Unsuccessful Life & Ministry, pt. 1

Unsuccessful Life & Ministry, pt. 1

Last week, I posed a question about what success is in ministry.  This question is hugely important.  If we aren’t clear on what the goal is, we will miss it every time.  In my own reflections, I suspect that success in ministry (and in life) may feel like failure. In the garden of Eden we … Continue reading

Success in Ministry

Success in Ministry

I’m beginning to gather thoughts on “success in ministry,” and would love to hear some unfiltered, raw, honest responses to the question “What is success in Christian Church ministry?”  I’d love to hear the perspectives of regular church-goers, pastors, professors, unchurched, non-Christians and anyone who might be interested in responding. What are you waiting for? … Continue reading

In Kopplin’s Words

In Kopplin’s Words

In an age where many teens are concerned with paltry things, I am inspired by young people like Zack Kopplin and his incredible courage to articulate and defend his worldview.  His passionate advocacy and political/social engagement is unmatched in today’s culture by most adults, let alone teens.  Yet, I want to be clear that Zack … Continue reading

I Stand Corrected

I Stand Corrected

In a post from October 2012, I suggested that “being always flows from doing.”  I stand corrected.  I had the chance to learn under Dr. Richard Langer this week in what is my last residency for my D.Min at Biola University.  In an article from the ‘Journal for Spiritual Formation’ he writes a few “Points … Continue reading

Les Miserables: Law, Grace, and Redemption

Les Miserables: Law, Grace, and Redemption

Disclaimer:  I have never read the book by Victor Hugo.  I write from the perspective of one who has only seen the 2012 film (though I have seen the musical).  Click here to view the trailer. How could a story called “the Miserable Ones” be so popular?  Les Miserables (originally a novel by Victor Hugo … Continue reading

New Year’s Wishes

New Year’s Wishes

  In thinking about the new year, I am reminded of a poem I read recently.  In it Frances Ridley Havergal offers what should be our wishes for each other for the coming year.  With all of the possible resolutions that could be made to adjust my life to something greater that I desire, may … Continue reading

7 Exercises to Produce Peace

7 Exercises to Produce Peace

This week Philippians 4:4-7 has been reoccurring over and over in my life and in the life of friends.  Paul encourages the church at Philippi with these words: “Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: REJOICE!  Let reasonableness be known to everyone.  The Lord is near.  Don’t worry about anything, but in … Continue reading

Christmas Science

Christmas Science

In an article from scienceblogs.com, the writer opens with this statement:  “If there’s one universal trait among humans, it seems to be an unquenchable thirst for certainty.”   We want to know what is provable beyond a shadow of doubt.  Where would you guess that most of us think that type of certainty is found?  The … Continue reading