I love visiting Singapore! It may be one of the world’s smallest countries, but it has an immense vision. The Christian community there constantly inspires me with its gung-ho, change-the-world, all-things-are-possible worldview based on its outsized concept of God. On my most recent trip, a friend asked me to address a group of leaders on the topic, “The Challenges and Imperatives of Christian Leadership in the New Global Economy.” I love challenging speech topics, so I worked hard on this one.
I love my Apple AirPods. What a design marvel they are! The rounded case fits smoothly in my hand and in my pocket. I carry them all day, every day. The pods magnetically jump into their charging slots. The charger works off the same cable that charges the iPhone. Upon opening the case, the charging status of the case and each pod appears on the iPhone screen.
President Castleberry's message, “Raised on the Third Day, Liturgical Rhythms” at Northwest University Chapel in Kirkland, Washington on October 7, 2019.
Each year at Northwest University we host a couple of days of New Student Orientation at the beginning of the academic year—perhaps the most exciting days of the year! Students and their parents tend to rave about the experience, as they plunge delightedly into life at a Christ-centered university.
Changes are inevitable. Some things never change. Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr refers to that reality in his famous Serenity Prayer in its petition that God would grant “the serenity to change the things I can, accept the things I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference.” That particular serenity comes in mighty handy to leaders who face the challenge of generating change in their institutions.
I recently visited a community where my ancestors lived from 1845 until the 1930s. Nothing is left of the community except a white clapboard Baptist church and its cemetery—where four generations of my family lie buried.