A Toast to the Couple

I walked my daughter down the aisle almost two weeks ago and trustingly placed her in the hands of her husband. A lot of friends have been asking me how I felt. Was it hard? Did I feel sadness? Truthfully it was bliss! Having walked with Diandra and Luke through 2 1/2 years of courtship, […]

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Finding Thanksgiving In The Empty Nest

I knew this day would come. Having walked both of our daughters down the aisle and handed them over to their husbands means the “empty nest” is officially here. Not to be mistaken for the “empty next.” In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Knowing this day would come, Kim and I have been talking about […]

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Gateway Cities for Fun + Finance

A few years ago, I was invited to give my point of view on “The city of Miami’s uniqueness” at a National Christian Foundation meeting for church and business leaders in the greater Miami area. My proposition statement was that Miami holds the distinct privilege of being one of the three key gateway cities in […]

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Biblical Illiteracy: Contagious or Preventable?

Despite unprecedented access to God’s Word—more than at any other time in history—sadly, Biblical literacy is on the decline. Take a look: 1950’s—The post-World War II decade was full of religious vitality, with rapid growth in church membership, especially in the booming new suburbs. 1960’s—During this decade, Americans experienced major change and upheaval that carried […]

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Why a Thick Gospel is so Important

We’ve all done it. Programmatically it makes perfect sense. We take something as complex as the Gospel and simplify it in an attempt to discover the “formula”—the silver bullet—for effective ministry. Because if we can do that, we can easily follow and replicate the pattern to successfully create Christ followers anywhere. We don’t have bad […]

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The Changing Landscape of Youth Ministry

The increasingly complex intricacies of doing ministry in a post-modern, post-Christian reality have completely changed the context in which we minister to children and youth today. Consider some of these challenges: Non-traditional family structures Family fragmentation Lower rates of Christian affiliation Plummeting church attendance Decreasing Scripture engagement Increasing pace of cultural change Decreased biblical literacy […]

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