A Prayer for Father’s Day

Gracious Father, You are the Father we long for and need. You have shown your love and grace to us through your Son, Jesus Christ. Through him we have access to you as our Father. By your Spirit which dwells within us, we cry, "Abba! Father!" Oh what joy it is to be adopted into … Continue reading A Prayer for Father’s Day

Reflecting on SBC 2017: Three Things We Must Do

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix, AZ is in the books. I spent most of my Lyft drives in Phoenix either trying to share the gospel or explain how the SBC works. The former was easier than the latter in most cases! Three years ago, I responded to the call … Continue reading Reflecting on SBC 2017: Three Things We Must Do

Teens & Sexuality: Addressing Sexuality with Teenagers

In our families and in our churches, we are far too often late to the conversation about sexuality with our teenagers and reactionary once we speak up. This should not be the case. The kitchen table and living room are perhaps the best places for this discussion. And the church is called to equip its … Continue reading Teens & Sexuality: Addressing Sexuality with Teenagers

Coffee Reading (5/27)

I like coffee. I like reading. I like drinking coffee while reading. I like coffee while reading things that stir my heart and mind to delight in, declare, and display the gospel in all of life. Each Saturday, I will be posting three links that aim to do just that. Perhaps as you enjoy your Saturday morning […]

Don’t Waste Your College: A Charge to High School Graduates

Graduation season has arrived. Caps and gowns have been ordered. Finals are looming. Senioritis is real. Before students know it, they are sitting in their graduation ceremony, listening to a guest speaker, and waiting to walk across the stage. High school graduates will receive a number of different messages, encouragements, and charges in these next … Continue reading Don’t Waste Your College: A Charge to High School Graduates

Book Review: 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke

It is easier to see the digital speck in the eyes of others than to see the digital log in my own eye! Serving in student ministry offers a front row seat to the possibilities and dangers of the digital age. I picked up 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You  by Tony Reinke because I want … Continue reading Book Review: 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke

Lessons from My Mothers

Mother’s Day provides an opportunity to say thank you to our mothers and those who have been mothers to us. Like so many others, my life has been marked by the mothers in it—my biological mother, my two stepmothers, my adopted mother, my mother-in-law, a few key spiritual mothers, and the mother of my daughter. … Continue reading Lessons from My Mothers

Can I Smoke Pot? A Book Review and Reflection

Yesterday (4/20) marked a holiday of sorts for marijuana advocates and users. However, this marginally acknowledged day–or what it celebrates–does not look as if it will be disappearing from public discourse anytime soon. An October 2016 Gallup poll found that 60% of respondents supported legalizing recreational marijuana. As marijuana use moves inward from the fringes of societal view, the … Continue reading Can I Smoke Pot? A Book Review and Reflection

Parenting Towards Purity

Many things aren't the way they used to be and yet some things are as they have always been.  So it is with purity. It is almost expected that teenagers and young adults will choose impurity over purity. And the opportunities to do so have only seem to keep increasing. We should think seriously about this challenge facing our … Continue reading Parenting Towards Purity

Coffee Reading: Easter Edition (4/15)

I like coffee. I like reading. I like drinking coffee while reading. I like coffee while reading things that stir my heart and mind to delight in, declare, and display the gospel in all of life. Each Saturday, I will be posting three links that aim to do just that. Perhaps as you enjoy your Saturday morning […]