Faith at Work, Part 5: Drawing Enrichment from Deep Wells @TheHighCalling

Dale Jones is a vice chairman and partner at Heidrick & Struggles, one of the nation’s top executive search firms. He advises boards and CEOs on human capital issues such as leadership, recruiting and succession planning, but a few years… Read More

Exuberant Hospitality at First Baptist Church @NJShorePatch

Exuberant hospitality. That’s how I’d describe Sunday morning worship at First Baptist Church of Manasquan. The worship band was playing before the service began July 17 and soon after I sat down Rev. Joseph Gratzel came over and gave… Read More

What I Wrote This Week @UrbanFaith: July 11-15

Foreclosures Hit Churches Hard: A troubling increase in church foreclosures, especially among African American congregations, has us wondering whether too many churches have jeopardized their witness for the sake of an extravagant new building. Was Slavery Better for Black… Read More

Faith at Work, Part 3: Uncompromising Ethics @TheHighCalling

Jimmy Dunne is, by his own admission, a man who sees the world in black and white. In a time when shades of gray are increasingly admired, this is not always a popular perspective. But Dunne’s singular vision became… Read More

A Pilgrim Message for a Patriotic Weekend at First Presbyterian Church @ManasquanPatch

Rev. Steve Davis takes congregation on a journey from Abraham to America at July 3 worship service, and talks about The Samaritan Center afterward. “‘The thing that struck me when I first moved here is that there is… Read More

What I Wrote This Week @UrbanFaith: 6/27-7/1

New Laws, Shifting Demographics: Whether the issue is gay marriage, the ‘war on drugs,’ African American marriage prospects, or the plight of undocumented immigrants, Americans are confronting the issues. Michael Tait: ‘Living Integration’: The dc Talk veteran and current Newsboys… Read More

Muslims Brave Violent Storm to Attend Friday Prayers @NJShorePatch

Whatever the weather, local Muslims meet for prayer at the Islamic Center of Ocean County. “Open the gates of mercy for all of us,” Imam Maqsood Qadri prayed as congregants trickled in for Friday afternoon prayers at the Islamic… Read More

Family Recipe & Entrepreneur Program Help Baker Bounce Back after Lay Off @NJShorePatch

Seannee Harris combined a cherished family recipe with education to launch dessert business. Seannee Harris comes from a traditional family that places a high value on education, but when she was laid off from her auditing job at… Read More

Compromise Keeps Neptune Graduation at Great Auditorium @ManasquanPatch

ACLU complaint over holding ceremony at religious venue has been resolved. Neptune High School seniors will continue decades of tradition tonight when they hold their graduation ceremony at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove. The American Civil Liberties… Read More

Ginger Ice Cream Spices Up Dessert Wars for the Win @LongBranchPatch

Mr.Green Tea Ice Cream Company takes top prize. It was a packed house last night for Dessert Wars at Branches Catering in West Long Branch. The event was hosted by 94.3 The Point with proceeds going to the Food Bank of Monmouth… Read More

Thousands Attend Jersey Shore Will Graham Celebration @NJShorePatch

13,821 listen to evangelist Billy Graham’s grandson preach at Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove. When Billy Graham preached at Ocean Grove’s Great Auditorium in 1955, he was 36 years old. Last weekend, his grandson Will Graham preached three messages in… Read More

What Does the Missional Church Look Like? @TheHighCalling

The story of ORB. Christian Andrews was in his sixth year of studies at Princeton Theological Seminary when he walked away from those studies to help a small group of Christians reach out to youth in his home… Read More