A Train Wreck is Coming

A Train Wreck is Coming

On one of my many trips to India, I saw a horrible sight that I still remember.  It was the remains of a head-on collision between two trains.  The wreckage had simply been moved to the side of the tracks to rust in the hot Indian sun.  As our train passed the carnage, I wondered how many people had lost their lives in the crash.

That train wreck could have been avoided.  Someone somewhere made a mistake that left a trail of dead bodies.  The same thing is true for our own lives.  Some of us are headed for destruction and we don't even know it.  The key is to examine the habits, routines, and patterns that characterize our lives and ask ourselves where we will end up if we stay on the same track. Read more for 10 tell-tale signs you are headed for a train wreck. 

5 Lies The Enemy Wants Every Youth Pastor To Believe

5 Lies The Enemy Wants Every Youth Pastor To Believe

I believe that student ministers today are much under-appreciated within the church as a whole. Many student ministers get merely coined as the “Youth Guy” and are seen as just someone who comes up with games and takes teens to Six Flags. The truth, however, is that youth ministry for most involves so much more that goes unnoticed. Student ministers today face a great deal of pressure to be relevant within a culture where kids have no biblical worldview whatsoever and families are broken. This often leaves youth pastors feeling beaten down, discouraged, and defeated. I have composed five lies that the enemy wants all youth pastors to believe.

Follow the Crowd or Follow Jesus: Every Student's Struggle

Follow the Crowd or Follow Jesus: Every Student's Struggle

Ever been to summer camp? Experienced waking up to worship? Opened your eyes to be surrounded by hundreds of people who know Jesus?

It’s the most wonderful thing. Encouragement and accountability overwhelm you in the best way.

Unfortunately, camp doesn't last forever and school comes back around. Our friend Craig, a 17-year-old junior from Ebenezer Baptist Church in North Carolina shared some of his challenges about the semester after camp and some practical ways he overcame temptation.

5 Reasons Ministers Quit

5 Reasons Ministers Quit

Ministry can be a lonely endeavor, if you let it.  There are few careers that tend to isolate you like the one I am called to.  To be sure, you can become a Lone Ranger in any line of work if you choose to, but by nature, ministry seems to push us away from the very people we are called to love and serve.  The more we give and pour ourselves out, the greater the tendency to pull away from deep, personal friendships and ultimately, a deep abiding relationship with Christ Himself. Read more for five reasons ministers quit.

Thanksgiving is a Choice, Not a Date

Thanksgiving is a Choice, Not a Date

You get to choose your perspective on the life you've been given.  While it's easier on the front end to complain about all the things that haven't gone right in your life so far, the long-term consequences of negativity are enormous.  Studies consistently show that negative people who complain not only see the world through the worst possible lens, they are also unhappier, unhealthier, and more lonely than people who choose to be positive.

Learn six ways to approach the holidays with a good attitude.