Bible Study, church, community, culture, equip, generational transference, hub, missional, network, youth ministry

Hub Network – 1 Corinthians

There can be friction even in the best networks. Not all coverage is reliable. The greatest connections can become restricted. Paul understood this when he wrote to Christians in the significant city of Corinth. They were a growing and influential network. Their system was integrated with some of the most influential and inspiring early Christians. Yet […]

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Bible Study, church, community, generational transference, hub, Jesus, missional, network

Hub Network – Philemon

True Christian ministry challenges people to be better humans. The bar is set pretty high… but it is ripe with forgiveness, restoration, and new starts. The goal is to encourage people from different backgrounds to work in concert to share God’s life-changing presence with the world. It’s not expected that Christians will be perfect or, more practically, pretend to […]

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community, devotional, family

Make An Allowance

Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:13 NLT We think of an allowance as a sum of money that a parent might give to their kids each week. But in his letter to the Colossians, Paul’s idea of […]

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The Good and Ugly of Christmas

Ah Christmas time, Reminds us to go to church. That’s good… and ugly. Good = We all need to be reminded that we all really need a relationship with God, that we all really need deep communion with people, that we all need realignment with priorities, and that we all need lasting hope. Ugly = […]

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culture, family, generations

Cubs Win Cubs Win

  My first Cubs game was at Wrigley on May 17, 1979. I was just a kid. My dad brought me. It was an absolutely crazy game. One of the craziest major league games in history. Absolute slugfest. After the war-zone cleared, in extra innings, the score was 23-22. The Cubs lost. And I began […]

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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. 🙂 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 […]

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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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