Better Than Church? Exercise as a Spiritual Experience

Better Than Church? Exercise as a Spiritual Experience

March 3, 2016—Last week I caught Tom Ashbrook’s show On Point (via podcast). He was talking about the so-called “boutique fitness” trend—exercise classes that promise not only a hard workout but also strong community, and in some cases spiritual…

Life Assessment

February 29, 2016—In 1990 I was asked to design a course for Trinity College in their adult education program (yes, I’m still tossing out files. I’m doing pretty good on this New Year’s Resolution no. 7. Not so much on…

Preaching that Makes Faith Leap

February 25, 2016—No matter one’s gender, age, race, religion, ethnicity, economic, educational or social status they are not immune to the “troubles of this world.” 2015 was a difficult year for many. On a national level we were made aware…

An Intelligent Person

February 22, 2016—I met a rare kind of person last week. He was what I’ll describe as a genuinely intelligent person. There are plenty of smart or knowledgeable people around, and given that I spend a lot of time around…

Education by Israel Galindo

Leadership Lessons from Leadership Lessons

February 18, 2016—It seems everywhere you look there is a new book or blog or conference on leadership. I have read, contributed, and attended many of these. And it’s not just me; many churches I have attended or know of…

What Will They Say About You?

February 15, 2016—All leaders want to be great. But the reality is most leaders of an organization will not have a long enough tenure in office, or realize sufficiently significant accomplishments to leave a legacy. Sometimes that has more to…

Overcome, Embrace, and Imagine: Top Three Ideas for Rural Churches During Lent and Easter

February 11, 2016—The seasons of Lent and Easter present many exciting possibilities for rural churches. Aside from Advent, this season is perhaps the busiest in terms of church life. Visitors tend to frequent churches when Holy Days approach, and many…

Jonathan Davis

Is Your CE Program Making a Difference?

February 8, 2016—Much of my consultation with schools focuses on educational assessment. Rarely is that the focus of a consultation in a congregation. That is not to say that most congregational educators understand the importance of educational assessment of their…

Education by Israel Galindo

Those Aren’t the Flames of Pentecost: Quenching Spiritual Thirst

February 4, 2016—A young parent raising three kids was going through a hot, dry Texas summer. The garden was wilting, the grass withering to dry, brown patches. She moved the garden hose around back, filling a small wading pool for…

Speaking the Truth in Love

February 1, 2016—I’m revisiting some of the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Few have written better on the matter of community. I came across his thoughts on speaking the truth in love in community that I find timely. I’ll confess I…

Navigating the Complex and Beautiful Structures of Adult Formation

January 28, 2016—As I reach my forties, I have noticed a theme to my conversations with friends and church members nearing and living into mid-life. “What now?” “What next?” as they ask questions about how to measure their success, how…

Beth Waltemath

What Are Seminarians Like These Days?

January 25, 2016—I recently received a surprise call from a former professor of mine. He was gracious and kind to call me to congratulate me on the new job. A former dean himself, I accepted his condolences, as well. It…

Education by Israel Galindo

Bookends

January 21, 2016—Do you have a set of bookends in your office or study? I’m not talking about the metal brackets you find in libraries. I’m talking about real bookends, made of wood or rock or other sturdy substances. I…

Five Ways to Become a Popular Leader (though not necessarily an effective one)

January 18, 2016—Every once in a while I need to challenge someone by asking, “Do you want to be liked or do you want to be effective?” In one sense it’s a false choice, but in another, leaders often will…

Fa La La La La, Blah Blah Blah: Or How I Survived Advent. With Grace.

January 14, 2016—It’s two Christmases too late, but this Advent and Christmastide, somewhere along the way, Elsa’s song finally stopped being a reason to idolize Edina Menzel and touched a cord. I think I was finally able to Let It…

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