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Articles | Serving
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Giving Up on Commitment

It’s okay to give up on commitment. That is, if you believe that lie. It’s hard not to. We’re surrounded by options all the to be bought out of our overbearing cellphone contracts, rescued out of a bad timeshare decision or litigated out of our..
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Articles | Discipleship
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Anatomy of a Breakdown

The only question that really matters in life is this… Is God good? A week ago, on my way home from work, the clutch in my 1995 Volvo failed in the middle of rush-hour traffic on a busy highway. Then my phone died while I..
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Articles | Small Groups
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The Value of Belonging

Last Spring, during the SYM Conference, I filmed a teaching video for teams on the Simply Youth Ministry TOOLS site. The video was on creating a safe place within small groups and Sunday school. I wanted to share some of these thoughts with you. In..
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Articles | Outreach
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Love Hurts!

My brain never stops. My mind is constantly racing with thoughts about creating something new, improving something old, or eating something sugary. I can’t help myself. I should probably consider meds. The toughest part of managing a distracted brain is resisting the temptation to shift..
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Leadership | Volunteers
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Student Ministry #fail: Warm Bodies

Maybe you’ve heard the expression that all some volunteers need to be is a warm body? Aka, someone who is actually alive. There was a time in my ministry where I would have taken someone with a moderately lukewarm body. I’ve never been really awesome..
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