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March 2016: One Word Book Reviews

I love the months when there’s more space to read. In March, I dipped my eyes into more books than a first semester freshman. I read three books yesterday while traveling. Book in hand vs. phone in hand? Book wins.   The book wins because:   Time we spend...

Between The Mess And The Miracle

Easter Saturday. The place between Friday and Sunday that holds the waiting, the wrestling, the overcoming, the almost there but not yet there possibility. God seemed to introduce a sacred waiting, a wrestling, a place in the middle where the mess segues the miracle....

7 Ways To Celebrate World Water Day

WORLD WATER DAY is Tuesday March 22nd! I want to know what your youth group will do to celebrate the BIOLOGICAL WONDER that keeps all of creation living! If you're a little low on ideas. It's okay. I know you've got the "and other duties as assigned" part of your...

Why Being At The Bottom Is A Good Thing

My friend Amber emailed me to let me know about a post that revealed the top Youth Ministry Blogs of 2015. I geek out giving lists like this a look because I love youth ministry and people who write about youth ministry. The blogs were ranked by three kinds of stats:...

BIG NEWS AND 10 AWESOME BOOK GIFTS

Voltaire had good hair and also good advice. "Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.” Let us read and dance because….   March 3rd is WORLD BOOK DAY! Glory.   My friend Elle and I want to celebrate it now and...

Let’s Start A Book Club

I love books.   At the end of the year I shared a post called Brooklyn's Best Books 2015. It was a way to return to the books that I loved reading all year. I also tossed in the idea of a non book club that my friend Elle and I had been talking about.  ...

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Developing Dangerous

What would you, could you, want to do if nothing selfish fueled you? What if unselfishness became the prayer in your heart, in your church, in your youth ministry? What if God could transform all of us? What if it's true, that God can change you? And me? Change we?...

Light, Dark, & Ice Cream

  ‘This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.” It’s a good song and lesson. But somehow in learning that good lesson I assumed another lesson, that it’s equally important to hide the dark. Keep the light visible. Minimize the dark. But why? What if our...

Brooklyn’s 5 For 2016

Youth ministry looks different than in did in 2001. In 2001, if you were to misplace a small middle school person at Disney world, there would have been no way to connect. In 2016, you'd find yourself on Snapchat looking for their last time stamp  or simply sending a...

JUST WATER = JUST GRATEFUL

Most of the world believes that in order to have a conversation, wake up, or do anything, you need coffee.   I had no idea that coffee held the world together, until I stopped drinking it.   The coffee Bible (Pinterest) says:   Running is made possible...

Brooklyn’s Best Books 2015

Books were my best friends in the 5th grade. I felt at home in piles of them. I felt alone without piles of them. My favorite books that year were two biographies, one about Mozart, the other about Beethoven. And, all of the Nancy Drew books that were ever written. I...

The Proclaimers Made Me Do It (2015 Resolutions)

Have you ever chosen a quote to guide your thoughts for a year? I highly recommend NOT doing that, unless of course you want it to guide your thoughts for a year. Because the quote inevitably will guide your thoughts for a year and sometimes we're not ready for what...

Diversity is magic.

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. – Maya Angelou Maya calls us all to action. If it seems like a boring action. Think again because teaching the beauty and strength of diversity is not only...

Blindfolded Between Two Trees

I spent most of my time in Indonesia inside a hotel, attending meetings and having conversations with youth and youth ministry leaders from dozens of countries in South Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. It's hard to describe what it's like being in a global...

GRIEF | 5 Ways To Help Others Through It

It's 2:45 AM. I'm wide awake. I've learned some things about life, culture, and youth ministry while in South Asia. But I've also learned that jet-lag is a real thing and I'm still not the best at adjusting to it. The good news, I've got a few quiet hours to share...

Dear Jack

Dear Jack, I don't know much about you. I do know four things. You are a student attending PLNU. You are a part of a team that thanks people for contributing to a scholarship fund. I received a thank you note from you. You are a guy. (Unless Jack is a new trendy girl...

Lead Small Together

It's been a awesome week leading and teaching on Orange Tour this fall. I love being a part of the Lead Small conversation because small groups matter to students. Providing safe and consistent small groups can be the most important thing churches can do for kids....

Life Group, Lead Small, & $100

“If you want to get serious about influencing the hearts of this generation, you have to think about creating an actual, visible, consistent place where they know they belong.” ― Reggie Joiner, Creating a Lead Small Culture: Make Your Church a Place Where Kids Belong...

3 Reasons Why It’s Cool To Keep A Secret From Social Media

Our kids don't even notice our iPhone camera and are used to the fact that their mommy and daddy are writers. On some days I'm confident that our journalistic perspective will shape them positively, on other days I feel like we're going to need more money for their...

Every Youth Ministry Needs It

If I had to boil down what youth ministry is in two words, I'd have to choose the words HUSTLE and FAITH. Why? Because loving and serving others isn't something that just happens when you daydream about it, write about it, or mention it to a friend. It happens when...

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