Young Black Clergy and Community

Young Black Clergy and Community

“God is never in a state of inertia.”

I’ve found that those seasoned by the salt of fruitful testimony regularly toss around these kinds of sage gems.

Prone to selective amnesia and idolatrous meandering as we are, these declarations are…

How you know you’ve had an effective learning experience

I remember when I had the opportunity to attend several lifelong learning events some time ago.

They were refreshing in the sense that I got to be a participant, and sometimes, a spectator.

My family teased me about going to…

Education by Israel Galindo

rekindle interview: “My hope is that congregations receive encouragement, rest, hope, courage, and collegial wisdom”

Columbia Theological Seminary recently 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 reKindle Impact Grant will help realize the goal of the Thriving…

Augustine of Hippo and Six educational principles

Augustine of Hippo was one of the foremost philosophers and theologians of early Christianity.

He had a profound influence on the subsequent development of Western thought and culture and, more than any other person, shaped the themes and defined the…

“Let’s Pretend That Didn’t Happen”

After a disturbing event in a church I was serving a while back, the elders were discussing how to respond. One elder – a distinguished older man – said this:

Let’s just pretend like it didn’t happen.



The Help You Never Knew You Needed

It was sometime in the early 2000s that I was searching the interwebs for some ministry ideas and I ran across this thing called S3, a grant offered by the Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Being on…

Help your church members grow spiritually this year

A student in one of my online classes asked a great question:

How do I encourage members to reflect and think theologically?

I’m having a hard time coming up with an example of what that would even look like in…

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…