The one thing that will change your family forever.

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What if I told you that if you did just one thing as a parent it would change everything. What if I told you doing this one thing would mean, less trouble with drugs and alcohol, eat healthier, show better academic performance, and report being closer with their parents.

Well tell us already! What is the one thing?

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Bunny’s First Spring (Zondervan, 2015)

Bunny’s first spring is a charming book. I love Sally’s style. I love how she both implicitly and explicitly connects things back to the gospel. The story of Bunny’s first Spring is a simple story of four seasons through the eyes of a bunny. It is also a complex story of the renewal of all things and our eagerness for the new heavens and new earth. One of the things I so appreciate about Sally is her ability to distill truth and give parents language to talk about deeply complex things. I have read this to both my daughters who are 5 and 2 both loved it. Please support my friend Sally and the beautiful gift God has given her.

Buy your copy here. http://www.zondervan.com/bunny-s-first-spring

 

*Zondervan sent me a free copy but did not ask for a review my thoughts are my own.

What’s durable trumps what’s visible.

Louie Giglio's challenge to young leaders

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I came across this instagram post on Louie Giglio’s instagram account. In his intagram post Louie challenges young leaders to go deeper. His challenge is challanging for young leaders and old leaders alike. I love that Louie does a college conference and gets the best youth speakers out there but always has John Piper speak. He wants new voices but recognizes kids need tried and true voices as well. I love that Louie is challenging young people to look past the glitter of youth to what matters most. That he pushes people to think deeply about their faith and to focus on what matters most.

We live in a superficial age where followers matter more than following. Where sermons are more about tweetablity than biblical reliability. Where being liked, friended, and followed seem to be an end in themselves. I am grateful for seasoned leaders who push young people to find fruitfulness in the faithfulness. Here are Louie’s thoughts to which I can only add “Amen.”

Hello young leaders. What’s durable trumps what’s visible. So often we are tempted to go for what looks good over what is good. Conditioned by an instant culture, the approval of others and a climate of comparison, we can lose ourselves in the quest to be seen, when the goal is to be steady. Don’t get in too big a rush to tell the world what you know. Get to know the One who is unseen and walk with Him as if you really believe He is the best treasure of all. Work diligently toward the mission He calls you to, embracing the reality that what you do in secret will be rewarded in the open. Go from acceptance, not for acceptance. From approval, not for it. You’ll never lose by digging deep, staying true, not giving up, building character in the crucible of challenge, breathing in, hanging on and becoming more weighty below the surface than you are impressive above it. Stop waiting for the world to applaud your branches and keep asking your Father to fortify your roots. Time proves character, reveals motives and confirms calling. Faithfulness always wins in the end. – Louie Giglio

How big is your church?

What question you should ask instead

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C. S. Lewis in “The World’s Last Night” said:

“For my own part I hate and distrust reactions not only in religion but in everything. Luther surely spoke very good sense when he compared humanity to a drunkard who, after falling off his horse on the right, falls off it next time on the left.”

Life if full of tensions. In every aspect of church and life we see one way of doing things and we overreact. We do exactly what Lewis is describing we see something we don’t like in the bible, in church, or in life. Rather than holding onto both reigns and moving forward. Like a drunk rider we fall off one side only to get back up and fall off the other.

The one thing I wish I knew 20 years ago

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One of the questions I get asked often and find myself asking myself  as I get older is “What would I do different if I could go back in time and tell young Sam something. I started doing ministry right out of bible college I went to four years of bible college and was thrown into ministry at the ripe age of 21. I helped a few of my friends from bible college re-start our youth ministry and took over the existing kids ministry. I was young, full of energy and stupid. If I could go back in time I would tell myself lots of things. If I had to tell myself only one thing it would be

“What you win them with is what you win them to.”

The struggle that every pastor has is relevance. Deep down we all want to be relevant. That’s because we are pastors and we want to meet real needs not perceived needs. The problem is not in the desire to be relevant but how we define relevance and who we elevate as the mentor, leader, prophets that help us understand what relevance means.