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?

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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.

God’s Abundance: Prioritize a Few Strategic Things, Damage Control the Rest (Time Management Series) Reposted from the Emerging Scholars Blog

rest photoWe continue our series on time management with a brief reflection by Heather Peterson. For more ESN posts by Heather, click here. To explore the time management series further, click here

As a department chair, I could pick up my kids at 4:45 p.m. each day, put them to bed at 8, and then neglect my husband while I spend the next 2 to 3 hours catching up on more chair duties or grading. Occasionally, I do do this, but I try to make it once a week and not the rule. I plan 1 to 2 hours each weekend working, and that time slot doubles a couple times a month. These hours are piddly for a chair, but to live a life where I’m present to my family and rested, I’ve had to prioritize a few strategic things and damage control the rest. This decision has been tough because I tend to compare myself to my colleagues. I see them already on task in their office when I walk in at 7:30 a.m. and still there when I leave, and I receive emails from them at night (which I never answer unless a crisis exists).

I’ve come to believe that when I had lived attempting to do all things well, ironically I was treating God as a God of scarcity instead of a God of abundance. By not following God’s command to rest, I was like the children of Israel trying to collect manna on the Sabbath when I needed to have gathered a little extra the day before. If God is a God of scarcity, I am required to do more and do it well for him (and me) to look good, but if he’s a God of abundance, then I must trust that I can take risks, listen for discernment, and focus on what I discern as the most important.

This semester I’ve put off a new adjunct observation until the end of the term (not the best timing to view instruction) and the completion of credential information for adjunct files. I trust that I was wise in my hiring, and I believe that my department’s overhaul of its assessment plan and revision of promotional materials have been more important. God of abundance who intimately knows my frailty at discerning priorities, will you surround my work with your grace, rubbing smooth the hard edges I may have left?    

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IVCF-GFM Midwest Live Interactive Video Symposium – How does what you do in academia shape your relationship with God?

Saturday, November 4



Audio only recordings are much smaller and suitable for playing when you don’t want to or can’t watch the screen. Like when listening in a car.

Friday Evening. Session for Pittsburg Area, St. Cloud, Northwestern, University of North Dakota, Washington University

Saturday Morning. Session for Pittsburg Area, University of Cincinnati, University of West Virginia, Case Western University, Bismarck State University, Miami University, The Ohio State University


Shaped by How We Engage

We’ll explore the Christian practices that form us, the academic practices that shape us, and points of commonality between the two. Featured speaker Tish Warren will speak about concepts in her book, The Liturgy of the Ordinary, adapting and applying them to academic life.

Tish will unpack the word “liturgy” and how it impacts working academics. You’ll learn encouraging strategies to live more like Jesus.

We’ll discuss how common, everyday practices and issues of the academic life shape those who engage in them. And we’ll examine practices that might address those issues and shape grad students, faculty and staff in other ways; e.g. sleep, loneliness/friendship, tight finances, mental rigor, and more.

During our time, Tish will offer short presentations followed by Q&A and local site discussions. We invite lively discussion to facilitate an environment of learning together!

Featured Speaker: Tish Harrison Warren

Tish Harrison Warren is a priest in the Anglican Church in NorthAmerica and author of The Liturgy of the Ordinary (IVP, 2016). After eight years with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries at Vanderbilt and The University of Texas at Austin, she now serves as co-associate rector at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She writes regularly for The WellCT Women (formerly her.meneutics), and Christianity Today. Her work has also appeared in Comment MagazineChrist and Pop CultureArt House America, and elsewhere.

Flyer for the Symposium.

What is Love? Examining Love through Science and Faith

Hosted by the Christian Graduate Student Alliance
Tuesday, October 24th from 7:30 – 9 PM in the US Bank Conference Theater in the Union

We’re all familiar with love—our culture is saturated with references to it. But what is it exactly? Is it just a matter of the mind? Is it nature’s clever way of promoting selfish interests? Is there anything transcendent about it? We’ve invited four experts from a diverse set of disciplines—biology, psychology, theology, and philosophy—for a conversation on what this all-important concept is, and on how the difficult work of loving others is realized. Speakers include geneticist Praveen Sethupathy (Cornell University), psychologist Carrie Bedrow (Hope College), theologian Lisa Sung (Mundelein Seminary), and our moderator, philosopher Steve Brown (OSU). Please join us on Tuesday, October 24th from 7:30 – 9 PM in the US Bank Conference Theater in the Union.

Video of the event


Theme: You Are The Light

Our theme verse for the academic year 2017-18.

And Jesus said to them (and by extension us, those who work at The Ohio State University)
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.”
“No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”  Matthew 5:14-16 New Living Translation

Consider its meaning in your life, in your world.  Let us know what you think.
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Names for Prayer

We have an OSU student’s Mom who is in a Moms in Prayer group that would like to pray specifically for Christian professors and employees at OSU. If you would like to have their support in prayer please let me know by clicking here. The list goes no farther than her notebook and the prayers go no farther than their group…no privacy will be invaded. What a great service for our Fellowship!

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!