Adventurers get hurt sometimes.

Annie has been the leader in adventuring in our family and has always worked to develop a sense of adventure rather than fear with our kids. Somewhere along the line we started telling our kids, “adventurers get hurt sometimes,” whenever they would come to us complaining of an injury. It has become a mantra in […]

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Privilege and Race

The horrific events of the last few months; Ferguson, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and more is hard to talk about. It takes a lot of work to find hope for a positive outcome, but my hope and prayer is that important conversations are again taking place that will create lasting changes and move us closer […]

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Young Life leaders as Ebenezers

One of the disappointing things for me over the last 10 years is that during the holidays when former YL kids come back home is the same time that Annie and I leave Indy to visit our families. I wish I could catch up with every person who has ever sat in our living room for campaigners […]

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Productivity Notes

I recently presented some ideas on improving productivity and professionalism to some Young Life staff. Below are my notes in case they are helpful to you. This is a learnable skill. Everyone sincerely wants to improve, it is matter of learning very simple techniques and systems.   Why it matters: As a way to respect […]

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Anxiety and the Dentist.

I hate the dentist more than the average person. I only hate one thing, the sharp tool the hygienist uses to scrape plaque off my teeth. I leave the dentist needing blood to return to my left hand after I place my left hand in my right hand and squeeze as hard as I can […]

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I sobbed two weeks ago.

I sobbed two weeks ago, when I went to John Craig’s funeral. One year ago I wrote about how I met John and Maetta Craig and where that meeting eventually led. I sobbed at the reality of sweet and mighty Maetta losing a second husband to cancer. I sobbed when telling Annie this story that […]

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Young Life’s Heartbeat

The vast majority of mentoring programs or discipleship program focus their attention to the right of the threshold line. Most programs ask kids or people to opt in, which inherently means they have a desire to succeed. The number of people willing to ‘mentor’ or ‘disciple’ kids increases exponentially as you move to the right. […]

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A place of privilege. 

I am in a position of privilege in many way. One is that I have a job that I love, that offers meaning, purpose, value, significance every day. I am guilty of taking this privilege for granted at times, though this rarely lasts long. Pursuing a dream job that allows us to make a living […]

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The problem with books and blogs

The problem with blogs and books is that wisdom is customized and rarely universalized. In an attempt to scale we try to universalize things but in reality certain people need certain wisdom in certain situations. Blogs and books aren’t able to listen or feel. When we know people we know the defaults that they revert to, […]

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Making Friends

Guide to making new friends (especially in new settings) I am not an expert in making friends. Annie and I lucked into a lot of friendships when we moved to the greater Indy area and we had a lot of people looking out for us. Looking back though I think these principles were beneficial. These […]

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Egypt: Final Post

The trip is complete and I am thrilled to be home but I am exceedingly grateful that I had this opportunity. Lasting memory: The people. The Egyptian people who hosted us amazingly well. It really was hard to leave the people we worked with at the camp. We worked together and they hosted us as […]

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Egypt Part 2

I have quickly grown to admire this ministry we are serving with.  A few things I admire: The Staff.  They are all volunteers and the are full of Joy and unconditional love for kids. Frankly the kids are somewhat difficult. I have worked with high school kids for many years but I have to admit […]

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Egypt: The first 5 days

I am now home from Egypt. While in Egypt we had wireless connection but never strong enough to post a blog. I will spread out a couple of blogs over the next week. We had a GREAT time! We have now been in Egypt for almost 5 days and I am ready to make a […]

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