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 […]

Jesus Didn’t Die to Make You Republican/Democrat

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.” – Titus 2:11-12 Recently my news feed has flared up with a few things – people arguing about a religious freedom law and hundreds of photos […]

Communicating the Gospel in a Concrete Language

Growing up in the church, I remember hearing a lot of words well before I ever understood them. And there were some I really never understood – but everyone used them. My Sunday School teachers and even into middle school used a language which I didn’t fully comprehend. I could spit back these words but no […]

Missional Rhythms for Concrete-Thinkers

In this post – I want to help equip you as a parent, community leader, pastor, or whatever role you serve to begin to shape what it looks like to equip concrete-thinkers to live on mission with God. But what do these rhythms of their everyday life look like? I can help you think through […]