Relationships

The Marriage Dance

Many wedding receptions include a dance with the bride and her father. The music is usually slow, and the moment is tender and meaningful. I recently attended a wedding where this traditional dance took place. The bride and her father started their dance to a nice, slow melody. Then, in the middle of their slow… Read More The Marriage Dance

Parenting, Spiritual Practices

Seven? Three? Nope, just ONE simple way to weave serving into your family’s routine

Confession time. When stories pop up in my news feed claiming they can fix my life in just a few easy steps, I’m the first person to click.   “A step-by-step guide to decluttering your house in one week.” Click.    “Three ways to completely eliminate the dark circles under your eyes.” Click. “Ten easy… Read More Seven? Three? Nope, just ONE simple way to weave serving into your family’s routine

Parenting, Spiritual Practices

Book Review: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Teenage Brains

For those of us in youth ministry, Mark Oestreicher (or as he is commonly called, Marko) is a household name. He has been at the center of the discussion of how to effectively empower teenagers to live out the gospel for decades.   More recently, Marko has become a student of teenage brain development and… Read More Book Review: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Teenage Brains

Relationships

The Struggle is Real: Learning from the celibate, gay christian community

As I mentioned in my recent sermon, I have learned a lot from the celibate, gay Christian community over the past several years. One such voice is author and blogger Eve Tushnet. Eve shares her perspective as a lesbian woman in the church who loves Scripture and embraces Jesus’ teachings about sex, marriage and lust.… Read More The Struggle is Real: Learning from the celibate, gay christian community