Dr. David Olshine

Dr. David Olshine is a Professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture at Columbia International University. Dr. O, as his students know him, is passionate about training the future leaders of our youth. Dr. O is a consistent contributor to the Youth Worker's Journal.

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Just a Humble Guy

Posted by Dr. David Olshine on Dec 10, 2015 4:11:56 PM


Ron Baker, a redshirt freshman led the Wichita State Shockers to upset the No. 1 ranking Gonzaga Bulldogs in the March Madness basketball tournament. In the matchup against highly favored Gonzaga, Baker scored 16 points, many of them key three pointers down the stretch. Following the huge victory, Baker was asked the typical questions such as, "How big of a win was this?" and "How does it feel?" Baker gave classic short answers, and then the CBS reporter said, "Come on, Ron, you should be more excited," to which he retorted "I'm just an humble guy."

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Maturity Rarely Happens Solo

Posted by Dr. David Olshine on Oct 20, 2015 9:30:00 AM


By: Dr. David Olshine


As a young Christian attending seminary, I once heard a sermon in chapel that explained God’s goal for us is to become mature. The message was good, but the messenger never explained what maturity is and how one achieves it. Who are the spiritually mature?


Are they the people who possess a deep knowledge of the Bible and have memorized all the key passages? Are those who preach effective sermons spiritually mature? What about people who always think and talk about heaven or those who talk and act super spiritually? Does maturity come from following rules, such as the folks who don’t smoke, chew or run with those who do? Is maturity confirmed by those who chant, “I love Jesus, yes I do! I love Jesus; how ‘bout you”?


God tells us through His Word how we are to achieve spiritual maturity.

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things; and if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained” (Philippians 3:14-16).

What is maturity? The text defines it: Maturity is living up to God’s calling (Philippians 3:16). Each one of us is dysfunctional on some level, and each one of us has some strengths and sweet spots. We each are a mixture of maturity and immaturity, but the goal is set high: Live up to what Jesus calls us to be and do. Nobody has it totally together. The apostle Paul even admitted that about himself: “Not that I have already obtained…” (Philippians 3:12).

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The Heart of the Matter

Posted by Dr. David Olshine on Oct 12, 2015 9:43:58 AM


During one of my son’s Christmas parties, my chest started to hurt. It lasted all day. Then while watching a college football game on TV that evening, my chest started to tighten. And it wasn’t because my team was losing.


My wife is smart enough to know that you don’t mess with heart stuff, so she sent me to one of those urgent-care hospitals. I waited and waited. As I sat, the area surrounding my heart was feeling heavier and heavier, and I kept thinking, “I could die here, and I’d still have to wait my turn!”


Finally the nurse called me name, and after an hour and a half of blood work and EKG tests, I was sent home with good news. I do have a heart, and it’s in good shape. Turned out lifting weights during the last few days had torn a muscle.

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Curve Balls, Gut Punches and Heartaches

Posted by Dr. David Olshine on Sep 15, 2015 1:41:06 PM


The last day of 1999, we had a curve ball thrown at us: We were going to have a baby. Medical specialists had told us years before that we'd probably never have any more kids after our first and only child, Rachel.

On Aug. 9, 2000, Andrew Olshine came into the world. It was a glorious time for all of us. Then 12 hours later, the doctor came into the birthing room fumbling around with the unexpected words "Andrew might have Down's syndrome."

We fell apart. Hit to the gut!

Two years later, my wife had thyroid cancer. Punch!

The hits kept on coming. First, my dad died. Then my step-dad. Then my aunt and uncle. What does one do when life seems cruel?

These heartaches can come at us fast and furious, usually without warning. We think, "It is so unfair. Why is God allowing this? Why me? How am I going to respond to this life-shaking event?''

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