Today Pope Francis declared the sainthood of Mother Teresa, honoring her close to 50 years of service to the poorest of the poor in Kolkata, India. Despite her canonization by the Vatican, she has for decades been referred to as the Saint of the Gutter. Her ministry, Missionaries of Charity, prioritized “the hungry, the naked, … More Pretty Sure She Was Already A Saint
As expected, Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens generated a media frenzy, finally picking up the action 3 decades after Return of the Jedi. All the hype didn’t leave fans disappointed as they braved the cold for midnight showings, even viewing the blockbuster multiple times. For others, it could be the deluge of superhero … More If we were as excited about prayer meetings as we were about Star Wars
It’s been an introspective season for me as Lent wraps up. I spent several hours at my church’s Stations of the Cross devotional this past weekend. Started meditating on several Scriptures surrounding Christ’s suffering and death…obviously🙂 “He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him … More Lessons from the Cross: What to do when we’re attacked
Way back in 2004, I was attending a conference in Phoenix where someone encouraged me to read the book Red Moon Rising by Peter Grieg. It depicted the explosion of 24/7 Prayer Centers across Western Europe and how it began spreading across the globe. With the main proponents being college students and young adults, I obviously took … More 10 Years Later, Still Dreaming For A 24/7 Prayer Center At The U of I
Headlines this morning state “At least 45 killed in Damascus suburb bombings, ISIS claims responsibility…” This is becoming a daily occurrence as ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and other terrorist organizations wreak havoc across the globe. And like clockwork, our reactionary, John Wayne nature rises up, wanting the CIA wet teams and Black Ops, Navy Seals, … More No Brainer, Sure Fire Way To Eradicate ISIS
Life does present its challenges quite often. One of the most daunting I’ve encountered working with college students has been regarding discovering God’s Will…finding out what to do next. This usually encompasses decisions regarding what major to choose, which person to date/marry, which job to take, etc. My advice has always been the same: … More Deny Yourself and Pick Up Your Cross…Gee, Can I?
It’s come to my attention that it’s been almost a year since I last blogged. Oops. So, I’ve decided today to come out of the drought. In your college and young adult ministry, we’ve been doing a series called Messy Faith which I will explain in future posts. Needless to say, it got messy, as … More We’ve Lost the Art of Civility