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

What About People Who Have Never Heard Of Jesus…?

Great question! When you ask good questions it shows that you are really listening and interacting with God—that’s one of the main ways we grow closer to Him! 🙂 It is a VERY… Continue reading

The Bible In 13 Words (Genesis 15:1)…

I love what Joanne just said about feeling unqualified or perhaps unprepared in some ways. This morning as I was driving to church, the sky was a beautiful deep grey and I thought… Continue reading

Areas of Focus For Those Looking To Get Married…

I was blessed in the spring of 2001 to attend a fantastic six-week pre-marital counseling class at my current local church (Christ Church Lake Forest—www.cclf.org) with ten other couples who were engaged to… Continue reading