The Abundant And

My boys hoard blankets. I know. It’s weird. There is this super-soft blanket that covers our queen size bed. And their little preschool frames just want to hoard all that warmth and goodness. Or they fight over the other one, depending on their mood, because of its color or its texture. As if there isn’t […]

Jesus, The Parlor, and a Better Way

A few weeks ago I began a move into a role where most of my thought is focused on what it means to be a follower of Jesus online. It’s confusing – in a year when we’ve been forced to screens I’ve realized we don’t truly have this figured out.  As I’ve prayed, sought Jesus, […]

Knowing vs Experiencing

I’m a bit of a nerd. For example, growing up I loved to read Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. When the second film, The Two Towers, came to theaters, I saw it right around 20 times. Yeah, crazy. But see – I was so excited. I spent so much time in spaces where I could […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

God is Faithful

I remember sitting in class at my bible college, in one of the general ministry classes. This stuff won’t apply to me – I’m going to be a youth pastor. And I was young – why do I need to know about funerals and weddings and such. I was planning to work in suburban ministry – […]