orientation (a reflection)

In the last week, I’ve had the opportunity to visit two campuses – West Virginia University and George Mason University – which happened to be holding New Student Orientation activities during my visits. For the uninitiated, NSO is a summer event when freshmen make their way to campus, often with …

pondering with a prof

Yesterday meant a one-day trip from Baton Rouge down to New Orleans for one of the most enjoyable opportunities of this trip so far! Dr. Allen Jackson, Professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, had invited me down there, and he took me and some other college ministry-types to lunch …

a Wicked generation?

I had the awesome opportunity to see “Wicked” again Friday night. It has a standing engagement in Chicago, and for good reason this musical continues to be a very popular show on Broadway, touring, and in several standing engagements in the US and London. My friend Lance talks a lot …

70% of church kids don’t stick around

A study of great importance for the field of college ministry came out today from Lifeway Research – a new arm of our convention that I think I’m falling in love with.This time, they’ve done the newest study (a very welcome study) on the church dropout rate post-high school. The …