Kings or Servants?

And [Jesus] said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who have authority over them are called ‘Benefactors.’ But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant. For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves” (Luke 22:25-27).

Working in higher education, I constantly encounter students with grandiose aspirations. They are young, their careers are still in front of them, and they often envision—as they see it—the most idealistic career circumstances possible. Many want to hold leadership positions that are highly visible and possess substantial power. They desire to become CEOs, political leaders, leading-edge researchers, Nobel prize winning scientists, hall-of-fame athletes, etc. In other words, their aspirations often align with a secular (i.e. worldly) perspective of success and influence. Continue reading


Identity (In Christ)

“In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity” ~ Erik Erickson, Psychologist

“[Socialization] is an interactive process through which we make decisions about our relationships, our interpretation of information that comes to us through interaction, and what we will say and do. It is through these decisions that we influence our own lives and the social worlds in which we participate.” ~ Jay Coakley, Professor

“Spiritual identity means we are not what we do or what people say about us. And we are not what we have. We are the beloved daughters and sons of God.” ~ Henri Nouwen, Clergyman


As a Christian, I find myself frustrated with the world at times—the frequency of which seems to increase as I get older. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I’d like to believe that the increasing frequency of my frustration is a sign of a growing spiritual maturity—questionable, I know. Often, that frustration revolves around hypocritical action, though it’s not isolated to secular society. Regularly, my observation of such behavior also includes those professing religious affiliations; including Christians. Sometimes, however, I find myself to be one of those hypocritical Christians who frustrate me… Continue reading

Names that Define: Communicating Christ

“Why don’t the names of Buddha, Mohammed, Confucious offend people? The reason is that these others didn’t claim to be God, but Jesus did.” ~ Josh McDowell, author

As I have matured (hopefully) in my faith as a Christian, I have become ever more fascinated by the influence and meaning of names within the Holy Bible. Previously, I have shared my thoughts about the relationship between naming someone or something and possessing authority over that person, place, or thing. Names within scripture, however, appear to often have layers upon layers of meaning. This should not be surprising as we grow in our faith and continue to delve into the depths of scripture. Pursuing God through His Word is like peeling off layers of an infinitely large onion–causing tears of joy. Continue reading

Myopic Adaptation

“It seems that not being religious is a form of risk-taking, consistent with other patterns of short-sighted behaviour in men.” ~ Rodney Stark, Theologian

“I am very short-sighted, and if I don’t like a situation I take my glasses off.” ~Jenny Eclair, Comedian

Originally posted on Facebook—June 30, 2010

It is amazing what thoughts enter the mind as one attempts to wind down for an evening’s sleep. I am sure that many people share similar experiences before falling asleep; fascinating combinations of thoughts that come across as epiphanies. For me, during that period of time between slipping into bed and actually falling to sleep, my mind tends to find parallels between subjects that would initially seem unrelated. Maybe I need to be half asleep to allow my mind to be able to reasonably consider such correlations. Who knows? All I know, is that during that pre-dream state of being, my mind is its most creative. Continue reading

I’m Not a Leader But a Catalyst

“If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you. If you really make them think, they’ll hate you.” ~Don Marquis

“The problem with being a leader is that you’re never sure if you’re being followed or chased.” ~Claire A. Murray

“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t!” ~Margaret Thatcher

“I would rather be an artist than a leader. Ironically, a leader has to follow the rules.” ~Criss Jami

“Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men–the other 999 follow women.” ~Groucho Marx

Originally posted on Facebook–February, 2007

Recently, someone came to me and told me that I was a good “leader” and should take on that role more. And while being called a leader is not something derogatory, I do not believe it describes a skill I possess any more than the next person. The basic definition for a leader is as follows:

“One who is in charge or in command of others”

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