grow down, Jesus, media, youth ministry

Grow Down Video – Whiteboard Drawing

Here is a 1260 second long video (21 minutes) of the Grow Down drawing.ūüôā This “instructional” video is being used in some¬†college and youth ministry training programs. This is also the lonely version of what I usually like to do with a crowd of others. I love the interactivity created by inviting others to jump […]

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church, community, culture, Jesus

How to Be a Christian for the Next 4 Years

Like you, I am trying to find a way forward this election cycle. The American election of 2016 has been an¬†incredibly¬†awkward, stressful, frustrating and demeaning experience. The Founding Father’s foresaw the fragility of the great experiment of democracy… urging the citizenry of the United States to remain vigilant and skeptical against the corrupting temptations of […]

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community, family, generational transference, grow down, youth ministry

SYMC 2016 – Chicago

  Getting excited about joining youth workers this weekend in Chicago for SYMC (Simply Youth Ministry Conference). I’ll be leading a 4-hour “half-track” on Grow Down on Saturday, getting inspired by peers, and working with Tony Myles and Heather Dixon on a discussion panel called “Handling Tough Topics With Teenagers and Parents.” It’s a pretty […]

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C&MA, church, community, crown-college, equip, generational transference, generations, Jesus, leadership, network, NEXT, youth ministry

NEXT – Omaha 2016

NEXT is an innovative 1-day training experience for those who want to equip next-generation followers of Jesus. This year our special guest is Rick Lawrence, editor of the¬†Jesus-Centered Bible¬†and author of¬†The Jesus-Centered Life¬†and¬†Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry.¬†[We think there’s a theme here!] We’ll also learn from next-generation ministry influencers like Ken Castor, Christy Currie, Brandon Early,¬†Rob Johnson, […]

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Bible Study, C&MA, church, crown-college, equip, network, pastor-shepherd, spiritual formation, theology, youth ministry

Crown’s Bible, Theology and Ministry Department

As our new freshman descend upon campus this weekend, here’s a little peek into what they’ll be experiencing in our Bible, Theology and Ministry Department at Crown College. This Fall marks Crown’s 100th Anniversary… and less importantly, but still significantly, the start of my 7th year as a part of this team. We are so […]

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Books, Jesus

Jesus-Centered Life – video

Rick Lawrence has put together a spectacular book that I hope you will digest– Scribble in the margins, take notes at end of chapters, ask questions, stop to pray, grow deeper and stronger in Jesus. As Rick likes to say, let this book lead you into “an orbital gravitational pull around Jesus.” —¬†The Jesus-Centered Life […]

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devotional, Difference Maker, Make a Difference, spiritual formation


The #DifferenceMaker challenge for today: Draw a smiley face (on your hand or arm) and write James 3 next to it. Keep looking at this as a reminder to speak well all day long. JAMES 3:7-9 NLT¬†People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish,¬†but no one can tame the tongue. It is […]

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