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 […]

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 […]

Living on Mission in a Concrete-Thinker World

And the Word [Jesus] became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory… – John 1:14 John begins with a beautiful passage of this really, really good news about Jesus – that God would send His son who would literally dwell – live – tabernacle – among us! And I think somewhere, […]

Missional Rhythms for Middle School Communities

In today’s post I want to focus on what it looks like for those who work with middle school students to intentionally live on mission with middle school students and their families. Tomorrow we will focus on some tangible steps to equip middle school students to live on mission. But, I believe it starts with us […]

When Roots Grow Deep: Preparing for Missional Rhythms

And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. – Matthew 4:23 As we begin – whether we are in full time ministry or are simply giving what few hours outside our full-time jobs and families we have […]

When Roots Grow Deep – Missional Rhythms and Faithfulness

When I first began to serve in North Canton, OH I wasn’t exactly sure what I was doing. But one thing God had made clear to me – don’t sit behind the walls of a building. Go out among my people and love them as I have loved them. Unclear of what it entirely looks […]