Personal Reflection

Fun weekend in Minnesota

Dana and I just got back from a great weekend in Minnesota visiting my brother, his wife and daughter and my former pastor’s new church. As a born and…

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Young pastors defending arrogance with scripture

“Let no one despise you for your youth…” (1 Tim. 4:12a).
I am a young pastor (26 years old) and have found that my peers in ministry often…

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How the Internet affects my right brain

Throughout college and seminary I noticed I was a little different than most of my classmates. Most of them would vigorously take notes, copying down word for…

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The hardest part of youth ministry

It’s not all the meetings, reports, event planning, vision casting, or trainings. It’s not even working with upset parents, disappointed church…

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Following God through Philadelphia with blind faith

Probably the most life-changing experience I’ve ever had was one night I spent lost in Philadelphia late at night all by myself. God really grabbed my…

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Learning how to have a dynamic prayer life

Ever since Greg Stier spoke at the National Youth Workers Convention, I’ve been thinking about something he said. He read the story of Elijah on Mount…

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Why I’m attracted to blogging

Last week I had an extended conversation with a friend who’s graduating from Bible college this semester. She came to me saying, “I’m…

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Dreaming of success in youth ministry

Off the top of my head, I dream three things for youth ministry:
1. Students who are growing in depth and insight of God’s Word.
2. Students who genuinely…

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Christmas decorations for sale already?!

Tonight Dana and I ran to the grocery store tonight to pick up a couple items and I see they’re already selling Christmas stuff! What’s up with…

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To what extent should I help the homeless?

This is a big question rolling around in my mind. I’ve had many experiences with homeless people that have shaped my perspective on them.
While growing up…

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