The Psychology Behind Messy Rooms: Why The Most Creative People Flourish In Clutter

Albert Einstein: “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what are we to think of an empty desk?”

While it might look completely random to strangers, a lot of times, a person’s mess is very methodical – with respect to himself. Psychological scientist Kathleen Vohs, from the University of Minnesota, who set out to debunk this urban legend, didn’t confine her study to solely the desk. No, Vohs, clearly a creative mind, chose... Continue Reading

Slow-er Relationships

Social media and texting can damage your soul—they work against human design rather than with it

Get ready for a backlash—a surge in longer dinners with friends, tech-free small groups, and a general break out of a pent-up desire for human fellowship. Get ready for a retro movement back to slow-paced relationships. The pendulum is already swinging toward something more in sync with our humanity. But it will test us, because... Continue Reading

Harry Reeder: Loss of Trevelyn Campbell ‘Extraordinarily Challenging’

Briarwood Presbyterian Church head pastor Harry Reeder says Trevelyn's death has hit his congregation hard

It is with heavy heart that I write you to inform you that Trevelyn was killed in a car accident late last night on Altadena. She had been visiting with us for several hours, doing laundry, having dinner, and it was such a lovely, joyful visit as she was anticipating a new year at Samford.... Continue Reading

Mark Driscoll To Step Down While Mars Hill Reviews Charges

Mark Driscoll will step down for at least six weeks while church leaders review formal charges lodged by a group of pastors that he abused his power

“Storm clouds seem to be swirling around me more than ever in recent month, and I have given much thought and sought much counsel as to why that is and what to do about it,” Driscoll said. “Some have challenged various aspects of my personality and leadership style, and while some of these challenges seem... Continue Reading

Administration Offers New Tweak to Birth Control Rule

Several of the country’s biggest faith groups on Friday said the revised rule was still problematic because it didn’t fully exempt organizations with religious objections.

“Here we go again,” said Russell Moore, president of the policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest U.S. Protestant denomination. “What we see here is another revised attempt to settle issues of religious conscience with accounting maneuvers. This new policy doesn’t get at the primary problem.”   The Obama administration, still facing legal... Continue Reading

Trevelyn Grace Campbell, Daughter of Birarwood PCA Music Director, Killed in Car Crash

Trevelyn Campbell, 19, was killed in a car crash on Friday, August 22.

Grace Campbell attended Briarwood Christian School and the Alabama School of Fine Arts. She is the daughter of Penny and Clay Campbell, who is the minister of music and worship at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Ala. Campbell was a student at Samford University.   Vestavia Hills, Alabama – A Vestavia Hills teen was killed Friday... Continue Reading

Attention Pro-Lifers: Be Careful Where You Send Your ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Donation

If you give to the ALS Association your money may end up supporting clinical trials that use aborted fetal cells.

So who can you give your Ice Bucket Challenge money to? I know of one charity that is not focused on funding the research, but on making the lives of those with ALS better through technology and on raising awareness for the disease. Team Gleason, founded by former NFL player and ALS patient, Steve Gleason  ... Continue Reading

Nancy Writebol, SIM Missionary Stricken With Ebola Virus, Discharged From Hospital on Tuesday

Nancy and husband, David, resting at undisclosed location

“Nancy and David are taking a long, well-deserved break of peace and quiet to reflect on all that has transpired over the past four to five weeks, all that God has done, and seeking how God will lead them in future paths of service,” said Bruce Johnson, president, SIM USA.  “The courageous, humble, faith-filled spirit of... Continue Reading

Former Mars Hill Church Pastors Bring Formal Charges Against Mark Driscoll

Twenty-one former Mars Hill Church pastors bought charges late last week against lead pastor Mark Driscoll

My impression is that these matters have been raised repeatedly and are a part of the concerns which animated Acts 29 Network to take action. Clearly, Rev. Driscoll and Mars Hill leadership are under fire and I will post any response to my request for their side of things if they reply. On the heels... Continue Reading

Mutual Stroking and the Minister

There is one great temptation for all in the ministry: “Mutual Stroking”

Come into the sacred ministry with eyes wide open. There will be days of sweetness. There will be seasons which are sour. Do not enter the battle thinking it to be a vacation. You might be really happy; you might be really popular; and you might become very rich. And as you serve the Lord, you might also... Continue Reading