Welcome to Common Grounds Online. Readers of Common Grounds have suggested a website to continue the explorations they began in the book. In keeping with the interactions of Professor MacGregor, Brad, Lauren and Jarrod, the theme of this site is ‘learning and living the Christian story.’
I have invited friends, and a few friends of friends, to communicate aspects of the Christian story that have been significant in their own lives. We’re all trying to find joy and pleasure in this life and the next, but often we forfeit the joy that could be ours by living out foolish, competing scripts. What distinguishes Common Grounds Online Contributors is not our own goodness, achievement or service, but rather the recognition of our need of God’s grace abounding in our lives.
Brent Norwood is a recovering investment banker who traded his Hermes
tie collection for a pair flip-flops and a job at a laid back investment fund
in Dallas. Originally fromHouston,
he currently lives in Dallas,
but hopes to make his way back soon. He
is an avid A&M football fan, in spite of recent losing seasons, and is
married to his college sweetheart, Katie, who teaches English at an inner city
Spending a little over a year in the workforce has made me
realize just what a gift my time in college was. I spent my first post graduate year grinding
away the days in front of my computer at a bulge bracket investment bank. On
countless late nights (often past
I found myself fantasizing about the college life again: sleeping past 10,
meeting friends at midnight, and
cheering the Aggies to another loss vs.
Texas. When I was a student at A&M, all I could
think about was the future. I had big
dreams to get out, work in New York,
and make a name for myself. Although life
outside of college has brought many new adventures (marriage, moving, building
a career, and buying a home), I find myself longing not for the fast pace of New York, New York, but the slow
tempo of College Station, Texas.
The most precious gift in college is that of time. In high school, between sports and my job, I
had little free time. After college, my
psychotic boss made sure I never worked less than 75 hours a week. In college, however, I had nothing but time. Time to pursue God, girls, video games, or whatever
I wanted. It was a blessing to have that
time away from my family where I could really see who God wanted me to be. Read more
As colleges and universities begin a new semester, at CGO we wanted to explore the wisdom of recent college grads and one senior ( a "4th year" in UVa parlance) about making the most of college. I've asked four recent grads to reflect upon what the Lord did in their lives during college, and also what they would do differently if they had the opportunity for a "do-over" in terms of following Christ in college.
Monday, August 28-- Meghan Gouldin, 2004 UVa grad, now working for a major consultant firm in Boston.Read more
Five families faced the same decision. Frightened by the influences out there, but strangely unaware of their own, the first family decided to educate their children at home. The oldest left for college and fell into all kinds of destructive behavior, which eventually took its shameful toll. He couldn’t bear the thought of returning home. Fueled by the fear of what had happened to her brother, their daughter spent one night in a campus dorm (at a Christian college), and fled back home the very next morning, where she still lives today, the safest place in the world.
Hoping this decision would all but guarantee the Lord being Lord over every area of their lives (especially in science class), but apparently oblivious to the wretched underbelly of any institution created under the auspices of the sub-culture called evangelicalism, the second family sent their children to a Christian school. It seemed like a great idea at the time and the peace lingered for a while, until their oldest reached the age where she could see through all the crap, leaving them all with two options – keep wearing the masks or lose them for something real.Read more