Group Study/Discussion

The group meets weekly at noon (eastern time) on The Gospels from a Jewish Perspective book cover
Thursdays starting January 21 on Zoom
Book:  The Gospels from a Jewish Perspective
Author:  Bob Warren
Study moderator/leader:  Dr. Ben Humphrey
Book is available at: under the resources tab (order now – allow 8 days shipping)
From the Author:
“…after spending time in Israel and rubbing elbows with [Jews] and Hebrew Christian alike, I realized that I, as a Gentile, was handicapped when it came to the variety of issues discussed, not only in the Gospels but in all of God’s Word. Jesus was a Jew. The disciples were Jews. …Considering that almost all the Old and New Testament writers were of Jewish descent, it makes sense that Gentiles need to consider the Jewish perspective when examining the Scriptures….
For more information or to get the Zoom link contact Howard Van Cleave via email or voice/text:  614-404-7076
If you do not yet have the book please plan to join the discussion/study on January 21 anyway.  We will cover the introduction & background to the Gospels, pages 1-12.

Dead Theologians Discussion Group

Meets weekly online on ZoomShantung Compound Book Cover

Start date: January 13, Wednesday, 7:45am (Eastern time)

Book: Shantung Compound: The Story of Men and Women Under Pressure
ISBN: 0–06-063112-0
Author: Dr. Langdon Gilkey

About the book

Langdon Gilkey was a young American teacher at Yenching University near Pekig, China, when the Japanese military under wartime press ion rounded up all foreigners into an internment camp. Shantung Compound is based on a journal Dr. Kilkey kept during his imprisonment. Along with Gilkey were nearly 2000 others, a cross-section of humanity, businessmen, families, lawyers, doctors, missionaries (including Eric Liddell, [Chariots of Fire] the gold medal winner of the 400 yr. dash in the 1924 Olympics), junkies, prostitutes, little children, the old and infirm – in all about 2000 people. You will read of the moral problems arising in this polyglot community, some shocking and responses often surprising during their 2 1/2 year ordeal.

Time Magazine wrote: The camp became a living laboratory, a miniature society that illustrated the human condition and moral dilemmas in a way that would not have been possible had more conventional conditions prevailed. Shantung Compound, is a “fascinating memoir that is both a vivid diary of prison life and a theologian’s mature reflection on the condition of man in times of stress.”

Special Guest:
Among the missionaries imprisoned was a mother and her three children from Norway . One of her children at the time was a teenager named Hakon. Today Hakon is 92 and he and his wife are living on an organic farm in Minnesota. They will be our special guests on January 29, noon Eastern, for a webinar and we will hear his first-hand account of the ordeal his family went through, the special relationship with Eric Liddell who became his surrogate father, and answer our questions.

For more information and link to the Zoom discussion please contact Dr. Paul Post at OSU: or Howard Van Cleave voice/text: 614-404-7076

ESN Conversation with Diana Gruver on Companions in the Darkness

November 24, 12 pm ET.

Did you know that some of the most famous Christians through history experienced depression? Did you know graduate students are six times more likely to experience anxiety and depression than the general population? Drawing on these stories and her own experience, Diana Gruver will offer practical help for those experiencing the darkness, and those who walk with them. Sign up for this important conversation at

ESN Conversation with Diana Gruver on Companions in the Darkness Flyer including her photo and book cover.

ESN Conversation with Michael Card

November 10, 1 pm (US Eastern Time)The Nazarene by Michael Card book cover

Michael Card, The Nazarene: Forty Devotions on the Lyrical Life of Jesus(link is external)

Musician and author Michael Card will talk with us about his most recent book, devotionals on the life of Christ. If you’re looking for devotional reading for the season of Thanksgiving and Advent, this is a great opportunity to meditate on the life of Christ in community.

Register Here

Campus Conversation: Race, Faith, and The Academy

October 6, 7 pm ET. 
The InterVarsity graduate chapters at the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State are co-sponsoring this event on Race, Faith, and the Academy. Students from both groups will respond to Rev. Dr. Weems’ presentation. The Emerging Scholars Network is delighted to help publicize and support this online Campus Conversation! Register at (This session will be recorded)

Campus Conversation: Race, Faith, and The Academy flyer

Leading Lives of Purpose: The science of determining your work and calling for a lifetime

October 16 @ 7pm and October 17 @ 12pm (US Eastern Time): Leading Lives of Purpose: The science of determining your work and calling for a lifetime
ESN and American Scientific Affiliation team up once again to bring you an interactive event on the science behind discerning your calling, wherever you are in your career. Event will be held twice in one weekend, so you can choose the time that is best for you.

Leading Lives of Purpose: The science of determining your work and calling for a lifetime graphic includes authors photo and a person standing by lake and mountains

Emerging Scholars Network Conversations This Fall

September 15, 1 pm (US Eastern Time): Graphic for Elaine Howard Ecklund, Why Science and Faith Need Each Other includes images of the  speaker and the book cover
Elaine Howard Ecklund, Why Science and Faith Need Each Other

One area where Christians can be peacemakers is in building good conversations that bridge between communities of faith and communities of science. Drawing on her experience interviewing over 40,000 scientists and religious believers, Dr. Ecklund will help us understand how shared values and virtues can help us connect.

September 24, 3 pm (US Eastern Time): Warren Brown and Brad Strawn, Enhancing Christian Life (on extended cognition)

I don’t know about you, but in this time of pandemic I had to reimagine a number of spiritual disciplines, from participating in my local church service to daily rhythms of connecting with God. Warren and Brad will share insights from neuroscience, psychology and philosophy that can help us deepen our spiritual growth and our connection to community in this moment.

October 15, Noon (US Eastern Time): Justin Giboney, Compassion and Conviction (on the “And” campaign and civic engagement)

In a complex and stressful election year, are you longing for a bigger vision of what it means to live out faithful civic engagement as a believer? Justin Giboney will help us imagine faithful political and civic engagement as the Body of Christ.

November 10, 1 pm (US Eastern Time), Michael Card, The Nazarene: Forty Devotions on the Lyrical Life of Jesus

Musician and author Michael Card will talk with us about his most recent book, devotionals on the life of Christ. If you’re looking for devotional reading for the season of Thanksgiving and Advent, this is a great opportunity to meditate on the life of Christ in community.

Other Ways to Connect

If you’re looking for a weekly resource to help you and/or a local group grow in faith, check out our weekly readings for this semester. We designed the list in units so that you can tailor it to the length of time that suits your semester, and we curated optional spiritual formation activities to weave into the readings. Feel free to share what you’re learning at the ESN Facebook group or in our field area networking groups (you can ask to join from our main Facebook page). May God bless your work and your rest in this semester.

Hannah, ESN Associate Director

Timing Note: We typically run ESN webinars from 12-1pm in the time zone of the featured speaker; for consistency times are given here in US Eastern Time.

Dead Theologians Starting Fall Book September 2nd

The Dead Theologians book discussion group restartsThe book cover for James Baldwin's Go Tell It On The Mountain Wednesday, September 2nd at 7:45am on Zoom. We will read James Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain this semester. We will start with an overview of James Baldwin’s life. The discussion is planned to last an hour. Anyone interested in joining us email Paul Post for the Zoom link.


New Book discussion for faculty and staff at OSU

Cover of the book Simply Jesus by N. T. Wright Sub title: A new vision of who He was, what He did, and why He mattersWe will host a new discussion group on this insightful book starting Thursday, Sept.10 at noon. It will be a 45 minute discussion. Complete the form below to request you have time to read the preface & first chapter. (Just 10 pages).  We will also send you a Zoom invitation link to the email address you provide. We can accommodate the first 12 people.

Questions about the book or group should be directed via email to Asst. Professor Paul Post.

N.T. Wright summarizes 200 years of modern Biblical scholarship and models how Christians can best retell the story of Jesus today. In a style similar to C.S. Lewis’s popular works, Wright breaks down the barriers that prevent Christians from fully engaging with the story of Jesus. For believers confronting the challenge of connecting with their faith today, and for readers of Timothy Keller’s The Reason for God, Wright’s Simply Jesus offers a provocative new picture of how to understand who Jesus was and how Christians should relate to him today.

Feel free to invite colleagues who would be interested.


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Virtual Veritas Forum for Faculty

You are invited to the first Veritas Forum Flyer including photos of the speaker Lydia Dugdale, MD and the interviewer Kathy Tuan-MacLean, PhD faculty on Tuesday, May 26 from 7:00-8:00 pm ET, hosted by InterVarsity’s Faculty Ministries.

The Lost Art of Dying — a conversation with Dr. Lydia Dugdale, a faculty physician and ethicist at Columbia Medical School who’s been on the front lines caring for COVID-19 patients in NYC.

Shortly after colleges and universities shut down in March, David Brooks wrote in the NYTimes that this season is a time to ask 3 important questions:

  1. Are you ready to die? If your lungs filled up with fluid a week from Tuesday, would you be content with the life you’ve lived?
  2. What would you do if a loved one died? Do you know where your most trusted spiritual and relational resources lie?
  3. What role do you play in this crisis? What is the specific way you are situated to serve? (And as faculty, what role might you play in your field and in the university?)

This forum will provide space for faculty to hear wisdom from Dr. Dugdale, who has dedicated her career to these questions, and to enter into discussion to explore these important questions together.

To attend, please register here. Faculty who share survey feedback after the forum will receive a free copy of Lydia’s forthcoming book The Lost Art of Dying: Reviving Forgotten Wisdom (July 2020). (limit 60).

We welcome you to invite faculty colleagues to attend this virtual faculty forum. We hope you can join us on May 26th!