Writing Archive

Student-Led Summer // Tanner’s Story

Tanner is one of our students. His last name is Engledowl. One day, one of his friends called him, “Pringle Dog.” It stuck, so that’s what we call him. We love him to death! Tanner gave his life to Jesus back in April and came up to tell me about it (he talks a bit […]

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A Tribute To My Dad

My dad is a hero. It’s funny. We think our dads are real life super heroes when we’re little. Then, as we grow older, we start to notice some of the human traits. The mess-ups and imperfections are there. And that’s ok. But then, as I grow even older, I have found myself to believe […]

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5 Overly Honest Confessions Of A Youth Pastor

I’m gonna break some rules today. If you know anything about ministry, you know that transparency isn’t a strong suit of most Christians; especially Christian leaders. I’m no different. But sometimes, it helps if we know that other leaders are dealing with the same issues we deal with. That’s the intention for this post. If […]

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Announcing The Title Of My Book!

Thanks for stopping by! If you read my last post, you know that I’ve been taking some time off work to knock out a project I’ve been dreaming up for the last several months: I’m writing a book. Now’s the time to unveil the title and concept of the book (and to let you in […]

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Fortune Cookie Prophecy

A couple weeks ago, my wife and I went on a double date with some friends of ours, Jared and Katie Clifton (during which we were blessed with a free babysitter…THANK YOU TAYLOR!). As we were catching up at dinner, I had mentioned that I felt something brewing in me; a new project that had […]

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And Baby #2 Is A…

You’ve been waiting, I know. It’s so stressful. But before I fill you in on the news, I have to show you a couple pictures of Kipton’s Birthday Party. Oh, yeah…the icing is blue, which means… We’re having a boy! Everything looks good for a boy to be born on September 1! We’re excited!

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Why I Stopped Blogging

I haven’t written a real blog post in almost four months. I used to post four times a week. At first, I needed a break. Not long after that, I felt the itch to start writing again, but couldn’t find the time to make it happen (mainly because this has been, without a doubt, the […]

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The Problem With College Football Commentators

Every Saturday, I see the same tweets from hundreds of people: – “Well, you can tell who the commentators are rooting for!” – “Did the other team pay the commentators to say that?” – “I bet the commentators are wearing the other team’s jersey!” I understand that you have a vested interest in your team. […]

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Leading A Church vs. Doing Things The Church Does

A couple gut check questions for your Monday morning: 1. Do you want to “lead a church” or do the work of the ministry? 2. Are you obedient to the Holy Spirit or are you running a show, starring you? If you do the things the church does, with the Holy Spirit inside of you, […]

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What You Do vs. Who You Are

In most conversations, the first thing you start with is identification: “What’s your name? What do you do?” Be careful not to confuse the two. Your identity is not found in what you do! To get a glimpse of this concept in the Bible, let’s look to Peter. First, Jesus met Peter at the sea […]

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