A Grander Story: An Invitation to Christian Professors
What would it look like to live as part of God’s grander story as a faculty member on your campus?
A Grander Story: An Invitation to Christian Professors answers this question by providing a biblical understanding of a professor’s identity in Christ and unique calling to Christian scholarship, teaching, and department life.
By showcasing a theology of the grander story, six faculty narratives, resources, and discussion questions along the way, A Grander Story both inspires and equips Christian faculty to think differently about their lives and work.
About the Book
From the Forward:
Years ago, I developed a strong desire for a life aimed at something that transcended personal accomplishment, that reflected Jesus’s call to all Christians in the Sermon on the Mount:
You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. (Matt. 5:13–16, NRSV)
Believing in that call is one thing; living it out is another! As isolated grains of salt in the midst of the mundane, day-to-day aspects of university life, we are in danger of losing our savor, of hiding our lamps. The book you are about to read is a resource I wish I’d had twenty-five years ago. I believe A Grander Story is going to be an invaluable aid to fellow grains of salt like me as we seek to fulfill God’s call to be part of His grander story in the world.– Dr. Jeff Hardin, Zoology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Forward: Dr. Jeff Hardin, Zoology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Preface: A Grand Invitation
Part 1: A Grander Story
Chapter 1 The Story
Chapter 2 The Grandest One
Chapter 3 Grander Being
Chapter 4 Grander Doing
Part 2: Grander Lives
Chapter 5 The Academy and Jesus — Dr. Ken Elzinga, Economics, University of Virginia
Chapter 6 Holding the Staff — Dr. Susan Siaw, Psychology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Chapter 7 The “Progress” of a Faculty “Pilgrim” — Dr. Walter Bradley, Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Texas A&M, Baylor University
Chapter 8 I Never Saw That Coming — Dr. Phil Bishop, Exercise Physiology, University of Alabama
Chapter 9 An Enduring Legacy — Dr. John Walkup, Electrical Engineering, Texas Tech
Chapter 10 Go Early — Dr. Heather Holleman, English, Pennsylvania State University
Part 3: Toward a Grander Future
Chapter 11 Best Practices
Chapter 12 Grander Longing
Appendix A — Common Legal Questions: Q&A
Appendix B — A Brief Overview of Legal Principles
Appendix C — The Mission, Vision, and Distinctives of Faculty Commons
What Others Are Saying
About the Authors
Executive Director of Faculty Commons, Cru’s faculty and graduate student ministry.For nearly forty years, he has served professors and students on campuses throughout the country. He and his wife, Sonya, live near Duke University.
PhD, staff with Faculty Commons and college instructor at Penn StateHeather teaches rhetoric and composition and serves as the course director for advanced writing in the humanities for Penn State. She is a speaker and writer, publishing books for women on life-changing verbs in scripture. See Heather Holleman