I thought it would be fun to give a brief overview of the holidays we are living through right now: Reformation Day and All Saints Day. I wrote this a few years ago for my students at PSU Berks. First - Reformation Day - October 31, 1517 Take a journey to Europe 500 years ago. … Continue reading Happy Reformation Day…and Halloween!
Anytime I read a book I ask myself, "who could I recommend this book to?" Since I work with college students I am always on the lookout for books I could pass on to them. My friend Tom Heil's book, Flavors of Faith, is perhaps one of the best books for college students, and teenagers, … Continue reading Flavors of Faith (A Review)
Last night on campus we talked about God and government, politics and presidential elections. This semester at CSF our theme for Bible study is the story of scripture. My hope is that the students will understand the grand, over-arching narrative of the Bible. Back in early September we began with creation and fall. Then we … Continue reading Kings, Presidents and God (On Campus at PSU Berks)
I read this book as part of a Goodreads group I am a member of. Though I finished it over a week ago, I have not been able to write a review of it because I still cannot figure out what I think. I should like it. I work in campus ministry, my desire is … Continue reading Why Jesus? (A Review, or an apology for not liking the book to all my friends who are Ravi fans)
Emily and I don't watch that much television. Without any sort of cable tv or antennae, we limit ourselves to whatever is available on Netflix as well as a few shows on Hulu (The Office and 30 Rock). Last spring when we were looking for something to watch on Netflix I noticed The Walking Dead. … Continue reading The Walking Dead, Our New Obsession
I still remember my first ever fall retreat with Christian Student Fellowship as a student. It was way back in the fall of 2000. We went to Sylvan Hills Christian Camp, about 20 minutes from State College, PA. The guest speaker talked a lot about Jesus' disciple Peter. That's about all I remember, other then … Continue reading Reflections on a Crazy, Wonderful Weekend
There are a few authors who, when I read them, I feel invigorated about life. Such authors make me want to be a Christian on days I am feeling cynical. They are good for my soul. I am thinking of people like Frederick Buechner, Henri Nouwen, Eugene Peterson and N.T. Wright. Now I can add … Continue reading An Altar in the World (A Review)
I think my daughter is crazy. She is an eighteen-month-old ball of goofiness and fun. A primary example of her craziness: the way she tries to play with our dog, Skippy. We keep Skippy locked in his little area of the kitchen, which we call his den. It is just safer and easier to keep … Continue reading Junia Tormenting Skippy
This past Friday I visited the local Christian bookstore. I rarely go there, not because I have anything against Christian bookstores, but because I rarely go to any bookstore. When I do go to a bookstore, my first stop is a used-bookstore. But on this particular day, I was looking for something I knew the … Continue reading Christian Bookstore – You’ve Gotta Do Better!
There is always something that needs fixing around the house. Yesterday I set out to complete one of these repairs, and it was a long time coming. After visiting Home Depot for the fourth time earlier in the week, I figured out what I needed to do. All I had to do was buy one … Continue reading Getting Lost in Failure to Remember My Identity