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.
Published: June 9th, 2015
Sitting in a job interview can be very stressful. We are sitting in front of someone we don’t know, hoping that between our resume and the 15-20 minutes they spend with us, we will somehow be able to convince them that we not only have the various knowledge, skills, and abilities they need, but we will be a better ‘fit’ with the organization than any of the other candidates they are interviewing. Because we are so nervous, we often don’t notice when the questions that are asked veer into dangerous territory.
Published: September 7th, 2016
"Spend however much you want! You have an unlimited budget." If you're a youth pastor and have heard that, I'm almost certain you were dreaming.
One of the challenges of ministry is being a good steward of the money entrusted to us as leaders. Some of you are probably tired of being trusted with little money and are ready to be shown trustworthy with bigger finances. Until that time comes, here are some valuable resources and ideas for youth ministry on a budget.
Published: February 17th, 2015
There are many essential things for building strong teams. Trust and accountability are critical. Learning to collaborate with others and relate to team members on a personal level is vital. There are also a few other things that can be instrumental in building teams.
Published: January 12th, 2016
Marketers of small- to mid-sized organizations constantly seek tools to improve efficiency and efficacy of their efforts without breaking the budget. In this post, I provide 6 marketing tools that can make your life as a nonprofit marketer (or small business) easier than ever.
Published: August 28th, 2017
Vocal abuse is common today mainly due to ignorance as to how the voice works, but also due to the influence of unhealthy examples of singing that are prevalent today. As with other body parts, we only have one set of vocal cords that we must take care of throughout our lives. This is not just true for singers, but also other professions that require a lot of vocal use such as teachers, pastors, lawyers, news anchors, etc.
Published: March 26th, 2015
In our busy world, happiness isn't always easy to come by. Everyone is looking for ways to get more enjoyment out of life. Here are five successful tips for living a happier life.