Soak up the SON

I feel like I’ve been in recovery for the last nine days.  March 10th came and went like a SHINEtastic whirlwind of emotion, exhilaration and exhaustion.  Ministering to over 500 teen girls and their mamas is no easy task, but so very worth it. Every time I invest myself in planning and executing an event, really of any scale, I always learn more than I’m privileged to teach.  This time was no exception.  While I could carry on for hours…

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It has been just under a month, and I am still whirling from all of the SHINEtasticness that took place on March 11!  For all of you chicks who took time out of your busy schedules to join us, thank you.  We trust your day rocked as much as you do! Over 400 teen girls and women, together in one place in small town America made for a pretty awesome event.  But, I’m not ready to call it “finished” just…

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Why I Trust God Today

I should be working right now.  I have two keynotes, a personality training, three Bible classes to teach, a radio interview and serious preparations for a trip oversees in the next week, but, instead, I feel inspired to write. This message is for you if you are a discouraged, unsure or insecure follower of Jesus Christ.  Yes, I realize we wouldn’t normally list those adjectives to describe our Christianity, but can we just be real for five seconds?  Listen, I…

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4 Tips for Christian Parents with Public School Kids

Parenting is a tough job.  Throw in school, homework, sports activities, PTA meetings and extracurricular clubs and life can get wild!  It seems there are posts by the dozens for Christian parents who home school (as many of my friends do) and many posts about common core and all the issues surrounding education, but not much is out there encouraging the Christian parent who has children in public school.  So, these thoughts have been on my mind for quite some…

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Why College students are Really Leaving the Church

I’ve read several articles on the subject of  “Why the youth leave the church.”  Usually the articles give reasons such as, “They were never really saved,” or “they were never taught the importance of fellowship,” or “they weren’t discipled,” and the lists go on. While I don’t think the points made in the articles are incorrect, I do believe most of the lists are incomplete and do not adequately address one of  the biggest reasons people leave the church after…

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Stop complaining about people you aren’t trying to reach: A rant about ranting.

When was the last time you heard or went on a rant about some general demographic? Foolishly, I often find myself guilty of the very subject of this article. In fact, this short op-ed might come across as a bit of a rant. I prefer to think of it as a challenge to a general demographic, namely, “Christians.” Either way, it is perfectly biblical to challenge our brothers and sisters who reside within the fold to operate in a more…

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Unacceptable Answers for Your Thinking Teens

I spent Dec. 29–31 at the Youth Alive conference in St. Louis. About 300 students from Missouri youth groups were in attendance. It’s been more than a week since the conference, but I’m still recovering as I was a room sponsor for my home church, was on the Questions and Answers panel, taught a breakout session and played bass in the band. I’d like to share with you something I learned at this conference. The youth group students in your…

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What I Learned From a Misssiologist, Part 1

Several weeks ago, I met with BMA Missions Executive Director, John David Smith. We spoke for about an hour, and I wish everyone in the BMA could do the same. The man is truly a treasure. If you’ve been paying attention to “church culture” in 2013-2014, you’ll see the idea of church multiplication is being emphasized, and rightly so. However, it is no secret that many churches are struggling, shrinking, plateauing or feel that they are in the church-saturated areas.…

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Teaching Purity

Two weeks ago, I was in Magnolia, Arkansas speaking at a purity conference for teen girls.  We had a great time and I was so blessed by the women there and their hearts to serve, lead and mentor their youth. I have literally had months to study the topic of purity and to ask the Lord to reveal His ideas and His ways for teaching it.  I’ve been angered, convicted and overjoyed all in the same breath as He has…

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An Honest Review of God’s Not Dead

First of all, I ask that you don’t read this review unless you are going to read the whole thing, word-for-word until the end. Of course this is all just my opinion, but if you care to know what I think, I want to be sure you don’t think I think something I don’t think. Got it? If you’re unfamiliar the plot of God’s Not Dead revolves around a Christian student defending the existence of God against his atheist philosophy…

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