“Some things benefit from shocks. They thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors. Depriving complex systems of volatility, randomness, and stressors will harm them. They will weaken, die, or blow up.” -Antifragile, Nassim Nicholas Taleb We have been “fragilizing” many things in our society for some time now. This is especially
Monday, 30 July 2018 by Stephen Lennox
What I’ve Been Reading: Matthew Friedman, Union with God in Christ: Early Christian and Wesleyan Spirituality as an Approach to Islamic Mysticism. American Society of Missiology Monograph Series, vol. 32. (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2017). Have an interest in ancient Judaism, early Christianity, early Methodism, early Islam, Sufism, mysticism, theology, biblical studies, religion, or missiology?
Friday, 13 April 2018 by Kingswood University
In response to the growing demand for ministry education at all levels in convenient formats, Kingswood University is delighted to announce Kingswood Extended. Kingswood Extended is an initiative that allows for the delivery of ministry education at any level – certificate, undergraduate, graduate – through any available means of delivery – off-site, online, hybrid, correspondence,
What I’ve Been Reading: J. D. Greear, Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches that Send (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015).
Saturday, 06 January 2018 by Stephen Lennox
At a recent denominational meeting, we were given Gaining by Losing by J. D. Greear (@jdgreear). Lead pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham (@SummitRDU), Greear writes as a highly effective ministry practitioner with a Ph.D. in systematic theology. The combination of scholarly theological education and ministry passion helps explain the book’s power. Greear’s thesis,
Christmas, 2017 Dear Friend, I often speak with gratitude of how you invest in our students. You might want to hear specific ways your investment is paying dividends. God is using our students in powerful ways in the lives of others. One young woman, timid by nature, recently shared with new-found confidence how God had
This summer I ended up in Guatemala on three separate missions with groups from New York, California, and the Maritimes. I enjoyed all the planned ministry with each team, but the best moments are always the ones not on the schedule. The moments where God sets you up. One day on our way driving back
As the hammocks come out and students get back into university life, here are a few tips for getting better grades this year! “If what you’re doing isn’t working, try something else!” –Unknown- 1 Do ALL Of The Work Don’t get a “0” on an assignment by choice. Commit to always turning in something. To
What is morality and where does it come from? Social psychologist Haidt answers these important questions with compelling evidence from endless scientific studies. While not in full agreement with his conclusions, he challenged me to more carefully consider my own. What is morality? I would answer this question with a list of the seven traditional virtues;
Acts 4:12 (NIV) “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” In just a few weeks, Barack Obama will leave the Executive Mansion. He entered the residence (and the office) promising the American people an era of positive
The North American Church has been limping along, stagnant or declining, while in other parts of the world, tens of thousands are coming to Christ each day. What makes the difference? Writing from his own considerable experience as a church planter, pastor, and university professor, Dr. Steve Elliott* points to one fundament difference: where the