The Chronic Cross: Understanding Chronic Illness through the Cross of Jesus by Bethany Faulds

Bethany Faulds is a student of mine at Wheaton College. She suffers from chronic illness and has for 9 1/2 years. While we were catching up, our conversation led us down a path to me asking her to share some of her writing with me. She did one better by actually reading me the paper below.

I asked if I could share what she wrote on this site because it is rich with deep theological truth, rooted in Scripture, and flows from her personal experience. I pray you will be as blessed as I was listening to her clear and compelling explanation of God’s glory, human suffering, and the cross of Jesus Christ.

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How to Hire for Diversity

I am doing a PhD in Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University. It’s a fantastic program for those who want to work full time while getting a world class education in higher education (especially Christian higher education). One of the topics I am considering writing my dissertation on is structural diversity within leadership. Leadership, organizational culture/climate, and diversity are all close to my heart, but living into the Kingdom of God as much as we can is what drives me – and I believe diverse leadership is the answer.

Parts of this and other posts like this are taken right out of my dissertation process. I share what I write as I write it because I believe some of this can be helpful to people who might be seeking to bear witness to God’s Kingdom through their organization, church, or academic institution. I’d love feedback if you have any.

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Red Bull, Robin Hood, and the Republican Tax Bill: Two Moderates’ Perspective on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

One of the benefits of a liberal arts ethos is the collaboration that takes place between disciplines. The more you swim in the waters of the liberal arts, the more you realize how interdisciplinary thinking is at its symphonic core. There is a deep seeded belief in the power of compounded perspectives. Since I am not an economist or a political scientist by training, I asked two expert friends and colleagues from different fields about their thoughts regarding the new tax bill. I wanted to see how they would have voted based on the changes they saw and how they arrived at that conclusion. I kept hearing so many different views on the bill, I needed to hear from people I knew would give me a analysis from a moderate perspective that was willing to consider both sides, weigh the whole reality, and then give their thoughts on the matter. This collaborative thought piece by my friends, Dr. Enoch Hill (economist) and Dr. Timothy Taylor (political scientist) was so helpful, I asked if I could share it publicly. They graciously obliged in this helpful response.

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The Urgency to Transform White Evangelicalism: Reflections on Bryan Loritts’ Response to My Open Letter to Piper on Lecrae’s Departure

Bryan Loritts’ response to what I wrote in Ed Stetzer’s section in Christianity Today is clear evidence that things NEED to change within white evangelicalism, and they need to change far more quickly than I initially foresaw. In fact, the content and tone of his response confirms everything I said should be of concern to white evangelicalism.

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Open Letter to John Piper on White Evangelicalism and Multiethnic Relations

For all of evangelicalism’s existence, a disproportionate burden has been placed on communities of color to adapt, adjust, assimilate, and acquiesce to the white expressions of Christianity. This is why evangelicals of color broadly understand the adjective “white” being added to evangelicalism, while white evangelicals have a hard time seeing how their evangelicalism is white.

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