Joy

Do you know people who are joy challenged?  I do and one of them is me.  I’m still on step 5 of my 12-step joy program.  I grew up in the Midwest and joyous expressions were verboten.  We were taught to not draw attention to ourselves. In our tribe, Christianity required a serious demeanor.  Remember [...]

By |2019-12-12T15:24:11-06:00December 12th, 2019|

In the Flesh

You’ve heard the phrase “in the flesh.”  If a person should ask if you are so-and-so, you might reply, “in the flesh.”  “If you meet or see others in the flesh, you are physically present with them, rather than seeing them on television or reading about them in a book.  Christmas is about God showing up [...]

By |2019-12-06T19:35:48-06:00December 6th, 2019|

Grace and Gratitude

Have you noticed that people who have difficulty accepting grace also have trouble with gratitude?  Grace and gratitude go hand in hand.  While many believers express the belief that salvation is a free gift from God, their thoughts and actions say the opposite.  They think they earned or deserve all the good gifts they receive. [...]

By |2019-11-29T22:52:07-06:00November 29th, 2019|

Lazy Theology

A Christian couple, John and Sarah, wanted to have children, but after spending a fortune for fertility treatments they were still not pregnant.  They were told by friends it must not be God’s will for them to have children. They couldn’t understand how a neighbor’s child, a crack addict and abusive mother, was pregnant for [...]

By |2019-11-15T15:24:11-06:00November 15th, 2019|

God’s Provision

Each semester we hear stories of students who did not have the financial resources to take the next class and God provided for their needs. Recently, one of our students was going through challenges in their business and mentioned to a friend they would not be attending seminary this semester. The friend stopped and prayed [...]

By |2019-11-01T15:52:11-05:00November 1st, 2019|

Launching a Multisite Campus

Multisite churches are becoming more and more common. No longer an experiment, multisite churches are a viable means for churches to expand their ministry.  Patrick Trawick’s DMin Applied Research Project identified the critical components for effectively launching a campus for a multisite church. Trawick identified the following steps to a multi-sight launch strategy: The first [...]

By |2019-08-26T15:04:45-05:00August 9th, 2019|

A Prayer for Graduates (And Good for All of Us)

Kelly Walter, founding pastor at Rock Brook Church in Belton, MO., spoke at our recent commencement and challenged graduates to put this prayer at the top of their list: “God, let me humbly serve you in the authority of Jesus Christ.” In 2 Peter 1, one of the closest friends of Jesus identified himself as [...]

By |2019-07-12T21:15:33-05:00July 12th, 2019|

Graduation

Graduation Streamed Live, June 24, 7:00  p.m. P.T.  We are excited about celebrating the accomplishments of this year’s graduates at Saddleback Church, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. P.T.  The service will be streamed live at this link.   We congratulate the following students who completed their studies. Diploma in Ministry Studies [...]

By |2019-06-21T18:55:33-05:00June 21st, 2019|

Not the Final Verse

You may remember the 1969 song “Is that All there Is?” sung by Peggy Lee. The chorus read, Is that all there is?  Is that all there is? If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing Let's break out the booze and have a ball If that's all there is . . [...]

By |2019-04-18T20:37:34-05:00April 18th, 2019|

Spread the Word

Thank you for getting the word out about Rockbridge.  Most of our students come to Rockbridge as a result of a recommendation from a pastor or friend.  Ninety-eight percent of our students recommend Rockbridge to their friends.  The percent of students satisfied with their courses of student is 97+%.   We’ve got raving fans!   There are [...]

By |2019-04-05T16:35:38-05:00April 5th, 2019|