I have seen a ton of people doing this lately so I thought I would throw my hat in the ring…

  1. I met my wife Kristin in high school on Operation Barnabas.
  2. In school I made a list of churches I would want to work at and Grace Church in Powell, Ohio was at the top of that list.
  3. I decided to name my first son Malachi 9 years ago.
  4. In college I majored in Biblical Studies and Youth Ministry.
  5. I have two brothers.  I am the middle one. I never wanted a sister.
  6. My first car was a 1986 “rusting” that I rolled 3 times on the way home from soccer practice.
  7. A couple of weeks ago I got my son some new toys from the curb out front of my neighbor’s house.
  8. I named my wireless internet signal “free just ask” but no one has ever asked.
  9. I went to my first DC Talk concert in 1991, I have since seen them and/or TobyMac around 30 times.
  10. Someday soon I hope to restore my dad’s Cushman scooter.
  11. I have seen Pink, Busta Rhymes, N’Sync, and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill in concert.
  12. My dad bought me my Taylor guitar in 2001 and I hope to give it to my son someday.
  13. My favorite topic to teach on is love, dating, and relationships.
  14. I own 2 Ford Taurus’
  15. I first grew my goatee because I lost a bet with Kristin and now I can’t shave it because I feel fat and naked without it.
  16. I used to own turntables.
  17. I owned a second-generation ipod so I like to think I am not a bandwagon Mac guy.
  18. I already know what Kary Oberbrunner’s new book will be about.
  19. I always have to have 2 packs of Extra Polar Ice gum in my pocket.
  20. The stations saved on my radio are 92.3 (country), 97.9 (top 40), 107.5 (ghetto), 104.9 (AC Christian), 94.7 (AC pop), and 88.7 (hardcore Christian).
  21. My dream job would be to have my own talk show like Jay Leno. I could also get into radio hosting.
  22. I have a frame that holds 35 pictures. I put couples in it that I like so I can pray for them.
  23. I don’t drink coffee. I would much rather go to Planet Smoothie.
  24. I love to try and play matchmaker but because I am so eager I usually suck at it.
  25. I am a sucker for good Hip-Hop pop music.


            The National Institute for the Development of Ministries to Youth held its spring semester module class last week January 15th-19th at Grace Church in Powell, Ohio.  The class “Counseling and Communicating with Contemporary Youth” is one of the courses for Youth Ministry majors and minors at Grace College. The group was comprised of 25 students as well as Professor Mark Artrip and Teacher’s Assistant Nick Deck.

            Various instructors who touched on counseling were Bob Rubinow M.A., LPCC-S ( http://www.fathersplace.org/default.html),  Glen McElhinney and Josh Hartzler (GBC Columbus), Rick Nuzum (Grace Church, Powell), Dave Muschott (Worthington Christian Schools).  Also teaching Communication were Kary Oberbrunner (karyoberbrunner.com), Danny Wright and Matt Strader (Greenville Grace), and Steve Keyes (Walk thru the Bible ministries).

            The class also visited many various ministries including Xenos Christian Fellowship’s College Central Teaching, Grove City Church of the Nazarene’s Saturday night service, Vineyard of Columbus’ Young Adult gathering Joshua House, and Sunday morning services at Grace Church in Powell, and Heritage Christian Church.

            The National Institute for the Development of Ministries to Youth is a partnership between CE National and Grace College to offer the Youth Ministry major and minor.

For more information check out www.theNationalInstitute.net


I recently became aquainted with the guys at brokenvoices.org.  If you have never heard of it I urge you to check out their site. 
Here is a ittle about them in their own words…
Does my life matter? What is my purpose? Is it really possible that my life was meant for something bigger? – Something Greater?
Six friends travel the United States in search of answers to these questions. Living on the road for a month in a borrowed (and crowded) RV, they encounter seven stories of normal people doing extraordinary things with their lives. This morning Broken Voices releases their first full length documentary film entitled “Anthem”. To pick up your copy today click here.


My friends over at CE National are sponsoring a Leadership Summit.  The event is March 23-24 at their campus in Winona Lake, IN.  They are using the time to gather youth workers and answer some questions facing those in student ministry.  You can check out more about the event and the questions here.

In honor of the Leadership Summit, I am going to use my next 11 entries and give some quick thoughts on these questions.

Question 1-Open question to youth workers…

  1. What are we Learning about Today’s Changing Youth Culture…

One thing I continue to learn is that the next generation is driven by a culture of immediacy.  This is obviously nothing new, but it cannot be ignored for several reasons.

Because everything is immediate, the only constant is constant change.  Bands are cool for a month on youtube and before their CD can get to stores no one cares. 

Immediacy creates entitlement and selfishness.  When someone wants to play a video game they don’t have to go home or get out the system, they just play on their phone. When someone wants to watch a video, they don’t rent it, they just find it on youtube.  If you want a song, you don’t have to save up your money or drive to the story, you just illegally download it online in seconds.  People always have their desires gratified immediately. I saw a store advertise the other day with a tagline that read “Instant gratification is not soon enough”.  That is what people are being fed, “you are so important, you instantly deserve whatever you want”.  You are too wait for a website to load, you need to see your facebook at lunch on your phone.  This is changing the way, selfishness, and sin manifest themselves. Just my thoughts, what would your answer be?