“When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Psalm 11:3 Remember the movie White Squall? It tells the story of the brigantine Albatross, which was capsized by what mariners call a white squall: a violent “perfect” storm that can appear without warning and is almost impossible to survive.  Does anyone else feel like the current […]

Advent and the Dawn of Grace

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us … John 1:14 Advent. The celebration of the coming of the Messiah. The Advent season is meant to take us on a journey of remembrance, anticipation, and joy. What is amazing is that the birth of Christ marks not a culmination but a new beginning. We […]

Finding God in Hard Places

(On May 31st a team from Neighborhood Ministries – six younger, seven older – traveled to Nairobi Kenya. As part of the Emerging Leaders Initiative, urban youth experienced life in a culture very different from their own. Can God be found in hard places? What we discovered changed our lives …) One afternoon, while the […]

Insights Double-Edge

Insight transforms ministry. But it comes with a price. Last month, I had the privilege of walking leaders through the principles of transformational discipleship. At the start, I asked: What do you hope to gain from the Transformational Youth Ministry workshop?  Responses varied, yet they all seemed to echo a single need: Insight – they sought insights into how to better […]