Henry Ford & the Cost of Not Innovating

I’ve been thinking & reading recently on innovation, for ministry and otherwise. I came across this terrific story about the innovative, stubborn, cantankerous, and deeply flawed Henry Ford. Ford changed the world with his Model T, but his “obsession” with it put the company firmly behind. Clearly, even the most gifted innovators can become enamored with their […]

In Defense of Strategy

This morning I came across a post by Sam Allberry called Why ’Strategic Ministry’ Makes Me Deeply Uncomfortable. I really like Allberry’s work generally speaking; his little book “Is God Anti-Gay?” is succinctly brilliant, helpful, and pastoral. By all accounts he’s a great guy. But I was disappointed in this post. As I read Sam’s post, it seems he is uncomfortable with […]

The Problem with Calling it “Happy Valley”

[This post is from the archives. Every once in a while I’ll be re-posting articles that have recurring interest and were well-received the first time around. I originally posted this in November 2010. Given the events that came to light in November 2011, which are still impacting our community, these words are still timely.] In […]

Why I Wrote a Book on College Ministry (Part 2)

This week, I’ll be speaking at the Sentralized gathering in Kansas City. In preparation for the conference, the House Studio (my publisher, helping to put on the conference) asked me to respond to a few questions about the writing of College Ministry. The interview originally appeared here.  How have people been implementing the principle/practices from the book? One of the joys of […]

Why I Wrote a Book on College Ministry (Part 1)

This week, I’ll be speaking at the Sentralized gathering in Kansas City. In preparation for the conference the House Studio (my publisher, helping to put on the conference) asked me to respond to a few questions about the writing of College Ministry. The interview originally appeared here. What prompted you to write this book? The book came out of […]

Simple But Powerful Gestures

Sometimes the simplest gestures are the most powerful. One of my students named Connor recently demonstrated this, as he shared how he’s been reaching out to the people in his dorm. Connor is a freshman, and towards the end of last semester, he was looking for winsome ways to share his faith with the people walking […]

Introducing COLLEGEMINISTRY.COM

          For those of you connected to the world of college ministry, I want to tell you about an exciting new project and resource that I’m connected with, collegeministry.com. I think we’re on the front end of a renaissance in the field of college ministry. While literature on and for our […]

Kindness, and “Mr. Happy Man”

Last night at Elements I taught on Luke 19, and Jesus’ kindness to Zacchaeus. It struck me that Zacchaeus gets far more than he expected. Jesus doesn’t just pass by and wave to him. Jesus STOPS, and acknowledges him. He doesn’t just acknowledge him; he SPEAKS to him. And he doesn’t just speak to him, […]

Striving for Simple: Explain it to an 8 year old

You know that saying, that if you can’t explain a concept to an 8 year old, you might not really understand it?   This is, I fear, one of the problems plaguing the church in North America, and one of the chief reasons Christians have trouble talking about their faith in meaningful, substantive ways with […]

Four Sermons on Being SENTinels

You may have noticed that this blog is called “The SENTinel,” playing off the idea that Christians are both people with a trust to guard and keep (the Gospel), and simultaneously sent out into the world, on mission with Jesus. I seek to have everything that appears on this blog tie into those themes. I […]