In the last post about the Trinity we discussed, The Father is God, and now we turn to the Son. What we believe and understand about God shapes us. And we pray the kinds of things we believe to be true. Every once in awhile I hear a prayer that goes like this, “Thank you … Continue reading The Son is God
What comes to mind when you think about the Holy Spirit? For some, they picture the Spirit of God as a type of force or power to tap into in order to see God do big things. Personally, for a long time, the Holy Spirit was the most mysterious of the Godhead, since I heard … Continue reading The Spirit is God
There has been a lot of ground covered over the last four posts and I want to attempt to put it altogether. Just as I started -- if someone asks me about the Trinity, instead of looking puzzled and sidestepping the question, I would like to answer with what I do understand. There is mystery, … Continue reading The Trinity: Unity and Diversity
Reading Interests of the Year: Ireland, Women and the Early Church, Leadership (and some for fun), along with Brian's Top Books Brian always has good suggestions for books to read. And his six favorite from 2018 are listed below. This was a year of reading to my immediate interests. I have always wanted to travel … Continue reading Favorite Reads
Hope. What do you need hope for right now? I imagine we can each easily call something to mind for which we need hope. Or, we can anticipate the times that will come when finding hope will be a challenge. As I continue from Psalm 23 in Need Peace, this last part has given me … Continue reading Need Hope?
One thing I wish was a constant in life is peace. On a superficial level, I just wish it wasn’t so busy during this season (and every season) of the year. I have to fight for moments of stillness and reflection. That sounds peaceful, right? Fight for peace! On a deeper level I think we … Continue reading Need Peace?
Life is crazy. I just expect this time of year to be this way. There is the shopping, the decorating, the bombardment of emails, the hosting, the baking... Unfortunately, often the Christmas season equals busy. To sidestep this I have been turning Psalm 23 over in my mind. Yes it is familiar, but timeless and … Continue reading Need Rest?
I like the ring of this phrase- "made marvelous." Maybe because "marvelous" is not a customary part of my vocabulary, or maybe because marvelous is just a good sounding word, I like it. This morning I read these two words and became curious. What about you? I want to know, what was "made marvelous?" It … Continue reading Made Marvelous
One issue we cannot ignore as leaders is the issue of ethnic diversity. This might be a defining topic of our times and on our campuses. As a team we cannot not give this attention. But where do we start? This lead us to Big Rock #3 (See: Identifying the Big Rocks.) Ethnicity, culture and … Continue reading Questions for Pursuing Diversity
One of the most motivating parts of leadership is changed lives. Life change energizes us, engages us, and keeps us going even in the most trying times as a leader. On the other hand, it is discouraging when we question whether we are making an impact at all. Does what we do make a difference? … Continue reading Clarifying Discipleship