A Prayer of Fatherly Blessing

After over twenty years of youth ministry, if I had to pick one decisive influence in the life of the average teenager, I would say it is their relationship with their father (or lack thereof.)  My own story of coming to faith in Christ is inextricably linked to my relationship with my own father, and I now […]

Seven Ingredients of Proclaiming Christ

Any movement as effective as Young Life has a “special sauce,” a unique way of looking at life that makes it different than other movement.  Jim Rayburn, the founder of Young Life, embodied this “special sauce” in the early days of the mission, especially in the way he spoke to teenagers about Jesus.  Rayburn’s vision […]

Reading to Lead (2/7/13)

Here’s what I’m reading this week: One of the Greatest Speeches of All Time    Whenever we speak in front of a group of people, chances are good that there will be several, distinct groups of people in our audience.  Nancy Duarte’s analysis of Ronald Reagan’s speech to the nation following the Space Shuttle Challenger […]

Reading to Lead 12/5/12

Here are several articles to help you think and act differently as you follow Christ and lead others: Sermon Preparation— I think Ray Ortlund gets to the heart of what what Jim Rayburn meant when he said “Its a sin to bore a kid with the Gospel.” Being timely, specific, and sincere— My friend Michael Holland gives some great […]

The Inertia of Relationships

“Objects at rest tend to stay at rest unless acted upon by an outside force.”   –Newton’s First Law of Motion Objects at Rest . . .  Newton’s Law governs motion, but it also governs human relationships.  While I was talking with a high school student one day, he described one of his friendships to […]