Some of the best days in my life are those while leading youth ministries. I loved the highs and lows and constant passion that the younger generation displays.
Open Life hired a youth pastor a few days ago and while getting him in the community and exposing him to the possibilities the dream comes quickly back to the surface of making Jesus known to every student. What would happen if every student in our community would experience the true message, life, hope, peace, and most importantly love of Jesus? What would be possible if Continue reading Youth Ministry→
One word that drives me nuts, alternative. Something about the way I read the Bible leads me to believe I should be living life to the full and not living an alternative to life.
What brings this thought to the surface of my mind? Seems like every year we have conversations around the subject of what our church is going to do for an alternative. I tell people simply we are not about alternatives, but about being present with our community. We are about being present where life is happening and being a light right in the center of cultural norms.
That said…Halloween is not something to hide or develop a subcultural moment hidden away from our neighbors, but we should turn on the lights and Continue reading Halloween→
Interesting how much we can learn from those who have found success in a different but similar market in our region. I recently watched the below video about what has made the Sounders a successful brand. While I was watching it I couldn’t help but think about how many of the lessons in this video would be great if applied in church world. Continue reading What can the church learn from the Sounders?→
Been a couple days…things have been crazy busy with ministry and fun.
Sunday was great sharing at ICA East. I preached the first in a 4 week series called Mindful. There were so many people who expressed their appreciation of the talk and how it was perfect timing. Love seeing how God can speak a message to a communicator across the world and make it timely for those here in Indonesia. AMAZING
After service we went out to another crazy good restaurant where Jaiden ate nearly a whole family sized serving plate of Kung Pao Chicken. She is loving the spicy foods! Taking after her daddy for sure.
Sunday night we invited the staff over for Homemade Apple Crisp at the house. Was fun to watch the girls open up and the whole family get to know some great people.
Yesterday we spent the day at the zoo. Long drive from the house (2 and 1/2 hours into the Volcanic mountains. There was traffic all the way. This zoo allowed you to get so close to the animals . Dana placed some of the photos from the zoo on her Facebook HERE.
I continue to see crazy stuff from our driving around. Here are a few moment in picture.
The Director of the SSD STARR project and the Communities For Families Coalition, Marilee Hill-Anderson shared some grateful words for my investment in all that has been done for families within our the SSD as well as the potential impact Open Life can continue to have as we pursue future projects together within the community. (She gets the photo credit)
Seems like every week I hear an impossible story of someone finding their way to God. Last night I snagged a Red Box movie to watch with Dana and it was an emotional one for sure. The Impossible is a true story, I cannot fathom the depth of loss and pain those suffered who were a part of the 2004 tsunami in Thailand, but this movie grasps some of that pain.
Many people avoid the church because they know a Christian! If that stings…keep reading.
I often offer to do coffee with those who have yet to experience faith in Jesus due to Christian’s impact within their life. There is something beautiful about the tension they experienced and the redemptive potential of their life.
More often than not the issue that chased them away from the church is they were prescribed behavioral changes before they experienced belief changes.