On “Zero-Sum Ministry”

I have a post up over at The Gospel Coalition entitled Escape the Zero-Sum Ministry Priorities Game | TGC | The Gospel Coalition. Here’s a snippet: When it comes to stewarding our resources, even visionary leaders can operate from a scarcity mindset. We look at our little pie of resources and divide it in to smaller and smaller pieces, […]

Partners in the Gospel (sermon)

Gospel Immerse #5                                                  March 21/22, 2015 Partners in the Gospel                                  Philippians 1:3-11 (NIV) *******************************************************   I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a […]

Take these to the Bank!

Let’s start the week with a little encouragement and inspiration. Because if you’re going to follow Jesus into new things, into hard things, you will be tested and tried. If we look at ourselves and our meager talents and strength, we will doubt (with good reason). And that’s why God gives us big promises to claim and […]

I’m Pretty Excited About This!!

This has been brewing for a little while, but I finally get to tell you about it! I’m hosting a College Ministry Social during The Gospel Coalition’s national conference in Orlando, FL, on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at 9:30pm. If you’ll be there, or want to pass this along to someone who will be, it’s pretty simple: We’re […]

The Hidden Costs of Support Raising

One of the greatest obstacles to the growth and sustainability of college ministry is our over-reliance on support raising (SR). It’s not for everybody, and it may need to be dethroned as the primary engine for funding our ministries in the future. This is partly because of its hidden costs. For many college ministers, it’s the […]

How We Disciple

Much is being said about discipleship these days. That’s (mostly) a good thing.  I could list 100 books that we might argue are the key to unlocking this mysterious process. But sometimes I think we run the risk of overcomplicating it. This is not rocket surgery! If I only have a few minutes with a […]

5 Attributes of Biblical Discipleship

[This is based on a brief talk I gave to our college ministry leadership team on discipleship. Thought it would be worth sharing.] Every church and ministry I know talks about discipleship. It’s certainly one of the buzzwords of our day. Most of the people I know in the “missional” conversation from a few years […]

United in Christ Week 2015

Common Ground–the coalition of evangelical campus ministries at Penn State–is partnering together to bring back United in Christ Week from 3/29-4/2. One of the student leaders involved put together this video. Stay tuned for more detail, and we’d appreciate your prayers as well!