Weekly Word – Opposition, Grief and Silence

(Every week, give or take, I send out a brief email to the students with some thoughts from Scripture and I offer it here also in case it may encourage anyone else who comes across it) The first time Jesus tells his disciples that he is going to die on the cross, they opposed him.…

Six Megathemes from Barna…and Campus Ministry

Summing up their research in 2010, the Barna group finds six "megathemes".  I will list each one below with a few thoughts from my perspective as a campus minister on a secular university campus. 1.  The Christian Church is Becoming Less Theologically Literate What used to be basic, universally-known truths about Christianity are now unknown…

Summer in Thessalonica – Encouraged by Grace

2:13 But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory…

CS Lewis on the Holiness of Learning and Work

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…

Summer in Thessalonica – Grace 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…

Summer in Thessalonica 4 – Transformation

13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe. 14 For you, brothers, became imitators of God’s churches…