October 16, 2017

My philosophy of youth ministry, one which I have communicated several times with our church body, and one which I made clear even before I brought on as Youth Pastor at EFC, is that my role is to supplement the spiritual nourishment that my students are receiving at h...

August 21, 2017

It’s that time of year. There is weeping and gnashing of teeth among students. There is rejoicing and dancing (unless you’re Baptist) among parents. It’s time to go back to school! There’s new clothes, a new list of supplies, and a new picture holding a chalk board tha...

July 24, 2017

A few weeks ago, at Family Camp, I was able to lead a workshop titled “Technology and Teens.” While the workshop was for high school and junior high students, the principles are ones that we could all learn. I know I was convicted by my own teaching. First, let me expl...

June 26, 2017

Is it ever ok for Christians to swear? By swear, I mean curse, or to use what we refer to as “cuss words.” This is not an easy question to answer, and I don’t have any delusions of grandeur in thinking that this brief article will put the debate to rest. I want to simp...

April 24, 2017

As the calendar page flips to May, the thoughts of many high school students (and their parents) turn to graduation. In just a few short weeks, their high school career will have ended and they will begin a new journey into adulthood, fully equipped with a purpose, a p...

March 13, 2017

In our Forge Bible study, we have been talking about what it means to live unashamed lives for the gospel of Christ. The foundation of our study is Romans 1:16 where Paul says “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who...

March 6, 2017

As I began to write this post a few weeks ago, Oroville was still in recovery and on edge due to the events surrounding our dam and broken spillway. Many people were displaced from their homes and left wondering what sort of mess they might be coming home to. The threa...

January 17, 2017

Even though I’m not a parent of a teenager (yet), working with teens has taught me one thing about being a parent: one of your primary jobs is to be a chauffeur. Until they are old enough to drive and have their own car, it is the responsibility of the parent to take t...

December 12, 2016

Sometimes I find myself completely surprised by our culture. There are times where I am shocked when I read the news and reports of things that are happening in our world and when I read people’s responses to things that are happening.  Currently I am reading some of t...

October 17, 2016

In 2016, approximately 78 percent of Americans have some form of social media presence (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), according to one statistics website. From another website, as of 2012, 81 percent of teens had a social media profile. In other words, we like t...

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