February 28, 2013

Sermon 2/24/13 - Miracles?

Do miracles still happen today? What is the point of them and how should we react when they do happen?

February 21, 2013

Book Review: Shrewd by Rick Lawrence

Shrewd is not a trait that many of us would say we want to have or for which we want to be known. Cutthroat business guys are shrewd. Used-car salesmen are shrewd. Not Christians, especially not pastors. One would think being shrewd might be the quickest way to lose your ministry position. However, according to author Rick Lawrence, it might be the thing we need to be more effective in our ministries.

To read the rest of the review, click here.

Book Review: Adventures in Churchland by Dan Kimball

For those of us who have grown up in the church or at least been involved regularly for a while, it is really easy to forget that often our Christian communities suck us into a culture and lifestyle that doesn't always translate to the people Christ has called us to reach. In his refreshing new book Adventures in Churchland, Dan Kimball challenges Christians to take a deeper look at our practices and understand what our actions may be communicating to a world where more and more people don't want much to do with church.

To read the rest of the review, click here.

February 8, 2013

Open Boston Workshop: Talking to Students About Dating, Sex...AND Marriage

I had SUCH a blast at Open Boston this past weekend. I was so pleased with how everything turned out and felt like youth workers really had a great day!

If you want to check out the workshop that I led, click here to download the audio of the session.

If you want a copy of the PowerPoint presentation, click here.

Here is the session description:

Dating and sex are two topics that are not always easy to discuss with teenagers. Often times it can be uncomfortable, you don’t know exactly how to answer questions and sometimes it feels like students know more about stuff that you may! And at the same time of talking to students, you have parent expectations to keep in mind as well. We’ll explore some helpful thoughts about engaging these topics with teens.

We will also talk about the importance of including marriage in the same thread of conversations. Often it is an issue we tend to leave out all together explaining that 7th garders aren’t there yet. As that is true for the right now, chances are the vast majority of your students will be married at some point down the road. It is not enough that we in the church wait to train people for marriage until 6 months to a year prior once they get engaged. It is crucial to talk about marriage NOW, and to make that part of the thread of dating and sexuality as these three issues all go hand in hand.

February 1, 2013

Book Release: 99 Thoughts on Marriage and Ministry

Really excited about my first book with Simply Youth Ministry. And even better - I got to write this with my wife!!

Here is the description from SYM:

Ministry is such a rewarding experience, but why does it create so much strain on marriages?

Jake and Melissa Kircher have learned some valuable lessons (often the hard way!) about building a healthy marriage amid the demands of ministry. They aren't perfect, but they've matured individually and as a couple because of each mess, problem, heartache, and obstacle they've encountered. They understand your struggles and frustrations, because they're their struggles and frustrations, too.

99 Thoughts on Marriage & Ministry will help you discover advice, wisdom, and insight in five core areas:
  • Marriage Basics
  • Balancing Marriage and Ministry
  • Finances
  • The Church vs. Your Family
  • The Darker Side of the Church
Marriage can be messy, and marriage while serving in ministry is extra messy. Whether your marriage needs just a little tuneup or a major overhaul, 99 Thoughts on Marriage & Ministry will encourage both you and your spouse, and will empower you to pursue a strong, healthy marriage.

The book releases February 15th! Order your copy today: