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On Being a Pastor: A Letter to Myself

During the month of October, I have taken up the challenge to publish a blog post every day. I have worked hard to avoid a negative or critical tone in what I have written. 1,078 more words


The Copywriter's Notebook: Wholeheartedness

I’m being pulled in a thousand different directions.

As I write this I am fourteen weeks pregnant with my first child, and I’m tired.

I know, I know. 906 more words


When Driving with Students

We’ve all been there. Whether it’s the kid who needs a ride home after youth group or the kid who can’t get a ride to come meet you at Starbucks, the scenario is the same. 547 more words


When a Kid is Suicidal

If you’re in youth ministry, you will inevitably encounter a teen who is at least somewhat suicidal. It’s a scary thing that must be taken seriously. 393 more words


When Kids are Cutting

I’ve been in youth ministry for more than 20 years and have come to realize that there is no end to the steady stream of kids who experience deep pain in their lives and resort to cutting (and other destructive behaviors) as a means of coping.  1,561 more words


Forgiving the unrepentant. Is it necessary?

Or even possible?

This series of posts from The Briefing are a few years old but an excellent exploration of this question.

I’m also slowly working my way through D.A. 160 more words


Video Interview with Chuck DeGroat

Chuck DeGroat is associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan, and author of Toughest People to Love: How to Understand, Lead, and Love the Difficult People in Your Life — Including Yourself… 239 more words