Caring Machines

Caring Machines

Would you leave your child in the care of a robot nanny? Would you feel comfortable leaving your aging parent with a robot care giver? Should you find yourself in a hospital bed, would you feel cared for by a robot nurse? These scenarios may sound like fanciful fiction but “socially assistive robots” are an active area of ongoing development. In fact, these kinds of robots are already being designed and built.

Letter to a Young IT worker

Letter to a Young IT worker

Congratulations on your first job as an IT (Information Technology) worker! May your skills be put to good use as you seek to the serve the organization you are joining. Unlike the more visible roles in an organization, IT work usually goes unnoticed. Many people are unaware that your hours will frequently spill into early mornings and weekends as you diligently apply security patches and update servers while users are blissfully sleeping.

Letter to a Young Engineer

Letter to a Young Engineer

While I really enjoyed my time in Christian college, I am finding that working in the “real world” can be challenging. I sit in a large cubicle farm as part of a team that designs a part for a small sub-assembly that is used in larger products. Like the parts I design, I feel like a small cog in a giant machine. I am left feeling like the comic character “Dilbert.”

Kuyper on the ‘Greater Things’
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Kuyper on the ‘Greater Things’

Kuyper says our knowledge of creation grew slowly through instinct and experience. He compares this to the farmer in Isaiah 28, who receives practical agricultural instincts and knowledge from God. But in recent times our knowledge of creation has significantly deepened through scientific research and the deliberate study of nature. We now know about soil chemistry, plant biology and animal physiology.

Creeds, confessions and Christian colleges
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Creeds, confessions and Christian colleges

At the end of the day, any creeds or statements of belief are insufficient on their own to ensure academic fidelity within the Reformed tradition. An effective faculty mentoring program is essential to help new faculty understand the tradition. This needs to be done winsomely and hospitably, welcoming new faculty into the treasures of the Reformed tradition, and sharing how it historically traces back to Augustine and ultimately the Scriptures.