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March 24, 2013

     so with one week of work left and 16 weeks of sabbatical on the horizon, i’m realizing that an important skill that will be necessary for my time away i’m also completely unprepared for and haven’t thought much about… unplugging • how to disconnect electronically and personally.      last night we had dinner with […]

stinking independence

November 11, 2008

i’m tired of independence and individualism. they are two concepts that have played out horribly for the most part in human existance… • they separated us from God in the garden • they block our interdependence and love for each other • they give us too high a view of our own achievements and worth […]

you know what’s sad?

April 1, 2008

i was reading our denomination’s liturgical forms for infant baptism and profession of faith today as i was preparing for an upcoming sermon and my research for my dmin class. in both of these forms there are promises that God makes to us and we make to God. and that got me thinking… it’s sad […]

pulling back the curtain • part three

March 27, 2008

finding our way forward with students and their families is going to take knowing the cultural landscape, understanding our theological “rocks” that are non-negotiable and then making intelligent choices based on those two things. the cultural landscape of students these points are based on the research of chap clark in his book “hurt” we may […]

good friday: is sin dead?

March 21, 2008

  there was a good article in usa today about sin [CLICK HERE] this week. sin is far from gone in our lives and our  culture but the understanding by many that we actually commit sin or what we view as actual sin continues to change and diminish. today is good to think about sin […]

maundy thursday

March 20, 2008

tonight our church is gathering to celebrate the last supper, which Jesus had with his disciples before his arrest and crucifixion. if you’ve ever wondered what it is, here is an excerpt i found on-line… that evening they met in an upper room of a house in jerusalem to celebrate the passover. Jesus and the […]

wow, it’s real

November 6, 2007

  well, it’s done!  my application has been sent to fuller seminary for the doctor of ministry program in youth and family ministry. the questions have been answered, what i believe has been summarized, a sample of my writing submitted and a $75 application fee sent. it’s real now, not a dream.  maybe that’s why […]

the battle is rough

October 29, 2007

sometimes it seems like the battle for hearts and minds [to use vietnam terminology] is a rough one.  one that i feel so beat up keeping in the middle of. trying to shape and pass on a biblical world view to students seems to get rougher and tougher the longer i am in youth ministry. […]


October 21, 2007

[update: i found this cartoon after i made the original post and thought it was relevant] i wonder how much judging and many stereotypes i’ve thought of this weekend here at ys? somehow the ease as which i can look and pre-judge [stereotype] people is amazing. i start thinking… there is someone trying to be […]

do the people at church care?

May 4, 2007

i’m sitting in a seminar right now about the church and it’s relationship to students and the main pint that is coming up is this… faith and connection will be made between students and Christ and students and the church if… the adults in the church care, take interest in, and pass on and develop […]