For the Soul

A Story of Failure: My First Year as a Worship Director

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

There is a story from my first year as a worship pastor that I tell every student that enters my program. I tell it partly as an illustration of my own capacity for failure (so it resonates in their memory when they discover their own capacity in that direction). And partly because I want them … Read More

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Mentoring: The Art of Loving Invasion

Monday, July 15, 2019

  Why is mentoring so important? What does good mentoring look like? And what are some ways an everyday Christian can start to mentor people in their lives? A sprawling conversation with two practiced mentors, Jeremy Walker, director of Quest, and Mike Richardson, Columbia faculty member and founder of Quest, provides a wealth of wisdom … Read More

Categories: Big Questions, For the Soul

“I Am” by Amy Van Bergen

Monday, April 1, 2019

I Am Be still and know that I am God Shhh… it’s ok… I’m here I’m here… holding you… An arm across your back My hand cradling your head You are supported now Be limp. I’ve got you. Be the scarecrow you are scared to become I’ll catch you Cry. I won’t tell anyone. I … Read More

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How to Take a Break (During the Christmas Break)

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Somehow it’s already December, the fall semester at Columbia is finished, and you feel it in every bone in your body. You are ready for a break. You enter the door to your house, throw your stuff in your room, and declare it a school-free three weeks. Here starts up again that job you had … Read More

Categories: For the Soul, Life at Columbia

How to Navigate Tough Conversations

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Bryan Born is the president of Columbia Bible College. In this post he shares key insights from Crucial Conversations, a book that he has found particularly helpful in his leadership role as well as in all his relationships. When was the last time you found yourself trapped in a crucial conversation – an exchange where opinions vary, … Read More

Categories: Big Questions, For the Soul, Life at Columbia