Talking to Kids About Death

Talking to Kids About Death

There are times in our ministries where we are called upon to do very difficult tasks, perhaps one of the most painful is being the person to deliver the news to a child or student about a family member’s death. Everything matters. Our words matter. Our actions matter. Our follow up matters. It’s a very heavy responsibility, and yet it is an honor to be in the inner circle with families in those life-changing moments. Our responsibility is sacred when we are discussing life and death. These... Read More
OC19 and RL19 Tickets: ON SALE TOMORROW!

OC19 and RL19 Tickets: ON SALE TOMORROW!

Tickets for The Orange Conference 2019 and Rethink Leadership 2019 go on sale TOMORROW, THURSDAY, APRIL 26, at 5:00 p.m., and we want to see you next year! If you’re a guy or gal who likes to save a buck, or a bunch of bucks, these are the lowest prices you’ll see. Better get them this week before they increase. And you’re in luck, no couponing necessary! You won’t look cheap; you’ll look like an early adopter. OC19 and RL19 will take place here in Atlanta, May 1-3, 2019. The Orange... Read More
What to Say When the Unthinkable Happens

What to Say When the Unthinkable Happens

As I prepared for youth group last week after the news of the tragedy in Parkland, FL, I had more than a message on my mind. I was wondering how our families were doing emotionally. I was wondering if we needed to have additional security meetings. I was wondering about what to say, not only to our students but to my own children as well. Today, when the fire alarm sounded at one of our local high schools, the students sat quietly in their chairs. To them, the alarm doesn’t mean a fire drill... Read More
What to Think When the Unthinkable Happens

What to Think When the Unthinkable Happens

I’m writing this on Wednesday—seven days since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. The loss of life has been unthinkable. I predict every Wednesday for a long time will be tender and delicate, needing extra attention. I’m currently a volunteer youth pastor in Florida. I’m a parent, and I write books and blogs for parents. None of this experience registers when I try to fathom the shock, loss, and grief that have made their home in Parkland this week. I have fewer thoughts,... Read More
One Dollar’s Worth of Kindness

One Dollar’s Worth of Kindness

I have a $1 bill framed in my office.  No, I don’t worship money.  Instead, it serves as a reminder of God’s kindness to me through someone else.  Kindness may seem so simple, yet it matters so much.  As a Jesus follower, we know this because the kindness and love of Jesus go hand in hand.  It’s not our kindness that saves us, but rather it is through the love and kindness that He so graciously shows us. Titus 3:4-5a “But when the kindness and love of God our... Read More
Women in Ministry: A Spectrum of Positions

Women in Ministry: A Spectrum of Positions

In Episode 14 of Rethinking Youth Ministry, we talked about the unique challenges that women face in ministry and leadership. Our goal wasn’t to argue the theology surrounding women in leadership or define what roles women could/should serve in, but to acknowledge the real tension that female leaders face—whether they’re employed by the church or not—when they try to do what God created them to do. Listen to Episode 14 Regardless of where you land theologically, there’s something we can all... Read More