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

The Journey Begins

Do you take journeys, or only trips? What’s the difference, you ask? A journey is less destination-specific than a trip. On a trip, you’re headed somewhere in particular. You know where you’re going, how you’re going to get there, and how long you’re going to stay. But on a journey, you don’t always know when, where, or… More The Journey Begins

Reflections at 35

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). Today I turn 35 years old. Moses says that if I’m strong, I may reach 80. But if I’m average, and if God wills, I’m halfway home (Psalm 90:10). The day will be fairly normal. I’ll finish up… More Reflections at 35

Let Justice Roll: White Americans, White Christians, and the Martin Luther King Holiday

This morning our nation awakens to the second official holiday of the year: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Our other federal holidays include New Year’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day (in most states), Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Our kids have no school, my son will attend a midday birthday party, and… More Let Justice Roll: White Americans, White Christians, and the Martin Luther King Holiday

Thank You, John Piper: 70 Reasons on Your 70th Birthday

Today — January 11, 2016 — John Piper turns 70. I ‘met’ John Piper in 2000 when I was 19 years old and my summer mission trip leader had us read The Pleasures of God together. I was transfixed, and transformed. Never had I encountered such an explicitly God-centered worldview or such compellingly clear theological prose. My way… More Thank You, John Piper: 70 Reasons on Your 70th Birthday

Two Things at Once: Polarized Public Discourse and the Mosaic of Intellectual Maturity

Juggling takes practice. It’s not easy to keep three things moving between two hands. Without some level of ambidexterity, a lot of things will be hitting the floor. American public discourse is rarely ambidextrous. In a society saturated with click-bait, sound bites, and hashtag activism, public dialogue often proves unable to keep even two things mentally… More Two Things at Once: Polarized Public Discourse and the Mosaic of Intellectual Maturity