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
In two days, the world (that seems like an over-statement ….) will celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. This unofficial holiday (at least, it is unofficial in America) is celebrated in various ways by various cultures and peoples. For most, it seems a day to play Irish music, drink a Guinness, wear “kiss me, I’m Irish” merchandise, and eat cornbeef with cabbage or Irish stew–both sound kind of gross to me (just sayin’).
For seemingly most, no one cares about THE MAN St. Patrick, they just want a reason to mix-up their mundane lives with something different.
Enter the Christian blogger community.… Continue reading
“No conflict is so severe as his who labors to subdue himself; but in this we must be continually engaged, if we would be strengthened in the inner man, and make real progress toward [Christlikeness].” So said Thomas à Kempis in his famous book on the Christian life, The Imitation of Christ. And Kempis is right. Self-control is one of the hardest of fight, one of the most difficult battles all Christian face, because we fight against an enemy that is powerful and has a hold deeply upon us.
However, sin is a defeatable enemy and, for the Christian, self-control is a necessary battle in the fight against our own sin (Prov 25:28; Gal 5:22-23).… Continue reading
Before the holiday season (Thanksgiving and Christmas), I began a series of blogs concerning self-control. Once the holidays hit, I was doing what was necessary to keep my head afloat with ministry (discipleship and shepherding) and family (my father-in-law found out he had cancer in his jaw and we spent much of December with him in the hospital, post-surgery). All of this has now died down to a normal roar and I can now finish this self-control series. Thank you for your patience.
Let me summarize what we have seen: in the first post we looked at self-control’s definition. Without a proper definition, we cannot know if what we are doing or pursuing is God’s design.… Continue reading