Showing posts from June, 2012

Faceplant Worship

Don't let anything keep you from worshiping. I usually don't begin with my main point. There's always some kind of background information, some story, some discourse, and the - BOOM - the main point. But tonight, I wanted to begin with the end. Don't let anything keep you from worshiping. How many times have we complained in our heads or even out loud during a worship service? It's too hot. It's too cold. It's too crowded. The seats are uncomfortable. We're standing too much. The songs are too old. The songs are too new. The song leader is boring. The song leader is too peppy. The person behind me can't sing worth anything. Ugh, this song again? Don't let anything keep you from worshiping. Moses was in a cave (Exodus 34). It was there that he beheld the glory of God pass in front of him. He saw God more fully than anyone since Adam and Eve got their eviction notice. In this cave, he heard God proclaim his Name and his Glory. His reactio

A Heartbreaking Look at Ourselves

I'm sure you've heard the story already. It's been all over the news and the internet. It's a story about a 68-year-old bus monitor who was bullied to the point of tears by the words and actions of some middle school boys. If you haven't heard about it, you can get caught up here . In hearing the story and watching the video, several things stick out to me: Complete disrespect for elders; a lack of moral compass; the sheer helplessness of adults when it comes to out of control kids; fear that if anyone stands up for this poor woman, they'll become the next target. People across the country are livid - and rightfully so. Karen Klein, the bus monitor, was interviewed on Today by Matt Lauer. I've never seen him so angry before! But I've also noticed a lot of finger pointing. Even though the content of these boys' taunts would be deemed "mature/adult content," they're still kids. Children don't naturally develop hate - these thi

Somebody's Gotta Do It

You've all heard the cliche, "It's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it." Well, it seems like youth ministry could probably be lumped in with those "dirty jobs" when it comes to church work. Anything to do with children or teenagers will happily be left up to a select few - or even a select one. I'm also reminded of a song by Acappella - "Everybody Said but Nobody Did." The chorus is fitting: Everybody said that anybody could do The important things somebody should do Everybody knows that anybody could do All the good things that nobody did Why does my job exist? Don't get me wrong - I LOVE doing what I'm doing. Working with and teaching teenagers is something I not only enjoy but feel called to do. It's so exciting to me when I see those wheels turning and when I see teens begin to develop their own faith. But the more I experience ministry in the broader context of the church and the more I read - both Script