6 Truths to Remember During Hard Times

The great theologian The Dread Pirate Roberts said, "Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something." We've all gone through difficult times, and unexpected difficulties still await ...

Moving from Quiet Time to Solitude

A number of years ago, our church began to take seriously the call to spiritual formation. We became aware that it is quite possible to be busy with church activity, yet not transform in any meaningful way. W...

The Beauty of Really Living

Poet Henry David Thoreau wrote, "Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live."

The Wilderness of Delays

We’ve all experienced times of s-l-o-w-n-e-s-s. The Scriptures uses a particular language, terms that are deemed necessary during times of delays. Waiting.

Same Team

Somewhere along the way, lines of demarcation developed between parental spiritual guidance and youth ministry discipleship. Parents would subconsciously think, or even overtly say, “You’re the profession...

4 Ways to Detox From Summer

Summer is over. Camps, conferences, missions trips, and VBS are in the rearview mirror. Fall is staring you in the face. August is a transition month for most student ministries. There’s a different mindset ...

Whose Kingdom Are You Building?

I started in college ministry in 1999 with some very unfortunate motivations, and I don't think I'm alone. I had pure motivations, too; but if I'm honest, at least part of me set out to build my own kingdom ...

Why I Got a Counselor

A year ago I made one of the best decisions. One of the bravest decisions I could make. I started going to counseling. It’s kind of weird to write. Because I didn’t think I would ever really need to sa...