Preach the Gospel and All Times and When Necessary, Text It.

SMS & Texting technology combined with the character limit of twitter means we are saying more with less. Often the result is a melting pot of grammatical errors and encrypted abbreviations. "Preach d gspel n ll tyms n wen nSSRe, txt It."   For someone who has been in ministry from the days when cell phones charged 10 cents a text, I love the fact … Continue reading Preach the Gospel and All Times and When Necessary, Text It.

5 Hacks to Keep Teens Attention

  We’ve all been there.  You’re in the midst of giving an amazing teaching, profound talk, or sharing the depths of your soul when you look out and see it – the teens eyes are glazed over and they’re not hearing a single word.  Their minds are thinking four times faster than you can speak, … Continue reading 5 Hacks to Keep Teens Attention

Hearing Vs. Listening: You’ve sat down, now what? Pt. 2

Missed Part 1?  Read it here.   This second installment of my three part series on Hearing vs. Listening walks you through the steps and skills of taking a conversation from a mere transaction to an encounter. Deeper Steps in Listening 1. Invite/Invoke the Holy Spirit into the conversation  When you meet a person for the … Continue reading Hearing Vs. Listening: You’ve sat down, now what? Pt. 2

My first drink was in a Gay Bar and I am Grateful

My first legal drink was in a gay bar, and I am grateful. It was just a few days before my 21st birthday and I headed out to Chicago for a spring break mission trip. We were headed downtown to serve with Emmaus Ministries who help male prostitutes get off the streets, build life skills … Continue reading My first drink was in a Gay Bar and I am Grateful

Why October Isn’t Too Early for Christmas Lights

In early October I was driving home and noticed one of my neighbors had their Christmas lights up and lit.  My initial reaction was probably similar to many of yours; take a picture, post it on social media, and join in the barrage of comments about it being too soon for Christmas lights, how people … Continue reading Why October Isn’t Too Early for Christmas Lights

Hearing vs. Listening: What’s the difference? Pt. 1

In my experience of church ministry, I have often found that most people who approach the church are in need of something on their “to do” list, but are also in need of so much more.  They are in need of someone to listen to their stories and help them move forward. Since I was … Continue reading Hearing vs. Listening: What’s the difference? Pt. 1

3 Ways to Instantly Transform Your Relationships with Others

These 3 simple phrases when used more often between you and those you value or love (and even your enemies) can make a significant impact in your relationships with others. A few months ago, one of our deacons shared a link with me to Pope Francis’ Speech to engaged couples on February 14, 2014.  If you … Continue reading 3 Ways to Instantly Transform Your Relationships with Others

Writing Great Discussion Questions

Small groups have become a staple in ministry today. They create community, foster identity and build trust that leads to openness to Jesus Christ. Small groups can be a primary vehicle for people to share their faith, question their faith and encounter a community who loves them and journeys with them. Below are some tips … Continue reading Writing Great Discussion Questions

How to Pray with a Teen

Personal prayer is difficult enough, but there are moments when the Holy Spirit is asking us to pray with a teenager or other adult. Be not afraid, the fruits outweigh the challenge.  This call to pray with another may be after you have had a great one on one conversation or during a moving moment … Continue reading How to Pray with a Teen