Christian Faculty Fellowship member Anthony Tongen shared this link about grace and teaching: Francis Su acceptance speech. In it, mathematician Francis Su accepts a teaching award and makes these two points about grace:
- “Your accomplishments are NOT what make you a worthy human being.”
- “You learn this lesson when someone shows you GRACE: good things you didn’t earn or deserve, but you’re getting them anyway.”
In the speech, Su explains that in his religious view, Jesus is the ultimate giver and source of grace. Many of us who take teaching seriously have found this talk insightful and inspiring. Here again is the link: http://mathyawp.blogspot.mx/2013/01/the-lesson-of-grace-in-teaching.html
Our spring series on faith and popular culture continues Friday, April 5, with a discussion of violence in video and computer games. We’ll meet at 7:30 a.m. at Mr. J’s Bagels on East Market Street for the discussion. Background reading for the discussion includes:
The April 5 session will conclude our spring program. In August a call for program (and program chair) will be issued — be thinking about your possible contribution!
Our series on faith and popular culture continues Friday, March 1, with The Hunger Games. We’ll meet at 7:30 a.m. at Mr. J’s Bagels on East Market Street for the discussion. Both the young-adult novel and movie The Hunger Games were big hits in 2012 — but what does the story tell us about our culture? And how do we, as people of faith, respond to The Hunger Games while being faithful to our Christian witness? Here are two articles for advance reading:
On February 1, we’ll continue our series on faith and popular culture by considering the Super Bowl. Our meeting will be at 7:30 a.m. at Mr. J’s Bagels on East Market Street. What should be believers’ relationship, if any, to the biggest marketing and sporting event of the year? Advance reading consists of these articles that deal in different ways with the subject:
The first meeting of the new year for the James Madison Christian Faculty Fellowship will be Friday, January 11, at 7:30 a.m. at Mr. J’s Bagels on East Market Street. Our theme for the semester is “Faith and Popular Culture,” and our first meeting will explore The Hobbit. Its author, J.R.R. Tolkien, was a dedicated Christian — but are there Christian themes in The Hobbit? And how can we relate to this book, the movie series based on it, and the culture in general, in a way that honors Christ? Advance reading (not required) consists of these two articles:
Join us for a lively discussion!
For spring 2013, our meetings will be centered on the theme “Faith and Popular Culture.” Here are the meeting dates, all at Mr. J’s Bagels on East Market Street:
- Friday, January 11, 7:30 a.m.
- Friday, February 1, 7:30 a.m.
- Friday, March 1, 7:30 a.m.
- Friday, April 5, 7:30 a.m.
If you’d like to receive reminders about these meeting times, just send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our last meeting of the fall “Congregational Connections” series is set for Friday, December 7, at 7:30 a.m. at Mr. J’s Bagels on East Market Street. Our guest will be Kerry Willis of Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene. At each of our meetings, we have had as a guest someone who is involved in ministry at the local churches some of our students attend. Come join us to talk about our connections with local congregations.
Our fall series continues on Friday, November 2, at 7:30 a.m. at Mr. J’s Bagels on East Market Street. Our guest will be Glenn Bollinger, pastor of Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren. We’ll have a wide-ranging discussion of how to meet the spiritual needs of college-age youth. Come join us!
On October 5, our fall “congregational connections” series continues with Jack Mercer of Harrisonburg Baptist. The meeting is set for 7:30 a.m. at Mr. J’s Bagels on East Market Street. Through the fall series, we’re connecting with the local churches some of our students attend — which are, also, the churches we would recommend to new believers or inquirers. Join us on October 5!
The James Madison Christian Faculty Fellowship will have its first meeting of the semester next Friday, September 7, at 7:30 a.m. at Mr. J’s Bagels on East Market Street. Our guest will be Joe Slater of Covenant Presbyterian Church. In keeping with the fall theme of “Congregational Connections,” we’ll have time for conversation with Joe about Covenant’s ministries to college-age adults. At each of our fall meetings, we’ll have as a guest someone who is involved in ministry at the local churches some of our students attend — which are, also, the churches we would recommend to new believers or inquirers. Joe is a JMU graduate who was involved in campus ministries while he was a student here. Our interactions will be intentionally casual, with plenty of time for questions and answers and discussion. Plan on joining us!