“Back to School” Is Not Just for Kids

  "The time has come to revive an idea that once seemed natural: the student's life as a Christian calling." Dr. Leland Ryken, author and professor, writes this in a chapter that he contributed to Liberal Arts for the Christian Life. For Ryken and many Christian educators (like myself), education is not a season of life meant... Continue Reading →

Yes, You Can!

I really don't like prosperity preachers (do we remember the private jet fundraising debacle?); the worldview they offer is so hollow and contradictory both to Scripture and basic human experience. The biblical narrative is pretty clear: God made all things perfect, the first humans fell from grace in an attempt to become divine themselves, God began... Continue Reading →

Worship: The Flame of Life

[This post was featured on The Avenue Church's blog and podcast, For the City.] The word worship elicits all kinds of images. One person may think of pew on pew on pew leading up to a large Gospel choir in the front of the sanctuary. Another person may recall the used and careworn pages of... Continue Reading →

What Is Your Sacred Pathway?

  The other day I was tasked with leading a faculty devotional at my school. I decided to put together a small presentation based on Gary Thomas's book Sacred Pathways, a book I read several years ago. Here's the premise of the book, one of Thomas's thoughts in the opening pages: “Expecting all Christians to have... Continue Reading →

Macbeth, the anti-David

  Just the other day, my class was performing skits of various scenes in the life of David before becoming king of Israel (and the king of Israel's brief Golden Age). As I was sharing a few personal thoughts to the end of one performance, I suddenly realized just how closely it paralleled the story... Continue Reading →

An Open Letter to My Graduating Seniors

It's here. You've finally made it to the end. I'm proud of you. And I'm not saying I'm proud of you because every single moment of every class period you acted like perfect little angels (we all know that's not the truth). I'm saying it because...well...it's easy to say now that you're gone. Ha! Just... Continue Reading →

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