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

Psalms for Teens 8 – Lament Psalms – Psalm 22


1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?     Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? 2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,     and by night, but I find no rest. 3 Yet you are holy,     enthroned on the praises of Israel. 4 In … Continue reading Psalms for Teens 8 – Lament Psalms – Psalm 22

Teaching Your Students About the Importance of Advent – Part 5


Lesson #4 – What are the implications of advent? INTRODUCTION Hopefully, if done right, this lesson will be delivered around (or on) Christmas day and will be good for discussion.  Please feel free to go over what has been taught and learned in the previous four weeks and discuss any revelations that have occurred amongst … Continue reading Teaching Your Students About the Importance of Advent – Part 5

Teaching your Students the Importance of Advent – Part 4


LESSON #3 - What are some things we can do to help us make the most out of advent? INTRODUCTION ASK... HAVE YOU EVER BEEN SURPRISED BEFORE?  LIKE A SURPRISE BIRTHDAY PARTY OR A SURPRISE GIFT.  WHAT WAS IT LIKE? SAY... [This is my personal story but you should share your own] I remember the … Continue reading Teaching your Students the Importance of Advent – Part 4

Teaching your Students the importance of Advent (Part 1)


If you're wondering about what Advent is please read a series of posts I did a year ago called "Christmas" starting here.  I dealt with the theological necessity of teaching about the birth of Jesus as the true understanding of what Christmas is supposed to be about.  Yet, I did not give a "practical" way … Continue reading Teaching your Students the importance of Advent (Part 1)

The Dirty Seven and the Church 2 – Haughty Eyes


We are continuing a series of how people perceive the church and using Proverbs 6:16-19 (7 Deadly Sins) as a framework for our discussion. 16 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked … Continue reading The Dirty Seven and the Church 2 – Haughty Eyes

Messy Spirituality Quote


"Messy Spirituality is the scandalous assertion that following Christ is anything but tidy and neat, balanced and orderly.  Far from it.  Spirituality is complex, complicated, and perplexing-the disorderly, sloppy, chaotic look of authentic faith in the real world.  Spirituality is anything but a straight line; it is a mixed-up, topsy-turvy, helter-skelter godliness that turns our … Continue reading Messy Spirituality Quote

The benefit of the doubt will…..


Have you ever came across someone who made you extremely upset at the time and you wanted to smash their face in with a sledge-hammer but decided not?  We all have come across those types of people...odds are you have been that type of person.  What kept you from unleashing your inner Bruce Lee was … Continue reading The benefit of the doubt will…..

Mackenzie Poetry 1 – The Mask


A break from the series...I decided to write a poem. The Mask Sitting in the lobby I am moved by your existence. How could you love me, a sinner, broken in your presence? I am not the man I should be for I am filled with mediocrity. I am weak, timid, inconsistent and filled with … Continue reading Mackenzie Poetry 1 – The Mask