Faith Changes What We Feel

Throughout the Gospels, it is evident that Jesus not only thought deeply, but felt deeply as well. He was no stoic, but someone frequently moved with love and compassion. Part of Jesus’ perfection was that his head and his heart were perfectly in sync. He felt the proper response to what he saw. Compassion is a […]

Catalyst and College Ministry: The Tensions are Good (Part 3)

This is the last of three posts processing the tensions inherent in college ministry, in response to this year’s Catalyst theme, “The Tension is Good.”  The others can be accessed here and here. I want to make sure to thank the “casual catalyst collegiate cohort” convener Benson Hines for his part in getting a very […]

Facebook Sucks, But Here are 5 Reasons Why I’m Not Quitting…Yet

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been following the anti-Facebook backlash and nodding in agreement when reading articles like this one. I’m not a super-early adopter, but I’m no Luddite either. I enjoy the Twitterverse. I first got on Facebook many moons ago, back when it was just a college-only phenomenon. I was the first […]

Mission Flows Out of Gospel-Shaped Community

Mission flows from community. This should be obvious upon a straight-forward reading of the Bible. But too often, we make the errors of 1) allowing all our energy and resources to stagnate in the ministry cul-de-sac of inward-facing community; or 2) jumping right to mission without vibrant, Gospel-shaped communities to fuel and support the mission. […]

The State of Small Groups–and Ideas to Change

Recently I’ve been assessing the small groups/community groups/missional communities that I lead. Not too long ago I posted some diagnostic questions I recently used with my group. I’ve also been doing some reading, including this quote that got me thinking about why groups do or do not succeed: “Spiritual hunger is at an all-time high, […]

“I’m Not Your Buddy”

This one is for college ministers, those who aspire to be college ministers, and our students. Should college ministers and students be “buddies”? How do you relate to your students? How should you? Students, I’d love for you to weigh in on this: how do you think your college ministers should relate to you? In […]

Rebuilding Burned Bridges

The following is an article from the second week of the Gospel-Shaped Community community group series I’m writing. Feedback welcome. You can read week one’s article here. Rebuilding Burned Bridges WEEK TWO ARTICLE “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other […]