Wisdom Groups

It seems there is a common challenge among Christian faculty.

Many professors are not sufficiently relationally connected to other Christian faculty or with Christian organizations that serve students on campus; likewise, Christian faculty often feel a lack of competency in integrating their faith with their work in order to live in a missional, Christ-centered way.

We are piloting a new program we are calling Wisdom Groups, seeking to bring together faculty from various academic fields to explore what it might mean to be a truly wise Christian professor. Faculty will plan to gather bi-weekly in groups of 3 to 8 in order to read a prompt, discussing how we might follow Jesus as sage, while practicing group spiritual disciplines. Meetings will last no more than an hour and 15 minutes. Wisdom Groups will launch September, 2023. More details about time and location will be coordinated after we gather faculty’s availability (below).

This pilot program is a collaborative effort between The Thompson Institute and the Fellowship of Christian Faculty at OSU. It will be spearheaded by Aaron Badenhop, and is a fruit of his doctoral project called “The Wise Professor: The Skillful Art of Living in God’s Mission”


We imagine the biggest obstacle for participation might be our busy schedules. Though we cannot promise that a group will align with your schedule, our next step is to try to capture individual faculty’s typical weekly availability to form bi-weekly groups. Please fill out the form below to let us know what days and times are good for you.

Themes will focus on such questions as:

  • Why “wise” professors?
  • What is wisdom?
  • Is Jesus truly wise?
  • Does the academy foster wisdom?
  • How does wisdom relate to God’s mission?
  • Is wisdom more than knowledge?
  • How might wisdom respond to antagonistic environments?

ESN Conversation: More Than Things, with Paul Louis Metzger

SEPTEMBER 14, 2023
3 pm ET | 2 pm CT | 1 pm MT
12 pm PT | 9 am HT
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We live in a culture of commodification. People are too often defined by what they do or own; they’re treated as means to an end or cogs in a machine. In a world dominated by things, Paul Louis Metzger argues, we must work hard to account for one another’s personhood.

ESN Conversation: Being God’s Image with Carmen Joy Imes

June 20, 2023 at 3 pm ET

What does it mean to be human? This is a question at the root of so many of our academic discussions. This timeless question proves critical as we seek to understand our purpose, identity, and significance. Carmen Joy Imes, a professor of Old Testament at Biola University explores what it means to be created as the image of God for our purpose, calling, and identity in the world. This has implications for our work, our gender relations, our care for creation, for community, and our future destiny. She seeks to recover the theologically rich message of the creation narratives starting in the book of Genesis as they illuminate what it means to be human.

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ESN Conversation: Non-Toxic Masculinity with Zachary Wagner

April 18, 2023 at 12 pm ET

Dismissals such as “boys will be boys” and “not all men” are ingrained in our world. And the purity culture of our youth sold the same excuses with a spiritual spin. Can we break the toxic cycle and recover a healthy identity for men? In “Non-Toxic Masculinity,” Zachary Wagner tells men, “If you are in Christ, this is your problem—and you should be part of the solution.”

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ESN Conversation: Following Jesus in a Warming World

March 15, 2023, 12 pm ET

Have you ever looked at the effects of climate change and the apathy of so many around you and wondered, “What are we missing here?” Climate activist Kyle Meyaard-Schaap understands this feeling from personal experience. But in his years of speaking to and equipping Christians to work for climate action, he’s seen the trend begin to shift. More and more young Christians are waking up to the realities of climate change. They want to help, but they’re not sure how.

Kyle Meyaard-Schaap is vice president of the Evangelical Environmental Network.

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ESN Conversation: First Nations Version/A Just Passion

Feb 9, 2023 02:00 PM EST
Terry Wildman was part of the council that produced an Indigenous Peoples translation of the New Testament and co-authored “A Just Passion,” a Lenten Guide. We’ll be talking with Wildman about these publications and the contribution Indigenous followers of Jesus make to our understanding of the gospel story and our calling to pursue justice.
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American Scientific Affiliation Winter Symposium: Scientists and the Church

The Emerging Scholars Network has partnered closely with the American Scientific Affiliation on Early Career Tracks at the ASA annual meetings and at other ASA events. Christians who are scientists often experience a “double loneliness.” Colleagues are sometimes suspicious of their Christian commitments and fellow church members are suspicious of their science. This conversation between a scientist and a church leader is a great opportunity to explore how we may foster a better conversation as scientists with those in our churches.

WHEN:            Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 10:00 AM PST/1 PM EST

COST:               Free (a free-will donation is suggested)

SPEAKERS:   Walter Kim, President, National Association of Evangelicals and Jessica Moerman, Vice President of Science and Policy, Evangelical Environmental Network

TITLE:             Scientists and the Church

Genetic Engineering. Climate Change. Artificial Intelligence. Vaccines. Any one of these contemporary topics involves science and scientists. Many of these scientists are faithful members of our congregations. How do these church members experience discussions within their faith communities when nonscientists attempt to understand these issues from their faith perspective? And how can churches better engage Christians who are scientists in serving the church?

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Walter Kim became the president of the National Association of Evangelicals in January 2020, after serving as a pastor for 15 years at Boston’s historic Park Street Church and four years at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has spent nearly three decades preaching, writing, and engaging in collaborative leadership to connect the Bible to the significant intellectual, cultural, and social issues of the day. He serves on the boards of Christianity Today and World Relief. Kim received his PhD from Harvard University in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, his MDiv from Regent College in Vancouver, and his BA from Northwestern University, and he is a licensed minister in the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference.

Jessica Moerman is a climate and environmental scientist, pastor, educator, and advocate. She serves as Vice President of Science and Policy at the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN). Jessica is also cofounding pastor at Grace Capital City church, which she planted in 2016 with her husband Chris in Washington, DC. Prior to joining EEN, Jessica was a AAAS Science and Technology Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy. She received her PhD in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from Georgia Institute of Technology and has held research positions at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Michigan, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, where she researched how climate has changed throughout Earth’s history. She regularly speaks on issues related to climate change, pollution, children’s health, the clean energy transition, environmental stewardship, and the intersection of science and faith. She has appeared on national media outlets, including the NBC TODAY Show, Good Morning America, and the Christian Broadcasting Network.

This symposium is open to the general public. Please help us spread the word by inviting your church, pastor, friends, family, students, and colleagues to attend too. You can do so by forwarding this flyer or posting the event on your social media pages. The event is free to attend, but donations to support programming are appreciated.

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ESN Conversation: Learning Humility with Richard Foster and Brenda Quinn

January 12, 2023, 2 pm ET

Not only is humility vanishing from contemporary culture, but we are also witnessing how destructive a lack of humility has become among our churches and ministry leaders. And yet, Richard Foster, the founder of Renovaré, insists in his new book, Learning Humility, that humility is central to the journey toward character formation and spiritual transformation.

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Upcoming ESN Conversations
February 9, 2023, 2 pm ET: First Nations Version/A Just Passion. Terry Wildman was part of the council that produced an Indigenous Peoples translation of the New Testament and co-authored “A Just Passion,” a Lenten Guide. We’ll be talking with Wildman about these publications and the contribution Indigenous followers of Jesus make to our understanding of the gospel story and our calling to pursue justice. Sign up at: https://tinyurl.com/FNVJustPassion
Mar 9, 2023, 12:00 pm ET: Following Jesus in a Warming World. Have you ever looked at the effects of climate change and the apathy of so many around you and wondered, “What are we missing here?” Climate activist Kyle Meyaard-Schaap understands this feeling from personal experience. But in his years of speaking to and equipping Christians to work for climate action, he’s seen the trend begin to shift. More and more young Christians are waking up to the realities of climate change. They want to help, but they’re not sure how. Sign up at: https://tinyurl.com/ESNWarmingWorld

ESN Conversation: The Man Born to Be King with Kathryn Wehr

 

December 20, 2022 at 1 pm ET
From December 1941 until October 1942, the BBC broadcast a series of radio dramas written by Dorothy L. Sayers. In a new critical and annotated edition of “The Man Born to Be King,” scholar Kathryn Wehr brings fresh insights to the plays, their background, Sayers’s creative process, and the ongoing significance of the life of Christ today. Listen again, or for the first time, to the story of the man who was born to be—and still is—king. This conversation is co-sponsored by our great partners at Women Scholars and Professionals.
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Meeting with Rick Mattson from IVCF

The Dead Theologians book group is finishing up The Abolition of Man next Wednesday. We are gathering on Friday, Sept. 30, for lunch. Any interested faculty are invited to join us!

We will meet at the Panera on Lane Ave. and have reserved the community room in the back.

Howard VanCleave’s colleague and friend, Rick Mattson, Rick Mattson Preaching will be in town and would like to meet some OSU faculty.  He travels for InterVarsity and speaks on campuses. This will be a time to think together and discuss how we can make the gospel alive and relevant in conversations with colleagues and friends who are absorbed into the fabric of secular culture.
Grab some lunch at 11:30 and we will begin our discussion by 11:50am on Friday, Sept. 30.
Location:  300 W. Lane Ave. 43201
Let Howard VanCleave know if you have any questions.
The Dead Theologians group is next reading That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis and meet Wednesday mornings at 7:45AM on Zoom. You are invited to join us! Check with Paul Post for the link.