Thanksgiving – The Power of a Grateful Church In A Divided Nation

While a meal of Thanksgiving had long been celebrated in America, it did not become a national holiday until Abraham Lincoln’s declaration in the midst of the Civil War. On October 3, 1863, Lincoln declared: I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at … Continue reading Thanksgiving – The Power of a Grateful Church In A Divided Nation

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Fighting Busyness During the Holidays

Life can be busy and stressful, especially during the holidays. School is stressful for your children, which stresses you out. Sickness levels the house, which is followed by unexpected bills.  You're stressed out that you're stressed out and not enjoying time with your family. Christmas parties start to pile up, along with all the white elephant gifts … Continue reading Fighting Busyness During the Holidays

Letter to a Gay Student

Thank you for sharing this news with me. I really am honored you would entrust me with something so personal. Before I say anything else, I want you to know that I love you and am for you. That was true before you shared this with me and that will continue to be so long … Continue reading Letter to a Gay Student

30 for 30: Lessons on Life and Ministry

There is something about turning thirty that makes you reflect. You realize that you have lived a significant amount of life, but you still—Lord willing—have a lot more life to live. You have lived long enough to learn a few things, but you still feel like you have so much to learn. You have lived … Continue reading 30 for 30: Lessons on Life and Ministry

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

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

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