Living as Collective Contributors

School shootings. Hurricanes. Human trafficking. Heroin overdoses. Tsunamis. Tornadoes. Addiction. Divorce. Death. Suicide. Brokenness. Sin. Pride. Selfishness. Anger. Lust. These things are all bleak. When we hear “God wants to redeem and restore all things” we can easily move to “Where was God?” And while this is in no way an exploration into the depths of […]

Where will you restore?

If we’re honest, it is really hard not to compartmentalize. For most of us reading this, myself included, we live in a world where everything has its place and needs to know its place. Often, many of these bear labels that help shape the identity when in those places. The sole purpose of a barista […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]