Cut the Crap: Get Transparent

When I went to the Simply Youth Ministry Conference in March, I was stoked.  One of the biggest blessings that I had was being able to meet so many people that I have networked with over the last three years in the blogosphere.  I had some really encouraging and hilarious conversations with many people who…

Take Care Of Your Body

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 New International Version (NIV) 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. I know Paul is talking about sexual purity and honoring God…

Staying Healthy at Youth Camp

 The past 5 months for me have been a journey to eating healthy and being healthier as a whole! I was at an all-time high in weight, weighing in at 260 lbs. I have made some little changes in my diet and exercise routine and wanted to share with you some practical ways of eating…

Is It Pruning Time?

This morning my wife mentioned she was going to trim our rose bush in the front yard and bring some of the blooms inside to put in a vase. I asked, “Why not just leave them on the bush so they look awesome in front of the house?” Her explanation blew my mind just a…

Summertime Blues

Summer is right around the corner, and it is approaching quickly! I love being a part of camps, mission trips, and random outings that can only take place during the summer break. The preparation that is put into summer is all paid off when we get to see God move in our students’ lives. Summer truly…

How to preach each message to yourself.

What did you preach/teach on last week?   How often do we quickly hammer out a message to give to our midweek program?  How often do we approach a text with an idea in mind?  How often do we preach a message that we don’t care about, but we think would be cool?   My…

Soul Care While Looking For A New Ministry Job

As I was looking for my new youth ministry position, I sought out a lot of wise council. I received solid advice about my resume, the right questions to ask, the right websites to look for jobs, and how to leave well from a church. The thing no one really prepared me for is the…