Red Envelope

Fundraisers. The very word has brought Kings, Dignitaries and Jr. High Youth Pastors to their knees for eons. Alas, take heart, for there is a new dawn coming. No, I didn’t win the powerball, but I did hit a jack pot! (come on, give me a break, that was a good set up) I, like many of you,...

Making Fundraising...

Growing up in a Christian home, I was always involved in church-related activities ranging from church camp to summer mission trips. Then came along a Youth For Christ (YFC) trip, along with two schools and outreaches through Youth With A Mission (YWAM). A common thread through each of these...

Porn: Reviewing Fi...

Do you ever watch Conan O’Brien? Have you seen his “guy caught watching porn” mime that he does? It’s funny. But it’s also sad. It shows that our culture has just accepted the fact that, yeah, we all look at porn. As youth pastors/workers/volunteers, how do we...

Welcome to the Jun...

I recently went on a “moonlight” hike with my friends through a familiar state park near our church. We decided we didn’t care whether we walked on trails or not, and eventually we were pretty lost. At 2am, with scary sounds everywhere, this could have been a pretty bad...

Top 10 Resources for Justice (Seeking Justice Part...

As we noticed last time, a relational-orientation is the crucial missing piece between The Church, Justice and the Kingdom of God.  This is about a holistic embrace of the Justice of the Kingdom, which includes not just what we think of as social justice, but economic justice and environmental justice.  Just as there is an interconnectivity of injustice in our world, our response to “set-things-right” (that is the righteousness that goes beyond that of the Pharisees) must be interconnected.  Thus, the Justice of the Kingdom also has to do with the Worship of the Kingdom, which for those of us in the Vineyard movement, is a...

Evangelism and God...

Jerry Root and Stan Guthrie’s book, The Sacrament of Evangelism (Moody Publishers: 2011), is the must-read book of recent years on evangelism, which I recommend for first-time inquirers or for those of us that lead in the areas of discipleship-training, outreach and evangelism. It not...