The Impact of Telling Kids Stories Over Time

The Impact of Telling Kids Stories Over Time

“Stories over time move us to imagine a world beyond ourselves.” —from the book, Playing For Keeps The Importance of Stories Stories are important. There’s a reason why Jesus constantly spoke in parables to his disciples. And there’s a reason why kids seem to gravitate towards story books. Stories allow us to make sense of the world around us. Which is especially important for kids. Just imagine trying to explain the theological significance of the Christmas story to a child. You... Read More
Personal Actions Speak Louder Than Personal Words

Personal Actions Speak Louder Than Personal Words

People will follow what you do more than they will ever follow what you say. This is the power of example. And if you are a parent you have probably seen this play out when your three-year-old repeats something you say in private but would never want people to know you say in public. When your 10-year-old uses the same facial expression you do that says, “I’m looking at you but really not listening to you.” And when your 15-year-old begins to exhibit the same work ethic and moral guide they’ve... Read More
How to Manage Your Day to be More Productive in Ministry

How to Manage Your Day to be More Productive in Ministry

If you’re anything like me, then you are very busy. Let’s be honest. Right now there’s just more things to do than time to do them in. There’s a lot of talk about how our lives are a lot busier than ever before. I honestly don’t think this is true. I think we were just as busy back in the settler days. The difference is the amount of individual tasks we have now. The things we did before took up our entire day. Individual tasks took a lot longer, so that meant consequently we could do fewer of... Read More
Married and in Ministry? If You Have 40 Seconds a Day, This Is for You

Married and in Ministry? If You Have 40 Seconds a Day, This Is for You

My wife, Nancie, and I have been involved in ministry during our entire 23-year marriage. We’ve found that ministry can be a blessing to a marriage, but it can also be a challenge. The blessings of being married and in ministry are indescribable. There are no words to describe seeing, together as a couple, God do what only He can do. But being in ministry also poses unique challenges for married couples. Some of the problems that come from being married and in ministry aren’t hard to see. For... Read More
Andy Stanley Shares About Clarity, Controversy and Irresistible Faith

Andy Stanley Shares About Clarity, Controversy and Irresistible Faith

I first stepped into the doors of Buckhead Church almost seven years ago. As a young leader, I was constantly looking for new ways to approach ministry in different contexts. A friend pointed me toward Andy Stanley and the team at North Point Ministries as an example of those who were doing fresh and innovative things in the church every single week. So that Sunday, I went. And you guys, I was blown away. By the time that hour was up, I’d sought out a volunteer just to ask, “How do you do... Read More