“Knowledge puffs up but love builds up” 1 Corinthians 8:1

I left Lone Star Taquería with a full mind and heart. Multiply Goodness blog co-founder Emily Freeman invited me to lunch after the busyness of the spring semester died down. She wanted to meet this new transplant to Utah, a Christian girl working unexpectedly (that’s another blog post!) at a Mormon university. When I’d shared with my students in the fall that I was one of the few non-LDS professors on campus, it resulted in an invitation to participate in this blog. (Thanks, fellow MG-blogger Cade Mooney!)

A month after that delicious fish taco feast, my heart and mind are still full. I am challenged by the prospect of Building Good, by the purpose and intention of this blog. I have more thinking and praying to do. And listening.

Listening is a part of loving someone–listening to their story, their journey. Paul Tillich writes that “the first duty of love is to listen.”


I have many strong convictions about what I believe to be true, things I’d fall on my sword for, so to speak. I have lots of “knowledge” about my own faith tradition and how it’s distinct from other traditions. But I also know that I am called to love. I want to build up in love, not be puffed up with my knowledge.

Lisa McCowen

Lisa McCowen

Lisa McCowen is delighted to join the Multiply Goodness community; she was honored to be invited by one of her students. The MG book club list was already on her nightstand! She is a mom of 3 energetic kids and teaches Spanish as an adjunct professor. New transplants to Park City, Utah, her family loves exploring, hiking, camping and cross-country skiing. On her own, she loves to run, read, cook and Zumba.
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