Sting

I write this blog tonight next to two cell phones – one is mine, and one belongs to the hospital I work for. I am the social worker on-call...
April 21, 2015
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    The Youth Leader’s Greatest Gift

    Last year, I started “Girl Time with Calvin” on our High School’s Winter Retreat, which was basically a fun way for me to sit down with the female senior class and hang out with them.  Girl Time with Calvin consists of me talking with them and answering any questions they have...
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    Knit Together

    When you’re learning how to knit, you need to learn to read a whole new language: K1, m1, p2, CO, k2tog. You learn to decipher charts and take something that looks good on paper and bring it to life. And you learn, through experience, that knitting takes time and...
  • The Kingdom is Today

    This year, with our students at church, we’ve decided to journey with Jesus through the Gospel according to Mark. We’ve only traveled through the first 15 verses, but I’m already excited about some of the conversations that are being sparked thus far.  I especially love Jesus’ first sermon in...
  • Love Beyond Language

    Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.-1 John 3:18 She is new. None of us have seen her before. A woman with a modest hijab walks into our English class for the very first time. In many ways she is...
  • Church Marketing 101

    I ought to show my cards right from the get go.  I’m really not that big of a fan of church marketing.  While I realize that “marketing” (though I’d rather use a different term) is, in some sense, inevitable if we want to be congregations that engage our communities,...
  • Parental Advisory: What is your Child Learning in Sunday School?

    “Hey Tanner, remind me of the ministry opportunities you have at your church again?” asked Andrew, who followed up his question with his warm, yet focused and expectant stare through his thin framed glasses. “Oh, well, the primary help I try to provide is in organizing and planning different...
  • The Reality of Rhetoric: Reflections on a LGBT Milestone

    Although originally written in response to a prior event in the national spotlight and debate on homosexuality, this article seems apropos to share in light of the US Supreme Courts decision on the Defense of  Marriage Act on Wednesday.  In light of the On May 19,  a member of the Biola...
  • A New Model for Ministerial Training

    Excessive student debt is a problem. A big problem. And a problem that shows no signs of reversing trend anytime soon. A recent article by Scott Cohn, a senior correspondent for CNBC, noted that the average 2011 college graduate was saddled with over twenty-five thousand dollars in debt. But...
  • The Strength of Storying…

    Ministry isn’t easy. Those who serve, whether as pastors of churches, or who minister in other ways, can certainly resonate with that fact. And, it’s tough in different ways for different people. Although I’ve come to grow substantially in this area, for years, vulnerability was one of my most...
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