(There) & Back Again

Big exciting news on the home front… literally. A little background first. From the summer of 1989 to the summer of 1992 my family lived in Geneva, IL. I finished high school and started college while living there. I met some great friends while living there and currently have the awesome privilege to be involved […]

Change & What I’m Up to Now

When I started this blog in 2010, my goal was to be a help and a resource in the areas of Children’s, Youth, and Family Ministries. I was hired part time at Redeemer Fellowship at that time to oversee those areas of ministry, and desired to add my voice to those who were already blogging […]

Shepherd Leadership (pt. 2) – Interior Protection

In the first post of this series I dealt with the fact that part of the job of a shepherd is to protect the sheep from exterior threats by becoming the door, and not allowing those threats to enter. If that were the only threat that sheep faced, protecting them would be relatively easy (or […]

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Discipleship & Time

Discipleship takes time; a lot of it. Discipleship happens best in the context of relationship. Building relationships takes time, a lot of time. The job of discipleship isn’t complete at conversion, it’s just beginning. The goal of discipleship is nothing less than maturing believers, who are themselves discipling others. Discipleship leads to greater sanctification (which is […]

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Web Slinging 1.26.15

Here’s what I’ve been reading online lately: Daniel Darling had a post on his blog on discipleship. He wrote, “But real discipleship happens off-screen, in private conversations, over a period of many years. It springs from natural friendships.” It can’t be rushed, it has to flow over time. Thanks Dan for a this great reminder. […]

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Tweets of the week 1.26.15

Here are some of the tweets that caught my attention last week: Dr. James Dobson @DrJamesCDobson Dear Jesus, You are the master teacher. Help us to follow your example as we train our children. Amen Joey Cochran @joeycochran Don’t evangelize to grow your church. Evangelize to grow in your communion with God and partner in his kingdom […]

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Intentions vs. Distractions in Parenting

In his book Faith and the Modern Family, Craig Jutila encourages parents to schedule uninterrupted time together with their kids; basically the opposite of what Martha was doing in Luke 10:38 – 42. He writes: Despite Martha’s good intentions, she was consumed with her work, distracted by the details and preoccupied with performance. (pg. 72) How […]

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Web Slinging 1.20.15

Here’s what I’ve been reading as I’ve done the Spiderman thing and swung around the web: Ed Stetzer had a post on markers of discipleship. He wrote, “No one wanders into spiritual maturity …” This is a great post on what we should be looking for in the people we disciple (… and ourselves as […]

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Tweets of the Week 1.19.15

Here is a list of tweets that caught my attention from last week: Bryan Loritts @bcloritts Gods favor can never be rationalized or explained, just received. Darrin Patrick @darrinpatrick The church is not the goal of the gospel, it is the instrument of the gospel. Brian Howard @howardbriank Truly Successful People spend time with God Daily. Ryan Huguley @RyanHuguley […]

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On Prayer

Here’s what Martyn Lloyd-Jones has to say on the topic of prayer from his study of 1 John 3:19-23: The thing that keep sone going in the Christian life is prayer – communion and fellowship with God; it is something which is absolutely essential. I would go further and say that the Christian life is […]

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(There) & Back Again

Big exciting news on the home front… literally. A little background first. From the summer of 1989 to the summer of 1992 my family lived in Geneva, IL. I finished high school and started college while living there. I met some great friends while living there and currently have the awesome privilege to be involved […]

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Web Slinging 1.13.15

Here’s what I’ve been reading as I’ve swung wrong the web in the past week: Pastors.com had a post about leadership, and how the church may be doing it wrong. It reads, “Every pastor preaches … servant leadership, but I fear several marketplace strategies we’ve adopted undermine the core of Jesus’ model.” Pastors, this is word of […]

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On Kids and Boundaries

Here’s what Craig Jutila has to say on the topic of kids and boundaries: All children push boundaries. If they had a job at their age, they would be paid to push the boundaries. Quote taken from page 31 of Faith and the Modern Family by Craig Jutila ©2014 published by Regal.

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