Sometimes a prophet is accepted in his hometown.
Sociologist John Schmalzbauer teaches in the Religious Studies Department at Missouri State University where he holds the Blanche Gorman Strong Chair in Protestant Studies. Prior to that he taught in the Sociology/Anthropology Department at the College of the Holy Cross. He is the author of "People of Faith: Religious Conviction in American Journalism and Higher Education" (Cornell). In addition to "Call & Response," he is a regular contributor to "The Immanent Frame" and the Patchwork Nation Project of the "Christian Science Monitor." He is co-investigator on the National Study of Campus Ministries. A graduate of Wheaton College, Schmalzbauer earned his doctorate from Princeton University.
Over the past half-century, a single Kansas county has yielded a heavy harvest of Christian leaders.
The Evangelical Covenant Church has affected your life. Even if you haven’t heard of it.
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Both Beck and Hauerwas claim that justice is a bad idea; one for Christians, the other for Americans.
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Forget the Manhattan Declaration. The real news from evangelicals? Gourmet televangelism.
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Applications Open for the 2023 Reflective Leadership Grant
This grant program is for leaders who are ready to design the next chapter in their ministry. We welcome applicants who serve in a range of leadership roles, from project director to senior administrator, and who are working in a variety of organizations, including denominations, seminaries, church-related colleges, consultancies, congregations, Christian nonprofits, Christian social enterprises and others.
The application deadline is May 15, 2023.