Steven Curtis Chapman has always always been a singer of my heart songs. My junior year of high school, on the night when I prayed to get really serious about my faith, it was after hearing his song "The Change" on the radio. When I went away to college, the song "I Will Be Here" became significant … Continue reading Beauty Will Rise.
We went back to church today. For the first time since July 3 (besides July 31 when we snuck in the back to hear Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and then snuck out at the end of church like ninjas), we sat among our brothers and sisters in Christ and brought ourselves before God to worship--to … Continue reading A Great Cloud of Witnesses.
Here are my goals for the fourth phase of 52x7 in 2013. As a reminder, here's the plan: Pick a goal or two in each of the 7 areas of life. (E.G. Physical = Working out 4 days a week.) Crush said goals for 52 days. Drop the ones I hate at the end of … Continue reading 52X7: Phase Four Goals
I love Sara Groves. In fact, she might be one of my favorite songwriters of all time. Her honesty and openness in songwriting has always had a way of connecting with the depths of my soul exactly when I needed it most. And yet, sometimes I forget that. In the past few days and weeks, I've … Continue reading Stir My Heart.
Our youth praise band rocked this song last night for our BreakThru Confirmation Learning Event. It was also our opener this past summer on Spoke Folk. A good reminder for all of us.
Evaluation. It's an important part of what we do in Youth Ministry, and yet it is often one of the most easily overlooked and overshadowed tasks of the job. It's so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of programming and running from this event to that meeting to another program and … Continue reading A Season of Evaluation
Thanks again, JJ Heller. You have a magic ability to put words to the unspeakable longings of my soul.