Introducing M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development at Wheaton College

Introducing M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development at Wheaton College

A program to prioritize student affairs.


If you are working with students in a college or university setting, I want to tell you about our new graduate program in the School of Mission, Ministry and Leadership here at Wheaton College: the M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development.

Preoccupied with Love: Lifting High Evangelism Again

Preoccupied with Love: Lifting High Evangelism Again

An interview with Dr. Jerry Root.


Ed: It’s hard to deny that we are living in challenging times culturally. The church’s influence is fading, and we are struggling to find answers to some hard questions. What’s your take on the health of the church today, especially as it relates to our witness?

Good News in Rural America: There’s More to the Story than Poverty and Disappointment

Good News in Rural America: There’s More to the Story than Poverty and Disappointment

Jesus is alive and active in rural America.


For quite a while now we’ve heard about how rural America is hurting. How jobs are leaving and young people are following them to coastal cities and hipster hotbeds like Austin or Seattle.

John Chau, Missions, and Fools

John Chau, Missions, and Fools

We now have more information about John Chau, but mission work is still the work of fools.


On November 17th, John Allen Chau was killed by the tribesmen of the remote North Sentinel Island while attempting to share Christ with them.

His death made world news and sparked mostly negative and antagonistic reactions towards the idea of missions in general and Chau in particular.

Hard Conversations in Evangelicalism: Abuse, Harassment, and Sexual Violence in the Church

Hard Conversations in Evangelicalism: Abuse, Harassment, and Sexual Violence in the Church

Thoughts on sexual violence, our lack of response, and how to get things right.


Jesus wept.

Those words capture my heart every time I read them. There are few stories in scripture more cherished than that found in John 11 in which the very heart of Jesus breaks as he watches his beloved Mary mourn the loss of her brother. God himself stepped into the world of brokenness to identify with us.

Preoccupied with Love: Lifting High Evangelism Again

Preoccupied with Love: Lifting High Evangelism Again

An interview with Bill Hogg.


Ed: It’s hard to deny that we are living in challenging times culturally. The church’s influence is fading, and we are struggling to find answers to some hard questions. What’s your take on the health of the church today, especially as it relates to our witness?

Friendly, Caring, and Carrying Churches

Friendly, Caring, and Carrying Churches

Three steps to move into deeper church community.


We all want our churches to be loving environments. But what does that look like? How do we make that happen?

As I see it, some churches work to be more friendly— and that’s good. Some move beyond being friendly and move to caring— and that’s better. But, I think there is another step. That step is being a carrying church.

Let’s look at the progression.

Four Steps For Denominations to Resource Church Revitalization

Four Steps For Denominations to Resource Church Revitalization

Resourcing isn’t always monetary.


I am passionate about church revitalization.

I think it’s important we don’t abandon stagnant or plateaued churches prematurely. God is a God of resurrection and he is certainly powerful enough to breathe new life into his churches.

Please Speak Up for #AsylumForBibi: Asia Bibi and Her Family Need Asylum Now, Mr. President

Please Speak Up for #AsylumForBibi: Asia Bibi and Her Family Need Asylum Now, Mr. President

Asia Bibi faces a vigilante campaign for her execution, the execution of her family, her attorney and the three high court judges that rendered the verdict.


Fostering an Attitude of Gratitude

Fostering an Attitude of Gratitude

Changing our posture towards God’s goodness in our lives will begin us on the path towards a changed heart.


It’s that time of year again. Each year when late November starts rolling around, churchgoers everywhere can expect a sermon (or a series of sermons) on the same topic: giving thanks.

I have one coming up this weekend at my church, Highpoint Church.

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