Learning for the Love of God – What does it look like to follow Jesus into the classroom? How do we love God with all of our minds? Does the Gospel make any difference in the way we approach our college years, particularly as it relates to our academic pursuits? Listen as we explore these questions and think through practical ways to be faithful to our calling as students.
#Change: Student Activism from a Christian Perspective – Missouri. Yale. Ithaca. Claremont McKenna. 2015 could be known as the year of activism on college campuses. For the first time in decades, we’re seeing the power of student influence and its effectiveness around the country and the world. Do you have a voice? The biblical story informs us that institutions matter. The student leader is in a position to not only affect individual lives, but also to take part in something that can motivate institutional change. Leaving a legacy of restoration in the place where God has called you is a real possibility. In this talk, we will consider past and present student movements, explore limits and possibilities of activism from a Christian perspective, and discuss how you can influence change at your own institutions.
Common Grace for the Common Good – Can we know the world, and still love the world? It is the most difficult of all questions, and always has been. In the Information Age of the 21st century, the world of “info-glut,” most of the time we feel overwhelmed by what we know, and we slip into cynicism and stoicism, protecting our hearts from the implications of what we know. The Hebrew and Christian vision of learning calls us to connect what we know with the way we live, our knowledge with responsibility. To know the world—of biology and physics, history and literature, philosophy and psychology, engineering and computer science, business and communications—and to love the world is the very reason for being a student, tasked with learning to learn about things that matter to God and the world. When we see our studies this way, we see the work of student as a vocation. This talk tells stories of good people who have learned to learn this way, and whose lives are windows into what it means to be common grace for the common good.
College and the Diversity of God’s Kingdom – Protests have erupted not only in the streets of American cities, but also in classrooms and the offices of university presidents. This talk addresses the challenges people of color face on college campuses and how universities can become more just and diverse spaces that are homes to all of their students.