• Faith Reflections

    Scars

    At youth group on Wednesday night, we talked about scars. There are physical scars that we all have, scars that open the door to some pretty amazing stories.  Stories about falls in the shower that ended with a face plant on the side of the tub and a gash in the chin.  Or a cool trick on a skateboard that turned out to be a not so cool trick.  Maybe a story about being so excited about getting asked to prom your junior year by the cute cross country runner that you ran down the hallway, grabbed the door frame to swing around and accidentally cut your wrist.  (Not saying…

  • Faith Reflections

    I'm Stuck. Thank God. (repost)

    Being stuck is a great moment. It may be characterized by frustration, loneliness, or detachment, but those things are only the vocabulary of our souls telling us we are in danger. It is the cry of our souls craving for more. It is our longings and yearnings trying to get our attention. It is a summons, a call from within. It is the glorious music of disaffection and dissatisfaction with where we are now. It is the anguish of our interior life pleading with us—not to give up, but to give in. It is the Holy Spirit stopping us dead in our tracks so we can read the words that…

  • Faith Reflections,  My Life

    Invisible Children Responds to Your Questions

    Thank you, KONY 2012 Supporters from INVISIBLE CHILDREN on Vimeo. Invisible Children CEO Ben Keesey answers some of the questions about Invisible Children that have been raised in the wake of KONY 2012’s viral success. It includes an explanation of Invisible Children’s unique development model and the philosophy behind the allocation of its money. Ben also breaks down the organization’s financial expenses including travel/transportation expenses, production costs, and management/general expenses. In addition, he explains the purpose and goals of KONY 2012–in both the short and long terms. If you have any additional questions, please tweet them to us @invisible with the hashtag #AskICAnything, and we will do our best to…

  • Faith Reflections,  Youth Ministry

    Reflections on KONY 2012

    If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know that I am a supporter of Invisible Children. You’ve been barraged by updates and tweets this week as we prepared to host the IC roadies at our church and as the latest video went viral and discussions/criticisms ensued. If you have followed me for any length of time, you know that I’ve been an advocate of Invisible Children since 2006 – showing movies and films, sharing their materials, purchasing their products (shirts, bracelets, MEND bags, etc) and coordinating local events with the Invisible Children roadies. I’ve written letters, made phone calls, and have attended lobby meetings with my elected officials concerning…

  • My Life

    Kony 2012

    Here is the video – if by some chance you’ve been locked up in solitary confinement for the past three days and haven’t seen or heard about it. I’ll post some more of my own thoughts about the KONY 2012 campaign in the next day. KONY 2012 from INVISIBLE CHILDREN on Vimeo.

  • Faith Reflections

    Most Anticipated Movie of 2012

    I love movies.  I watch a lot of movies. I’m a huge fan of the Hunger Games trilogy and can’t wait for the movie release March 23.  I’m also a Twihard (don’t hate), own each of the movies and am counting down to the fifth and final movie this fall.  But even with these ah-mazing movies releasing in 2012, I’m most excited about the April 13 release of  Blue Like Jazz. The movie is based on the New York Time’s Best Selling book by the same name.  This book changed my faith and the faith of thousands of others – in a great way.  Written by Donald Miller, his semi-autobiographical work,…