Monday, May 02, 2005

Emerging Scholars Network

I added a new link today. No, it has nothing to do with the Emergent Church. It's a ministry of InterVarsity designed to promote distinctively Christian scholarship among believers in Christ involved in higher education. Here's its mission statement:

The Emerging Scholars Network is called to identify, encourage, and support the next generation of Christian scholars, at all stages of their academic careers, who will be a redeeming influence within higher education as they:
  • Love God with heart, mind, soul, and strength as they follow God's call in discipleship
    and spiritual formation
  • Exhibit excellence in research, teaching, and service
  • Influence the university, the church, and the world by practicing their disciplines from a profoundly Christian viewpoint
  • Embody the gender, ethnic, and social diversity of the church within the academy
Benefits of free membership include substantial discounts from Christian publishers (InterVarsity, Eerdmans, and Zondervan), discounted subscriptions to Books & Culture, Mars Hill Audio Journal, and The Christian Scholar's Review.

Here's an endorsement from J. P. Moreland:
Now is the time to be intentional about identifying, encouraging, and supporting the next generation of Christian scholars. Unfortunately, while well-intentioned, for many years churches and ministries have not seen the big picture and therefore have not encouraged believers to consider a calling to the university and intellectual labor as important work for the Kingdom of God. This ignores or misunderstands the desire of God to redeem the university and see His Truth and Grace embodied within the academy, and throughout the culture as a result of the influence of higher education. But God continues to gift and call believers to serve the Kingdom as Christian scholars. The Emerging Scholars Network is, without question, the single most exciting example of this moving of God currently afoot. With unusual insight the Emerging Scholars Network seeks to cultivate this next generation of Christian scholars, an endeavor that is long overdue. But its time is now and, in light of the urgency of the hour, my heart takes courage to see it launched. My prayer is that God would see fit to let it flourish.

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