As I sat in a converted storefront satellite church this morning, I realized that it’s Pentecost Sunday. This is typically recognized as the birth of the Church but also the moment when Jesus baptized those in the upper room with the Holy Spirit, accompanied by mighty signs and wonders. For close to 30 years I … More I Can’t Believe You Don’t Attend A Pentecostal Church!
Life does present its challenges quite often. One of the most daunting I’ve encountered working with college students has been regarding discovering God’s Will…finding out what to do next. This usually encompasses decisions regarding what major to choose, which person to date/marry, which job to take, etc. My advice has always been the same: … More Deny Yourself and Pick Up Your Cross…Gee, Can I?
I saw the above in my Twitter Feed several months ago and thought I’d write on that subject some day…just now getting around to it… Going on 23 years of ministry, I’ve had time too look back on an amazing ride: the highs and the lows. God’s given me some amazing opportunities and encounters. But … More “HELP! I’m A Codependent Mentor!”
Our church is about to launch into its annual Week of Prayer. This has always been one of the highlights of the year for me, dedicating the first full week to prayer and going after God. I always try to remind our students to watch out for getting all fired up in an event vs. … More Developing Personal Devotional Habits for the New Year
Working with college students does have a major drawback in that they are transient. I can’t even count up the number of “generations” we’ve seen come through here, arriving then departing every couple years. Last night, we sent out two of our leaders who are taking youth pastors position in Missouri. When our leaders leave, … More Mentoring: Breaking to Bring Out the Best
I’ve been careful recently to alternate the mood of my blogs. A couple colleagues have noted a hint of cynicism in several of my posts. While I might argue that these are spurred on by serious times, I’ll say it plainly: this has been a very difficult year of ministry. I know a lot of … More Ministry Aches and Pains
Michelangelo Buonarrati is historically one of the greatest sculptors and painters of all time. He is credited with much of the artwork in the Vatican as well as other masterpieces scattered throughout Italy. He was commissioned by Pope Julius II to construct his tomb in 1505 which is now housed in the Church of San … More Seeing the Unseen in Others: Unleashing Hidden Potential