Fix Your Gaze

Where are you looking? This past weekend, depending on the part of the world where you live, you either heard readings from the 7th Sunday of Easter (Jn 17:20-26) or the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord (Lk 24:46-53). Regardless of what you heard – both of the first readings […]

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What So You Think You Can Dance Taught Me

Something you need to know about me is I’m a fan girl of two things: Nathan Fillion (I mean, have you seen Firefly?) and So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD). I’ve managed to win tickets for the live So You Think You Can Dance studio audience, attended seven tours, and […]

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Spiritual Motherhood

A comment was made to me the day before leaving a training week for summer missionaries. “Sister, I bet you will be glad to say good-bye to us and get back home.” Little did she know that it was the furthest from the truth. In fact, my heart was already […]

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The Holy Spirit Will Teach You Everything

A few years ago, I traveled to Philadelphia for a Theology of the Body course taught by Christopher West. I was both excited and nervous and found myself in a ministry setting where I knew no one, which is a bit strange for me. After the introduction session, I moved […]

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Tired and Exhausted

I’m tired. I’ve been wondering what I’m doing in ministry with teens. I come home most nights feeling defeated and rejected. Our Core is tired. Our numbers at Life Nights are down. And it seems like every time I turn around someone is telling me how things can be improved […]

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Practical Tips: Ministering to Teens on the Autism Spectrum

It’s Sunday night; you know what that means? Life Night! You walk into the youth room and hear Matt Maher singing, “Lord I Need You” and walk through the game plan for the night with the rest of the Core Team. It’s a little different than usual, and you like […]

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They’ll Know We AREN’T Christians…

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 […]

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Unfinished

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 […]

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EDGE REVAMP

Have you ever played the game – what would my life be like if I never found Jesus? All the times that I have it has ended up quite humorous and I usually get pegged as being a pagan hippie in Colorado living in a tree house … But for […]

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Launching Jesus in a Military Community

A flurry of excitement, nerves, and energy abound when a military community is moving toward change; especially when it involves our youth. When we adults look back to our time as young persons, most of us feel a sense of nostalgia for the energy and fortitude we once had, the […]

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