Preferences. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a preference is “the fact that you like something or someone more than another thing or person.” I prefer hamburgers, pizza, hotdogs, or BBQ at every meal. I prefer to watch the NFL over College Football (Go Broncos!). I prefer to watch a movie of a classic novel than read the book (looking at you Lord of the Rings). I prefer to be outside during a thunderstorm than be inside. I prefer vanilla over chocolate. I prefer to study late into the night over getting up early. I prefer the mountains over the beach (unless I’m on the Oregon coast, then I can have both at the same time).… Continue reading
I read John’s Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress every summer. Originally Titled “This World to That Which Is to Come,” Pilgrim’s Progress is a Christian allegorical tale Bunyan wrote while in prison for the gospel. It features a man by the name of Christian who journey matches the typical ups and downs of the Christian life. Though originally published in February 1678, Pilgrim’s Progress is regarded as one of the most significant works of English literature, has been translated into more than 200 languages, and has never been out of print. You can buy a copy or find it free online or for download (or, as I have been trying this year, let Audible.com read it to you).… Continue reading
The past few weeks in my youth group I have had a few young men in their 20s who gave their first sermon. They had been taking a class our pastor offered on “How to Study the Bible So As To Teach” for the weeks previous and I wanted to give them real world experience. I assigned them texts from 1 John & Matthew 7. They did a great job (especially for it being their first time to teach), and I was once again struck by the truth in these two texts. Both Jesus & the apostle John are harping on the same truth: is your faith a true faith or are you a false “believer”?… Continue reading
A summer without going to a Bible/church camp doesn’t feel like summer to me. I am 35 years old and 27 of those years I have attended summer camp (either as a camper or counselor/leader). So, missing summer camp is very odd—I am sure many of you just nodded you head, because you know what I am talking about.
Well,in three weeks, my youth group will attend ASCEND CAMP. It is a camp of epic games, and clear Bible teaching. Over 600 students show up for this camp and it is non-stop fun, as well as life-transforming. I could not put on a better camp experience for my students.… Continue reading
When I was a teenager and a younger Christian, I was into every Christian fad that was available to me. My closet was filled with mostly Christian t-shirts. I wore (multiple!) WWJD bracelets. I listened to Christian music only and loved every Christian band (Newboys, Audio A, Jars of Clay; you name it, I owned the CD and listened constantly! Anyone remember Plus One or Jump5 or Phat Chance…? They were a thing and I was there, lol). I also felt encouraged when a secular music star or a movie celeb would mention God’s name in public or in a magazine article.… Continue reading