An important piece by the social psychologist Jonathan Haidt arguing that the relationship between the rise of social media and increasing mental illness in teenage girls is not simply a matter of correlation but causation. It’s worth the ten minutes it takes to read.
Congratulations to Paul Blair, who completed his Doctor of Ministry degree with a presentation of his research at Providence Theological Seminary yesterday. I had the privilege of supervising Paul as he wrote his dissertation, “Waterless Places: An Examination of Theology and Practice in the Exorcism of Spaces.” Here are my introductory remarks from yesterday’s presentation: Continue reading Congratulations Dr. Paul Blair!
In Minding the Web, I suggested that future scholars interested in the life and legacy of Stanley Hauerwas will have to somehow account for the significant number of public lectures, interviews and podcasts that are now circulating on the internet. Two notable examples of the latter that have recently appeared are Hauerwas’s conversation on the theme of suffering with Kate Bowler on her podcast Everything Happens and his appearance on the Theology on Mission podcast with David Fitch and Mike Moore. In the latter, I receive a generous shout-out from Stanley. Kate Bowler, who was born in Winnipeg and now teaches at Duke, has quickly become a prominent public pastoral figure with respect to the subject of suffering. David Fitch remains a significant neo-Anabaptist voice in evangelical circles and provided a gracious endorsement of Minding the Web.
Providence Theological Seminary is looking to add a new member to its faculty in the area of Old Testament. The job posting describes Providence in the following way: “For nearly a century Providence has been a Christian academic community in the historic
evangelical tradition that teaches people to grow in knowledge and character for leadership and service. Providence Theological Seminary is both evangelical and interdenominational and exists to serve the Church by preparing and supporting leaders, developing resources, and facilitating theological reflection. The Seminary offers a variety of programs aimed at preparing students for Church, counselling, educational, global, and academic ministries.”
If you know anyone who might be a potential fit to serve in this context, please direct them to the job posting, found here.
The video recording of Providence Theological Seminary’s recent symposium on the theme of eschatological preaching is now available on YouTube. The recording features Dr. Tim Perry’s presentation “What May I Hope?: A Plea for Eschatological Preaching,” my response, and a time of discussion.
I was struck by the following comment made by a student from Myanmar who is enrolled in one of my courses: “In my country people are dying because they cannot get the vaccine; in yours people are dying because they will not take it.”