Seeing and Savoring

Jay Lorenzen formerly Department of Political Science United States Air Force Academy God is glorified not only in His glory being seen, but by its being rejoiced in.  When those that see it delight in it, God is more glorified than if they only see it.  His glory is...

Handling Problems

Sitting across the desk from me, one of my students was crying.  In her seventh year of the combined-degree VMD-PhD program that I direct at the University of Pennsylvania, she had just broken up with her boyfriend—the final straw in an extremely stressful...

Two Things Made All the Difference

A Question Out of Nowhere In the midst of a recent breakfast, a faculty colleague unexpectedly asked me, “What keeps your walk with God vibrant? You’ve been a professor for over 20 years. All those years, you’ve had success in your academic career, but have found time...

Escaping the Narrow Band

We love our disciplines. Most of us have committed much of our lives to our particular scholastic domain. In many ways, we count ourselves blessed to work in an academic environment where we get to explore and teach things that still intrigue us. Unfortunately, many...

Looking for Common Grace

It is a challenge to start conversations about faith with non-believers. It seems we often have so little in common. How do we begin to talk about Jesus with colleagues and students who differ from us in almost all categories–religiously, politically, socially,...

Connecting with God in a Distracting World

I really liked Paul Miller’s book A Praying Life because he is refreshingly honest. He talks often of his own life and struggles related to prayer. I sensed tremendous authenticity while reading the stories he uses to illustrate his points. Early in the book he...