Goals for Kingdom Impact

As we begin 2015, I think it is helpful for us to take some time to evaluate where we have been and where we want to go.  Goal-setting is an important way to make sure you are heading in the right direction and making the impact with your life that God has called you to … [Read more…]

Remembering God’s Faithfulness

Thanksgiving is a time to remember.  As we gather around the table as a family, we remember that we are blessed in great ways – food, family, friends, faith, and so much more.  This time of family gathering is a great time to pass the faith on to the next generation by sharing stories of … [Read more…]

Tick Tock, Tick Tock

One universal truth is that time flies.  I can remember as a child going to visit my great grandmother and watching the coo coo clock.  My brother and I would wait with eager anticipation for the moment when the bird would emerge from his bird house to chime the hour.  In my little mind, the hour … [Read more…]

Real Life Faith Conversations with Your Kids About Death

On August 11th, 2014, the entertainment world was shocked with the death of Robin Williams.  The famous actor’s life was cut tragically short – leaving the world in shock and bringing the depths of inner struggles front and center in national media.  William’s influence, impact, and legacy have been so greatly publicized that this presents … [Read more…]

Exiting the Church (Part 4): Faith in Real Life

As we conclude our exploration the topic of students exiting the church, today we will look at our final possible reason for this exit: Students never saw modeled a faith that impacted real life. It has been said that it is easy to be a Christian when everything is going well, but when the circumstances of life … [Read more…]

Exiting the Church (Part 3): What Is Truth?

As we continue to explore the topic of students exiting the church, today we will look at our second possible reason for this exit: Students did not have a Gospel worldview, and their faith fell apart when it was questioned in college. In John 18:37-38 (ESV), we read of an interesting conversation between Jesus and … [Read more…]

Exiting the Church (Part 2): Faith Is Not Genetic

As we continue to explore the topic of students exiting the church, today we will look at our first possible reason for this exit: Students never embraced the Gospel and relied on the faith of their parents instead of having their own personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Parents can influence and encourage the faith of … [Read more…]

Exiting the Church (Part 1): The Stats and Problem

This week, we are going to look the theme of students and the church.  In a 2006 book titled The Last Christian Generation, Josh McDowell stated that: “94% of ‘Christian’ students are leaving the church after high school never to return.” This is an alarming statistic that should change the way that we think about … [Read more…]