Election Day 2016…the moment we’ve been waiting for (or dreading…) The campaigning, mudslinging, obfuscating, pandering, slandering, backbiting, vitriol, and unfortunately even violence has led us to this point. I’ll say, it’s been especially disconcerting wading through the caustic social media posts from fellow Christians. While I shouldn’t be surprised, I am, and even disappointed. … More
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 … 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
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
Suppose I should start out by acknowledging that some people love eating broccoli, even if it’s raw. I, however, am not one of them. The preferred state is slightly boiled (still retaining the nutrients) and drizzled with cheese or dressing. So, why the metaphor? We know we need fiber, nutrients, and minerals. Broccoli is good … More If Prayer Is Like Eating Broccoli Put Some Cheese On It!