This summer I’ve read books written by Richard Beck, Brene’ Brown, Bradley Jersak, Greg Boyd and other interesting writers. A recurring theme is that of the inherent vulnerability of the human condition and experience, especially in the experience of following Christ. Put more simply than probably should be, to be

“This year is going to be amazing.” This is the optimistic perspective of Kristen Caster, a sophomore level English major and Heritage Hall R.A. After spending her freshman year learning and growing in experience, she now is ready to take on this semester with full energy. Despite the full, eighteen

William Stringfellow. A lesser known figure in American theology in the 60s-70s. A lawyer and, dare I say, pragmatist. I’ve recently read through the first essay in his publication, A Private and Public Faith, which he writes is intended to, “[invite] argument and controversy, not however, for the sake of

Augustivus: the moment in a Highlander’s life when the stress of moving in meets the energy and excitement of the upcoming semester. Throughout the years this event has welcomed incoming freshmen with trials that test strength, mental mettle and teamwork. It is here, at Augustivus, that friendships are formed and

Frank Viola, a fellow follower of Christ, has been working through a series of blog posts on his blog over at to shed light on various people of the faith we revere and adore. I’d like to offer a brief overview of some of the “shocking” beliefs or actions

When I disclose that I have an autoimmune condition to my brothers and sisters in Christ, I generally get responses such as, “Wow, I’m sorry to hear that,” or “I’ll pray for you.” The sentiments are appreciated. However, sometimes I get the response, “Wow, let’s pray for you! If you

The epistle of James has always been one I’ve returned to in my devotional times of study. I’ve always had trouble with it. I’ve wrestled with it quite a bit. One of the questions I’ve had is what exactly James is communicating in chapter 4. I currently believe the central

My weary head I lay down to sleep In our wood paneled second floor. The house is full and silently sweet, Full of precious family awake no more. I lay my head on my star-cased pillow; It is soft and giving. My mind rests in mid air, Turning thoughts over

This poem is about running. “Run released”–––released from every hindrance–––was our Cairn Cross Country motto last year, and running is too demanding a sport to be without purpose. Hence the title. It is often quickly assumed that running requires talent but this assumption misses something crucial: you can succeed personally

Dr. Minto Shares her Tips and Tricks For a Good Semester! In an exclusive interview, Vice Provost Dr. Jean Minto gave the following excellent advice for incoming and returning students. With 24 years of teaching at Cairn University, Dr. Minto has observed some useful ways to get the semester going