What iOS 7 Means for Your Design

With Apple seeding the fifth beta of iOS 7 to developers yesterday, I’ve been reflecting on what all the Cupertino redesigns to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch mean for the design industry as a whole. The complete redesign of Apple’s mobile OS has drawn both loud praise and loud criticism from professional designers and armchair commentators alike. The clean …

Why I Preach One Point Sermons

In many ways, the three point sermon is the sacred cow of the traditional pastor (or preacher, if you prefer). The three point sermon is lauded as the ideal balance for meeting the spiritual needs of the congregation and can only be improved upon if there is a sweet morsel of poetry attached delicately to the end. Or is it? …

Why Detroit’s Bankruptcy Shouldn’t Surprise Us – But Should Scare Us

The Motor City. If you haven’t heard the news, last week the city of Detroit declared bankruptcy. Detroit was once the crown jewel of the industrious American nation. Now it’s a sad punch line. The famous town that was once the fourth largest city in the country now sees three people leave each hour – with over 80,000 of its …

Bulldozer Parenting

We owe a lot of our modern conveniences to the humble bulldozer. These heavy pieces of machinery clear unwanted obstacles out of the way (using it’s dozer blade), allowing quick and easy passage for less equipped vehicles. Off-roading is fun, but when I need to get somewhere, I’m thankful that a fleet of bulldozers has forged ahead of me and …

Embracing the River

One of the most recommended things Ashley and I were encouraged to do while in the Windy City was to take an architectural tour on a river boat. So we did. The tour was great. Not only did we get to see the amazing Chicago skyline, but it also helped us get our bearings on the layout of Chicago and …

A Tale of Two Chicago Churches

On my vacation to Chicago, I decided to visit two local churches. The first church had nothing on paper that I would have said that attracted me. This campus met in an old school’s auditorium – sans air conditioning. The worship band was good, but only included two acoustic guitars and a drum kit – nothing flashy. The environment was …

Five Reasons Why Camps, Retreats, and Special Events are Crucial in Youth Ministry

It seems like every church has them. They’re the highlight of the youth ministry year. There’s the signup. Then the fundraising. Then there’s more fundraising. Bags are packed. Snacks are bought. Batteries are charged. Load the vans; here we go. If you were one of those kids who was raised in a church with a youth ministry, you remember camp, …

Shawn Makes PB&J (FAKE)

Last Wednesday, we talked about our perspective of God (our Godview if you will). Shawn and I decided to have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich eating contest before the message. Why? Well, everyone likes good ole PB&J. Unless they were made like this… [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7sOS9q4NAk?rel=0] Obviously we didn’t serve that sandwich. The point of the contest and video was …

What’s Your 20 Mile March?

One of my favorite blogs is Art of Manliness. A couple of days ago they posted a challenging summary of the book Great By Choice┬áthat I highly recommend that everyone read (even if you’re a lady). It’s a little lengthy, but definitely shorter than the book! The book, Great By Choice, as been in my list of books to read …