10 Questions to Ask When Considering Seminary

  “I’m considering going to seminary. Do you have any advice?” This conversation happens often enough–a few times a semester, and twice in the last two weeks—that I’ve compiled a list of questions I ask potential seminarians. I use these to prime the pump for our conversation and their discernment. Of course I have recommendations […]

Jesus, Son of God [sermon]

Listen to the sermon here In this brief series entitled ICHTHUS, we are looking at the person and work of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Jesus spread through a startlingly simple confession: that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, God’s Son, and Savior. In the face of dozens of other competing religions, and in the teeth […]

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 […]

Should I Go? The Both/And of Body Life

Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. Acts 5:42 As a campus minister and pastor, I have a lot of conversations with people about their involvement in church, fellowship groups, and small groups. I’m noticing an increasing […]

Jubilee this weekend!

In a few hours, I’ll be taking a group of Penn State students to our annual Jubilee Conference in Pittsburgh. Definitely one of the highlights of our year, because I don’t know of another conference that does a better job of connecting Christian faith to the rest of life, for college students or anyone else. […]


          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 […]

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 […]

Why I “Hated” that “Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus” Viral Video

[Note: I went back and edited this post after further reflection and conversation, including with the artist, Jefferson Bethke, via Twitter. What I’m retracting is crossed out. What I’m adding is green. ]   By now you may have seen the video of the spoken word artist talking about why he hates religion but loves Jesus. It […]

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 […]