A Blank Page and a Good Father: Welcome to Southern Seminary and Boyce College

Welcome to the blank page of your next chapter. Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life. Welcome to Southern Seminary and Boyce College. Our campus is abuzz this morning. The graduate students were getting oriented all day yesterday, and hundreds of you new college students and your families are preparing to blitz… More A Blank Page and a Good Father: Welcome to Southern Seminary and Boyce College

Book Review: A Commentary on the Psalms, Vol. 3 (90-150) by Allen Ross

Every generation of Christians must study and apply the Scriptures afresh in order to hear the voice of God speaking by his Spirit to his church through his Word. Wisdom does not neglect past interpreters, teachers, and authors; we lean on them for insight and wisdom as we dialogue with the dead. But we must always “bake… More Book Review: A Commentary on the Psalms, Vol. 3 (90-150) by Allen Ross

Join the Dawn: A Charge to the Graduates of Boyce College

Dear Boyce College Graduates, It’s nearly midnight on the eve of your graduation. Your families, friends, and professors will soon awake with excitement as we prepare to watch you flow into Alumni Memorial Chapel in full regalia. You’ll enter to pomp and circumstance, with heads high and smiles broad, before rightfully receiving the sacred symbols of… More Join the Dawn: A Charge to the Graduates of Boyce College

The Long Run: Reflections from a Half-Marathon

Last Saturday I ran my first half-marathon: 13.1 miles through downtown Louisville with 12,234 other sweaty and soaked participants of all ages, genders, shapes, and speeds, some running the full 26.2-mile course and others, like me, taking the easy route. The gun fired at 7:30am, and the sneakered masses flooding the the lettered corrals on Main… More The Long Run: Reflections from a Half-Marathon

“I Saw My Father in Every Verse”: The Enduring Legacy of Mike Padilla (1954-2016)

Michael Simon Padilla (1954-2016) died suddenly last Tuesday, April 26, 2016. I knew of Mike’s Christian kindness from his friendly greetings that radiated across the Southern Seminary campus. I knew of Mike’s strong marriage from a female staff member who’s been mentored by his godly wife. And I knew of Mike’s heroic hospitality from one… More “I Saw My Father in Every Verse”: The Enduring Legacy of Mike Padilla (1954-2016)

The Christian Imagination: Depression, Hope, and a Better Reality (by Jeremy Pierre)

Occasionally I share resources I’ve found helpful. These are my personal notes from a session with Dr. Jeremy Pierre at Southern Seminary’s recent Counsel the Word conference. These are not the speaker’s notes, nor are they a manuscript or transcript of the lecture, although I recorded the main points verbatim. Speaker: Dr. Jeremy Pierre | Dean of… More The Christian Imagination: Depression, Hope, and a Better Reality (by Jeremy Pierre)

Passing the Torch: My Last Student Leadership Meeting

One hour ago I walked out of my final student leadership meeting after fourteen years of full-time Christian college ministry. It’s late, tomorrow’s a packed day, and I should head straight to bed. But after twenty-eight semesters of a college schedule, what’s one more reflective jaunt into the a.m.? Each year, on a Sunday night… More Passing the Torch: My Last Student Leadership Meeting

Ode to the Church

Every seven days a rebirthed humanity, inflamed with a shared Spirit, gathers around a common table to hear the true story of the world. Church isn’t merely steeples and Sunday School classes, pulpits and pews, praise bands and bulletins. The church is a risen and rising humanity of ex-corpses and ex-slaves testifying to the Messianic… More Ode to the Church

Lessons from the Real Count of Monte Cristo

In the 2002 film The Count of Monte Cristo, handsome sailor Edmond Dantès is betrayed by his friend Fernand Mondego, robbed of his beautiful fiancé, and wrongly sentenced to prison in the Château d’If. Deep in despair, Dantès befriends a fascinating old priest and polymath who becomes his multidisciplinary mentor. Dantès later escapes, creates a new identity, and exacts all… More Lessons from the Real Count of Monte Cristo

Joining the Story

1. “That was fun.” 2. “I want in.” This past Saturday I watched The Jungle Book with my 10-year-old son. These were our two different responses. I thought it was fun. My son wanted to go home and climb trees. I enjoyed it. I enjoyed him. I enjoyed our time together. Afterwards I listened from the… More Joining the Story