The Problem With Summer Camp

Dear Youth Pastors, I’ve got a bone to pick with you. Isn’t that an awesome and encouraging way to start a blog post? But seriously, there something I see a lot in relation to summer camps and retreats. It’s the...
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Book Review: In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day, by Mark Batterson

I had never heard of Mark Batterson until my sister sent two of his books to me. The book came out in 2006 originally, but he updated it last year for the 10th anniversary. He’s added an additional chapter to...
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Hug In Some Culture

This is a picture of me with my boys at our Christmas party a couple of months ago. Seems like it was over a year ago. Although I had been a leader for many of them at camps, being their...
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From Student to Missionary

I asked Jordan Bressler to share about his experience as a missionary to New Zealand. I also asked him to share a link at the bottom for how readers can support him. Jordan was an all star student and I’m...
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The Shack

There is a lot of theological controversy surrounding the new film “The Shack” and whether you agree with what’s being said or not, I’d like to take a few minutes to give you some tips on talking to your students...
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Power In A Picture

I teach Life Group in my home. I want the group to become like family and feel welcome in my living room. One way I accomplish this goal is giving them wall space among my family pictures. Where ever you meet...
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Making Lessons Fun

(Sir Richard Branson, Billionaire owner of Virgin Airlines, among other things, poses with a sleeping airline employee) When I see a funny picture like this online, I don’t stop at just thinking, “that’s a funny picture.” I think, I need...
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Straightening The Cookies

Note: The illustration in this post is written tongue in cheek. However, the application of it is quite serious. So I was in Starbucks today, but left without buying anything. The cashier was in front of the register restocking the...
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Intentional Time

I often get asked about the most important ways to be successful when you are a small group leader of students. At the top of my list is building community (I’ll blog about that another time) and the other way...
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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year that leaves most singles feeling left out, frustrated, disappointed in themselves, and a wave of other emotions. It’s easy to see this in adults as they throw “Singles Awareness” parties, or...
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