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by Joel Stepanek
It was the simplest and first lesson I learned in Sunday school. We even had a song we sang to learn it: “They’ll know we are Christians by our love, By our love. Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.” The concept and cheesy hymn come from this […]
God isn’t finished. For the times that we look in the mirror and think, “That’s it – I’ve gone too far, messed up too much, and I’m way too broken,” God responds, “I’m not finished with you.” In the moments we believe we’ve done all we can in ministry, that […]
I’ll believe it when I see it. Thomas, the logical disciple. Thomas, the reasonable disciple. Thomas, the realistic disciple. And yet, until Jesus comes again in glory he is known simply as, “Doubting Thomas.” We don’t want to be like Him. Jesus even seems to scold him, “You believed because […]
I want to be the younger brother. We all do, I think. On many levels, we relate to him. He runs from home, squanders his money, hits rock bottom, and runs back to the love of the father. If you are in ministry, the chances are good that you were […]
You’ve read and heard the Transfiguration narrative before. But this blog post isn’t going to be what you know, because we’ve heard it all before. You’ve probably used the Transfiguration as an image in a closing retreat talk about “coming down from the mountain.” Maybe it was part of a […]
Do you ever think about how much fish the disciples left behind on those boats in Luke 5? Really, think about it. They’ve fished all night and caught nothing. They are cleaning their nets, maybe wondering where the next meal is going to come from. There were no fish; there […]
I will never forget the first time I received a “college care package” from my youth minister. It was getting close to finals and on my way back from the library I checked the mail at my dorm. “You have a package.” What? A package? No one sends me things. […]
It is Life Support week! Though you thought Christmas was over and you (hopefully) took your tree down, you still have one more package of youth ministry goodness headed your way. The January Life Support shipped last week to all of our subscribing parishes, and we are incredibly excited for […]
There just was no way those religious sisters were going to be on my Core Team. I was adamant and firm in my resolution as I sat in my priest’s office. About a week earlier, we discussed the high number of teens that were entering confirmation preparation (awesome), but the […]
I am critical. Sometimes, my criticism is a blessing. It drives me to elevate my work, it pushes me to better ministry, and it allows me to strive to always grow in areas where I am weak. But sometimes, my critical nature can be destructive. I find fault where there […]