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3 Reasons Why Youth Pastors Are Real Pastors

I’m going to let you in on a little known secret among pastors and church leaders. Youth pastors get to have all the fun. Pastors in student ministry get to go to summer camp, amusement parks, and on beach trips. Youth pastors eat pizza at midnight with students. They play all the latest video games. … Continue reading 3 Reasons Why Youth Pastors Are Real Pastors

Why I Don’t Think Jesus Was Born In A Stable (And Why It Matters)

With the Christmas season upon us, it’s time to break out all our decorations. The tree. The stockings. The garland. And, yes, of course, the nativity scene. I love my nativity scene. I got it in Bethlehem when I visited Israel a couple years ago. And I don’t only pull it out during Christmas. It … Continue reading Why I Don’t Think Jesus Was Born In A Stable (And Why It Matters)

3 Ways To Celebrate Christmas With Jesus At The Center

Ever since I can remember, Christmas has been my favorite. There’s nothing quite as cozy as cuddling up with my favorite blanket, feeling cool, brisk air fill up the house, smelling the fresh pine from a Christmas tree, and watching a good movie with people I love. This is my favorite Christmas tradition. This has … Continue reading 3 Ways To Celebrate Christmas With Jesus At The Center

5 Ways To Cultivate A Lifestyle of Thankfulness

Thanksgiving is here! For us, that means a bit of a fuller schedule and a whole lot of food. (We’re a fan of the food.) But this is the time of year when we become more intentional about coming together with friends and family to celebrate and be thankful for all God has provided. But … Continue reading 5 Ways To Cultivate A Lifestyle of Thankfulness

What To Do When Tragedy Strikes Your Community

Early on a Friday morning, I noticed that I had missed a call from the administrative assistant at my church while at the gym. I figured I could call her back as soon as I got home.  But before I could walk in the door, I received another call from someone on our pastoral team. … Continue reading What To Do When Tragedy Strikes Your Community

3 Signs You Haven’t Truly Forgiven Those Who Hurt You

Being hurt by someone you love and trust has a way of stinging long after the offense is over and done with. No matter how hard you try to move passed it, no matter how much time goes by, the wound feels as fresh as the day it happened. How do you forgive someone when … Continue reading 3 Signs You Haven’t Truly Forgiven Those Who Hurt You

How To Respond To Your Haters In A Healthy Way

It’s no secret that we live in a culture of “recreational outrage.” People seem to genuinely enjoy becoming upset and annoyed in a very public way--whether on social media or otherwise. (But mostly on social media.) It’s also true that in order to avoid criticism, “say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” So in any age, … Continue reading How To Respond To Your Haters In A Healthy Way

Your Soul Suffers When You Don’t Have Community

My adorable, sweet, loving, five year-old nephew has started kindergarten. He’s a big boy now. I’m not a fan. I had to FaceTime him after his first day of school to see how it went. And, I mean, there isn’t a whole lot to talk about with a five year-old. So I asked him about … Continue reading Your Soul Suffers When You Don’t Have Community

5 Reasons Every Christian Should Care About Social Justice

I know I’m a bit late to this dance, but recently there has been a lot of talk in evangelical circles about the topic of social justice. Not much of it has been very encouraging. In fact, one evangelical leader even drafted a statement to refute what he calls the “most subtle and dangerous” threat … Continue reading 5 Reasons Every Christian Should Care About Social Justice

4 Tips to Give You a More Vibrant Prayer Life

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible to be alive without breathing.” - Martin Luther Many of us would agree that prayer is fundamental to our faith. Yet most people would admit they have a fear of praying. A feeling of inadequacy. Is there a right way to pray? How do you … Continue reading 4 Tips to Give You a More Vibrant Prayer Life