Psalms for Teens 10 – Thanksgiving Psalms – Psalm 30


1 I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me. 2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. 3 O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those … Continue reading Psalms for Teens 10 – Thanksgiving Psalms – Psalm 30

Help! My Teenager is Using Drugs! A Personal Story


Let me start with my story so that you can understand where I am coming from. First, I have to give a disclaimer. I was taught to be careful when disclosing information about my past as it might give license for people to justify their actions. Sort of a "Well Robbie went through it so … Continue reading Help! My Teenager is Using Drugs! A Personal Story

Here I am Alive (Yellowcard)


I have been a fan of Yellowcard since they released their epic album "Ocean Avenue" in 2003. I have loved just about every song they have come out with. Their new album "Southern Air" looks to be a great album and I absolutely love the song "Here I am Alive." In the video it portrays … Continue reading Here I am Alive (Yellowcard)

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

Year-round schools and Youth Ministry


I read an article in The Tennessean that talked about starting school in July in an effort to boost test schools for some districts.  I have no qualms one way or the other but I wonder what does a youth ministry do when the children have to go to school all year-round?  Most camps, mission trips … Continue reading Year-round schools and Youth Ministry

7 Lessons from 7 Years in Youth Ministry


On July 31, 2011 I celebrated my 7th full year of youth ministry at Main Street in Springfield, Tennessee.  Seven quick lessons about my/our journey: Learn to say "no" - All ministers struggle with this as we want to do so much for people in the name of God.  We take on projects, speaking engagements, weddings, … Continue reading 7 Lessons from 7 Years in Youth Ministry

An Open Letter – Part 5 (Students)


Dear Students, I want you to know that my heart is dedicated to serving and helping your parents rear you to engage the world and the Word by way of discipleship.  I also want you to know that I am going to go the "extra mile" for you in ways that you will love and … Continue reading An Open Letter – Part 5 (Students)