What about the 99?

What about the 99?

Uncategorized, Youth Pastoring
What I am having trouble with right now is how do you neglect the 99 while you go and look for the 1. What about the 99 who also need to be fed and protected and watched?  I know that Jesus teaches that it is important to leave the 99 and go looking for the 1 lost sheep. I get that we need to remember not to just minister to our own flock, but we must break free and go and searching for those who are on the outside, those who are not like us, Do I just cater everything in our lesson to these disruptive students or do I expect them to toe the line or leave? I am sure that the balance is somewhere in the middle, but…
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A Slow Steady Process

A Slow Steady Process

Devotional Thoughts, Teen Culture
It is always amazing to look at a canyon or a river bed and see how water running over time can even shape stone. A steady persistent drip of water can do more to reshape rock than a fast short torrent. I am trying to remember this truth also applies to youth ministry. Lately I have been working with a group of middle school students in an after school program. I am trying to use board games as a way to open up conversations with them and it is working, well sort of. What I think is working more than the games is the fact that I am there week after week. As I have been just simply hanging out with them I have been able to be there in…
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There’s no Crying in Middle School

There’s no Crying in Middle School

Teen Culture, Youth Pastoring
If you have never watched A League of the Own you need to get off the Internet and go watch it now. If you have then you will remember when the coach (played by Tom Hanks) yells at one of his players and the player immediately starts to cry. Hanks is flummoxed by what he sees and appeals to the umpire with the no famous line, "there's no crying in baseball!" I have to admit that I sort of assumed that there was no crying in middle school, at least not when I went there. In my memory crying was a very bad thing and would get you branded a crybaby or worse. I am pretty sure I needed to cry a bunch in middle school and I can actually…
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Remembering my Mission

Remembering my Mission

Youth Pastoring
Lately I have been spending time with lots of new youth. Most of them have been middle school and most of them have been relatively unchurched. I discovered that if I am not careful I will focus more on trying to keep them in line than I do on sharing Jesus with them. This is something I am trying to change. Here is what the situation looks like right now. We have had an uptick in bus kids coming to our church so I have about 4 or 5 people each week who are just not used to church and the culture that we have at church. I have also started working with the after school program at the local middle school and have been struggling trying to find the…
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Pro-Life, Pro-Law, Pro-Refugee

Pro-Life, Pro-Law, Pro-Refugee

Random Thoughts
I live in a very unique place when it comes to political stuff. I think the title sums it up best. As a first born child following the rules matters to me. As someone who has hosted international students in my home and who has seen first hand what happens when you mess up on a visa issues it bugs me to think about people coming into our country illegally. I don't know if a wall is the best option, but illegal immigration irritates me because it isn't fair. Sure it is a good life for the people here illegally, but for all of the people who are trying to do thing the right way it is just wrong. It is like skipping a line at Walmart, but instead of…
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