Fall 2014 Intersection Bloggers

The Center for Excellence in Christian Scholarship at East Texas Baptist University is excited to announce our three bloggers for the Fall 2014 semester. Dr. Elijah Brown, Dr. Allyn Lueders, and Dr. Will Walker will be sharing their weekly insights the ways that their teaching, disciplines, and faith intersect. This semester will be The Intersection’s third cohort of ETBU faculty bloggers. The Intersection blog originally began as a part of the CECS Intersection of Faith & Reflection Project in which five ETBU faculty members where invited to use the newly created blog to experience reflective practice during Fall 2013. The project was completed in December 2013 and now the blog continues each semester with three ETBU faculty members chosen each session.

Dr. Elijah Brown, Dr. Allyn Lueders, & Dr. Will Walker (

Dr. Elijah Brown, Dr. Allyn Lueders, & Dr. Will Walker

Meet Our Bloggers…

Dr. Elijah Brown will be posting on Mondays throughout the Fall 2014 semester beginning on August 25th. Dr. Brown is an Associate Professor of Religion in the School of Christian Studies and also serves as the Director Freedom Center at ETBU, a newly formed center is working to advance international religious freedom and transformative peace. Brown joined the ETBU faculty in 2009 and is an active member of the ETBU community. In addition to his classroom engagement with students, Dr. Brown and his family have lived on campus as Faculty in Residence since 2011. He has an earned Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, New College. His dissertation focused on the development of north-south Sudanese peace, highlighting issues related to the maturation of indigenous Christianity, missions, church growth, conflict resolution and reconciliation, and religion and politics. Dr. Brown is also an active participant in the Baptist World Alliance.

Dr. Allyn Lueders will be sharing her reflections on Wednesdays beginning August 27th. Dr. Lueders is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies in ETBU’s School of Humanities and just recently joined the ETBU faculty in 2012. Dr. Lueders has an earned Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Her dissertation focused on an analysis of an online support community for anorexia patients. Her courses taught here at ETBU range from Fundamentals of Speech Communication to Research Methods in Communication Studies. In addition to her new blogging responsibilities this fall, Dr. Lueders and her husband have recently moved on to campus as part of the ETBU Faculty in Residence program.

Dr. Will Walker will be blogging his thoughts on Fridays beginning August 29th. Dr. Walker is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology in the School of Education. Originally from East Texas, Dr. Walker first attended and graduated from ETBU with his B.S.E. in Secondary History and Physical Education before joining the ETBU faculty in 2007. He has an earned Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville with a dissertation exploring physical self-efficacy in college weight training students . Dr. Walker also serves as the Faculty Athletic Representative. Teaching in one of the institution’s larger majors and his involvement with ETBU Athletics gives Dr. Walker the opportunity to spend a great deal of time with ETBU students with varying backgrounds, experiences, and aspirations.

From Christian Missions, to God’s people as a medium for communication, to the connection between the health of the body and soul, this semester’s bloggers are sure to shed new light on the topics of faith, learning, and disciplines on The Intersection. Subscribe via email or check back online regularly to follow their stories. Engage with our bloggers by commenting on posts that grab your attention, cause you to ask questions, or impact your faith.

Join us as we spend another semester looking for the intersections of our faith & life.

CECS Announces Spring 2014 Bloggers

As our inaugural blogging semester concluded in December 2013, the Center for Excellence in Christian Scholarship issued a call for bloggers to the ETBU faculty members for Spring 2014. This semester we are able to sponsor 3 new faculty bloggers as they endeavor to explore the collisions of faith and academia. Please join us in congratulating our Spring 2014 bloggers – Dr. David Brooks, Associate Professor of Biology & Nursing, Dr. Emily Row Prevost, Director of Leadership Studies, and Dr. Darrell Roe, Associate Professor of Communication Studies. Together they will use their varied vantage points to examine what it means to be a Christian scholar and teacher in today’s world.

Dr. David Brooks, Dr. Emily Row Prevost, and Dr. Darrell Roe

Dr. David Brooks, Dr. Emily Row Prevost, and Dr. Darrell Roe

You will have an opportunity to learn more about our bloggers and their individual journeys next week. Each writer will share a weekly post on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. Stop by three times a week to see what they have to say or subscribe via email by signing up on the right side of the page. We hope that you will engage with our authors by leaving comments and asking questions throughout the semester.

Have a topic suggestion for our bloggers? Leave a comment below!

Looking forward to another semester @ The Intersection,

Elizabeth Ponder, MSLS
Program Coordinator, Center for Excellence in Christian Scholarship

The Intersection: Where Faith & Scholarship Collide

Greetings! Welcome to The Intersection — the online space for the Center for Excellence in Christian Scholarship (CECS) and ETBU. In support of the CECS Vision, The Intersection provides an outlet for the ongoing discussion centered around the question of what it means to “create and participate in scholarship that embraces a Christian worldview without compromising in the pursuit of scientific truth and intellectual inquiry” (CECS Vision Statement). Our hope is that this blog will become a place for scholars to reflect and share their ideas on the issues of our day.

The idea for The Intersection came from a series of grants that have been offered by the CECS in recent years. The first, 2012′s The Intersection of Faith & Discpline, explored the connection between faith and academic disciplines by requiring the grant recipients to “design an instructional model for examining the intersection of faith, disciple and application outside the classroom and/or outside the regular limitations of classroom discourse” (IFD Grant 2012). In Spring 2013, 5 grant recipients have been selected to participate in The Intersection of Faith & Reflection. These recipients will be asked to begin posting weekly to this blog as they reflect on their faith, their disciplines, and their classroom experience. To learn more about the IFR Grant and view profiles, go to Faith & Reflection Project. These bloggers will be the trailblazers for our blog and establish a framework for future postings.

We’re glad you’ve found us and hope you’ll make an effort to follow along as we begin our blogging journey. Have questions? comments? suggestions? Write to us at cecs[at]etbu.edu or post a comment below.

With great anticipation for the future,

The Intersection team