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Christopher Devers

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  • Cultivating Mentors : Sharing Wisdom In Christian Higher Education


    Many colleges and universities informally highlight the value of mentoring among academic professionals.

    Yet scholars often lack clear definitions, goals, practices, and commitments that help them actually reap the benefits mentoring offers. As new faculty members from younger generations continue to face evolving challenges while also reshaping institutions, their ability to connect with more experienced mentors is critical to their vocations–and to the future of higher education.

    In Cultivating Mentors, a distinguished group of contributors explores the practice of mentoring in Christian higher education. Drawing on traditional theological understandings of the mentee-mentor relationship, they consider what goals should define such relationships and what practices make their cultivation possible among educators. With special attention to generational dynamics, they discuss how mentoring can help institutions navigate generational faculty transitions and cultivate rising leaders. Contributors include:

    *David Kinnaman
    *Tim Clydesdale
    *Margaret Diddams
    *Edgardo Colon-Emeric
    *Rebecca C. Hong
    *Tim Elmore
    *Beck A. Taylor
    *Stacy A. Hammons

    This book offers valuable insights and practical recommendations for faculty members, administrators, and policy makers. Whether pursuing their vocation in Christian or secular institutions, Christian scholars will benefit from the sharing of wisdom mapped out in Cultivating Mentors.

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  • Public Intellectuals And The Common Good


    In the midst of a divisive culture, public intellectuals speaking from an evangelical perspective have a critical role to play-within the church and beyond. Representing the church, higher education, journalism, and the nonprofit sector, these world-class scholars and practitioners cast a vision for intellectuals who promote human flourishing.

    Evangelical Christians are active across all spheres of intellectual and public life today. But a disconnect remains: the work they produce too often fails to inform their broader communities. In the midst of a divisive culture and a related crisis within evangelicalism, public intellectuals speaking from an evangelical perspective have a critical role to play-within the church and beyond. What does it look like to embrace such a vocation out of a commitment to the common good? Public Intellectuals and the Common Good draws together world-class scholars and practitioners to cast a vision for intellectuals who promote human flourishing. Representing various roles in the church, higher education, journalism, and the nonprofit sector, contributors reflect theologically on their work and assess current challenges and opportunities. What historically well-defined qualities of public intellectuals should be adopted now? What qualities should be jettisoned or reimagined? Public intellectuals are mediators-understanding and then articulating truth amid the complex realities of our world. The conversations represented in this book celebrate and provide guidance for those who through careful thinking, writing, speaking, and innovation cultivate the good of their communities. Contributors:

    *Miroslav Volf
    *Amos Yong
    *Linda A. Livingstone
    *Heather Templeton Dill
    *Katelyn Beaty
    *Emmanuel Katongole
    *John M. Perkins and David Wright

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  • State Of The Evangelical Mind


    Foreword By Richard J. Mouw
    Introduction: The State Of The Evangelical Mind-Tales Of Prosperity And Peril (Todd C. Ream, Jerry Pattengale, And Christopher J. Devers)
    1. Reflections On The Past: Evangelical Intellectual Life (Mark A. Noll)
    2. Churches: The State Of The Evangelical Church (Jo Anne Lyon)
    3. Parachurch Organizations (David C. Mahan And C. Donald Smedley)
    4. Colleges And Universities: John Henry Newman’s The Idea Of A University And Christian Colleges In The Twenty-First Century (Timothy Larsen)
    5. Seminaries: Contemplative Posture And Christ-Adapted Eyes-Teaching And Thinking In Christian Seminaries (Lauren Winner)
    6. Prospects For The Future: The Future Is Catholic-The Next Scandal For The Evangelical Mind (James K. A. Smith)
    Conclusion: The Ongoing Challenge Of The Evangelical Mind (Mark Galli)
    Author Index
    Subject Index

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    Two decades on from Mark Noll’s Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, could we now be on the threshold of another crisis of intellectual maturity in Christianity? Or are the opportunities for faithful intellectual engagement and witness even greater now than before?

    These essays invite readers to a virtual “summit meeting” on the current state of the evangelical mind. The insights of national leaders in their fields will aid readers to reflect on the past contributions of evangelical institutions for the life of the mind as well as prospects for the future. Contributors include:

    Richard J. Mouw
    Mark A. Noll
    Jo Anne Lyon
    David C. Mahan and C. Donald Smedley
    Timothy Larsen
    Lauren Winner
    James K. A. Smith
    Mark Galli

    The State of the Evangelical Mind frames the resources needed for churches, universities, seminaries, and parachurch organizations to chart their course for the future, both separately and together, and provides readers an opportunity to participate in a timely conversation as they consider what institutional and individual role they might play.

    This is not a book to define or diagnose evangelicalism broadly, and there’s no fear-mongering or demonizing here, but rather a call to attend to the evangelical mind and the role played by interlocking institutions in its intellectual formation and ongoing vitality. It will encourage-and challenge-those who want to be part of the solution in a time of need.

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