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Where are you?

I got this picture from a YL camp speaker a few years ago.  He suggested Leaders use it to start cabin time conversations. He promised we’d be surprised by how well it initiated deeper conversation with high schoolers.  I was skeptical, I mean it’s a dumb picture of a bunch of kids climbing a tree. … Continue reading

Why Young Life Works

(This is a modified version of what I got to share at our YL Banquet last night…it’s a bit longer than usual but worth it if you care about YL!) You’ve  already gotten to see and experience what Young Life does.  But why does it work? How is it that the sum total of all … Continue reading

Having a Young Life Leader

In the process of starting two different Young Life ministries this year, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what I’m trying to accomplish.  What is my main objective?  What do I hope to establish?  It’s not often that you get to start something from nothing so I want to be wise and intentional … Continue reading

Shalom: Revisted

I just returned home from a 6-day Young Life backpacking trip in the San Juan mountains of Colorado.  I was with a group of high school students and two trained guides – 14 of us in total.  We hiked 40 miles with 30+ pounds on our backs.  We slept outside in fly tents, didn’t shower … Continue reading

(days 29 & 30)

Loooong overdue… (day 29) – The newest OK GO music video.  For me this video exactly captures creativity and thinking differently. (day 30) – The Opening Stanza from T.S. Elliot’s The Rock: “The Eagle soars in the summit of Heaven, The Hunter with his dogs pursues his circuit. O perpetual revolution of configured stars, O … Continue reading

Snowboarding and Shalom

A few months ago I was in California visiting some friends.  On my way back to Chicago I had one of the most bizarre experiences of my life.  (As I typed that, I double-checked my memory to make sure it was an accurate statement and as far as I can think back, it is.)  Anyways, … Continue reading

(30 days of ideas) – Week 4

“Spend your time coming up with better ideas.” -Seth Godin day (22) – What Could You Live Without? My dad sent me this article from the NY Times about a 14 year old girl’s crazy idea that her family actually followed through on.  As a result, my parents may be moving soon : ) day … Continue reading

(30 days) of Ideas – Week 3

Oh, just another week of thinking differently… (day 15) – Romans 1:19-20 says, “But the basic reality of God is plain enough.  Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: … Continue reading

(30 days) of Ideas – Week 2

Let the idea generating, thinking, and discussing continue… (day 8 ) – On Adventure. (A quote I discovered on one of my very favorite blogs: http://www.sarahrhoads.com/blog/ –> go check it out.) “Adventure is a path. Real adventure — self-determined, self-motivated, often risky, forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world.  The world the way … Continue reading

(30 days) of Ideas – Week 1

I used to get frustrated when I would ask people what they thought about something, or what ideas they had, only to receive blank stares on confused faces.  My mind would be exploding with thoughts and all I got in return was a pair of shrugged shoulders.  I have come to realize that people need … Continue reading

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