Preach the Gospel

This past semester at St. Joseph's, the middle school group focused on the sacred scripture. We started with basics, how the Church formed the Bible and what books make it up. Then we zeroed in on the gospels, learned what parables were, and looked at a number of Jesus' teachings and miracles. We also talked … Continue reading Preach the Gospel

When Everything is Awful

No matter how many good days you have, how many wonderful friends are in your life, how great your relationship with God is going, how perfect your job is, there will be days when it feels as if everything is crashing in around you and you just don’t want this particular life. There will be … Continue reading When Everything is Awful

10 Ways to get your Family Praying

When it comes to prayer, and the purpose of this post, the term family can take on a variety of meanings. Maybe you are a 20 something in a city distant from those who share your last name, consider your family the group that you eat meals with, hang out with, go to church with. … Continue reading 10 Ways to get your Family Praying

The Vital Need for Ritual

My shampoo bottle says lather, rinse, and repeat. That is some great advice for ministry. My wife and I celebrated our first Thanksgiving together at her parent’s home a year before we married. It was great, but didn’t feel exactly like Thanksgiving. They didn’t have mashed potatoes. The following year we journeyed to my parents … Continue reading The Vital Need for Ritual

Hope for the Holidays

I love everything about Christmas: the giving of gifts, the traditions, the holiday movies, the music,  the lights on the houses, the smell of the tree, the wonder and innocence, the Christmas story…  the list goes on and on. But what I think I love most about Christmas is the way that God moves so … Continue reading Hope for the Holidays

Take My Voice

Have you ever completely lost your voice before? If you’re active in ministry you know that your voice is one of the most important tools that you have at your disposal to share the Gospel.  How else are you supposed to give a testimony, lead an activity, or organize a group of people, even if it’s … Continue reading Take My Voice

Don’t Stop the Madness

I was able to go to a Tenth Avenue North concert as a part of their "Struggle" tour. If you haven’t heard of them, Tenth Avenue North is a Christian band from Florida and has recorded popular songs like Healing Begins, Love Is Here, and Losing. What I love most about this band (other than the fact that they … Continue reading Don’t Stop the Madness