In and Out of Prison – Peter [video]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVSziZ2gYhc?rel=0] In Acts 12, Peter is seized by King Herod in order to "persecute" him and because Herod saw how his killing of James pleased the Jews. Peter ends up in jail, and then...

A Simple Request: Please Wash Your Hands!

I was at Starbucks the other day and I saw this "instructional" sign in the bathroom and it made me think of something. Now, this might be a little gross, but stay with me...

Genesis 1 Whiteboard Bible Study

When we did the story God Creates the World in Main Street, I walked the students through the creation passage in Genesis 1. We charted what happened on what day, and what filled what...

Packers in Superbowl XLV!

I love football season (both college and professional)! The TV is on all day on Saturdays and Sundays at my house and it's great! I've never really claimed allegiance to one team over another (other...

Are We Doing the Right Things? (video)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wgg2KYdMpqc?rel=0] Wow... convicting. I was talking with a friend the other day about the evolution of my thinking as a pastor. More and more I'm asking myself the question: "Is what I spend the...

Setting Expectations in Middle School Ministry

As a middle school pastor who manages a number of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students each week, I know that our list of rules grows by the week. If you want to see...

5 Ways to Listen Better [TED video]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSohjlYQI2A?rel=0&w=570&h=320] Recently, Amanda and I have going through the Alpha Marriage course with our church. One of the sessions early on talked about "active listening." In our increasingly loud and fast-paced culture, it's difficult...

Sabbatical Plan | 2013

Hayward Wesleyan Church has graciously offered its pastors an 8-week sabbatical after 7 years worth of full-time ministry. Pastor Mark and Loretta have taken theirs recently and Pastor Heath is currently on his sabbatical...

The Gospel | an entirely different kind of life

The other day I checked on Pastor Heath Davis' blog and read his most recent post. Wow. Maybe because I interact with computers a lot, but the metaphor he used in reference to the...

A Cat’s 10-Step Guide to Life

I have a cat. Two cats, actually. And until I watched this video, I had no idea of the things they could teach me about life (other than annoying their owners). Enjoy! [vimeo 48538997...

Refuting Evolution (video)

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Curriculum?! Where Do I Start?

Last month I wrote my first article for The Spiritual Formation Department's Children's Ministry Blog/Email Newsletter. It was entitled: Curriculum?! Where Do I Start? It's a story about a ministry couple that struggled (like many...