“You Heard Her”: The Power of a Praying Mom

Last week, I wrote that Augustine, though raised by his Christian mother to love Jesus, was not a Christian for a part of his life – he was lost in non-Christian spiritualisms, intellectual pride, and lust. One very important person I left out of the post last week that was instrumental in Augustine’s conversion was his mom, Monica. Like many …

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iOS7 Inspired YouVersion App Design

Apple debuted iOS7 to developers on June 10, 2013 and officially released iOS7 on September 18 the same year. This redesign of the iPhone’s operating system changed everything in iOS design. Because of the massive change, many iOS app developers have dramatically redesigned their apps to match the new look. However, one notable app that is still rocking the iOS6 …

Augustine: Sex, Pride, and the Power of Jesus

Through my seminary studies, I recently read about the conversion of Augustine – one of the giants of Christian leadership and thought in church history. Augustine’s story is surprisingly normal. He was born in a small, seemingly unimportant town in North Africa (in present day Algeria) to a very religious Christian mother named Monica. Augustine’s father was a pagan man …

Giveaway: Flappy Bird Countdown Video

If my student group is as obsessed with Flappy Bird as your group is, download this video and use it at your next event as a fun countdown before the service! To download this video completely for free, click here and hit the download button under the video. ___ If you think someone you know needs to see this, share …

The Sad Truth About (Most) Everything

A few weeks ago, I went to Monster Jam with my Dad, brother, uncle, and cousin for a fun guys night. It was an exciting blend of testosterone and engines with motorcycles, huge trucks, and smashed cars. I had a great time! Before the actual event started, we went down to the arena floor to meet the truck drivers and …

The Sweet Brown Rule: Ain’t Nobody Got Time fo Dat

When I first watched this video, it was just a video. Just a really funny video. Now, as strangely as it sounds, this video has transformed to a ministry rule for me. One that I have begun applying everywhere I can. So, here it is: The Sweet Brown Rule: Ain’t Nobody Got Time fo Dat I know what you’re thinking …

Why Ken Ham Scored Big Last Night

After watching last night’s debate, it’s clear that if you view origins from a creation science worldview, you feel that Ken Ham clearly won the debate; if you view origins from a molecules-to-man science worldview, you feel that Bill Nye clearly won the debate. So, who won? Nye? Ham? That’s the beauty of debates – they aren’t designed to have …

How the Church is Like a Hardware Store | Part Two

Previously, I wrote about my experiences at hardware stores. As I continued to reflect on my experience, I noticed several parallels between the hardware store experience and the church-going experience – be sure to check out part one. People like simple. Like most everything else, people tend to prefer the simplest path to where they want to go. In a hardware …

How the Church is Like a Hardware Store | Part One

Previously, I wrote about my experiences at hardware stores. As I continued to reflect on my experience, I noticed several parallels between the hardware store experience and the church-going experience. People like to be greeted. Something deep in the human psyche makes us long for positive human contact. The best hardware stores and churches are intentional with making people feel …

Hardware Stores: My Most and Least Favorite Experience

There’s just something special about hardware stores to a man. Maybe it’s the manly smell of wood. Maybe it’s all the tools I don’t understand. Maybe it’s the promise of a project that has captured my imagination and is just waiting to be completed. Whatever it is, I love going to hardware stores. But, I’ve discovered that when I go …