Why I Am Thankful For The Church At Which I Serve…

I feel like the LORD has been helping me more and more to realize what a blessing this local church is and has been to me and my family, so I thought I… Continue reading

When God Feels Far…

  Below is the transcript of an IM thread I had recently with a dear friend of mine. I pray it will be a blessing to you: 12:39am-Friend you are welcome and thank… Continue reading

35 Things I’ve Learned In My 35 Years On Earth…

The Cubs probably will NEVER win the World Series. Sigh…(But I’m still a fan and watching a game at Wrigley is still a fun event to experience with friends and loved ones!) Even… Continue reading

Perspectives On The Afterlife…

From High School Sophomore: “what im confused about is how i dont think its fair that really good people who do great things but aren’t really religious don’t get to go to heaven…i… Continue reading

A Weekend In the Life of A Man, Husband, Papa, Son, Pastor, and Friend…

A Weekend in the Life Of A Man, Husband, Papa, Son, Pastor, & Friend Just thought you all would get some encouragement from this. Our suburban, oftentimes mundane daily life is important to… Continue reading

I Love It When You Write Me “Dear Papa”!…

For video please click HERE   Rapped/Sung to the Tune of Biggie Smalls’ “I Love It When You Call Me Big Poppa” For My Children, Who Write the Most Amazing Notes to Me… Continue reading

So What Does A Youth Pastor DO Anyways?…

  This is arguably the most difficult question I get asked:   “So what exactly do you do during the week?”   I’m usually stumped when I hear that (and the person usually… Continue reading

Thoughts On Having A Consistent Sabbath Rest…

I have been working on a mini-Sabbath with God early in a particular morning–not to cause Him to love me more but to help me to love HIM more! Sometimes it is as… Continue reading

Why Does God Allow Evil?…

Email From Middle School Parent:   Have any suggestions on talking with kids about why bad things happen to good people?  My [children] are really struggling with believing in a God that would… Continue reading

Wrestling With Yourself: Spiritual Self-Leadership From Psalm 27

What do we do w/those voices outside of us, messages we hear, messages we read?   What about the voices inside our heads?   Sometimes we are our harshest critic, sometimes we are… Continue reading