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Evangelicals On Public Policy Issues$17.99Add to cart
Six politically diverse evangelical Christians model a better way to do politics: respectful conversation about twelve public policy issues that uncover common ground and illuminate remaining disagreements.
Current political discourse is broken, characterized by nasty sound bytes, demonizing the opposition, and holding to fixed positions that resist the discovery of the common ground needed for governing. In this volume, six evangelical Christians model a better way, informed by the belief that the call of Christians to love their neighbors should create a welcoming space for persons to talk respectfully about their disagreements.
The six Christians, who situate themselves at various points along the political spectrum, completed a nine-month “Alternative Political Conversation” on the website www.respectfulconversation.net on the following topics: the federal budget deficit, immigration, religious freedom, Syria and Iran, Israel and Palestine, poverty in the US, marriage, health care, K-12 education, gun control, abortion, and the role of government.
Soul Care : Christian Faith And Academic Administration$24.99Add to cart
A book for Christian academic administrators that explores virtues in leadership, the dynamics of academic governance, and relationships in the academy.
In this unique volume, several well respected academic leaders reflect on how their Christian faith informs their approach to academic administration. The essays are personal and candid, full of reflections on some of the difficulties and successes the leaders have experienced on their own campuses. Each essay explores some theoretical and theological foundations for administrative work, and then considers one or more specific applications or scenarios.
Part One explores some underlying virtues and values in academic leadership, including humility, administration as pastoral care, and the cultivation of joy. Part Two delves more intricately into the dynamics of academic governance, including difficult personnel decisions, strategic planning, and tough financial choices. Part Three explores relationships in the academy–the continual need to find that personal touch in administrative work.
The editors write: ”The challenge for us, as Christian academic leaders, is to consider how we can meet legal scrutiny and the common standards of academic professionalism without losing the deep conviction that our Christian faith calls us to lead and respond in ways that often run against the grain. How do we love the Lord with heart, soul, strength, and mind, and care for our community and our neighbors, all the while keeping our institutions accredited, efficient, and fiscally sound?” –from the Introduction.