Tonight I attended the churches 18+ Bible study for the first time. My expectation was not high, but it was definitely exceeded in a big way. We spoke about the role of pastor-teachers in the church, using passages from 1 & 2 Timothy, and a bit from 1 Peter. I would give you a concise… Continue reading Pastor Pressures and Pet Fish
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, It is well, it is well, with my soul. Horatio Spafford This song challenges me. I think it challenges the core of our culture, too. Today in lectures we were talking about… Continue reading It Is Well…
I don’t mean the emotional kind of moving, but the physical sort of moving house type of moving. Here’s where my mind is… It’s the beginning of a new part of my life, and I’m scared, but can’t wait to see if I can land on my feet. I have no idea what God has… Continue reading Moving Thoughts
Some products are hard to sell. Socks aren’t exactly interesting, and you don’t see many advertising campaigns that will try to make you buy them. The Superbowl next week won’t have ads for socks. It’ll have ads for McDonalds and cars and Pepsi or coke. Who really cares about socks? Not me! Now imagine you’re… Continue reading What Are We Selling?
“At a family gathering one time, this little boy started to yell “Stars! Stars!” when it began to rain outside. When Rob asked his sister-in-law why her son kept saying “Stars! Stars!”, she replied that for a brief moment, in her son’s understanding of his world, the rain drops would look like stars exploding when… Continue reading Drops Like Stars
As a youth, I had a great talent for keeping as much distance as possible between my parents and the concerned youth leaders who felt it important to let my disconnected parents in on some of the events of my life. They never let them in, because I pushed as hard as I could to… Continue reading Parents & Youth Ministry
I feel like I have never had a real family. Part of me wonders if I was ever adored by my parents in the way that I see kids being treated when I’m around my friend’s families. I want that experience so much, and I know that my experience of it will not be had… Continue reading Family