It can be hard for me to look at pictures taken even 2 summers ago. I was fat. I was unhealthy. As I sit here today, I am about 50 pounds lighter. I've realized that in some other areas of my life, I'm still fat. The Church hasn't traditionally talked much about the sin of … Continue reading Fat
I grew up as a teen in youth ministry. The 1980's and 1990's were simpler times. My schedule wasn't so fast paced. I didn't have to choose between club soccer and youth group. My youth pastor didn't have to compete with my smartphone when teaching me the scriptures. Life was slower. Face to face was … Continue reading It’s all in our heads…
I remember days gone by, where my son would crawl up on a chair or sofa, jump off into my arms. He would crawl back up over and over again, squealing joyfully... Do it again Daddy! Do it again! When I was a freshman in college, I went off to Bible college, wild-eyed and ready … Continue reading Do it again…
Sunday night, we kicked off a brand new, two week Christmas series with your students. "Christmas in Disguise" is designed to talk about the stuff we don't often talk about around the holidays - the messy stuff. It is all about those awkward moments that don't feel much like the hope and joy that Jesus … Continue reading Christmas in Disguise: Week 1
Parenting teens is hard work. When I was 22 years old, fresh out of Bible College, I lived in this dream world. I remembered my not long abandoned teen years like some dream sequence in a movie. In this dream, I was a perfect child. My parents never had to discipline me and I never … Continue reading FAQ | How can I help?
70% of students will leave the church for at least one year after leaving our student ministries, regardless of how involved they have been (http://feeds.feedburner.com/cnlpodcast - episode 69). Let that sink in - 70%... Two things come to my mind, knowing that: Why do I even try? Seriously, if you are invested in NextGen and … Continue reading Where do we go from here?
Over the past several years, as New Year's Eve approached, I would pray and consider a word that I thought that God wanted to work in and through for the year to come. This year, I'm doing something different. As I prayed, I felt like God was asking me to focus on Him more - … Continue reading 2016:Discovering more of God