Letter from the President – Professor Barry Hankins, Baylor University

Dear CFH Grad Students,
As we start another school year I want to send along the CFH’s best wishes for a successful semester. I’ve always believed that the primary benefit of the CFH is that it brings Christian scholars together for fellowship and mutual encouragement. In recent years this vital function has been extended to graduate students in unprecedented ways, so let CFH be a resource for you. Stay connected through the website and Greg Jones’s blog, and begin now to network with CFH members on faculty at Christian colleges. Also, as you develop seminar papers this semester, keep the October 2012 biennial CFH meeting in mind. When you give a paper at a CFH conference, you will encounter a diverse array of participants who want to help you develop as a scholar and who see you first and foremost as a human being created in God’s image. Finally, when you hit that mid-semester point when you wonder whether all your effort is someday going to be worth the sacrifice you’re making, stay in the present. Being a scholar means reading, thinking, writing, and teaching, which is what grad students do. In other words, while grad school is in one respect “training,” it is also one’s entrée into the vocation of scholarship. God has opened doors for you to be a scholar right now, so make the most of the opportunity. Be a good steward of your present calling and trust God to open future doors at the appropriate time.

Barry Hankins
President, Conference on Faith and History

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