Evangelism and Youth Ministry – Part 1


Our students just got back from attending a conference about evangelism and the discussion that came from that from our students was extremely helpful and has shifted my thoughts on what it means to be evangelistic or to do evangelism. Our discussions seem to center around the difficult conversations we have when talking to people … Continue reading Evangelism and Youth Ministry – Part 1

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National Conference on Youth Ministries – Day 3


I am writing this from the Denver airport as my time to fly is upon me. I will give a few highlights from Day 3. Wednesday Morning Mike Cope “Community in Lars and the Real Girl” - Hebrews It’s a movie about church, it begins in church and ends in church. Hebrews Imagining a world … Continue reading National Conference on Youth Ministries – Day 3

National Conference on Youth Ministries – Day 2


Great day I experienced with classes, super-sessions and keynote messages from some of the finest people in Christianity. I typed 10 pages of notes yesterday so I cannot include everything here but I want to give you some highlights that stood out to me. Tuesday Morning, Mike Cope “Spiritual Intubation: How Community Keeps Us Alive” … Continue reading National Conference on Youth Ministries – Day 2

Don’t Drink the “Happily Ever After” Potion…It Sucks


I was watching Shrek 2 with my kids the other day and noticed something that sparked my attention. Shrek and his wife Fiona (both ogres) visit Fiona's parents who are the King and Queen of the kingdom Far, Far Away (I feel like my maturity is dropping). Fiona's parents never met Shrek and the encounter … Continue reading Don’t Drink the “Happily Ever After” Potion…It Sucks

Multiply Movement – David Platt and Francis Chan


I talked with a friend at the YMCA this morning and he told me about this new project his church is doing. He said that discipleship has been on their minds for some time and they discovered this new effort where David Platt (wrote Radical) and Francis Chan (wrote Crazy Love and Erasing Hell) are … Continue reading Multiply Movement – David Platt and Francis Chan

Confession and Repentance: Two Different Animals


I have attended many youth conferences where the speaker offers an invitation at the end of a lesson. At some of the conferences the speaker is really effective and it seems a combination of life circumstances and the Spirit of God ripping people's hearts out causes people to go forward during the invitation and confess … Continue reading Confession and Repentance: Two Different Animals

Crimson Tide Fans and the Gospel


Last night I had the opportunity to speak at the Old Hickory Church of Christ on the subject, "Crafting Your Personal Vision." I made the statement that in order to find your personal vision one needs to understand what bothers them in this world. In other words, in their heart of hearts, what do they … Continue reading Crimson Tide Fans and the Gospel