North Central University

I had a great couple of days at North Central University in Minneapolis.

For 24 years, I’ve watched Jeff and Martha Deyo impact the next generation for Christ. Their legacy continues as they are doing amazing work at NCU! I was so blessed to spend time with them.

So thankful to hang out with my long-time friend, Dr. Phil Zarns. Phil and his wife Katja are Kingdom builders who I respect deeply.

Also, much thanks to my new friend, Dr. Larry Bach, for bringing me to NCU’s “The Now and the Next” Conference.

It was all a great experience!

Pray for College Freshman

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A coming of age for me as a pastor happened Sunday when I said goodbye to several students who were leaving town for college. There are still a few more goodbyes ahead of me this week. I have been at CIL 9.5 years now, so it was both sobering and fulfilling to see these children become adults.

They were my friend’s children, who became my friends – and so they always will be.

Pray for all of our college freshman.  The first few days at a new college or a new season at home is crucial for a college-age student’s relational and spiritual success.

Prayer is a form of mentoring.

Acknowledgments on Graduation Day

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Today is graduation day for me.  I hesitate to post something, because I have already been congratulated several times by so many of you.  But, I want to share my “Acknowledgment” page of my dissertation (I shared my dedication page a few weeks ago). I do this, because this accomplishment would not have happened without a team of people who believed in me and worked for me. No doubt, more people deserve to be acknowledged, but there was limit to space in the dissertation. I dedicated my work to my family, but they are rightfully acknowledged again. So to everyone on this list, THANK YOU in every way!

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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To Dr. Charles Lea, dissertation committee chair, thank you for your mentorship, encouragement, and friendship. You used your vast experience and network to help me succeed. This project would not have been a success without your excellent leadership.

To Dr. Bryan Carrier and Dr. C. William McKee, dissertation committee members, thank you for your guidance and encouragement throughout this process. Your contributions were key factors in my success.

To Mrs. Amy Heckman, your hard work and helpful attitude for this study were invaluable. I appreciate so much your professionalism and skill.

To Dr. Charles Gaulden, thank you for pushing me to pursue my doctorate at a time when I believed the dream had passed.  Your constant encouragement through this process has been a crucial guide.

To the leadership and people of The Church at Indian Lake, thank you for giving me the flexibility and shared resources to pursue this dream.

To my children, Abbey, Luke, and Lincoln, thank you for your understanding when I was distracted or not fully present for you during this project. I believe we have many years of great times together.

To my wife, Beth, your encouragement and support of me goes beyond what words can adequately express. You are my life partner, and I am so thankful we did this together.

The Arts are still needed in education

I was so impressed with all the kids and teachers participating at KDDC Middle School band recital tonight. It was a visible reminder that the arts are an important part of the education experience. We cannot teach kids only towards standardized test outcomes. Choir, band, sports, clubs, field trips, and social traditions help develop the whole person, and must not be neglected.

On a personal note, I am proud of my son Lincoln and nephews Austin and Denton for excelling in their first middle school band concert. A great night for the whole community!

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George Washington Carver and Education

Can the secular and the spiritual blend in education? A few weeks ago, I exposed the virtue of education for blending the secular with the spiritual.  Read that article by clicking here.

George_Washington_CarverA great example of the blending of the secular and spiritual in education is the life of George Washington Carver. In an era hostile to African-Americans, this son of a slave was a national celebrity. In the 1920’s Carver’s research changed agriculture in the South and around the world. Researching from Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, Carver used education for both scientific discoveries and spiritual development. As his work was discovered he “spent increasingly more time on the road speaking about the peanut, the sweet potato, and his views of God in nature, complete with the demonstrations … Reporting on the professor’s lecture at the Cecil Hotel in Atlanta, the Atlanta Constitution declared, “The Scripture was literally fulfilled: ‘See thou a man diligent in business, he shall stand before kings (Perry, 2011, p. 103-104).’ ”

Carver truly blended the secular and the spiritual together, and everyone has benefited from this.

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Perry, John (2011). George Washington Carver (Christian Encounters Series). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.