How God Answers Prayer

John Newton (1725-1807) is famous for being the former slave trader-turned-pastor who penned the words to the well-known and beloved hymn “Amazing Grace.” He was also a mentor to the great abolitionist William Wilberforce and to the hymnist William Cowper, and for many years pastored a congregation in Olney, England, where he was noted for […]

7 Ways to Make the Most of a Conference Experience

This weekend, we are thrilled to host our first-ever Faith, Life, and Work Conference. It’s not too late to come, so if you’re reasonably close by, we would love to have you join us! Over the last 15 years or so, I’ve been to more conferences than I can remember. But some have certainly been […]

Five Ways to Demonstrate the Value of College Ministry to People Who Don’t Get It

“We’d like to do more for college students, but we just don’t have the resources.” When I listen for the reasons people give for not investing in college ministry, that’s usually #1. Everyone eventually faces the limits of what they can allocate in terms of staff, time, funding, and space. But when I hear people […]

“I raged with a fierce and troubled conscience”

Martin Luther’s conversion, while reading Paul’s epistle to the Romans, was the spark that set fire to the Reformation. Below is his account of that struggle. Notice how the very phrase that he once hated became the sweetest word he had ever known: I had indeed been captivated with an extraordinary desire for understanding Paul […]

The Thing About Meetings

The thing about meetings is that they are necessary. Not everyone seems to think that these days though. “Get rid of meetings!” they seem to say. But meetings are necessary. Granted, all the meetings you’re having are probably not necessary. And they may not need to be as frequent as you have them. And they […]

The Debt We Owe to Abraham Kuyper

  For information on our Faith, Life, and Work Conference, click here.   When we talk about how “everything is spiritual,” or the importance of integrating all of our Faith, Life, and Work, we owe a debt to Abraham Kuyper. He famously said, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, […]

One Overwhelming and Fulfilling “Yes”

The highlight of David Brooks’ book The Road to Character was his portrayal of St. Augustine’s internal journey. Brooks skillfully connects this ancient saint’s experience to our own. In one place, he speaks to an issue common to many college students and young adults: Augustine’s feeling of fragmentation has its modern corollary in the way […]

Why Should We Love the Church?

In his wonderful poem Choruses from “The Rock,” (which I anticipate quoting from in the future), T.S. Eliot makes a case for the Church: “Why should men love the Church? Why should they love her laws? She tells them of Life and Death, and of all that they would forget. She is tender where they would be […]

What I’m Reading This Month [October]

From time to time, I thought I’d share what I’m reading and finding helpful or stimulating. Here’s what I was reading in September. If you’re reading these or anything else interesting, I’d love to know in the comments!       Rework is a manifesto of sorts. It’s about upending more traditional ways of starting and growing […]