And just like that, it's time for Back to School. BUT - Didn't you just kick off summer? Wasn't VBS like, two weeks ago? Didn't you just do all the mission trips and all the camps and all the fun days at the pool?? In all my years of KidsMin and Youth Ministry, I've learned … Continue reading The #1 Way to Keep Your Volunteers Coming Back
Dear Pastors, Kids Ministry Directors, and VBS Directors in the Great Plains Conference: Over the weekend, Group’s Vacation Bible School curriculum was the topic of much social media discussion and debate. Group describes its theme, Roar!, as an “epic African adventure [that] engages the whole heart.” At first glance, the theme appears to take on … Continue reading When your VBS curriculum surprises you…
Dear Graduates of 2017, Congratulations! You made it! You could see the light at the end of the tunnel, but now you're out of the tunnel completely! You're done. You took all the tests. You wrote all the papers. You did your time. On to the next chapter, friends. Transitioning out of high school is … Continue reading Dear Graduates: Advice from a Millennial
About 71 percent of this tiny swirling gem in the middle of our vast universe is covered up with water. Two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen. Almost three-fourths of our home. The average human body is made up of 57-60 percent water. It’s in the food we eat, the air we breathe, the tears we … Continue reading Good Ol’ H2O
Lent began yesterday with Ash Wednesday. Lent is a 40 day fast leading up to Easter, during which Christians typically abstain from something or take on an additional spiritual practice in order to grow closer to God and neighbor. Ash Wednesday is the day we remember our mortality - dust. Just how fleeting our lives really … Continue reading Vapor, Dust, Ash
I’m sitting in my local Starbucks as I type this reflection. I can hear “The Little Drummer Boy” over the grinding of coffee beans as I take a sip from my tall red cup covered in cartoon Christmas lights. It doesn’t say “Merry Christmas.” It doesn’t even say “Happy Holidays.” And we Christians are freaking … Continue reading Upside Down, not Trickle-Down
Well, that happened. Donald Trump was elected to be our next president. Some of my friends and family are celebrating, while others are resisting with all they've got. Some still don't believe it, and others are terrified. Twentysixteen was a weird one. After taking a few days to process, listen, and pray, I've come to the … Continue reading Election 2016 – We can’t just suck out the poison.