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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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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devotional, Jesus, spiritual formation


“Whoever defends himself will have himself for his defense, and he will have no other. But let him come defenseless before the Lord and he will have for his defender no less than God himself.” – AW Tozer, Pursuit of God Tozer’s quote hits me firmly and refreshingly today. My prayers this morning revolved around […]

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spiritual formation, youth ministry

Meet Norma Lizing

Have you met Norma Lizing? She’s just your regular everyday adolescent… and like every other adolescent she is very important! Knowing her just might enable you to survive the roller-coaster of a young person’s adolescent years. The pre-teen and teenage life is full of heights of potential, g-forces of depressions, turns of emotions, and the lurches and jerks of relationships. The ups and […]

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grow down, Jesus, spiritual formation

Timelapse of Grow Down Drawing

Worked on a 30 second timelapse video of my GROW DOWN drawing. This has often been called the “tree diagram”… but that sounds way to boring. Each component of this drawing has profound meaning– even if my artwork is not fantastic– from the winds of life to the knot on the trunk to the fresh […]

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culture, devotional, devotional, Jesus, leadership, life, Make a Difference, spiritual formation

Martin Luther King Jr was countercultural

*The following devotional will appear in my new book, Make a Difference: 365 World-Changing Devotions (2016). In the face of hostility, Martin Luther King upheld mercy. He had every right to retaliate against those who hurled threats, insults, and physical harm. Yet he chose a different path, one that changed the trajectory of a powerful nation, […]

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