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I Will Just Never Understand

on Feb 26, 2014 | 0 comments

You know those things in life that you don’t understand? What about those things that you don’t understand and you’re pretty confident that you will never actually understand them? There are a few things that cause us to think these things, but they are a powerful few things. Death is one of those things that can fall into the “incomprehensible” category. Especially, and usually only, the power that unplanned death can have. Even death that we think we are prepared for has incredible effects on people. But it’s the unplanned death that can have such an effect on us. Death causes us to think a lot of thoughts. It causes us to consider many things that we never usually consider simply because we are in such shock of what just took place. We think about what could have been had we done X, Y, or Z. We try to put ourselves into the shoes of the person or...

Here Comes Culture: Understanding Youth Culture and How to Engage It

on Feb 25, 2014 | 0 comments

At Hope Student Ministries, we believe that parents are, and will always be, the most influential people in a students’ life. As such, one of our Number Ones is to Partner with Parents. We believe that it is our job to “Equip parents to lead thriving families.” We do this in many ways already and are looking to expand our resources to parents on a regular basis. This next one is something that I am super excited about. Beginning in April, for four weeks, we will be offering an Impact class at Hope Missionary Church during the 9:00am hour called Here Comes Culture: Understanding and Engaging Your Kid’s Culture. This 4 week class will feature a frank discussion of the ways that more and more students are gaining more and more access to more and more parts of the world. We will be looking at Communication, how students are communicating, Social Media Technology,...

Dear Avid Christian Sports Fan

on Feb 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Dear Avid Christian Sports Fan… Just stop. Seriously, this is getting a bit old. Don’t get me wrong, I was an avid, scream at the refs and harp on the other team’s best player guy, until my Junior year of college. Do, I get a little fired up during Bears games? Yes. Do I sometimes get mad at Gerry Davis when he blows a call at Comerica? Yes. Do I yell at the New Haven coaches when they play Norwell because one of them is a foot on the floor? No. What I don’t understand is when did it become appropriate to act like a 14 year old the moment you get into an arena or stadium, just in the name of being a great fan? When did it become ok to dehumanize athletes who, in most cases, are using the talents they have developed over time, to get a degree or make a living? When was it ok to act as mature as your shoe size and not your age? The situation that developed a...

What We Can Learn From Dr. King

on Jan 20, 2014 | 0 comments

Today is the day that we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr for all the things that his life spurred on. It is a significant day for many to celebrate the transformation this country saw because of the things that he did. But, if that’s all this is, we have missed the point because there is so much more that we can continue to learn from Dr. King’s example. Of all the things that Dr. King taught us, one of the primary lessons was how he did it different. It doesn’t take a long look into Dr. King’s life to recognize what drove him to believe the things he did about the status of our nation. Everything he did was based on his personal belief in his Creator. Everything he did flowed from his relationship with Christ. Why is that important? It’s important because it dictated how he went about instigating change. It is important because it was the driving force...

One Name

on Jan 20, 2014 | 0 comments

Is your name powerful? We sang the song “Jesus, Son of God” yesterday and I couldn’t stop thinking about the power that comes in that one name. I mean when people say my name, generally nothing happens. I’m not really sure that there is any other name that makes things happen as powerfully as the name of Jesus. It amazes me what can happen because of this one name. Jesus. It causes people to stumble and it causes people to rise up. It causes people to be mystified and it causes people to embrace they mystery. It has caused the lame to walk, the blind to see, the sick to be healed, the prisoner to be freed, the dead to rise, and it has provided light in the midst of darkness. All at the sound of one name. Jesus. The Son of God. The one name that every other name bows to. One name. So, how much do you trust the power of that one name? How much do you believe in...

Incredible Video from This Week

on Jan 18, 2014 | 0 comments

Incredible Video from This Week

just wait

on Jan 14, 2014 | 1 comment

When you don’t know where to turn, just stop and wait. I remember countless times that I would get lost in Target or Walmart or Kmart or whatever “mart” my family and I were in on a given day. I remember the panic that seemed to come over me and the frantic running around the store I would do until I found my mom. Those were some pretty nerve-wracking moments for an 8-year old, ADD kid who was more interested in the latest video game system than sticking with my mom. And my mom was bound to let me learn. Now don’t get the idea that my mom neglected me. No doubt she probably got super annoyed with me, but I always found her. Of course there were moments that I didn’t think I was going to, but I always did. Funny thing was, my mom instructed me that if I ever got lost to just stop and wait for her where ever I was, and that she would find me. If only I would...

Don’t Be Surprised

on Jan 10, 2014 | 2 comments

All is back to normal in the universe again.  All conservatives, Christians, and red-blooded Americans that believe in freedom can raise their victory flags once again. The colors can stand tall and free again because our good friend and reality TV buddy is going back on the tube. And on January 15th, everybody will be “happy, happy, happy” once again. But should we be surprised that we had to go through that? That was somewhat cynical, pointed, and probably ticked off half of my readers. I’ve had a couple conversations about this whole thing and wonder if perhaps we have lost sight of something that transpired in this whole conversation that should be addressed, embraced, and challenged. I’m especially talking to the Christians in this situation. One of the main things I witnessed through this “scandal” is this overwhelming desire to be VALIDATED....