Welcome to our quarterly briefing. For the best experience, be sure to view this either by means of the on-line link (upper right) or by loading the remote content. Since in many cases final exams and graduation exercises are completed on campus, this seemed a good time to send this.
In this issue our devotional study will raise an important question about the nature of ministry on campus--is there a "battle" going on and if so, exactly what is it and how is it to be "fought."
We will also introduce a major upgrade to our apologetics website--Apología, and cover a recent brouhaha in a philosophy journal that may provide a window into understanding the evolution of campus academic culture.
Devotion: 2 Corinthians 10:5
In order to give some context to verse 5, we include 2 Corinthians 10:1-6
2Cor. 10:1 By the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you—I, Paul, who am “timid” when face to face with you, but “bold” when away! 2 I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world. 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete. (NIV)
In verse 5, “…[We] demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ...” we see the Apostle Paul make a very strong statement about the nature of his calling.
In the chapters in 2 Corinthians leading up to this one, we find Paul comforting the Corinthian church in their present sufferings (1:3-7), giving an explanation for....
Link to the rest of the Devotional Study
The beat goes on and that's not the only thing. Identity politics, PC and the human rights agenda are still all the rage in academe. Looks like it will be for a long time. Can there be a point where it goes too far? Take a look at Café Cook (below); by looking at a recent brouhaha in philosophy we might be able to get a sense of where things are going. Also, click on the "What's New" icon to gain access to a newly designed and updated Apología website. We are constantly striving to improve our resources and we think you'll like this. Finally, check out our standard, but updated "Court Watch." Information collected for it comes from a number of sources, but this is a space devoted to bringing some of those together in one place, where what you don't know can hurt you.
Have a great summer!
James A. Cook
Editor, Connections Review
Academic Connections, International