A Common Call Conference February 15-16

Common Call Graphic headilineDate: February 15-16, 2019 Schedule
Location: Linworth Baptist Church 6200 Linworth Road Worthington, Ohio 43085
Cost: $50; $25 for graduate students; $0 for your accompanying spouse

Key Note Speaker: Walter Bradley Texas, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, Baylor University Bio ….. see www.acommoncall.org

Name or subject of talks he will give at conference

  • Facing the Giants
  • A Christian’s Walk in a Secular University
  • Legal Aspects I Need to Know

Other interviews: Ann Bradley – Partnering with Walter in Ministry

Seminars: Preparing My Story; Walking Powerfully in the Spirit

There will be significant time allotted for table discussions after the presentations.

Check-in for the conference begins at 6:00 pm Friday, February 15 together with finger-food snacks. The conference starts at 6:30 pm Friday and 8:30 Saturday morning.



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Saturday Symposium: Prayer and the Academic Calling

Saturday, February 2 from 9am – 11:30am EST
273 Arps Hall

Local recordings of the Symposium while national recoding is being finalized. Missing first few minutes and not editied.

Video Recording of the Symposium

Audio Only Recording of the Symposium

Hosted by the Ohio Valley Grad & Faculty ministry of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship in partnership with the Society of Christian Scholars & Global Scholars https://www.global-scholars.org

Presenter: Dr. Gordon Smith is the president of Ambrose Photo of Gordon T. SmithUniversity. He teaches systematic theology and spiritual theology and is the author of many books, including Courage and Calling, Called to be Saints, Spiritual Direction, The Voice of Jesus, and Teach us to Pray.

“The assumption that there is another sphere of reality beyond what we fan see and touch and taste and hear seems manifestly a contradiction to the dominant social, political, and cultural context in which we are being called to live out our Christian faith…..We live in societies and communities where the Christian voice is no longer privileged: religious identity and values are consistently discounted.

…What does it mean to pray when the kingdoms of this world are front and center?….What does it mean to pray when materialism – the assumption that the only reality is that which you can taste an touch and see/hear – is in the very air that we breathe? [An excerpt from, Teach us to Pray, published this year by IVPress,Pg. 20.]Cover of the book Teach Us To Pray

Dr. Smith addresses these questions and more with the wisdom of the ages and from living out his faith in the academic arena. Don’t miss this opportunity to be with him on this live zoom event on February 2, Saturday from 9am – 11:30am EST. The symposium will be a live webcast format with campuses participating across the Midwest, the country & world in partnership with the Society of Christian Scholars.

In addition to being the president of Ambrose University and Seminary in Calgary, Alberta, where he also serves as Professor of Systematic and Spiritual Theology, he is also a Teaching Fellow at Regent College, Vancouver, BC. He is married to Joella and they have two adult sons – married and with children of their own.

At OSU we will gathered to participate in this online symposium in Arps Hall. For more details contact Howard Van Cleave. Howard.van-cleave@intervarsity.org.

Wednesday Book Group Selects Spring Semester Book

The Wednesday morning book group called the Dead Theologians Society will be reading Eugene Peterson’s Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places. This is the first title in his spiritual theology series. “The single most important thing to understand in spiritual theology is that it is not about theology… it is a cultivated disposition to live theology.” Peterson’s great skills as a pastor an d as a writer combine to lead us to more deeply live our faith.

We meet at the Panera on Lane Avenue across from St. Johns’s Arena starting at 7:45 AM. We read roughly 30 pages a week for the weekly discussion. On January 16 Paul will provide a background on Eugene Peterson’s life and Bill will have a list of weekly readings. If you have questions contact Paul Post.

Come join us!

CGSA/FCFS Host Annual Christmas Carol Sing Dec. 10

The Christian Graduate Student Alliance and the Fellowship of Drawing of carolers singing under a street light with snow falling.Christian Faculty and Staff  are presenting the Annual Christmas Carol Sing on Monday, December 10 at noon in the Ohio Staters, Inc. Founders Room on the second floor of the Ohio Union. We will gather for a time of fellowship and optional lunch (can be purchased on your own beforehand at the Union Market downstairs). The sing along with musicians from CGSA will start at 12:30pm.

Carol Sing RSVP

Lunch with a Purpose

Held Thursday, November 1, 2018, at noon (EST) for Lunch with a Purpose featured Kathy Tuan-MacLean, PhD, National Director of Faculty Ministry, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.

Kathy shared insights she has gained from her work withPhoto of faculty gathered at a lunch. faculty and graduate students at Harvard over the past decade and her vision, hopes, and the opportunities she sees for faculty across the country in the years to come. In addition to presenting the Four Loves of Academic Life, Kathy will explore aspects of prayer and the connections of prayer to the academic life.

Recordings of this live, interactive, online event are available.
Video recording
Audio only recording
Kathy Tuan-MacLean’s slides
Howard Van Cleave’s resources slides

Kathy has served with InterVarsity for over 25 years, and in 2017 became the National Director for InterVarsity’s Faculty Ministry. She also spearheads the Boston Faculty Fellowship (BFF). Kathy earned her PhD from Northwestern University in Human Development and Social Policy. She is married to Scott MacLean and they have three children.

If you have questions about the event contact to Howard Van Cleave at howard.van-cleave@intervarsity.org.

Hosted by the Ohio Valley GFM Team, Howard Van Cleave, Special Event Coordinator

The Lamp Post

Welcome to The Lamp Post—a newsletter from InterVarsity’s Faculty Ministry. In November 2016, we relit what we believe is an important resource for faculty, trusting it will engage, inform, and encourage you.

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 the articles linked below. Each issue features pieces we recommend from Graduate & Faculty Ministries, The Well, and the Emerging Scholars Network related to spiritual formation, integration of faith and work, and other relevant resources.

Please consider subscribing to The Lamp Post so that you will receive future editions of the Faculty Newsletter delivered directly to your Inbox.

I am grateful for your service to God on campus.

Debra Block Clark
Interim Faculty Ministry Director

Link to past articles from The Lamp Post.

What Has Christianity Ever Done For Us?

This book is available as gift for new faculty and for anyone who requests the book before October 31, while supplies last.

Contact Howard VanCleave to receive a copy.

From the cover

What has Christianity ever done for us? What value is there in seeking to preserve its influence today? In this book, Jonathan Hill answers these questions with some questions of his own. For instance, why do we seal wine bottles with cork? Where did musical notation come from? How did universities get their start? And why was the world’s first fully literate society not in Europe, Asia or North America? As Hill tells the story of the centuries-long entanglement between Christianity and Western culture, he shows the profound influence that Christianity has had–from what we drink to how we speak, from how we write to how we mark the seasons. Employing a rich, narrative style packed with events and people and illustrated throughout in full color, he describes the place of Christianity both in history and in the present day. What Has Christianity Ever Done for Us? is an enlightening and often humorous tour of culture and thought, the arts, the landscape, education, society, spirituality and ethics, and social justice. Here is a rich, entertaining and informative read.

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April 12, 2018 – Science, Religion, and Democracy

April 12, 2018 – Science, Religion, and Democracy

Presented by The Religion COMPAS Program and the Christian Graduate Student Alliance

3:30pm – 5:00pm
Thompson Library, 11th Floor

“What is religious belief, and what is its proper relationship to scientific inquiry?

Do science and religion represent incommensurable worldviews? If so, then how can people relate to one another as fellow citizens across that divide? If not, then how can we pursue a more constructive dialogue between religious and non-religious people? Should secularism be the “default” position in public debate about scientific issues?”


  • Philip Kitcher (John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University)
  • David C. Lahti (Associate Professor of Biology, Director of the Master’s Program in Biology at Queens College, City University of New York)

There is also a breakfast seminar from 9 – 10:30am in Thompson Room 202.


Who is your teacher?

Dallas Willard wrote:

Today is often spoken of as the age of information. Information is vital to all we do, of course, but then it always has been. What distinguishes the present time is that there is a lot more information (and misinformation) available than ever before, and a lot of people are trying to sell it to us.

What happens to Jesus in the crush of the information pushers? Unfortunately he is usually pushed aside. Many Christians do not even think of him as one with reliable information about their lives. Consequently they do not become his students. What does he have to teach them? It is very common to find Christians who work hard to master a profession and succeed very well in human estimation, while the content of their studies contains no reference at all to Jesus or his teaching. How could this be?

A short while ago I led a faculty retreat for one of the better Christian colleges in the United States. In opening my presentation I told the group that the important question to consider was what Jesus himself would say to them if he were the speaker at their retreat. I indicated my conviction that he would ask them this simple question: Why don’t you respect me in your various fields of study and expertise? Why don’t you recognize me as master of research and knowledge in your fields?

Read the rest of his article here.

Lunch Hour Webinar on the Topic and Book: Our Deepest Desires

On March 8, the Fellowship of Christian Faculty & Staff will hosted a lunch hour webinar on the topic and book: Our Deepest Desires.  This webinar will feature the book’s author, Dr. Greg Ganssle. The book raises important questions about the desires and aspirations in our own lives but also gives helpful pointers for dialogue with anyone about the place of aspirations in the human experience.


THe webinar was recorded and can be accessed two ways:

Bob Trube reviewed Greg Ganssle’s book at his blog: Bob on Books.  You can read the entire review here:  https://bobonbooks.com/2017/10/05/review-our-deepest-desires/


A quote from Bob’s review gets at the heart of the March 8 webinar:
“What I like…is that he explores aspirations that are common to most or all of us. He raises what is a genuinely important question–how do we explain these aspirations? Are they just an artifact of our evolution and can they be explained in purely material terms? While he proposes that Christian faith is the best explanation, he recognizes that some may conclude differently and that each must decide what makes the best sense of our longings for love, goodness, beauty, and freedom.”

Greg is currently a philosopher at Talbot School of Theology. He is the author of several books, including A Reasonable God: Engaging the New Face of Atheism and Thinking About God, and he is the editor of God and Time.  Formerly with the Rivendell Institute and a lecturer in the philosophy department at Yale University. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Syracuse University and an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Rhode Island.