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Personal Thoughts and Prayers as we Prepare for Transition

Amanda and I received prayers from Saint Andrew this morning at our Bluffton Campus blessing us as we enter a new phase of life and ministry.  Two weeks ago, Pastor Jim announced my transition at … [Read more...]

Before You Were Born (for Ransom)

  Before You Were Born (For Ransom) by Daniel Griswold   I promised myself that I would record everything when my first son, Ransom, came into the world.  I’ve become so wrapped up in … [Read more...]

How to Pastor When You Have to Report Child Abuse

I’m glad to have this guest post from Dr. Ryan Darrow, a pastor with a professional counseling ministry. With a look of panic Eve yelled at me, “You did WHAT?” This statement, along with a Lil … [Read more...]

Palestinians are People: A Missionary’s Observations

  As of today, 197 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1,500 have been injured in Israel’s constant bombing of Gaza over the last 10 days. Though Palestinians have fired lots of … [Read more...]

Another Open Letter to Rachel Held Evans

Hi Rachel, You’ve already told the entire blogosphere how much you love these crazy “open letters.” I’m sure that when you see one from someone you don’t know that you … [Read more...]

To A Student At Graduation Time: An Open Letter From The University Chaplain

Dear Student, You are leaving this place for new adventures and new responsibilities. Some of that is exciting and some of it is scary. Some of it is just unknown. But you can be certain of one thing. … [Read more...]

Homosexuality is Bad : Orientation is Good

My friend Ben tipped me off to this posting on the problems with using the word “homosexuality” with the debate/conversation/argument (pick however you engage this) over the gay community, … [Read more...]

The Day That I Started To Understand Racism

It was a hot June day in 2011. My wife and I had been parents for just four days. I suppose by this time I had become pretty settled with the idea that America as a whole had shifted away from the … [Read more...]

5 Creative Ways for Students to Share Love on Valentines Day

Teenagers LOVE Valentines day. They love to give valentines and they love to receive valentines. But for some students, being single on Valentine’s day can be an embarrassing and traumatic … [Read more...]

3 Things To Look For In A Mentor: A Tribute To My Own Mentors

In my work as a University Chaplain, I talk a lot with students about having a good mentor and becoming a good mentor to another. One of the findings of the National Study of Youth and Religion is … [Read more...]

A Short Guide to Visiting Churches for Worship and God Forbid…Fun

I can’t hide the fact that I love visiting different churches.  While I sometimes get frustrated by the fragmented nature of Christianity post-1000-ish AD, I’ve also found that the … [Read more...]

God Is NOT With Us: An Advent Sermon

I believe a Christian can give only one response to the difficult question of suffering. This place is not what God had in mind and he will in fact set the whole world to rights one day…we pray that … [Read more...]

Be clear about your values to help prevent a ‘Patchwork Self’

Being One BY DANIEL GRISWOLD danielgriswold@gmail.com November 6, 2013 In mathematics, an “identity” is an equation that is valid for all its variables. For a human, the definition is … [Read more...]

Are Christian Relationship Books Ruining Our Marriages?

Hopefully, if you read the headline and took the bait, you realize I have some explaining to do.  So please give me a moment to clarify and you can decide whether or not I’m on the right track. … [Read more...]

Real Conversations Mean Listening, Being Present

          Real Conversations Mean Listening, Being Present        By Daniel Griswold I recently watched an interesting episode of the television comedy, Friends, in which during an alternate … [Read more...]

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