Working with teens and young adults can be terrifying. Here are 5 tools any person can use to impact teens and young adults.
Last night I watched the heart of man. A person speaking in the movie said, "Shame drives my compulsive behavior... I’m never going to be enough so I’m entitled to do ________." Shame is a trap. It speaks a number of lies to us.
Transparency is a buzzword today. It is thrown around in all spheres from business to ministry as something crucial for leaders. Yet, in Christianity, transparency is needed for all believers and not just in leaders. So much of the talk and teaching on transparency is truly just honesty, and not actual transparency. So what is the difference between transparency and honesty and how do we move past an honest life and into a transparent one?
Rest was important enough for God to do after creating everything. Rest was important enough for Jesus to do on earth. Yet we are often to consumed to unplug from technology and rest. I learned an incredible lesson at Disney World!
Richard Niebuhr wrote a book about a century ago looking at Christ, culture, and how the two should interact in our lives. The purpose was to look at Christ's example for us in Scripture and what then we as Christians two millenniums later should interact with culture. It is a spectrum of five different choices which Niebuhr lists ranging from the extremes of being against culture and of culture. On the one hand, we have groups like the Amish and Mennonites who completely separate themselves from society, and on the others we have a group of believers so immersed in society that they cannot even be recognized.