Last week our youth group, along with a couple of other churches, did some mission work in Detroit. We collaborated with a sister church to put on a bible program for children in the local neighborhood. The program consisted of lunch, field trips, games and a basic overview of the bible. I think everyone on … Continue reading Come back the next day: thoughts on grace.
I just finished watching the series “13 reasons why” the Netflix show that a couple of weeks ago was causing a ruckus. It only took a few days, but that’s because I plan to cancel my Netflix account after the free one month trial, not because I was binge watching. In fact, I debated watching … Continue reading 13 Reasons
Tomorrow morning in youth group, I am going to tell my students that they don’t have to bring their friends to church. As a part-time youth pastor with only a handful of regularly attending students, you might think I’m crazy to tell them such a thing. I promise I haven’t jumped off the deep end. … Continue reading Church Dependent Evangelism
In college, we had this joke in the theology department that John Wesley was the third member of the trinity. Being a university with a Methodist heritage, Wesley’s thoughts and writings permeated every class we took. We were reminded of the Wesleyan quadrilateral as we walked through the central courtyard of campus, its pillars on … Continue reading You’re not the third member of the trinity.
Have you ever won anything? A contest, sweepstakes, anything? It’s a surreal feeling when out of the hundreds of names, yours is picked. Even winning a couple of bucks on a scratch off does something for us. Science says that little win releases dopamine and testosterone in our brain. That’s why gambling can become addictive … Continue reading #Losing
Last week I had the privilege of sharing God's word during the main service at my church. You can listen to my sermon by clicking the link below. I would love to hear your feedback in the comments below! Click here to listen to Out of The Box!
In any typical grocery store you will find a clearance section with an assortment of items which all have one thing in common; they’re flawed. They might be nearing their expiration date or have a dent, a scratch a ding etc. They come with a label on them, “As Is” There is no returning them, … Continue reading Lay down your Stones