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The Power of “The Next Time”

March 11, 2014 by


When you evaluate, do you look forward or back? We in Young Life have a culture of evaluation, which is a good thing. Our constant evaluation of ourselves and each other helps us to achieve the excellence that we strive for in our mission. Evaluation, despite its necessary function, and good intentions, is not always […]

Heaven is Home

May 14, 2013 by


A few weeks ago, I asked a room of high school students what they thought of when they thought of heaven.  The answers weren’t particularly impressive.  One answer of course was the familiar image of clouds in the sky.  I was surprised to hear one student reference the 80’s hit song “Heaven is a Place […]

Context, Culture, and Communication

March 26, 2013 by


In John Chapter 7, the Jewish people were celebrating the Feast of the Tabernacles.  The yearly Feast commemorated the 40 years of Israel’s wanderings through the desert.  The high point of the Feast occurred each night when water was brought up from the Pool of Siloam and delivered to the Temple.  The Jews celebrated God’s […]

Three C’s of Leadership

February 27, 2013 by


Imaging pushing a 15 foot blob of Jello down the road. You have a destination and some boundaries that you want to stay between. The Jello will be unruly and sometimes have a mind of its own as it wobbles and rolls, sometimes well and sometimes off course . You are constantly nudging and directing […]

The Source of all Great Stories!

February 20, 2013 by


Two movies nominated for Oscars this year are pictures of the Gospel- Argo and Les Miserables.  It reminded me that all great stories are a reflection of the greatest story of all- the story of what God did for us in Jesus that we could not do for ourselves.  I’m no movie reviewer, but in […]

Seven Ingredients of Proclaiming Christ

February 14, 2013 by


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)

February 7, 2013 by


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 […]