The year is half way over. Do you remember your New Year resolutions? You might have tried to forget them back in February. Or you might still be chipping away at them. Either way, the half way point of the year is a good time for a check up. It's a time to reflect on … Continue reading How Are You Doing? A Mid-Year Check Up and Some Resources for the Rest of the Year
Did you watch the game last night? Sports are an ever present, increasingly influential fact of life in American culture. It is the topic of conversation around the office, at the gym, and on social media. Both participation in and identification with sports are as great now as ever. Don’t misunderstand. I am fan. I've … Continue reading For the Love of the Game: Sports and the Christian Life
For many, 2016 is a year to forget! We saw the passing of many greats in their fields. We saw one of the most divisive elections of recent memory. We saw terror attacks unfold in our own nation and across the globe. We saw violence and injustice erupt in our cities and streets. Not to … Continue reading Don’t Lose Heart: Four Reasons to Serve with Confidence in 2017
What do you do with the week between Christmas and New Year's Day? In our family, we tend travel sometime within this week. My favorite part of the drive is the reflection conversation my wife, Emily, and I have somewhere along the way. There is just something about the beginning of a new year that stokes reflection … Continue reading How Are You Doing? Reflection and Resources for the New Year
Right there in primetime, Charlie Brown and his friends are singing, "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing!" Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King!" Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled. In the mall, Christmas carols play for all to enjoy. One of my favorites beckons us: O come, let … Continue reading Shining the Light of Christ this Christmas
Some of these books are written with teenagers in mind, many of them are relatively short and accessible, but all of them are worth every teenager reading. Additionally, I think these books provide a helpful guide for student ministers as they seek equip and send out students for the gospel.