Where does growth begin?

Where does growth begin?

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)


Processing Grief Part 2: Discovering Everyday Miracles

In August, I shared my personal experience of “processing grief through sweat and tears,” after my best friend told me in early June she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

This month, I want to share my thoughts about processing…


“What exactly is Coaching?”

As a new coach, I get asked this question a lot; and while there are plenty of good responses, the easiest is, “The art of telling the truth.”

The poet Andrea Gibson summed up 2020 saying…

Is my Sunday school class too big?

Every once in a while I get a chance to visit congregations with large Sunday School or Sunday morning Bible classes (though these are far and few between since covid).


I’ve seen some classes have between 50 and 100…

An aid to coping with anxiety

Reflecting on their challenge with generalized chronic anxiety, one person found they fell into five fairly distinct classifications:


Worries about disasters which, as later events proved, never happened (about 40% of their anxieties). Worries about decisions they had made…

4 Lessons I Didn’t Learn from Seminary

I have spent a good deal of time pondering the statement: “ The things Seminary didn’t prepare you for.”

I graduated from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in May 1986 and was ordained in 1987.

Now that I…

Older Adult Ministry and Me

“I don’t want to do anything that involves children.”

I said those words to my field education director at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2006.

It’s not that I don’t love kids, but I had just finished teaching middle school…

Clergy Self Care

The calling to ministry involves service to others, self-denial, and often, self-sacrifice.

For many clergy, investing in self-care, however, can be a challenge.

Whatever its source, feelings of obligation, guilt, or shame; or a lacking sense of boundaries, clergy are…

Ludwig Dewitz: Moving Faith


To hear Dewitz’s address from his inauguration, click here.

Ludwig Richard Max Dewitz (1916-2000) was professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary from 1959-1983. He was well…

Becoming a Better Teacher: What’s Your “Why?”

Among my most formative learning experiences were those related to swimming and waterfront activities.

I was motivated to learn and master skills: swim to the raft; dive off the high dive; empty a tipped canoe, paddle through rapids.

Eventually I…