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Dr. Mark Husbands


Leonard and Marjorie Maas Chair of Reformed Theology
Director of the Emmaus Scholars Program
Fellow of the Center for Ministry Studies

Hope College

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Dr. Mark Husbands


Leonard and Marjorie Maas Chair of Reformed Theology
Director of the Emmaus Scholars Program
Fellow of the Center for Ministry Studies

Hope College

Welcome!

"The theologian who labors without joy is not a theologian at all. Sulky faces, morose thoughts and boring ways of speaking are intolerable in this science...But we must know, of course, that it is only God who can keep us from it." (Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, II/1, p. 656)

Ever wonder about the call of God on your life? Here is a link to a sermon that I preached in Dimnent Chapel at Hope College (October 2, 2014) on "What is the Call of God? — Jonah and Justice". It was a privilege to proclaim God's love for those on the margin — and a joy to share what is closest to God's heart: justice, mercy and forgiveness. 

Dr. Mark Husbands holds the Leonard and Marjorie Maas Chair of Reformed Theology. In this capacity, he offers academic and professional leadership to Hope College and the Reformed Church in America. In 2014 he won the Academic Computing Innovation Award. In 2013, he was named a Fellow of the Center for Ministry Studies. In 2012, he was appointed the founding Director of the Emmaus Scholars Program, an innovative one-year academic/residential/intentional Christian community focused upon spiritual formation, calling, racial reconciliation, poverty, and integral mission. In 2007, he was named the inaugural occupant of the Leonard and Marjorie Maas Chair in  Reformed Theology marking the point at which he joined the Hope College faculty. 

Teaching

Click here to access a current list of courses that am teaching.

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Scholarship

Click here to access an academia.edu site that includes a sample of recent scholarship.

Integral Mission

Click here to learn more about my work with integral mission and the Emmaus Scholars Program. 

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Teaching


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Teaching


As a professor at Hope College I teach a number of classes available to all students whether they are enrolled in the Christian History and Theology Major or simply seeking to fulfill their General Educations requirements.

This Spring I am teaching Faith Seeking Understanding, (REL261).

 

As the Director of the Emmaus Scholars Program I teach a number of classes that are only available to Emmaus Scholars including the Emmaus Seminar on Reconciliation, REL295, and the experiential learning course, MIN395, "Integral Mission and Intentional Community".

I teach the REL295 seminar and the first half of MIN395 course each fall and in the Spring I teach the second half of MIN395, "Integral Mission and Intentional Community".

Here is the link to the MIN395 course syllabus.

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Emmaus Scholars Program


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Emmaus Scholars Program


"Following Jesus to the Margins: Calling, Justice, and the Kingdom of God"

by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

The Emmaus Scholars Program invites you to attend our very first public lecture on calling and integral mission.

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a celebrated writer and sought-after speaker. A native of North Carolina, he is a graduate of Eastern University and Duke Divinity School.

In 2003, Jonathan and his wife Leah founded the Rutba House, a house of hospitality where the formerly homeless are welcomed into a community that eats, prays, and shares life together. Jonathan directs the School for Conversion, a nonprofit that has grown out of the life of Rutba House to pursue beloved community with kids in their neighborhood, through classes in North Carolina prisons, and in community-based education around the country. Jonathan is also an Associate Minister at the historically black St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church.

Jonathan is a co-complier of the celebrated Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, and is the author of several books on Christian spirituality, including Strangers at My DoorThe Awakening of Hope, The Wisdom of Stability, and The New Monasticism.

We are honored to have Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove deliver a lecture on calling and justice. This lecture will take place on Monday, February 29 at 4pm in Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall, Hope College.

What is the Emmaus Scholars Program?

The Emmaus Scholars Program exists to help you discern God's calling upon your life. By giving you an intentional Christian community, a place to learn what God says about forgiveness, justice, witness and mission, by connecting your passions, gifts, and skills to God's purposes for the kingdom, we help you to find your place in the larger story of God and God's love for the world.

We would love to have the opportunity to tell you more about this program in person. Come out to one of our final information sessions to learn more:

  • Thur. November 5, 4:30pm, Lubbers 224
  • Wed, November 18, 7:30pm, Lubbers 224

The Due Date for applications is December 1, 2015

WHO CAN APPLY?

If you are a Christian student (Freshman, Sophomore or Junior at Hope):

  • looking to join a great community of students who want to share in the work of the kingdom of God;
  • wanting to grow spiritually, socially, intellectually, and morally;
  • seeking to learn how to love the poor, demonstrate and proclaim God's love for the broken;
  • wondering how your faith can be the foundation of your learning about racial reconciliation, poverty, economic inequality and social responsibility;
  • open to developing strong servant-leadership skills;
  • eager to grow and learn all of this within a supportive and spiritually vital community; then…the Emmaus Scholars Program is for you!

APPLY HERE

What does the Emmaus Scholars Program Do?

The Emmaus Scholars Program offers students the opportunity to discover calling in the midst of learning how to connect their love of Christ, learning, and faith to the needs of the world. Together, Emmaus Scholars reflect upon human flourishing in the midst of poverty. Together they learn about mission, urban education, community development, race and reconciliation.

Living in intentional Christian community Emmaus Scholars learn how the Bible, theology, prayer, and serving together helps to them to connect their passion and gifts to the mission and kingdom of God.

Note: this year will be accepting Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors into the program (hence, current Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors are invited to apply).

Every Spring Break we spend the week serving, learning, and sharing in the work of justice in Washington, D.C. Want to see that this looks like?

Check out this digital narrative of our DC Spring Break Integral Mission trip.

We want every Emmaus Scholar to find a deep and lasting sense of purpose: to figure out what God wants to do through them.

Finally, the Emmaus Scholars Program is dedicated to nurturing holy grit within students. What is 'holy grit'? Check out the chapter on the Emmaus Scholars Program that just appeared in the new book A Faith for the Generations: How Collegiate Experience Impacts Faith. You can download a copy of the chapter "Nurturing Holy Grit: Hope College's Emmaus Scholars Program" HERE.

WHY SHOULD YOU BECOME AN EMMAUS SCHOLAR?

THE EMMAUS SCHOLARS PROGRAM IS AN INTENTIONAL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY FOCUSED UPON "LIVED THEOLOGY" AND "INTEGRAL MISSION

What is "lived theology"?

"Lived Theology" takes place in the midst of an active and vital community of Christian faith that intentionally joins head, heart, and hands. Lived theology seeks to avoid abstract learning cut off from the concrete needs of race, economic inequality, relational poverty and human needs.

What is "integral mission"?

Integral mission focuses upon both the > proclamation> and > demonstration> of God's > transformative> love. Integral mission connects Jesus and Justice in ways that create space for people to encounter the peace and reconciliation of the Kingdom of God.

You can get a good sense of what current Emmaus Scholars are learning by reading their blogs.

To Apply to become an Emmaus Scholar: CLICK HERE

 

You can get a good sense of what current Emmaus Scholars are learning by reading their blogs.

One way to better understand the underlying theological and biblical roots of the Emmaus Scholars Program is to listen to a sermon (preached on October 1, 2014) by the Director of the Emmaus Scholars Program, Dr. Mark Husbands. The sermon was designed to provide an answer to the question ["What is the calling of God"][0]. I focused here on God's calling of Jonah - a call to Justice and Mission. 

[0]: https://mhusbands.squarespace.com/s/Mark-Husbands-Jonah-and-Justice-2014-10-01.mp3

Want to follow what Emmaus Scholars are up to?

Emmaus Scholars spent the day with Jared Noetzel of Bread for the World learning about the biblical and theological basis of advocacy prior to lobbying Congress on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), March 19, 2015

Emmaus Scholars spent the day with Jared Noetzel of Bread for the World learning about the biblical and theological basis of advocacy prior to lobbying Congress on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), March 19, 2015

Emmaus Scholars with "Hollywood" (chef Vincent Moore) from Christ House (a fully integrated medical facility and intentional community serving homeless men and women) in Washington, D.C., March 20, 2014.

Emmaus Scholars with "Hollywood" (chef Vincent Moore) from Christ House (a fully integrated medical facility and intentional community serving homeless men and women) in Washington, D.C., March 20, 2014.

Emmaus Scholars with "Hollywood" (chef Vincent Moore) from Christ House (a fully integrated medical facility and intentional community serving homeless men and women) in Washington, D.C., March 20, 2014.

Some of the blog posts focus upon our “site visits” (sharing in community development and justice work in and around Holland), others are personal reflections or even pieces that emerge out of the collaborative research being done by Emmaus Scholars as they consider the intersection of integral mission and issues of poverty, health care, economics, politics, gender, or race.

We want every Emmaus Scholar to find a deep and lasting sense of purpose: to figure out what God wants to do through them. 

Check out the following video from our friends at FTE - we approach all of this in very similar ways. 

 
 

Living in intentional, loving, and reflective Christian community, Emmaus Scholars seek to embody a life of scholarship, prayer, hospitality, and integral mission (a ministry of Christian witness and social responsibility).

2014-2015 EMMAUS SCHOLARS

Do you want to get to know these Emmaus Scholars? Click here to read a portion of their stories and learn about the impact of this program on their lives.

2013-2014 Emmaus Scholars

Do you want to get to know these Emmaus Scholars? Click here to read a portion of their stories and learn about the impact of this program on their lives.

The Emmaus Scholars Program has been shaped by the biblical and theological work of Global South scholars. The presence of God’s life and witness throughout various cultures and peoples is a tremendous gift, source of joy, and witness to the reconciling peace of Christ. Accordingly, we believe that diversity is a wonderful gift of God, and offers us a key interpretive lens and window upon biblical justice. Students of color and international students are strongly encouraged to apply to become Emmaus Scholars!

Following the biblical mandate to pursue justice, mercy, and reconciliation (Micah 6:8, 2 Cor 5:16-20), the Emmaus Scholars Program embodies the following distinctives: 

  • Moral Vision
  • Critical Thinking
  • Convicted Civility
  • Integrated Spiritual Life
  • Active Commitment to Justice