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#seek right now

   “But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29 … [Read more...]

“Spring” Update: Booksigning & sale; writing in community

Since I’ve already made it clear that I’m not a blogger, I feel no shame in the fact that I haven’t posted since October–phew! This used to keep me up at night: trust me. Any … [Read more...]

Instrumental Reflection Music Playlist

There are many times in youth ministry where we need some quiet music to play in the background. Prayer stations, prayer time, altar time, study time, and just relaxing are just a few. Here is a … [Read more...]

Odell Beckham Can Teach Us How to Pray

Odell Beckham shocked everyone with his one-handed catch heard around the world. Most of the conversation about that catch made it sound like it was either a stroke of magnificent luck or the feat of … [Read more...]

Why I Keep Getting Fat (and what it says about Christian discipleship)

Some have medical issues or a genetic predisposition. I have discipline issues. There have been some years that I’ve gained 20 lbs. Other years I have lost as much as 30 lbs. This isn’t … [Read more...]

The Heresy of “Keeping Christ In Christmas”

I am from a small town. One small town in fact, Piedmont, Alabama. It is a beautiful little place nestled in the foothills of Appalachia.  It has some of the most gorgeous mountains in the fall and … [Read more...]

Fall Update: Cute kids, new book, author video–what more do you need?

Dear friends & fellow readers, I’m not generally a fan of gloomy fall days, but this one makes me want to drink hot cider, snarf a pumpkin donut, and–oh, why not?–write my annual … [Read more...]

“Light Upon Light” coming soon…

It has taken me a few years, but I think I’m ready to admit: I’m not a blogger. I’m an author. Note how my last post was in April, and prior to that it was sometime last fall. … [Read more...]

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 10

This week ends our summer series on Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork.  Our hope is that you can use all 13 principles as you shape ministry over the next school year.  In prior weeks we … [Read more...]

What is the One Thing?

What is the One Thing? It is about to happen. Here in the coming weeks there will a mass return from the camps, beaches, lake houses and vacations. Summer is almost over and your program is in its … [Read more...]

3 Things I Learned from Jay Hanson

Over the past two weeks I have had the privilege of talking with two of the finest leaders in the United Methodist Church. Today I want to share with you about Jay Hanson. He is the pastor of one of … [Read more...]

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 7

In prior weeks we have focused on the first nine principles: Youthwork is- Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling, Missional, Evangelistic, Holistic, Bible Based, Experiential. This week … [Read more...]

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 5

In prior weeks we have focused on the first six principles: Youthwork is- Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling, Missional and Evangelistic. This week we move onto: Principle #7 – … [Read more...]

Project 365: Day 184 Jim’s Funeral

My next door neighbor Jim was a remarkable man. I knew him primarily as Pam’s husband and Darcy’s dad, a great neighbor who was quick to do things like call if our dogs escaped the yard … [Read more...]

Project 365: Day 158 FCDallas & Colorado Rapids post game prayer

Tonight we cheered our favorite MLS team to victory and the kids got a few autographs. Very exciting of course. Even cooler was catching a photo of players from both teams huddled up for a post game … [Read more...]

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