Happy 30th Birthday Donnie Mackenzie!


On November 19, 1982 my brother came into this world in Northridge Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the first American in our Canadian family. Donnie and I grew up close and I felt like we were good friends despite our polarized personalities. I thought I would share some lessons I learned from Donnie in … Continue reading Happy 30th Birthday Donnie Mackenzie!

How to not lose your sanity before church services on Sundays


I may be the only one who experiences this but our pre-church service routine on Sunday mornings is similar to battlefield scenarios in war situations. There are strategies to do just about everything that needs to get done. One of the following seems to happen to at least one of our children on Sunday mornings: … Continue reading How to not lose your sanity before church services on Sundays

“YOU HAVE FOUR KIDS!?!?!?”


I love being a husband and I love being a dad. I struggle at times with both but I would not trade it for a second because I love it!!! I also love it when people ask how many kids I have because their response is the same no matter how many times I get … Continue reading “YOU HAVE FOUR KIDS!?!?!?”

Youth Ministry 6.3 #42 – Jim Burns (Family Ministry)


I got the opportunity to interview Jim Burns who is the President of Homeword.  "HomeWord seeks to advance the work of God in the world by educating, equipping, and encouraging parents and churches to build God-honoring families from generation to generation." Jim is a three time Gold Medallion Award winning author and has written books … Continue reading Youth Ministry 6.3 #42 – Jim Burns (Family Ministry)

An Open Letter – Part 6 (Spouses and Families)


Dear Spouses and Families, It is with an emotional heart that I write this post for now I am speaking not only to the families of youth ministers abroad but I am also speaking to my own.  I want to start off by saying a big "thank you" for your sacrifice.  I know there are … Continue reading An Open Letter – Part 6 (Spouses and Families)

The Graduation Speech


[DISCLAIMER: It is 3,299 words so pack a lunch and read it then.] The Graduation Speech By Robbie Mackenzie (Preached at the Main Street church of Christ May 15, 2011)             I have done many things since I have been alive.  I have been to South America and Africa.  I have attended numerous World Series … Continue reading The Graduation Speech

A Day in the Life of a Teenager 7 (Family Issues) by Jon David Schwartz


We as ministers, parents, and even the government (whether admitted or not) know it… after all, the Bible says it and studies [Must Read - Growing Up Too Fast: The Rimm Report on the Secret World of America’s Middle Schoolers, Sylvia Rimm, PhD.] show it.  But, do we as parents cultivate it?  What I’m talking … Continue reading A Day in the Life of a Teenager 7 (Family Issues) by Jon David Schwartz

A Day in the Life of a Teenager 3 (Peer-Pressure) by Joseph Horton


When it comes to the faith formation of young people, we can confidently make two observations. First, parents matter most. Second, peers matter a whole lot too. Study after study has shown that adolescents who experience a vibrant faith at home are much more likely to stay devoted throughout life. However, we know that peers … Continue reading A Day in the Life of a Teenager 3 (Peer-Pressure) by Joseph Horton

A Day in the Life of a Teenager (Introduction)


It's hard being a teenager.  This past weekend I heard stories of difficulties some teenagers were having and my heart just breaks listening to their pain.  Much of what you hear is disparaging as many teenagers still have sex, drink and treat other with disrespect.  I was talking with one of my teens this past weekend and … Continue reading A Day in the Life of a Teenager (Introduction)