As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. (Daniel 1:17 ESV)
When someone tells me that I should stay away from any literature or philosophy that isn’t blatantly Christian, I’m going to ask their thoughts on this verse. Also, if I don’t have an awareness of the culture through its arts and humanities, how can I successfully engage it with the Gospel? Didn’t Jesus do it? Didn’t Paul do it?
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patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.”
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There are several blogs and blog posts dedicated to what it takes to have a good blog. I’ve read through some of them and learned some things but there were also times that I felt discouraged about rebooting the blog. One thing that can be found fairly regularly is that a blog should be focused on very few topics or just one topic. This has been an obstacle for me because I don’t have any one particular area of interest that I want to write about. There are several interests and they can be very different from one another. This has created tension when attempting to plan an editorial calendar that follows a series of thoughts and topics.
Recently the desire to begin writing again and the need for an area of focus finally came together for me. While the posts that I want to write might not be of interest to one particular group of readers, I think that the topics will match the audience because there are other people whose interests span several areas much like mine do. I also hope that I can still offer something on a topic of interest to any particular group of readers. All of my various topics do come into focus because I am writing from my viewpoint and worldview.
Here is a list of topics that will come up on this blog:
- Jesus Christ
- Kingdom of God
- College ministry
- Campus ministry
- Young Adult ministry
- Academic ministry
- Philosophy of Science
- History of Science
- Philosophy of Religion
- Christian Philosophy
- Theological Philosophy
- World Religions
- Comparative Religions
- Comparative Mythology
- Social Science
- Natural Science
- Quantum Physics
- Science and Religion
Some of these are broad topics and some are somewhat specific. I hope that as I spend time writing about them I will be able to explain and illustrate the ways that they are interconnected. My daily work and passion is campus ministry and these topics are viewed through that lens.
I am excited to announce that a new chapter in my life has begun. After 2 years of planning and preparation for following God’s leading, we are planting a campus ministry at Oklahoma City Community College. For over 2 years, we have spent time praying about a mission to OCCC. Our time on campus with the students has been encouraging and inspiring.
As it was becoming apparent that God desired full-time mission to OCCC I began to reach out to area ministers to see if they had any students currently attending the community college. I also began to discuss it with trusted mentors and advisors to help me discern if this was truly the path God had laid out for me. I reached out to other campus ministers in the Oklahoma City area and online. At the end of April, in the midst of our planning and decision-making, I had the opportunity to visit with Benson Hines (Twitter, website) and show him the campus. Our discussion highlighted some areas of focus that I had not considered. After a few dozen conversations for counsel from other ministers and with my wife, we made the decision to make an official commitment to planting the campus ministry.
I drew up a Vision Packet and discussed it with the other staff members. With their support, I submitted it to the church Elders who had an overwhelming positive response and were full of encouragement. The work of incorporation papers, IRS submission and other administrative requirements commenced a few weeks ago and have all gone smoothly and quickly. The name of the ministry is Christ Campus Fellowship and is a campus ministry of the Independent Christian Churches. The work for the rest of the summer will be visiting churches and families as well as continuing to build our connections with students.
Campus ministry at a community college provides unique challenges and opportunities. While there will be many similarities to campus ministries at 4-year colleges and universities, our experience on the campus up to this point has shown that OCCC is a tribe of students, faculty and staff that has some distinct characteristics. As we approach the Fall 2010 semester and our first full year on campus, I’ll be sharing about our experience. I hope you will join us on this journey and feel free to join the conversation.
Here’s a question to start us off: Who do you know that also serves in campus ministry at a community or junior college?
Christ Campus Fellowship website
Justin Wallace invited me to write a guest post at the ACM blog, Heart of Campus Ministry. It stems from a conversation that came up last week about determining the quality of a college ministry.
Please go check it out and share your thoughts: http://cadm.us/s/30228/