We all have a person, conversation, book, or quote that we have come across that has rocked us.  Might be the stage of life we are in, might be the events it is tied to, or it might be the way God is using it in His timing that really shakes us up.

I am no different and have been thinking about a few one-liners recently so I thought I would throw them up here for you.


1) What if you lived today without any fear? Try it. Most common command in bible = fear not. Perfect love casts out fear.

-Obviously based on 1 John 4:18, but also a tweet from my distinguished colleague Kary Oberbrunner


2) “Without Faith it is impossible to please God.”

Hebrews 11:6 highlighted in Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick


3) “What would you be willing to attempt for God if you knew you could not fail?”

-The question that Perry Noble likes to ask all the time and the one that lead to him planting his church as he tells in this post



The majority of Student Pastor’s in America do one of two things on top of working with students; lead worship, or have a part time job.  Luckily tomorrow morning I just have to put on a guitar.

Sunday Set List-Grace Church- March 27, 2011:

1)    Our God-Chris Tomlin

2)    You alone can rescue-Matt Redman

3)    My chains are gone (Amazing Grace)-Chris Tomlin

4)     Give me Faith-Elevation Worship


In honor of the passing of Nate Dogg this past week, I am decided I would ask some questions. I can’t make it all the way to 21 like him and 50 cent did, but I can try…..

Any answers would be greatly appreciated.

  1. What does it look like for a middle school ministry and a high school ministry to be separate by design and yet overlap and tied together in some healthy ways?
  2. No one wants to get caught up in the numbers game, but it indicates something when you see a dip so what can I learn from it?
  3. What needs to change in our high school worship service?
  4. What should the teaching calendar look like for next year?
  5. Why do people insist on signing up late for trips and events?
  6. Why did I sign up to send my wife to Miami Florida for 6 days and agree to watch the boys 24 hours a day? Just kidding I am super psyched for the man time.
  7. Who will be the new adults that step up to work with our student ministry next school year?
  8. What should the summer calendar for student ministry look like?
  9. Would people come to an outdoor thing called Bonfire Bible study? Just shameless outdoor games, food, bonfire and going through passages. Stripped down stuff that isn’t our usual programmed flavor?
  10. Once we have streamlined digital check-in how do we follow up in a way that tells students we are glad you came, we are being creepy and stalking you and hope to see you again?
  11. Once people are in the system, what reports do we publish or how do we track trends and people who have been recently missing?
  12. How much longer should I pretend I don’t have a shaved head until I shave my head for life?
  13. Will I remember my birthday this year? I usually forget until noon or so.
  14. What will I do this Wednesday when HSM is canceled for spring break? I don’t know what to do with a free Wednesday night.




A couple of months ago I was sent a new book-ENCHANTMENT: the art of changing hearts, minds, and action by Guy Kawasaki. If you don’t know Guy you live under a rock, so here is a bio. He is a leading speaker on the topics of being entrepreneur and innovation.  I have been apart of the ministry blog community for a few years that he founded.

The heart of the book is how to influence what people will do while maintaining the highest standards of ethics. The book explains when and why enchantment is necessary and then the pillars of enchantment: likability, trustworthiness, and a great cause.  The next topics are launching, overcoming resistance, making enchantment endure, and using technology. There are even special chapters dedicated to enchanting your employees and your boss.

Jump on facebook and take this test to see how enchanting or GREAT you are.

The reason I wanted to read this book and why I think you should care is the vision applies to people in business, people in ministry, people in the non profit world, and anyone who interacts with people (that’s pretty much all of us).

Name: Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions
Page count: 224
Suggested retail price: $US 26.95, BUT I FOUND IT FOR $13 ON AMAZON. Check it out on
Year of first printing: 2011
ISBN: 9781591843795