Art Exhibits return to Columbia Theological Seminary: Art and Activism: A Congregational Approach

Art Exhibits return to Columbia Theological Seminary: Art and Activism: A Congregational Approach

The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary announces its new art exhibit, which showcases the response of one congregation to the issue of gun violence.

The exhibit, Art and Activism: A Congregational Approach tells the story of…

Mindfulness and Differentiation

“Mindfulness provides a simple but powerful route for getting ourselves unstuck, back into touch with our own wisdom and vitality. It is a way to take charge of the direction and quality of our lives, including our relationships within the…

Catching Up With Time

Others have shared a common theme with me recently: lack of time.  “If only I had more time to…” “There just aren’t enough hours in the day to…” “How do I make the most of the time I have left?”

Dementia and Its Theological Challenges: A Guthrie Scholars Reflection

I spent a very contented and fulfilling week at Columbia in May as a Guthrie Scholar.

I was particularly struck by how my area of study offered significant challenges to the practices and patterns of the Presbyterianism to which I…

Real Christian Educators Know This

Yes, Christian educators need to know how to run an effective Sunday School, and they need to know how to do that well.

But “real” Christian educators need to know certain other foundational things to inform their work.

Without a…

Make a Difference in the Future of the African American Church

Seeing the Future of the African American Church in the Rainbow: The Birth of a Movement is the focus for the Thompson Scholars seminar to be held on the campus of Columbia Theological Seminary April 25-28, 2023 in Decatur, GA.

Change requires two kinds of leaders

In whatever organizational context—a small business, a corporation, an educational institution, or a congregation, for change initiatives to begin, the organization needs leaders.

After that, the organization needs effective managers for the changes to succeed.


Organizations tend not to…

So, you want to retire in a year?

If you’re anything like the folks in churches I work with, you know the upheaval of the last few years has led to more people rethinking retirement.

And sure, some decide to put it off. But I’ve also run into…

Lessons Learned from Theological Literature: Thomas Merton

This blog’s topic, “Lessons learned from your favorite piece of theological literature and how you apply its lessons” has been the most challenging topic I’ve written about this year.

In fact, I’ve spent the year avoiding it.

How does one…

What a Leader Can Accomplish

What can leaders accomplish, really?

Despite personal competence, charisma, expertise, or credentials, the reality is that a leader will be successful in bringing about change to the extent the organization allows.


One of the most important things leaders do…