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Daniel Kirk’s new book: Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul?

If you have not read J.R. Daniel Kirk’s Unlocking Romans: Resurrection and the Justification of God, (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008) stop what you are doing, whatever it is, find a copy of the book–do whatever you have to to get it–and read it immediately.  Yeah.  It’s that good. Daniel Kirk (PhD, Duke University) is professor of New Testament … Continue reading

Top Five Regrets of the Dying

Just saw this post on Smart=Sexy and thought it was worth a repost.  After having my own close call this year, I felt it rang true.  Now the task before us is one of living in such a way that those regrets do not haunt us at our end.

The Immaterial Hippopotamus: Rereading the Book of Job on God and Evil, Part 2

Last week I posted the first installment of an essay I wrote on God, suffering and the Book of Job.  In that first post I argued that Job’s contention (accusation?) that God had afflicted Job without cause (Hebrew, hinnam) is basically correct when read against the background of the book’s preface.  To put not too … Continue reading

Review of Mark Noll’s Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind on the Emerging Scholars’ Blog

Tom Trevethan just posted a great review of Mark Noll’s latest book, Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011), over on the Emerging Scholars’ Blog.  Well worth a read.  This is a challenging and important work for any Christian working in academia and I hope that it gains a wide readership. … Continue reading

The Immaterial Hippopotamus: Rereading the Book of Job on God and Evil, Part 1

The other night I had a conversation with some friends about God and suffering: Why does God allow good people to suffer?  I was reminded of a paper that I wrote on the book of Job and I thought I would post it here for anyone who is interested.  You’ll see that I depart pretty … Continue reading

InterVarsity Grad & Faculty Ministries at NCSU & Meredith College: Update, December 2011

Season’s greetings!  I hope you are having a blessed Advent season as we prepare to celebrate our Savior’s birth! What’s happening? Since April, I have raised 70% of my annual budget in pledges and donations, and since August I have been working full-time for InterVarsity at half-pay.  Thank you for your support! Our new weekly … Continue reading

Bob Thune and Will Walker on “Community Idolatry”

One of the core values of InterVarsity’s Grad & Faculty Ministries is community, and, to be fair, community is a major buzzword in Christian circles nowadays.  And rightly so.  The gospel of Christ calls us not to a personalized piety and an individualistic salvation, but rather into new life in the Jew-plus-Gentile, slave-plus-free, male-plus-female, rich-plus-poor … Continue reading

Alvin Plantinga on the (Alleged) Conflict Between Faith and Science

Alvin Plantinga, professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, has just put out a new book on the conflict between faith and science:  Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, & Naturalism (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011) The New York Times reviewed it this week and it’s looking, as is usual for Plantinga’s work, to … Continue reading

Embarrassed By Hope?: Charlie Clauss on Advent and how to hope intelligently for Jesus’ return

Charlie Clauss has written a fantastic little piece on the Emerging Scholars blog about the Advent season and about what it looks like to hope intelligently for Jesus’ return.  He writes: [For] a certain kind of Christian (of which I include myself), talk of “rapture” and even the phrase “Second Coming” provokes a kind of embarrassment. I … Continue reading

Dance Your PhD

We have two PhD candidates in our Graduate Christian Fellowship are defending their dissertations this week.  It is probably too late for them to follow this suggestion, but I would like to urge them to dance their PhDs. You can see the entries to the competition that he mentioned here. Thanks to W. David O. … Continue reading

NCSU Graduate Christian Fellowship

Hi! I'm David, the campus minister for InterVarsity's graduate and faculty ministries at NC State and Meredith College. I hope you'll join me as I learn to "practice resurrection" in the City of Oaks, in her universities, and in the wider world. You can contact me at dmwilliams83@gmail.com

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