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Relatability Is Sustainability

December 19, 2012

It blows my mind how some businesses continue to thrive even in a down economy. And some church staffs just seem to hit home runs with about everything they try. Then there are those organizations that may even seem to be “a hit” on paper but then end up being absolute strike outs in their actual arena of work.

So what causes some teams to continue working well together even when they face adversity? And what is the reason that some great individuals can’t seem to work well together when they’re teamed up together? (more…)

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The Hardest & Most Rewarding Ministry

December 18, 2012

This Sunday I get the opportunity at my church to speak in our morning services. I don’t know about other youth pastors out there, but I still get people who ask me if it makes me nervous to speak to a larger adult crowd. My honest answer: “No!”

Behind my answer is my belief that youth ministry is one of the hardest areas of ministry one can do. I’ll relent and not say it absolutely is THE hardest. But I’d like to give a couple reasons why I think it’s up there. (more…)

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LIVE Curriculum – Review

December 14, 2012

For the first year as youth pastor at Mt Oak I did too much. Every week I wrote a sermon that needed to be right on point. And then I would also write a small group lesson for our four small groups…every week. It didn't take long for me to realize this wasn’t working. But where could one find help with such a problem?

Enter LIVE Curriculum. (more…)

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The Secret Ingredient For Change

December 12, 2012

You may not care, but I’ve lost about 15 pounds in the last month. Many would say that’s pretty impressive. I must say that I’m pretty happy with the results. I’m not exactly to my goal yet, but I’m seeing change.

Have you ever wondered what it takes for us to make change happen?

Many of us recognize things in our life that need changed. I would be willing to bet you could list 3 of them off the top of your head right now. You want to get to bed earlier. You want to exercise more. You want to read more of the Bible. You want to be a better parent. You’d like to break a habit. Or maybe you’d like to start a good one. The magical question is “HOW?(more…)

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Why I Want To Quit Youth Ministry Almost Weekly

December 10, 2012

Today I sort of want to quit my job. There’s a good chance I won’t actually do it. But I kind of want to. And honestly, most Mondays I have some of these same desires. But I think there are predictable reasons for why this happens to me. And why it happens to many of you who are in ministry or high-demanding jobs. (more…)

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Back in the Saddle – My Blog Relaunches!

December 5, 2012

To think that it’s been almost 2 years since I’ve blogged is insane. You know what it’s like when you realize just how much time has passed since you last…you fill in the blank? Well, writing is a passion of mine and I’ve still been doing that, but it hasn’t been out there in the blogosphere for all to see. That is, until now.

This website is totally new. It’s a home for my old blog posts which I liked so much I wanted to include them. You may want to go check them out. But I’ll also be adding new content a couple times a week.

What will I be writing about? That’s a good question. (more…)

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Once Upon a Turtle

April 25, 2011

As I was driving in to work today I had quite the unique experience. There in the middle of the road was a turtle about a little over a foot long straddling the double yellow lines and frozen in fear. It’s pretty great how God was about to use a simple turtle to teach me an important lesson about life and ministry as I begin my final week at ROLC. (more…)

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The Best Love Triangle

February 14, 2011

Typically love triangles mean drama, fights, hurt feelings, and abandonment, but I want to take a little time to reflect on this Valentine’s Day on the best love triangle. In fact, it’s the love triangle that God calls all of His followers to be in. And it goes something like this: (more…)

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You’re Not Too Busy. You Just Don’t Want To.

January 19, 2011

“It’s just that my schedule is so busy that I don’t really have the time to read the Bible like I know I should.” I’ll admit that I’ve said these words to people before. Maybe it was in a small group setting as we were talking about the value of reading the Bible. Maybe it was in a one-on-one conversation with someone as we shared what we’ve been learning through reading God’s Word. And I have no problem admitting that I’ve said this, because I know that almost everyone reading these words right here has said nearly the same thing at some point. Haven’t you?

We know we should read the Bible. I mean, the church (for good reason) talks about it all the time. Respected Christ followers we know live and teach from it. We’ve read it before and found it to be cutting and yet healing. We’ve learned from its wisdom, been encouraged by its message, and know that it is one of the best ways to connect to God that we have readily available to us. We know we should read the Bible.

But many of us don’t read it like we know we should. (more…)

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Three of the Dumbest Christmas Songs

December 22, 2010

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

This classic makes the list of 3 dumbest Christmas songs from the very start. You know when Burl Ives almost sing/speaks the “You know Dasher, and Dancer, and Prancer, and Vixen…

I had to look the lyrics up online to even get that far. Truth is, I don’t know all those reindeer. And most normal people, if given the pop-quiz would not know them either. Then why the heck does he assume we know them as though it’s a given fact that all people know them? And then there’s the real kicker: “But do you recall the most famous reindeer of all?(more…)

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