That’s My Jam

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I first heard the song “Mighty to Save” when I was on a youth group mission trip in Costa Rica just a month or so after high school graduation.  I loved the song immediately and adopted it as one of my all-time favorites, a personal anthem of sorts.  “Mighty to Save” has been a banner song over so many seasons … Read More

A House That’s Move-In Ready

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During one of the many snow days this winter, I found myself curled up on the couch scrolling through the TV channels trying to settle on a decent daytime show.  The options were limited, but I landed on one of the various home purchasing programs on HGTV.  And I loved it, which is probably a sign of old age…or “increasing … Read More

What’s In Your Heart?


I walked into my English class on the first day of my junior year of high school and was greeted by Mrs. Cox’s smiling face.  She was a new teacher that year, but many of us knew her already because she had a son in our grade.  It was clear that she would be a cool teacher – she was … Read More

Describing a Diamond


I need to be honest. I’ve never really been interested in the book of James. I know many people consider it a personal favorite, but for whatever reason I was never a huge fan. In spite of my neutrality toward the book, I believe James is the Word of God and is a vital component of the canon – certainly … Read More

The Greatest Gift I Can Give (And Other Lessons from SYMC)


David and I were privileged to spend the weekend in Columbus, Ohio at the Simply Youth Ministry Conference (SYMC).  SYMC is a “conference for youth workers by youth workers,” and this year’s gathering drew over 2,100 attendees.  The weekend was equal parts refreshing and educational, so kudos to the SYMC team for pulling off the perfect balance.  Every aspect of … Read More