That’s My Son.

Yesterday, I spent the day on what has become one of my favorite middle school ministry events every year: our annual middle school mystery road trip. Here's how it works: students sign up, not knowing what we will be doing throughout the day or where we will be going. I spend weeks and months planning a … Continue reading That’s My Son.

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Messy Beautiful Soul Friends

Let me introduce you to my soul friend Carolyn. Carolyn and I have one of the strangest, messiest, most beautiful friendships that I have ever experienced. Back before God convinced me to go into youth ministry, he began weaving this incredible relationship that would change my life, challenge my faith, and deepen my understanding of … Continue reading Messy Beautiful Soul Friends

Friday Five: November 18, 2011

Random thoughts from this week: Today Regis Philbin's last day on Live With Regis and Kelly. I started watching LIVE fairly regularly back in the days when I was serving at Grace Lutheran in Fremont. It was like having friends in a time when I was struggling with life in a new city. Today's Farewell … Continue reading Friday Five: November 18, 2011

Friday Five: November 11, 2011

Random thoughts from this week: Today is 11/11/11. During my sophomore year of college, my friends Erin, Becky, and I used to have an 11:11 party every night at 11:11pm. I would head downstairs to their room, we would wait eagerly for the clock to strike all ones, and then we would spend an entire … Continue reading Friday Five: November 11, 2011

Christian Community

It's been on my mind a lot lately.  Community.  What does it look like?  How does it function?  Where do we find it? The church seems to tell us that we find Christian community by going to church, going to church functions, and being at church.  My own church context seems to communicate that community … Continue reading Christian Community