UKirk is doing GREAT!

In the late spring our campus minister resigned to take a new call. With the timing of everything we knew we would not be able to have a new campus minister in place by the time the new school year started, but we were ready for the challenge. The Board of Directors stepped up to[…]

Words Hurt

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” I used to say these words, as I’m sure others have or have even repeated to children, when words were weaponized to do harm. It’s a catchy phrase, but it’s simply not true. Words can hurt and more, they can give people[…]

Full Circle Discipleship: When promisees become promisers

Back in May, when a torrent of emotions flowed as we said goodbye to our seniors, I returned to my office after attending a graduation ceremony to find a small, unassuming envelop that contained a letter and check slid under my door. Upon opening and reading the letter, I realized that the contents were greater[…]

Moravian Love Feast

On March 29th, the students of UKirk UTK and Vol Catholic joined together at St. John XXIII for a Moravian Love Feast, a time of fellowship and full bellies that centered on our faith communities’ unity in our mutual love of God. At first, it was nerve racking to consider two totally different religions to meet[…]

A Tempo Shift

I think it would probably be no surprise to you that I love video games. My first video game system was the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and I played that Nintendo quite a bit. I played countless titles but one game was set apart from the rest of the pack; Super Mario Brothers and[…]

Spoiler Alert

Don’t you hate when someone spoils your favorite showby revealing some key piece of plot information? Good grief, I do. I try to avoid these “spoilers,” as they’re called, like the plague but the internet seems to be full of them. They’re like little landmines that you stumble across and, before you know it, your[…]

Their Blood Cries Out

A lot of folks ask me about my tattoos and I’m happy to share the meanings behind them. If you know someone with tattoos, it’s definitely appropriate to ask about their tattoos. I mean, I didn’t just accidentally get a half-sleeve on my left arm. One of my major tattoos is a bit odd. The[…]

Exclusive Interview with Jan Edmiston, Co-Moderator of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

I must admit, I get star struck by presby-celebs. I have a hard time keeping it cool when I’m around academic superstars like Dr. Brian Blount and Dr. Katie Cannon, powerhouse pastors like John Morgan, cutting-edge colleagues like Brittany Porch and Howard Dudley (don’t worry if you weren’t selected for this, I am doing pairs…there are[…]