The Integration of Faith in the Arts

One of the world’s most renown Christian apologists, Ravi Zacharias, 74, died May 19 of this year. At the age of 17, Zacharias tried to commit suicide by swallowing poison. He said that the words of Jesus...

Leadership, Creativity, and Coronavirus

In the Masters of Organizational Leadership program at The King's University, one of the final classes students take is called Current Issues and Leadership Studies. It's a great class, and it helps students to see how the field of leadership studies...

Social Distancing Redeemed as Sabbath

I recently saw—and shared—a meme that said, “Public health officials are strongly advocating for ‘social distancing’ or as Enneagram 5s call it, ‘relationships.’” I, as an Enneagram 5, thought it was hilarious, but I realize that for...

Guidelines for Pastoral Care During Covid-19

As outbreaks of the coronavirus continue to spread globally, the endgame continues to be a moving target. Meanwhile, we as shepherds and faith leaders still must care for people, many of whom are feeling a rise in...

Spiritual Needs in the Time of Corona

By now, many of us have acclimated to the COVID-19 social-distancing protocols. Churches are learning how to serve people online, schools have shifted to virtual home-based learning, and families are doing their best to stay in touch...

Stones Cry Out

I had a conversation with a student recently about the reality of God in the midst of lockdown. “In springtime,” he said, “it is always easy to look around and see examples of God in creation.” He...

What the Burning of Notre Dame Says About the American Church

The Notre Dame Cathedral burned in April 2019. The burning revealed neglect, rot, and decay both by the French society and the Catholic Church. The American church is experiencing the same revelation of neglect, rot, and decay.

Shelter in Grace

My social media feed blew up in the last couple of weeks with people arguing for and against holding public worship services in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. At the time, I was a bit surprised,...

Passover Points to Jesus

Some of my earliest family memories happened during the Passover Seder meal at my grandparents’ home. The Seder meal marks the beginning of the eight-day holiday. I can remember playing on the floor next to the dinner...

Worship Leadership: Poetic Lyrics and Reckless Theology

As a child growing up in church, one of my earliest memories is sitting in children’s church on a Sunday morning singing “Jesus Loves the Little Children.” I grew up in the St. Louis area and I...

The Wind of the Holy Spirit

Even though I was born in the Northwest, and grew up in Colorado, I’ve spent my entire adult life in the Midwest. So I’ve grown accustomed to Midwestern seasons and weather. And one thing I’ve learned is...

Faith and Grief

Philip Yancey in his book Disappointment With God suggests that there are two types of faith when we are faced with the difficulties of life. Grief triggered by life circumstances and loss sometimes requires childlike faith, a faith that...