3H Leadership (Complete text of my keynote talk at BASIC:Live)

Today I had the honor of serving as one of the keynote speakers for the BASIC:Live online college leadership conference.  Below is the complete text of the talk I shared. Enjoy!   We’re going to talk about leadership in the Kingdom of God for the next few minutes. The world needs leaders. Our ministries and the […]

Check out BASIC:Live tomorrow!

I am honored to be one of the keynote speakers for BASIC:Live, an online college leadership conference that draws viewers from 18+ states. I will be speaking on 3H Leadership: Humility, Hardship, and High Impact, as modeled by Jesus. The world needs leaders. Our ministries and the people entrusted to us are looking for leaders. And […]

Announcing My New eBook!!

I’m really excited to finally roll out to you a project I’ve been working on for some time: My brand new eBook on The Future of College Ministry! This book has been a labor of love. It’s a subject I care deeply about. Not only that, but in my travels and conversations with people in our field […]

“Let us not mock God with metaphor”–John Updike on Easter

  On this Easter Sunday, I thought it would be good to reflect on what exactly Christians celebrate.  I don’t typically think of John Updike when it comes to theological reflection, though I know his fiction featured some clergy as prominent characters. But this poem by Updike, written as a submission to  an Arts Festival, says […]

Eyewitnesses to Jesus?

It’s that time of year when magazines and news shows know they can attract some eyeballs with “breakthrough discoveries” about Jesus, and raise “new” questions about the historicity of the Bible. So it’s not a bad time to brush up on why Christians believe what we believe. After all, Christians believe the resurrection really happened–not in […]

Why the Resurrection Matters (from the archives)

[I’ve posted this during Holy Week in the past, and thought it was worth highlighting again.] Christians have believed for two millennia that their faith rises and falls on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. If he was indeed raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, the belief goes, then this testifies to […]

Worship as One

This past Sunday night, I helped organize an event called Worship as One at Schwab Auditorium on campus at Penn State. Like Psalm 133:1 says, it is GOOD and PLEASANT for God’s people to dwell together in UNITY! It’s a good and pleasant thing when you can get people from 17 christian student groups and a dozen local churches to come […]

The Bridge to the Bridge

  I have a new post up over at the Collegiate Collective, entitled “The Bridge to the Bridge.” It’s about how to have spiritual conversations that lead to gospel conversations. Here’s a snippet: Spiritual conversations are not-yet gospel conversations, pregnant with possibility, but not sufficient for salvation. But that does not mean they are unimportant! Rather, they […]