Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something You

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something You

March 9, 2017—In the fall of 1999 I encountered the Liturgy of the Hours for the first time. I arrived at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia weary after a long drive and not at all sure…

How Devotionals Match Our Lives to God’s Story

March 2, 2017—When was the last time you had a good conversation with a true friend? In a busy world full of acquaintances and strangers and lots of online interactions, I relish the times I can have a face-to-face with…

Pastoral Imagination and Emotional Intelligence

February 16, 2017—It is no longer a secret that faith communities, particularly mainline denominations, are in a precarious state and facing an uncertain future. Some evidences of the sea of changes include declining church membership; congregational financial instability; fluctuating enrollment…

What Real Christian Educators Know

…”real” Christian educators need to know certain other foundational things to inform their work. Without a deep knowledge of these foundations educators will be hampered in their effectiveness.

Education by Israel Galindo

Mindfulness: a resource for differentiation

“Mindfulness provides a simple but powerful route for getting ourselves unstuck, back into touch with our own wisdom and vitality.

Can’t Get Enough of Howard Thurman

February 2, 2017—I think I have Howard Thurmanitis. Yes, I have previously posted about him and I made up that name. But after giving two workshops on his writings in the span of three days, one at a conference…

Sibling Position

My younger brother told me recently that one of his most enduring childhood memories is chasing after me on his tricycle while I and my friends shot away from him on our bikes.

Why We Should Pay Attention to Brain Research

January 26, 2017—Why should the church pay attention to brain research? With everything else happening in and around us, why should we attempt to understand and apply scientific research about the brain? What difference would it, could it make? Consider these scenarios:

Why We Should Pay Attention to Brain Research

Going to Church v. Being Church

January 19, 2017—I caught myself the other day. When the snow started falling across the east coast, I told my daughters we were not “going to church” that Sunday.

My language suggested church is a building, an event.

If you…

going to church vs being church

1000 Under 25

January 5, 2017—You’ve seen the lists:

Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list was published yesterday highlighting “today’s leading young change-makers and innovators in the U.S.” Many of them have experienced enormous financial success before their fourth decade on this earth.  Good…

1000 under 25 are becoming the hands and feet of Jesus

Presence, Listening and Depth: An Invitation to Spiritual Direction

December 29, 2016—One of the great spiritual longings of modern times is the longing for ‘depth.’ Some might call this a search for meaning or a desire for connection. But I think the longing for depth is the longing for…

Presence, listening, depth, as an invitation to spiritual direction

Six “Tells” of a Differentiated Leader

December 26, 2016—I had an interesting conversation with a doctoral student during a recent trip. He was at the proposal writing stage of his study but struggling with putting his thoughts together. He said he wanted to “study something about…

For the Bookshelf: How to Think Theologically

While many persons might consider theological reflection to be a practice best suited for religious scholars, Howard Stone and James Duke, in How To Think Theologically, present the case that all Christians should be theologians.

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Six Responses of Differentiated Leaders

Especially in times of acute systemic anxiety and symptomatic reactivity, effective leaders will work on focusing on the repertoire that will help them navigate the storm.

Seminary Is a Lot Like Holy Week

December 8, 2016—When I started seminary a third-year student pulled me aside to offer a forecast of the next three years of my life. She said, “You know, seminary is a lot like Holy Week. During orientation, everyone is excited,…

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