Bill Walsh’s Standard of Performance

Bill Walsh was the legendary coach of the San Fransisco 49ers in the 1980s. He took over a team that was previously 1-15 and in three years won a Super Bowl. The backbone of Walsh's success was his "Standard of Performance," his leadership principles. Bill Walsh assembled his leadership principles into 17 bullet points which…

Open Questions about “The Temple and the Church’s Mission”

G.K. Beale's work, The Temple and the Church's Mission, has been massively influential upon the field of biblical theology since it's publication. If you read the bibliographies of most of the major biblical theologies of the last ten years written by conservative Protestants, you will find that they interact extensively with Beale's work. The gist of…

Blogging the Institutes | 1.15.7-8 | The Soul and Free Will

"Blogging the Institutes" is my on-going attempt to paraphrase John Calvin's work, the Institutes of the Christian Religion. You can find out more about the series in the Introduction. For all the posts in this series, check out the Master List.  The Soul and Free Will Philosophers don't take into account corrupted human nature when they talk…

Thriving Youth Groups

Jeanne Mayo wrote Thriving Youth Groups to record her process for establishing a friendship culture in the various Youth Ministries she has run in her career. She believes that building a culture of friendship is the key to growing a youth ministry. Students will not come back to the Youth Group if they are not accepted…

Sustainable Youth Ministry

Mark DeVries points out that many youth ministries fail because they are not built in a sustainable way. Churches often look for superstar youth pastors to solve all their problems. But quickly the church will overload the superstar with expectations and responsibilities, leading to a gifted and promising young pastor burning out. So what can…

Blogging the Institutes | 1.15.6 | Philosophers on the Soul

"Blogging the Institutes" is my on-going attempt to paraphrase John Calvin's work, the Institutes of the Christian Religion. You can find out more about the series in the Introduction. For all the posts in this series, check out the Master List.  Philosophers on the Soul Many ancient philosophers did not believe in the immortality of the soul.…