Something Must Change

We have an issue with our time. It is the one thing none of us can get more of – and the one thing all of us seem to struggle to give up. But the reality is our time is short – and the lives of those around us time is possibly shorter. This past week […]

Concrete Disciple: No Other gods Before Me

“You shall have no other gods before me” – Exodus 20:3 Idolatry is not something we like to talk about…because we don’t struggle with it, right? And yet, as I scroll through my social media feeds I realize that we (myself included) are sorely confused. We assume because we don’t have this honking carved stone […]

Concrete Disciple – The Struggle

In Matthew 28, Jesus is clear in the command he gives his disciples, which echoes down to us. And as disciples, whether we are 62 years in age or 12 years in age, we too are commanded to make disciples. So what does that look like for a middle school student? Specifically in context of being […]

When the church needs Grace

I remember thinking working in a church would be easy. Maybe not easy – but I certainly didn’t think it would be this difficult. I liked to believe a community of people gathered together who claimed Christ would be a good representation of the One they claimed to follow. But as I looked closer and […]

Concrete Disciple – Jeremiah

Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me. “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be […]

Trust in Weakness

I must admit – I tend to struggle with trusting God. And I didn’t really even realize it. Its not so much struggling with God not being who he says he is – but rather I realized I had a limited view of God. I was not in awe of God and was instead looking at God […]

The Waiting Game

One of the most difficult parts of creating disciples, specifically of middle school students, is that it requires a lot of waiting. And a lot of patience. Because middle school students are so finicky as they move from 11 year old concrete thinkers to 14+ year old abstract thinkers, discipleship looks a lot different than […]

Love Your Neighbor Missions – Day 1 Recap

So this week I am pumped to be spending every day with 21 middle school students working throughout Northeast Ohio serving the homeless, the elderly, the wealthy, and everyone in between. We finished our first day, working with various ministries ranging from scrubbing toilets to playing Bingo with the elderly to serving a meal at […]

When the Grass Seems Greener

I must admit – I have easily been snared by the grass that looks greener, by the barn that seems fuller, by the ministry that appears better than what I have. I am easily deceived – but to what end? Green grass looks really good for the moment – but if it quickly fades to […]

When the Still Sinner Shows Up to Youth Group

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person-though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die-but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:6-8 […]