I am a Teacher

I am a Teacher

God is Good, Youth Pastoring
I am a teacher. I have known this for a long time, but sometimes I forget. In a world of meetings and planning and organizing and seeing the big picture it is easy to get bogged down, but at my core I am a teacher. It is what I have been gifted to do. I really do teach at everything. I like learning new things just so that I can teach others. I like finding new places so I can tell you how to get there. I like figuring out how to do something so that I can help someone else figure out how to do it. And of course I love looking through the word of God and finding new ways to teach timeless truths. It is just how…
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Unashamed Worship

Creative Worship, God is Good
We are at M-Fuge this week. This story makes a whole lot more sense if I start off with that fact. Today I got to see unashamed worship in a way that absolutely blew me away. Working as a youth pastor and as a worship leader I get to worship in lots of different ways. Normally when it comes to corporate settings I am the one doing the leading. But today was really one of the coolest worship moments of my life and probably the purest moment of worship I have experienced all year. It didn't come at camp with all of the big flashy lights and songs, although there have been some cool moments there too. It happened in a day program for seniors where I met this 99…
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You take the good, you take the bad…

God is Good, Meeting Report
Tonight was a crazy night. I am nearly at the end of my marathon work week (8 straight nights at church Sunday-Sunday) and although I can see the light at the end of the tunnel I am very tired right now. We had one of our WILDLIFE meetings tonight, and while they are fun, they aren't really accomplishing anything, and when I am tired they just are more pain than fun. I learned some stuff from tonight too, but that is a whole different post. So afterwards I ended up with something really cool and something really annoying. One of my guys who plays D&D with us waited around so that I could take him home (he helped me mop, too) and on the way home he prayed to accept…
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I Love God (And Teengers aren’t bad either)

God is Good, Meeting Report, Spiritual Ideas
Tonight was one of those throw away lessons. You know the kind I am talking about. We ended our ilife series last week and we have business meeting next week so I didn't want to start anything new and I have a D-Now that I am speaking at on Friday so I didn't have much time. I was just looking for something that wouldn't suck. I decided early in the week to go with one of the talks from the D-Now so I wouldn't have to do extra work. The other thought running through my head was to just sing and play games and let that be the whole night. In the end I had a simple yet diverse evening planned that ended up being...being...I almost want to say magical,…
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God is Good

God is Good, Meeting Report
Tonight was one of those rare youth ministry times when things just seem to work out. It was like when the clouds break and you can actually see the rays of sunshine. OK, maybe I am getting a little flowery, but it was a cool night. You see there is this guy who I have known for a while now. I met him at an in town event and put him on our mailing list. 3 years have gone by with me mailing him letter, and seeing him at school, but he has never been to Calvary. As far as I know he hasn't been to church anywhere in that time. So finally he shows up at church tonight. Tonight was a good night for him to be there because…
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