Pastor. What was once a highly esteemed position, given great respect and authority, has devolved into something that most people in our North American culture now struggle to trust. For the past 17 years I have spent all but six months on different college campuses — each with differing titles, but all with a […]
Although I’ve not been too terribly active on social media this summer, I’m preparing to power down for a few weeks. Maybe you’ve done this before — and maybe you’ve just thought about it. But I find that if I don’t do this from time to time that I experience two different things: I […]
As the quieter months of the summer begin, how will you utilize the time and space that you have? More specifically, and less obvious, how will you engage the practice of silence? With much of the “noise” that makes up our normal days while our students are around during the academic year now removed […]
Maybe you see what I see, and hear what I hear, when you engage with students around campus. Time and time again I encounter students who appear stuck and sound hopeless as it relates to their current situation and set of circumstances. It may be the week they’ve been having. It may be the […]
Eight years ago, when I first started at BU, we had no chapel service. And the required convocation program that we had, was (and still is), housed in Student Affairs. The short of the history is that once upon a time BU had a required chapel service — and open enrollment (attracting a good percentage […]
The story of Joshua is a familiar one to most of us — and possibly the closest thing to a “kids going off to college” kind of story in the Bible. Joshua and the young Israelites are entering a new, unfamiliar land — without the leadership and direction of Moses (the primary leader for most […]
I heard this passage in church yesterday and thought of us — and the work we do with students. I was reminded of how much our work this year will involve waiting — on God, on students, and on the active work of God in any student’s life. We are called to do our work […]
By my own confession, I’ve never been much of a handy-man. If given the choice, I’d much rather pay someone to fix — well, whatever really — because I’ve found that I rarely know how to identify the problem, how to get to the problem, what to do when (or if) I find the problem, […]
“Know your strengths, vulnerabilities, and triggers.” Check. “Get used to uncertainty and conflict.” Double check. “Experiment beyond your comfort zone.” Um…really? If I already know it works… “Take care of yourself.” Yikes. I’m probably going to have to have a hard conversation with myself. About 15 months ago, I read these words under a heading […]
What do you want your students reading this year? Beyond their textbooks (which I hope you encourage), what are the faith-forming, faith-informing, faith-transforming books that you want to point your students towards in the year ahead? I think they will still naturally find their way to more popular books like: Love Does, from Bob Goff […]
How does this fit with your own sense of calling? What about this do you struggle with?
I confess, I just ordered a Monsters University t-shirt.
As a College Minister, I was especially excited when I heard Pixar and Disney was releasing a sequel (or prequel more like) to Monster’s, Inc. As I predicted, the movie really resonated with me.
I thought about writing a review of Monsters University, but after reading the excellent review on…