Doodling with God: An Active Prayer

Doodling with God: An Active Prayer

Everyone can doodle! No skill required! The movement of coloring and drawing can help you center and see your unspoken prayers.

Below are two simple ways to begin. You will need a sheet of paper (or a journal like this…

The Theory of Instruction

In Toward a Theory of Instruction, educational theorist Jerome Bruner insists that a theory of development must be linked both to a theory of knowledge and to a theory of instruction, “or be doomed to triviality.” (Bruner p. 21)


Advent Resources: Walk a Labyrinth

The labyrinth is an ancient symbol and path found in many cultures. In our tradition, it is used to represent the Christian journey, walked to deepen one’s relationship with God. The path in is the path out.

Walking a labyrinth…

Don’t buy church curriculum

There is one thing you can count on in Christian education at any local church: inevitably (just as certain as death and taxes), Sunday School teachers will begin to ask for “new curriculum.” This is regardless of the size of…

Hallelujahs in Hell

I had never heard the term “hallelujahs in hell” until yesterday.

Apparently that term is used in a Kiss song (which is actually “Hell or Hallelujah“), a semi-famous church video on the topic of eternal damnation, and numerous Good Friday sermon…

How to be a good host for presenters

I give many presentations at various places. I always appreciate the invitation to give a presentation about things of mutual interest, but I sometimes am frustrated on those occasions when I find myself having to think about my presentation while…

I Believe in the Resurrection of the Body: An Appreciation

When I look back at my theological development, the guides and teachers I continue to be grateful for are more likely to be rooted in spirituality than systematic theology, more in poetry, nature, and music than sermons or formal instruction.

Valuing our Kinfolk with Disabilities: Legislation and Heart Transformation

Years ago, in a disability studies class, I read Joseph Shapiro’s No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement.

This book gave me a sense of the history of the movement for disability rights in the United…


There are many factors that influence Christian education programming in congregations.

Two of those factors are staff leadership and church size.

While we may desire otherwise the fact is that congregations are highly dependent on program staff for leadership, development,…

Columbia Theological Seminary Receives Thriving Congregation Grant from Lilly Endowment 


December 2, 2020- Columbia Theological Seminary has received a grant of $969,528 from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help establish the “reKindle: Congregational Development in a Post COVID-19 Era” program through its Center for Lifelong Learning. 


The program is funded through Lilly Endowment’s…

New logo for Columbia Theological Seminary

Advent Dreams of a Dis/abled Future

In this first week of Advent, today (December 3rd)  the United Nations observes International Day of Persons with Disabilities “to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness…