Rethink: This is (c)hurch

I remember the first time I stepped foot in the student facility at the local church I currently serve at. In my head I thought “wow, this is WAY cooler than what I remember from my own experience.” But – being honest – I don’t really remember the facility of my experience growing up. It […]

Nothing Has Changed/Everything Has Changed

All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through […]

Rethink: Our Perspective

The first time your “comfort bubble” gets popped it is kind of frightening. Firstly, because many of us don’t even know it is there. Secondly, because it makes us come face to face with the reality that this world is broken, in desperate need of a savior. No matter how hard we try we cannot […]

Rethink: Student Ministry

Almost four months into 2017 and the reality sticks with me. Something has to change. The culture has changed. Technology is constantly moving, aggressively thrusting students to and fro at will. Do this. Be this. Watch this. Buy this. In our community everyone plays sports and no one plays sports. If you play a sport […]

Reminders for My Day: After the Election

Leaving a house packed with high school students last night I remember driving with a sick feeling in my stomach. This whole election had me out of sorts not because I feared the results but because I grieved what I saw in the families and students God has entrusted me with. Speech filled with hatred, […]

Following Jesus in a Digital Age

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” – John 20:21 (ESV) Snapchat. Instagram. Twitter. Music.ly. KIK. Tumblr. WhatsApp. Whisper. Tinder. These. These apps are the new language being spoken by the teenagers – concrete thinkers who cannot understand the abstract consequences […]

Concrete Disciple – Pray. Go. Keep On. [Luke 10]

Luke 10 shows Jesus issuing a command to 72 whom he has sent out – if you haven’t read it (Luke 10:1-12) go read it quick or click here. Jesus issues a few truths which I want to tackle this morning as important reminders for though of us who have been entrusted to bring the […]

What my son taught me about the Father’s Love

“You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child. If you do mistreat them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry.” – Exodus 22:22-23 1. The same unexplainable love that pours from my deepest heart for my son extends infinitely greater from God’s heart to each and every person in creation Until […]

Gospel I.D. – Learner

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6 Today we focus on the 1st of four parts of Gospel Identity for concrete thinkers. The attribute of learner – “as disciples of Jesus we embrace a life of learning his ways […]

Gospel Identity for Concrete-Thinkers

Identity is defined as “the individual characteristics by which a person or thing is recognized”¹ Shaping of identity is a huge part of the years of a concrete-thinker – and the question we want to dive into over the next few posts is what does it look like for the Gospel to shape the identity of […]