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 […]
Doing the work that we do — mentoring students within a wide-variety of contexts — comes with a whole slew of challenges. Some of the challenges are related to our context and the things we have to manage or navigate in order to relate well with students. Some of the challenges are tied to […]
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 […]
It seems both simple and obvious, but while you’re out and about on campus — remember to smile. As I’ve walked around on this first day of class, I’ve been surprised by how many people I’ve got off-guard with something as simple as a smile. It may be that they’re new to campus — and […]
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, […]
“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you…” – 1 Corinthians 15:1 How do you help college students fight their sin? As a Christian campus minister, this is a question I have often asked as I’ve seen the deep struggles that students have shared with me. Many feel helpless and […]
What would it look like to be content in our waiting and with our sexuality, as both singles and marrieds, not because we’re perfect at waiting for sex or we’re perfectly sexual but because we’re content in our humanity, in our femininity and masculinity, in our longing for union with the trinity?
Sacrifice is not something we talk about much in our society.
It seems to fly in the face of everything our North American culture tells us we should be about.
Lookout out for #1.
Take what you want.
Don’t hold back.
The world is yours.
You deserve it.
It’s a new year, which means that a new season of ministry with students is upon us.
And as we’ve launched into 2013, I’ve generated a new reading list, and decided to start the year by re-reading a couple of classics.
One of my first re-reads of the year is Richard Foster’s, Celebration of Discipline.
I couldn’t venture a guess as to the number of times that I’ve worked through this book. The first time I read it I was in grad. school — and it changed my life! Since then I’ve re-read it several times on my own, and led numerous groups through it as a way of learning to work on the interior life.
While we lead others, we must lead ourselves. I often say to students who are planning on going into ministry, “We lead with our lives.” Ministry is, in one big sense, witness. Not infallible witness (we are all flawed, so please don’t climb on the inadequacy bandwagon), but witness, nonetheless.
In the best ministry, we are transparent, vulnerable, even when we’re assertively taking charge and doing great things.
This is the paradox of spiritual leadership.
A College Student, A Homeless Man, And A Rabbi Walk Into A Coffee Shop.
That may sound like the opening line of a bad joke, but it actually describes an experiment I started last semester at the University of Delaware.
A couple volunteers and I were discussing the example we have in Jesus and his disciples, who were intentional about sharing their faith with friends “friendship evangelism” and with strangers “initiative evangelism”. When we scrolled through our phone contacts to count how many friends we actually had who weren’t Christians, we realized something had to change.