Sustainable Youth Ministry

I’m reading a book called Sustainable Youth Ministry, by Mark DeVries.   Here are some things I found fascinating. More than even a great youth pastor, teens need a senior pastor that understands and loves teenagers. The difference between an effective and an ineffective youth ministry is often directly tied to the level of investment a…

Greed or Gratitude?

“We need to allow God to transform our passions so that we do the right things out of gratitude rather than out of greed.” – Not Like Me, by Eric Michael Bryant I am greedy for the good things I see in the lives of the people I admire and respect and call my role…

Things to scrawl on one’s arm

to remember: “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” John Christian “No man need stay the way he is.” Harry Emerson Fosdick “Life is tons of discipline.” Robert Frost “Obedience to the call of Christ nearly always costs everything to two people- the one who is called, and the one who loves that…

Promoting Marriage As Community Care

blog share.   The Brookings Institute’s Ron Haskins writes — “Higher marriage rates among the poor would benefit poor adults themselves, their children, and the nation.”  Haskins believes that churches and other non-profits should encourage marriage by offering courses on marriage, parenting, money management, anger management, and other family-related issues.   Interesting.

A good ol’ quote or two

“The ultimate purpose of marriage is the greater glory of God — and God is most greatly glorified when His gifts are rightly celebrated and received, and His covenants are rightly honored and pledged.” – from this dreamy eyed fellow, Albert Mohler, via the marriage blog “Marriage is the source of great and unspeakable happiness….

Retarded

Consider the word “retarded.” Though the term is not technically incorrect – it is still found in some medical dictionaries – it is deemed problematic. But maybe the real problem is not with the term but the fact that we have heaped onto it all our pro-smart bias and our great awkwardness with people who…

We shape our lives.

In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. Eleanor Roosevelt. How much do I believe this?

Growth

If growth as a general rule in nature is messy, organic, erratic and sporadic why would spiritual growth be any different? -Shawn Wood

Counting the Cost

Few things in life are more humbling than running for public office, raising adolescents, or leading a small group. – Dan B. Allender

Not your typical email signature

Never believe what the lines on your hand predict about your future, because people who do not have hands also have a future… leprosy.ca From the email signature of a guy at my church who works for the leprosy mission.

What a Sermon Should Be

The sermon should prompt people to some sort of action, or it should warn people of their behaviors or it should invite people into movement that is already taking place. Look at Jesus’ first sermon: “All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the…

When I wake up

Joshua 24:15 says, “Choose you this day whom you will serve.”