Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Porn-Again Christian

Porn-Again Christian by Mark Driscoll is available for free download HERE.

You can read the introduction HERE.

It is very blunt, to the point and not for the faint of heart. It's directed towards men.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


I came across "40" last year and found it to be a great resource to use with our students to get them to start thinking about Lent and the 40 days before Easter. It's a series of images that depict Jesus' 40 days in the wilderness.

Thank you Si Smith!

Monday, February 23, 2009

A youth pastor's prayer

Psalm 86:11

"Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name."

I've been captivated by David's words this past week and have been praying this every morning and every evening. I want nothing more than to live out this verse in our student ministry.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Post-It notes

Post-it notes are one of my favorite things to use when I gather with my adult leaders. Tonight we passed them around, along with Sharpies, and asked each leader to write on the Post-it notes where they have seen God working in our high school community of students. Each leader wrote down one word or phrase per Post-it. They then stood up in front of the group and posted them on the white board, explaining how they have seen God working. At the end of the night we had this amazing picture of what God has been doing in the lives of our students. It helped us pull out some themes of where God has been moving and it gave each leader the chance to speak in front of the group and share their heart!

Friday, February 13, 2009

A Royal Waste of Time

As I am preparing to preach on John 12:1-11 this Sunday my senior pastor gave me this quote to think about from Marva Dawn.

“To worship the Lord is –in the world’s eyes – a waste of time. It is indeed, a 'Royal' waste of time. By engaging in it, we don’t accomplish anything useful in our society’s terms. But Worship ought not to be construed in a utilitarian way. Its purpose is not to gain numbers nor for our churches to be seen as successful. Rather, the entire reason for our worship is that God deserves it. Moreover, it isn’t even useful for earning points with God, for what we do in worship won’t change one whit how God feels about us. We will always still be helpless sinners caught in our endless inability to be what we should be or to make ourselves better – and God will always still be merciful, compassionate, and gracious, abounding in steadfast love and ready to forgive us as we come to him.” - A Royal Waste of Time, Marva Dawn