Lenten Mercy

There is a clear hierarchy in the cookie realm: chocolate chip cookies, and then everything else. You’re welcome to disagree if you like. It’s a free country, so go ahead: be wrong. My wife, speaking my love language when I’ve had a rough go of something, made me chocolate chip […]

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The Power of Praise and Worship

One afternoon in Nashville, I was attending a songwriting workshop. We sat before a panel of some of CCM’s (Contemporary Christain Music) top songwriters and worship leaders for a Q&A session. A young girl several rows ahead of me raised her hand, and asked the blunt question, “I grew up […]

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Arise and Shine: Luke 4:1-13

The other evening, I had the opportunity to worship and celebrate Mass with over 100 young adults in a chapel on the top floor of the Diocese of Orange’s Christ Cathedral “Tower of Hope.” The view was awe-inspiring. To my left, I could see Disneyland, The Anaheim Angels stadium, and […]

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Planning Your Life Teen Calendar: Using New and Previous Life Teen Resources

We are hearing the buzz and seeing Instagram explode with Merciful, Alive and Dangerous, and, for some youth groups that move faster than a speeding bullet, the (Censored) images. Nevertheless, some of you are taking it slow, using the Life Night Curriculum that is familiar to you, enjoying a little […]

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Webinar Wednesdays: Training on Your Schedule

When I first started out as a youth minister, I always felt ill equip: not enough education or training, never enough experience, and I always felt alone in my ministry efforts. I found amidst the pressure of numbers and the inconsistent schedule I could never make enough time for prayer, […]

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Lent Pizza

(Not lint pizza… that is gross) Lent is upon us, and everyone wants to know, “What are you giving up this year?” If your middle schoolers are anything like me as I grew up, they are probably giving up very impractical things like “going to the moon” or “homework” (they […]

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Arise and Shine (Luke 5:1-11)

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 […]

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Edge on Flocknote

Wouldn’t it be great if your life as a youth minister could have an easy button? Well it can! I mean it is more like three or four buttons, and they aren’t actually buttons…but you get the point. In case you missed it Life Teen has teamed up with Flocknote […]

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WHAT? It’s Lent Already?

I just took down my Christmas tree in my office (yes I put up a Christmas tree in my office) and Ash Wednesday is next week! WHAT? The Girl Scouts haven’t delivered my cookies yet, and I have to start thinking about Stations of the Cross and the CRS Rice […]

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Youth Ministry: Building Confidence in Speaking

Have you ever heard of the old speaking technique of “picture your audience naked?” Yeah, I think it’s not a good idea too, especially if you work with youth. I have never tried this technique frankly because it’s disturbing. When I think about speaking in front of a large crowd […]

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