New Songs

New Songs

One of the things we give to the next generation is our songs. Sometimes they like them and keep them and sing them. Sometimes they don’t. My generation gave you the Beetles, the Beach Boys, the Bee Gees, and Black Sabbath. You kept the Beetles and Beach Boys, but tossed the Bee Gees and Black Sabbath. No problem. Some things are worth keeping. Some aren’t.

When our first grandchild was born I wanted to give Eleanor Grace a gift that might have the chance of following her through life. I knew things would disappear, so I decided on a gift that would be planted deep in her consciousness – a song. First I chose the tune, and every time I held her or walked with her or rocked her, I hummed the tune. “Doo-doo-doo-doo, doo-doo-doo-doo.” (The actually tune is an old English melody titled “O Waly Waly.” Several hymns have been written using the tune.) It became our song.

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Mentoring Young Adults: What Are We Thinking?

Mentoring Young Adults: What Are We Thinking?

One of the better books I’ve read is Souls in Transition by Christian Smith. He studies the age characteristics of the “emerging adult,” 18-23-year-olds who are choosing to navigate life in a little different way than the generations ahead of them. As a college president, you could guess why I am interested in the book. I want to know the influences on this age group.

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Good Bones

Good Bones

Looking for a house is an exhausting endeavor. Having moved a few times, I’ve logged enough hours to reflect. First impression is powerful – a painted front door, open spaces, fragrant aroma. I knew by how a house smelled whether my wife would like it or not. She could sniff a house and know if it would do.  I was never able to talk her into a fixer-upper. It didn’t matter what my “vision of what this could become” was; it just didn’t smell right.

A friend of ours was also looking for a house. As he surveyed the available real estate, he was careful to look beyond the surface features of the house – the paint, the wallpaper, the carpet, the drapes, the smell. He was interested in the foundation and the load bearing walls. I was amused by his insistence that the house have “good bones.” All the rest could be altered, but you live with the structure of the bones.

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A Great Christmas Gift

A Great Christmas Gift

What will you give your teenager for Christmas this year?

As parents of three daughters, Denise and I faced that question many times. And when each daughter reached her senior year, we found ourselves looking at funding the next chapter of her story – college. It would be the largest single expense item that we had encountered to date. Our Christmas savings plan would not cover this gift. What do we do? Do we look for the cheapest option, the live-at-home path, the online alternative? Or do we take a deep breath and consider the kind of formation we are purchasing for our child?

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The Spirit of Christmas Present

The Spirit of Christmas Present

A devout life does bring wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough. But if it’s only money these leaders are after, they’ll self-destruct in no time. Lust for money brings trouble and nothing but trouble. Going down that path, some lose their footing in the faith completely and live to regret it bitterly ever after (I Timothy 6:6-10, The Message).

These were the words of Paul to a young man. Greed begins early, and seldom takes its foot off the pedal until we are in the grave.

The Commercialism of Christmas

Somewhere in the world right now, advertisers are in the middle of their Christmas assault. They no longer wait until the Thanksgiving table is cleared. Around Labor Day they begin telling us to get a jump on the Christmas shopping. I must confess some sarcasm about the commercialism of Christmas.

I believe in going to the mall once a year, for about 15 minutes. If I were the American prototype, the country would be in a serious recession. Merchants would be closing their stores in droves. I hate to shop. And walking the mall to look at what’s there is my idea of torture. My wife, on the other hand, is the patron saint of merchants. And I find the gift-giving scene on Christmas morning a joyous occasion, due largely to her shopping excursions on behalf of our whole family. If it’s April, she already has her eye on December 25.

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What Am I Thankful For?

What Am I Thankful For?

I just finished submitting the manuscript for my next book. It is titled, The Way We Work: A Christian Theology of Human Labor.

I find myself thinking these days about the work we do on a Christian campus. The work is challenging, formational, never-ending, and future-making. I think our God is vitally interested in the spiritual formation and maturation of the next generation of Christians, especially during the years that they are most prone to leave their childhood faith.

So to answer my own question, I am thankful for meaningful work to do at Trevecca. We are participating with God in creating the future.

And I am also thankful for friends like you who make this possible.

May your Thanksgiving reflect deep gratitude to God,
Dan Boone