The question “How shall I live?” is one that many of us struggle with existentially throughout our lives. What does it look like? How do we accomplish this and how do we know when we are successful? Continue reading Beyond Happiness: Finding Meaning in Service
“If the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.” –John 8:36
The American narrative never strays too far from the word “freedom,” does it? I would wager that most people, when asked what makes America special or extraordinary, would venture a response replete with references to freedom, liberty, individual rights, and good old fashioned baseball. But are these deeply held principles of modern democracy in concert with the type of life-changing freedom Jesus offers in the Gospels? Continue reading Make Freedom Great Again
How shall I live? The simple answer is something like, “breath in, breath out; drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and eat a healthy diet.” But that obviously doesn’t tell us enough. A visit to the cemetery or just a glance at the news confronts us with the dark and powerful specter of death. Continue reading Testing the Waters of Life
This is the first post of a three-part essay on the vocation of a student.
What does it mean to be a student? Several responses can be given to this simple, yet complex, question. The place to begin with is the observation that to be a student—like to be a daughter or a son, brother or sister, friend or citizen—is to have a vocation. This is apparent in the fact that a university has accepted a person’s application for enrollment. In doing so the university calls the applicant, placing upon her the honorable and holy vocation of student.
It might sound strange to say that being a student is honorable and holy, but it is. It is much more than, as many people think, a path to a profession or financial well-being. Continue reading What Does It Mean to Be a Student?