I was just finishing up my first semester of college, and I needed a new car. I loved the car I had, but it simply wasn’t reliable…it even left me stranded several times. That December, I was able to purchase a '97 Honda Civic that would stay with me through 10 states, 122K miles and 7 … Continue reading Whitewashing our Youth Ministries
A childhood buddy of mine is pretty good at chess. I remember him bringing a big chess strategy book to summer camp (a real hit with the ladies), and hearing him talk about new methods he was trying to learn. His current workplace has even held tournaments for kids, and I still see his pictures/posts … Continue reading Connecting with Parents – Part 3 of 3: The Long Game
When we look back on people who positively influenced our lives, we inevitably find school teachers on that list. Most of us had at least one favorite teacher growing up, and as we got older, the reasons why we favored them probably had to do more with their intentional methods rather than just being the … Continue reading Connecting with Parents – Part 1 of 3: Leveraging Influence
One thing I really enjoy about living in 2016 is the unprecedented availability to see the creativity of others thanks to the internet. A friend of mine from high school is an extraordinary photographer, and his pictures get published in magazines, calendars and other print media. Whenever I see his name pop up on my … Continue reading Poison For All To See
If you’re reading this, it means you didn’t give up social media for Lent. How untrendy of you! 😉 The only Christian seasons/holidays I had participated in growing up were Easter and Christmas. Advent was a thing, but I only recognized it as the few Sundays before Christmas when we would light candles on … Continue reading (The Best Thing You Can) Give Up for Lent
There are moments in life that you never forget. For me, one of those moments took place during my first visit to the Grand Canyon. Although I am an Arizona native, I didn't lay eyes on this manificent landscape until I was a teenager. One can use the most beautiful words in all the languages … Continue reading steps, not leaps
I played club basketball growing up, and I loved it. I had the privilege of being under the same coach for the majority of the years I played, and the core of our team stayed pretty consistent as well. The multiple games and countless practices I had with that group of boys created a bond … Continue reading all for one?