On Mission Category

What About Me?

We all ask this question – the bonus of a post like this is that we can read and ponder it without worrying about what facial expressions we’re making or what our ‘real’ response is. There is a fundamental battle in the heart of every human being and that battle is about who we love the […]

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Gospel Mentoring: Part Six – Challenging in Gospel Progress

As a kid, there were times when my parents wanted us all to go for a drive to nowhere. I hated it! It felt like such a waste of time to drive down endless roads simply for the “fun of it.” Isn’t it crazy how motivating it is to have a goal? Gospel mentoring must […]

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Gospel Mentoring: Part Four – Modeling Gospel Principles

I recently started working out and it was really intimidating to get familiar with the equipment, routine and regimen of the discipline. It didn’t seem to come naturally and it felt really awkward to be learning the basics while many people around me seemed to understand everything clearly and could do it so easily. As […]

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Gospel Mentoring: Part Three – Giving Gospel Trust

With little kids, you learn that you have to incrementally give them more and more trust–often before they’re ready for it. If you wait until they’re ‘ready’ for what you have to give or what you’re hoping to get, then you’ll be waiting forever. When you extend trust and expect it in relationship, there will […]

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Gospel Mentoring: Part Two – Inspiring Gospel Commitment

Every relationship has an awkward beginning. I can remember the first time I met with someone who intentionally invested in me. We didn’t call it mentoring, but he met with me and worked for my benefit and continued development. In hindsight, while there were lots of things that weren’t ideal in those early days of […]

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Gospel Mentoring: Part One

Life and relationships are messy and hard. There are roads you haven’t traveled down before and lessons you haven’t learned when you’re already taking the exams for them in life. We have many books, messages and blogs that have sought to provide clarity to these kinds of life challenges with mixed results.  While we have […]

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Helping without Jesus isn’t Helping…

I had a great conversation with a businessman from Denmark last night.  Through some pretty unique circumstances we found ourselves talking about life, hope and purpose.  These kinds of conversations usually start the same way in the northwest.  They begin by us asking what each other do for a living and when I respond that […]

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Summer Camp Highs and Real Life Lows

We just returned from a week with an incredible group of students at Momentum 2013.  I had a chance to teach throughout the week on our theme of Transformation.  One of my main concerns with summer camps is that the over the top experiences and isolated environment can become so unsustainable that it sets students […]

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The Elephant in the Room

This weekend I was with a group of students at a local conference and had the chance to watch God grab the hearts of thousands of students around one simple message…the Gospel.  Oftentimes we cram our heads with deep and significant theological ideas while forgetting the basics (Gal.1:6-9). There’s a lot more comfort in leaning […]

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My Conversation with Muhammad

Tonight we were at the park as a family and I met a young Muslim man named Muhammad who was there with his daughter.  While I could tell from his traditional dress that he was Muslim, I didn’t want to immediately tread there given the fact that we were both with our kids and just […]

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