December 27, 2012

Book Release: Letters to a Youth Worker

Really honored to have gotten the chance to contribute to this new book edited and organized by Mark DeVries and published by The Center of Youth Ministry Training.

The book is a collection of 24 letters written by youth workers about what we have learned over our years in ministry and what we would advise young workers just getting started. For me specifically, I talk about lessons learned about setting boundaries to avoid burnout and what it takes to create a healthy ministry environment.

The collection also includes letters from Walt Mueller, Kara Powell, Andy Root, Mark Matlock, Duffy Robbins, Jim Burns and many others. All of our letters also touch on one or more of the 44 assets identified in theExemplary Youth Ministry Study.

To pick up a copy of the book, head to

December 19, 2012

Sermon 12/16/12 - Waiting Expectantly

Waiting.........not many people enjoy it very much. Especially in a culture that says to do everything now, as fast as you can! Christmas though shows us the importance of waiting expectantly because we know a God who ALWAYS keeps His promises and ALWAYS comes through.

December 12, 2012

Sermon 12/9/12 - Dealing With Anxiety

Every person deals with anxiety on some level, but as Jesus followers should we? Paul tells us to "be anxious about nothing," so is it wrong to be anxious if we know Christ? How do we deal with life when we are anxious?

I also HIGHLY recommend this book: The Anxious Christian by Rhett Smith

December 4, 2012

Sermon 11/25/12 - Science Versus Creation (audio only)

Can Darwinian Evolution and Creation co-exist? What about the big bang and creation? Science and religion are two topics that have been debated for centuries. How do we answer these tough questions?

My students and I had a really great discussion on these questions! Enjoy.