Learning To Love: Thoughts On Faith Formation In Young People

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One of the questions that seems most prevalent in youth ministry circles–outside of “how many students are in your youth group”–is how do you know if a teenager is growing in their faith?

It seems most of us long for some definable or measurable way to record faith formation. And I wonder if this quest, though often rightly motivated and sincere, is missing an invaluable piece of the puzzle.

Because maybe measuring faith isn’t something that is so easy to detect…at least not in the way we want to measure it.

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On Guns

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We were in Paris when we heard about the Vegas shooting last month. We’d just stopped in at a cafe for a coffee, and I checked Twitter. The hashtag “Vegas shooting” was trending. So I clicked.

What followed was shock, outrage, and heartbreak over the details of the event.

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Want To Find God? Ditch Your Ego

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Used with permission. All rights: https://deathtothestockphoto.com/

What is it that keeps us from knowing and experiencing God in our daily lives? There are a number of reasons and excuses we can come up with to answer the question, but I wonder if there is a simpler explanation.

How often do we miss out on experiencing God simply because our focus is on ourselves? What if we ditched our ego, and found the result was an encounter with the divine?

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Caught In Between

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Last week I had the opportunity to publish my first book. It’s called Caught In Between: Thoughts and Musings On the Spiritual Life. The book is available on Amazon and I’d love for you to check it out.

This is a project I’ve been working on for a while now, and with the help of some incredible friends, it came together. The process taught me about not only about writing, but also about creativity, risk, and overcoming fear.

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