Religion = Relationship

Jesus assures us that he did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it. St. Paul asserts in his writings that a freedom exists in the life of a Christian. Wouldn’t it make more sense that St. Paul was not inviting us to abandon a moral and holy lifestyle but to embrace loveContinue reading “Religion = Relationship”

A brief reflection on failure and forgiveness.

Why do we sin? What causes us to turn away from an all loving, all merciful God? Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. – Psalm 51: 1-2 While waiting whatContinue reading “A brief reflection on failure and forgiveness.”

Trust. The only option.

     Youth ministry, any ministry for that matter, is truly a calling. However, to write about the stacks of cash we don’t make or the nights and weekends we don’t have off would be cliché and quite honestly, redundant at this point. Yet when you go to ministry conventions, conferences, or seminars there they are…Continue reading “Trust. The only option.”

An Opportunity to Minister

In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus instructs his followers to go forth and make disciples. I, like many in ministry, tend to confuse this with “going forth and making programs.” What do I mean by program? A program, in this sense, is when we take the words of Christ and attempt to employ methodical and quantifiable waysContinue reading “An Opportunity to Minister”