If in Doubt… A Prayer for the Week

He spoke to the Woman: “Do I understand that God told you not to eat from any tree in the garden?” Genesis 3:1b O, the temptress. I hear you in the shadows. You slither into my lonely moments and whisper in my ear. And yet… despite you. To spite you. Stomping you out! Ignoring your…… Continue reading If in Doubt… A Prayer for the Week

St. Patrick’s Day Prayer for the American Church

Green beer, revelry, parades, and dyeing the river green. These are the things we think about to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. However, when I think of Saint Patrick, I think of one of the greatest missionaries to have ever walked the planet. Born in Wales, trafficked as a teenager and sold into slavery in Ireland.…… Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day Prayer for the American Church

Pastors Most Powerful Answer

New pastors quickly learn that ministry life is full of big questions. Questions that make you feel very small and insignificant. Questions that make God feel massively huge and almost out of reach. Questions that are so loaded and full of pain that they prime tears just to get the words out. Questions that have…… Continue reading Pastors Most Powerful Answer

Change my heart, first

I’m a pain in the neck to be around. When I’m “on” I have the ability to poke holes in everything. I always see things from another point of view. I can find fault in any system, organization, strategy, person, nation… darn near anything. My personality is a double-edged sword. Sometimes I see things so…… Continue reading Change my heart, first

4 Prayers for Walt Mueller

I’ve got great respect for Walt Mueller. If you are in youth ministry, there is a good chance that you’ve bumped into Walt and his ministry, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, many times. Last fall, Walt and his wife Lisa, were great friends to the YS staff as we went through a rough period. Going…… Continue reading 4 Prayers for Walt Mueller

Steps of Justice

Kristen and I are making friends with Phil and Amy Cunningham of Youth with a Mission. Lars Rood kept telling me, “You need to meet Phil and Amy, you’ll love them.” Lars even took the first step and set up a dinner where we could all get together. He was right. It’s not hard making…… Continue reading Steps of Justice

Amidst the Rubble I Found Hope

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6ZzoLTkb_w It’s hard to believe that its been 6 weeks since we witnessed this outpouring of faith. In some ways it seems like I just got back yesterday and in other ways its as if it was several months ago. When people ask me about my time in Haiti I always try to proclaim this…… Continue reading Amidst the Rubble I Found Hope

Meet Michelle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ro2dl9mmn9I Praying with Michelle was about the most gut wrenching thing of my life. Please listen to her story and ask yourself… How is God asking me to be involved?