I’m back…


The wife and I were watching Lord of the Rings: Two Towers last night and there is a scene where Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli venture into Fangorn Forest (Yes I had to look all of this up) looking for Peragrin and Meriadoc (other hobbits in the Fellowship) when they happen upon what looks like a … Continue reading I’m back…

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Youth Ministry and Background Checks…Help me out…


I have never done these but feel compelled to have ALL those who chaperone and volunteer to do this. But, I need some feedback... What is the best company to do this with? Cost-effective... Do you keep this stuff on file? How do you deal with the criticism of "Well I guess you don't trust … Continue reading Youth Ministry and Background Checks…Help me out…

Feeling Like a Drain Plug


The Christian's life is a fickle thing fraught with interesting turns and challenging twists. One day we feel like God is our BFF and nothing can separate us from His abundant love and the next day we feel like there is a cosmic chasm between God's grace and the fate of our everlasting souls. While … Continue reading Feeling Like a Drain Plug

Can I speak at your retreat, class, church or meeting? It’s for a good cause…


We are going to Nicaragua this summer for a mission trip and we are in full fundraising mode. I spoke at a church yesterday and they paid me (like most churches) for my preaching. I immediately put the money in for our Nicaragua trip and was thankful God blessed me with an opportunity to speak … Continue reading Can I speak at your retreat, class, church or meeting? It’s for a good cause…

Youth Ministry and Evangelism – Part 4 – Where to Go


You can read the first three posts here, here and here. Where do we go from here? I am sure there is all of the statistical data to discuss and missional "stratgery" that merits our attention. But if we take a step back and ask, "What works?" I am not sure that we can come … Continue reading Youth Ministry and Evangelism – Part 4 – Where to Go

Youth Ministry and Evangelism – Part 3 – Mistakes


Often we know what to do by what not to do. For example, Heather and I have told Samuel over and over not to touch the eye on the stove as it will burn him. Two year olds do not comprehend directions and the implications of danger. Sometimes they just have to learn it themselves. … Continue reading Youth Ministry and Evangelism – Part 3 – Mistakes