Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God by Charles H. Spurgeon
  • The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard
  • Paul, Apostle to Nations, An Introduction by Walter F. Taylor
  • Forgiveness is a Choice, A step-by-step process for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope by Robert D. Enright, PhD

Sue noted that she had read that J. K. Rowling had put in clues in the early Harry Potter books that foreshadowed events at the end of the series. When she read the Harry Potter books she looked for they clues. She has also found that a helpful skill in reading the Bible.

Future Luncheons

December 10 Carol Sing cosponsored by CGSA, January 21, February 25, April 21, May 19

Tick Removal

In time for summer outdoor adventures the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is featuring a video on tick removal that includes FCFS member Dr. Glen Needham. Glen demonstrates by removing a tick, presumably from himself.

Article on Cullen Buie

The American Society for Engineering Education ran a column on Cullen Buie in the November issue of Prism. Cullen was the speaker at the 2014 OSU Veritas Forum. The Up Close column was headlined Article of Faith: A cutting-edge researcher and devout Christian puts belief at the center of both.