Published: February 25th, 2015
In this highlight video from a lecture on biblical archaeology, Christopher Gornold-Smith continues his explanation of the strange creatures known as cherubim.
Published: March 24th, 2015
Heroes come in all varieties. Some run to the sound of battle. Others place the safety of others above their own. And while less dramatic, some people, like Elizabeth Galley Wilson, are heroes because of their courageous demonstration of a life well lived.
Published: March 22nd, 2016
Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times by Os Guinness is an instant classic that captures Western culture in a way that only Os Guinness is equipped to do. Guinness uses his prophetic voice to alert the Church to its worldly and compromised trajectory. What makes Guinness unique as a social critic is his gospel-centered optimism that fuels his strategy for turning the ship around. Renaissance is a plea to Christians to pledge their service and hope toward kindling a modern renaissance in the face of a collapsing, dark world.
Published: November 12th, 2015
In my last video blog I discussed some examples of attention-getting introductions. In this video I want to offer some warnings about potential momentum stoppers, or as I call them “speed bumps” in the introduction. Speed bumps are meant to slow you down while driving through neighborhoods and parking lots. While we certainly want them in those places, you don’t want them in your sermon introductions.
Published: July 20th, 2017
In Spring 2017, the SAGU History department hosted the seminar “Beginnings: Life, Culture and Politics in Early America.” Topics included the birth of the American Navy, Breaking the Glass Ceiling, The Electoral College, America’s Military Bands and many more. David Onyon discusses the Zenger trial, which was a remarkable story of a divided Colony, the beginnings of a free press and the stubborn independence of American Jurors.
Published: April 6th, 2017
In Spring 2017, the SAGU History department hosted the seminar “Beginnings: Life, Culture and Politics in Early America.” Topics included the birth of the American Navy, Breaking the Glass Ceiling, The Electoral College, America’s Military Bands and many more. Gary McElhany, Ph.D. discusses the events that lead to the infamous Boston Massacre and how it shaped John Adams.
Published: June 8th, 2016
There are few things more devastating to a community and individual lives than conflicts at church. Somehow we expect difficult moments and relational challenges at work, at home, and in just about every other setting of our lives. But church? Well, that just shouldn’t be.
Okay, yes, we could argue that a local church is full of people too. Therefore, we should anticipate a few challenging relational moments, but much of the angst can be avoided if we would understand the differences between truth, convictions, and preferences.
Published: April 16th, 2015
In this highlight video from a lecture entitled "Corinth in Context," Christopher Gornold-Smith discusses the archaeological finds of the ancient biblical city of Corinth. These archaeological finds help shape the context of the book of 1st and 2nd Corinthians.
Published: January 5th, 2017
When most people think about entrepreneurship, business endeavors most likely come to mind. It’s true – entrepreneurship and business go hand in hand and an entrepreneurial mindset often is the creative genesis that identifies a business opportunity and the revelation of what it takes to transform the idea into a successful enterprise. Utilizing the same thought process and applying some of the profitable principles can yield favorable results in other areas as well. Incorporating an entrepreneurial approach to the “business” of life, in general, can help one create and lead an extraordinary, meaningful life that is filled with purpose, accomplishment, and fulfillment.
Published: December 15th, 2015
We discover the heart of God in Scripture both through his acts of redemption and judgment. Our attention needs to arise when we hear the iconic, “Woe unto you….” A Woe Oracle was more than a generic “Hey you, listen”; it warned recipients of impending judgment unless repentance ensued.
Published: December 3rd, 2015
As a pastor, you simply aren’t allowed to have too many personal problems. While most folks realize that you’re human, just like they are, there will still be a great deal of pressure to keep your own struggles hidden. People feel insecure if they think their pastor isn’t doing okay himself. Pastors may be people too; it’s just that we can’t act like it.
Published: June 22nd, 2018
Suicide. It can be a scary word, even for mental health professionals. No matter your profession, you are likely to come across individuals who might be currently experiencing suicidal thoughts or have so in the past. You might have a co-worker or friend who has a family member who has attempted or completed suicide or is currently struggling with a crisis. It is the role of mental health professionals to be trained in this area; however, a basic knowledge of how to effectively intervene is beneficial for everyone. The following information outlines a few definitions and tips for addressing suicide and helping someone connect to the appropriate resources.
Published: November 24th, 2015
Over the past several years, there has been a trend amongst Christian business writers towards ensuring that Christian values be woven into the business world. Due to this trend there has been an awareness, or perhaps an awakening, of the need for Christians to stop compartmentalizing their lives and leaving their beliefs at home or church to only be used on Sundays. I believe it has become apparent that Christian values have a specific purpose and can have a significant impact on the secular organization and on people.
Published: June 16th, 2016
Building trust in leadership is an essential element of being a good leader. Without it, people won’t follow you. Since building trust is such a vital part of leadership, I’ve developed nine steps that will substantially impact your ability to build trust as a leader.
Published: October 29th, 2015
Written by the late Blake Snyder, Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need has quickly become a classic among aspiring screenwriters. I was first introduced to this book in 2011 during my first year studies in the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in Screenwriting and Film Studies at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. In that particular class on screenwriting I discovered many other important components or “stages” to crafting that perfect screenplay.
Published: November 19th, 2015
Adding a minor to your degree program can be a great way to customize your college experience. A combination many people don't immediately think of is combining a business minor with a degree in ministry. To show the the benefits of such an academic pairing, I'd like to share with you eight reasons why I believe it is a wise decision for ministry majors to get a minor in business .
Published: September 17th, 2015
Many people complain about meetings. The truth is; meetings are crucial within organizations because most jobs require people to coordinate their efforts as an overall team.
Published: May 3rd, 2016
When is a résumé necessary? What’s important to list? What is a résumé?
You were asked to submit a résumé for a career position, and you realize you haven’t updated yours in years, or maybe you haven’t even written one before. Where do you begin? There are a lot of questions: how long should it be?, how much information should I include?, do I list my personal information?, and more.
Published: September 24th, 2015
As a professor of Greek and New Testament at SAGU, I naturally champion the study of Biblical languages so here are 7 reasons why the original Biblical languages hold great promise for those who consecrate their time and effort to learn them.
Published: March 10th, 2016
World War II has been the costliest conflict ever to occur on earth. It’s also one of the most varied and complex, with nations changing sides, citizens of one country fighting each other more fiercely than they fought outsiders, and a myriad of new and sometimes bizarre weapons. The war lasted exactly six years and one day, and certain features seem to stand out for each year of the war.