Paul had preached the message that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior in the city of Thessalonica (Acts 17). While there he faced persecution, soon leaving for the nearby city Berea. He left a very small community of Christians behind. After traveling to Athens and then Corinth, he wrote a letter to this tiny church … Continue reading Summer in Thessalonica – The Second Letter
CS Lewis's lecture, "Learning in War-Time" provides an excellent defense for Christian study at university. Beyond just that, it shows what is the value of Christian living in everyday life. The question every Christian who comes to the university faces is how it is right for "creatures who are every moment advancing either to Heaven … Continue reading CS Lewis on the Holiness of Learning and Work
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall...Humpty Dumpty had a great fall...all the Kings's horses and all the king's men....couldn't put Humpty together again Amazing grace, how sweet the sound....that saved a wretch like me...I once was lost, but now am found...was blind, but now I see. God shows his love for us in this...while we … Continue reading Summer in Thessalonica – Grace and Work
In the year 1347 a merchant ship docked in the port of Genoa, in Italy. Three years later 1/3 of the population of Europe, 30 million people, were dead. This ship landing in Genoa brought the black plague to European shores and despite the best efforts to stop its spread, spread it did. These were … Continue reading A Little History is a Good Thing
5:4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are … Continue reading Summer in Thessalonica – How Should We Live?
The final chapter of Souls in Transition serves as a summarizing conclusion. First of all, we must recognize that emerging adulthood is a new phase of American life between adolescence and adulthood. It is a phase of life filled with "disruptions, transitions, and distractions" (280). Applied to campus ministry, we are reminded that college students … Continue reading Souls in Transition – Conclusion
Two years ago I read a fun little book called Flatland. It begins in a two-dimensional world (flatland, like one you would draw on a piece of paper) with the main character, a Square, telling his story. In the story the Square is visited by a three-dimensional Sphere from Spaceland. But having never lived in … Continue reading Summer in Thessalonica – Flatland and the End
Does religion matter when it comes to how emerging adults live? Does your religion make a difference in your everyday choices? This is the theme of the ninth chapter of Souls in Transition. In previous chapters emerging adults had been divided into religious groups: conservative Protestant, mainline Protestant, black Protestant, Catholic, Mormon, Jewish, other religion … Continue reading Souls in Transition – Does Religion Make a Difference?
At seven feet and seven inches tall, weight 225 pounds, Manute Bol was the skinniest players in the NBA. He was never a great player, averaging only about three points per game, but he did manage to make a fortune playing basketball. Manute Bol went broke by giving most of his six million dollars to … Continue reading Summer in Thessalonica – Hope in Death