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Learning to Thrive at College

23 Mar

ImageCollege should be a temporary season of academic preparation and personal growth to propel a lifetime of effective service to God and neighbor. It should be a launching pad into all that goes with responsible Christian adulthood. Yet for some, it’s a time when they abandon the Christian faith, displaying that they never really belonged to Christ (1 John 2:19). For others, their faith remains intact, but they waste their college lives with video games, partying, and other frivolities—an expensive vacation funded by Mom, Dad, and debilitating student loans.

Today, seven out of ten high school graduates immediately go on to college, but about 30% will never become sophomores, and about 50% will not have graduated even six years later.1 Many who do graduate move right back home with their parents, assuming little responsibility and armed with little ambition for Christ.

Thrive at College

I’m convinced that you should not just survive college but thrive at college. Don’t just maintain your faith, but really come to own it — growing thick, strong roots (1 Timothy 4:12). Don’t just squeak by classes with as little effort as possible, but strive to discover your calling — what God uniquely wired you to do — and to love God with all your mind by giving it your very best (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

Socially, college is a season for making life-long friendships — not just the kind you have a great time with (good as that is) but the kind that spur you on to love, trust, and follow God. Pursue relationships that help you put away childishness, grow in maturity, increasingly make wise choices, and “expect great things from God and attempt great things for God.” And who knows? Maybe one of these friends will become a fabulous husband or wife.

College is a time for assuming responsibility, for becoming a disciplined steward of time and money, for recognizing that recreation is a gift of God to be enjoyed in measure but never to dominate our lives. Rather, when properly pursued, recreation empowers us for our work rather than distracting us from our work.

As a student, remember that your work is learning (studying) so that you can, for a lifetime, increasingly love God with a well-trained mind, a mind that can identify key questions, pursue understanding, dissect arguments, discover logical fallacies, and communicate effectively.

Be Trained to Make a Difference

College is an opportunity to get the training you need to make a difference in the world — by becoming a business person, an engineer, a doctor, a teacher, a historian, a physical therapist, a husband, a wife, a parent, who sees God’s lordship extending to every area of life and every corner of the globe.

It’s a time to take the gifts God has given you and develop them into finely-tuned skills — the kind that can really serve and benefit other people (some of whom may even pay you). It’s a time to become a man or woman with unshakable character and faithfulness — the kind that can be given increasing areas of responsibility, and who can eventually rise to leadership. It’s a time to honor all that your parents did for you by learning to own your decisions, even your mistakes, as you embrace a full-orbed, God-dependent adulthood.

Alex Chediak is an associate professor of engineering and physics at California Baptist University.

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Lemaître, priest and scientist

19 Mar

410px-LemaitreBig Bang, two words some Christians are so afraid of, but why? I put here proudly the work introducing the big bang theory by a Belgian priest and scientist.

And one’s again, a proof that science and faith doesn’t have to be opposed.

Georges Lemaître (1894-1966) is one of the great names of modern cosmology. Being a friend of Einstein, he was the first in 1927 to explain the red shift of the spectrum of galaxies observed by Edwin Hubble as resulting from the expansion of the Universe. Using a spherical model of Universe with an exponential expansion (today, this model is referred to as “Eddington-Lemaître Universe”), he derived a correct expression of the so-called Hubble law (which Hubble published only in 1929) which states that the escape velocity of distant galaxies is proportional to their distances.

He was only 9 when he already felt his double vocation as a priest and as a scientist. After his secondary school at the Jesuits, he entered at 17 the engineering school of the Catholic University of Louvain. In 1914, he interrupted his studies and voluntarily served in the Belgian Army. At the end of the war he was conferred the “Croix de guerre avec palmes” (war cross with palms). He then began to study physics and mathematics and also entered the sacerdotal status. He obtained his doctoral PhD in 1920 with a thesis on “L’approximation des fonctions de plusieurs variables réelles” (Approximation of functions of many real variables) under the direction of Prof. Charles de la Vallée Poussin


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How to Stay Christian in College?

6 Mar

Image“College can be hazardous to your spiritual health. When you go to college, you’re leaving behind your network of support and heading to a world with different perspectives, responsibilities, and expectations. Even if you’re going to a “Christian” college, there’s no guarantee you won’t face challenges to your faith. So how do you stay Christian in college? How do you stay open about your faith in the face of potential ridicule?

J. Budziszewski, was an atheist when he became a philosophy professor at the University of Texas.”