Reimagining a History PhD

Over at The Anxious Bench, Paul reflects on how rewarding it is to work, as a trained historian, with the Brazos Fellows–and what he’s learned from them about how to think of his own scholarly calling:

As the Brazos Fellows often remind me, a Christian view of vocation teaches us that our identity is not found in our C.V., our job title, our productivity, or our prestige, but fully and fundamentally grounded in Christ. This is a truth that frees all Christians to hear and respond to God’s call—and a truth that frees up us historians to more creatively imagine and embark on our work in the rapidly changing world of higher education.

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The Question of Calling

Over at Living Church, Paige has a great piece on the question of calling. Paige explains why sorting through our vocation can be so difficult, in part because of the questionable theological assumptions we bring to this question. One of these assumptions is that God’s will mostly has to do with the big decisions of life–who we will marry, or what job we will choose. But she argues that this isn’t quite right:

When we look for references to the will of God in the Bible, we find that they are largely about following his commands. God’s will is that we would obey what he has already revealed to us. … God’s will has more to do with faithfulness in our everyday lives than it does with figuring out the big decisions. For those of us who have long struggled to discern God’s will, this is good news!

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