Category Archive: Live

posts about life

Aug 03

How One Bad Decision Can Destroy A Legacy

Last week NCAA officials handed down a punishment on the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State that has many people talking and weighing in on the decision.  Here was the official ruling: Four year ban from post-season bowl games. $60 Million dollar fine. All wins between 1998-2011 (111 wins) vacated. Scholarship reductions. Five year probation. …

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Jul 30

Pushing Our Kids to Growth In Their Faith, Part 2

In part one of this series, I shared how I often hear some parents say that they don’t want to push their kids when it comes to faith. I shared how there were usually three reasons behind this: fear, inadequacy and challenge. Fear is a common issue when parents are concerned that if they push …

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Jul 29

A Common Mistake Parents Make When Challenging Kids to Grow in Their Faith, Part 1


I want to begin this series by making it very clear that my purpose is not to critique parents (I am a parent), or send a message that will be interpreted as negative.  My purpose for writing this post is to create awareness, generate dialogue, and help parents be successful in helping their kids grow …

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Jul 28

The Presence and Absence of God Quotes From Eugene Peterson

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This past weekend I had the amazing privilege to preach at our main weekend services.  If you are interested in hearing it, or want to hear it again, you can find it here.  I have received a couple of requests for the quotes from Eugene Peterson that I used.  Here are the quotes and a …

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Jul 20

Going On Vacation!

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I’m heading out on vacation today with my family.  Here is a little peek into what our vacation will look like: What I’m Not Doing On Vacation  Checking Email:  Auto Responder is on, and I’m disconnecting email from my phone. Doing Work While I’m Away:  I have a great team of staff and interns who …

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Jul 15

Trinidad Team Update: Heading Home


The team is in final preparations to head home.  As I’m writing this, bags are being packed up, bed linens are being stripped, rooms are being cleaned, and final encouragement notes are being written.  What a great week of ministry and community!  I’m amazed at all God accomplished in us and through us.  Here are …

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Jul 12

Thursday Trinidad Team Update

Yesterday was a very rainy day, with heavy down-pours during all of VBS and a majority of our construction work.  That, however, did not keep our team from giving their all, and kids from showing up, and work getting done!  As the week has progressed we have seen almost 200 kids between our three VBS …

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Jul 11

Wednesday Morning Trinidad Team Update

We are half way through our week!  Here are a few more updates from some students on our team: Today as the bus pulled up, rain poured down on the field and over the tent.  There was not one child to be found along the streets by our VBS.  Under the tent, our team circled …

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Jul 10

Tuesday Morning Trinidad Team Update

Yesterday we had a great start to all of our VBS sites!  There is always a little uncertainty if kids will show up, and if the work that has been invested in preparing for VBS over the last several months would pay off.  Between the three sites we had 120 kids show up to the …

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Jul 09

Monday Morning Trinidad Update

The Trinidad Team had a great day yesterday.  After a good night sleep, we were up and ready for action.  Here are some highlights from the day: Orientation:  The first part of the day we learned about some of the history of Trinidad, and got a better understanding of the different religions that are represented.  …

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