Finally the Ottos…

…have returned to Youth Ministry! It’s been 10 years to the month since I stepped down as Youth Director at Wicomico Presbyterian. Ten crazy years. We’ve doubled the size of our family, moved twice, helped plant a church and seen our kids grow into pre-teens and teens.  I’ve felt a call outside of professional ministry, started a new career, and now, God has brought us […]

Read More

Giving less

Giving less

And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, […]

Read More

A thought to start the week with:

In the book of Acts, when Paul is getting ready to leave Asia Minor and head back to Jerusalem, he gathers the church leaders and here is part of what he says: And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. Therefore I testify to you this day that I am […]

Read More

The Veggiefication of Children's Ministry: Spiritual Development in Kids

I finished up my human development paper and thought I’d take a couple posts to give my current answer to the major question it raised in my mind: Can understanding how people develop help us do ministry better?  If so how? The short answer, yes, in some cases studying human development can help us do ministry better.  After all, the more we know about people […]

Read More 6 Comments

Good, Bad or Awful: An Explanation

Now that I’ve decided to make this an ongoing series I feel the need to explain why I’m doing it.  What it is, and what it is not. What it is: A critical view of western Christianity – I think that Dan over at Cerulean Sanctum is right that a lot of churches & Christians do things simply because they can, but that doesn’t necessarily mean […]

Read More 1 Comment

Good, Bad or Awful?

Time to play again! This weeks contestant: A Church in central Florida that plans on errecting a 200 foot tall cross to be seen throughout the land!  Here’s the quote: A Baptist church in Central Florida won approval to build a 200-foot-tall cross on its campus, according to a Local 6 News report.   The massive cross will be erected at the First Baptist Church […]

Read More 2 Comments

Good, Bad or Awful?

It’s back, this time with voting goodness, and another answer option! So I came across this Church’s website & was wondering what you think of it. Create Free Polls   Personally, I’m going with “awesome” on this one — in a “not at my church” kinda way. BTW:  I found this site through Fark and some of the comments on the comment thread are just classic.  […]

Read More

The Missional Buzz

Just wondering: Is the word “Missional” in danger of becoming just another buzzword adopted mainly by folks who connect with the missiology of the Emergent church but not the theology? What is this “Missional”?  Check here and here.

Read More 4 Comments

Authentic Leadership

Sorry it’s taken me so long to get to the next post in this series.  But here it is.  If you’re having trouble tracking where this is coming from I recommend going back and reading the first three parts.  I actually had to do just that before writing part 4. ——————————— In Boy Scouts before you can advance a rank you need to finish all […]

Read More 2 Comments

Pride

This authenticity series has proven very educational to me.  I think I’ve learned a lot more from the comments than you’ve learned from me, so I’d like to keep the discussion going: There is a real problem with perception in this country.  The saying “perception is reality” reigns supreme, and everyone wants to be perceived as perfect…or at least better than the next guy. Have […]

Read More 5 Comments