I have always been a reader. I loooove to read. I - dare I say it - love school. Yes, there is even a family story about me jumping on my desk as a child to pronounce this love. Yes, inevitably, I have always been a nerd. This love of reading and learning has been… Continue reading Resource Junkie, Me.
Submission to Modern Metanoia for Ash Wednesday. In the past, when I have read this passage, I have struggled. I struggle with it because there’s a lot of talk about treasure and when I think about treasure, I can’t help but imagine pirates. I’m pretty sure that when Jesus was teaching on this subject, he wasn’t… Continue reading Ash Wednesday – Matthew 6:1-6; 16-21
A New Year offers an opportunity for fresh beginnings and new perspectives. I will begin the year by reflecting on some questions that will support the intentions of who I want to be and also guide me into the life I want to lead. Won't you join me? What will I leave behind with the… Continue reading Questions for a New Year
Sermon for Christ the King Sunday: Nov. 20, 2016 Over the past few weeks we have been unpacking together what it means to be a citizen. We have immersed ourselves in the words of the Beatitudes, considering this upside-down kingdom of God together, hearing that God blesses those who depend only on him, those who… Continue reading Who is Jesus For Us?
Submission to Modern Metanoia for Reign of Christ Sunday: Luke 23:33-43 Last weekend, I sat with a 12 year old boy that desperately wanted to die. In reality, it wasn’t so much that he wanted to die, he just really didn’t think he deserved to live. He actually used those words. It was absolutely heartbreaking to… Continue reading Reign of Christ Sunday
The rain is falling The candle is lit The tea is brewing and I I am here trying to breathe, to be, to bear to put words to the expanse that grows and growls and billows with each breath. But I am here. I am staying right here. This expanse is not a black hole,… Continue reading
I am a youth minister because I love the church. One reason I fell in love with Growing Young from the first page was because it's all about the church. It's all about the intrinsic link of loving the church and loving young people. Not only is this a book with compelling statistics, it is… Continue reading Growing Young Book Review
Growing Young in Your Context Context is critical. Never forget that while we may learn from the experiences of others, how what has been learned is lived out in your context will most likely look very different. A strength in one congregation's experience with the "Growing Young Wheel" may be the commitment that is most… Continue reading Growing Young, Chapter 8 Reflection
Be the Best Neighbors Churches that grow young recognize the careful dance that values both fidelity to Scripture's commands for holiness and knowing and graciously loving their neighbors... Much more than developing detailed policies or releasing theological position papers, these churches train and infuse their young people with an integrated discipleship that enables them to… Continue reading Growing Young, Chapter 7 Reflection
Wow. This gave me chills. Take some time, grab some headphones, and immerse yourself in the imagery and sound offered here. I also encourage you to challenge yourself. Rather than focus on ways this is not your tradition or faith language, focus on ways this intersects with your tradition and faith language. Where is God… Continue reading The Great Bell Chant