How Prayer Works

Could praying about the environment really make a difference? Sure, I can pray that God would miraculously keep icebergs from melting, but is it possible my prayers for the environment could turn me into a more mindful steward of creation? When we take a storied approach to our environment, we organically find ourselves in a richer landscape that goes beyond the physical terrain of the land.

Get Your Authenticity In Here

However quirky you’re trying to make your church signs—however hard you’re spinning your wheels to gain traction with this generation—remember that you do not need to compete in the cultural arena of authenticity.

Don't Forget to Oil Your Chain

Taking care of the business of your ministry context is not a distraction from the “real” work of ministry. It is vital to the ministry itself and essential to fully realizing your mission and vision.

I Do Declare

So, don’t ask, “Who am I to say this?” You are God’s daughter. Make declarations. You matter, your voice is worthy of being heard, and God has given you important things to say. Declare them with authority.

Is it Any Wonder Young People are Confused About Grace?

Sin isn’t limited to being disobedient or being immoral. It’s better understood as going against our nature—the nature God created. So in effect, with this larger understanding of sin, Jesus isn’t telling the woman in John's gospel to go and never make another mistake. Jesus is inviting her to embrace grace, to embrace herself, to see the value of who she is—fractured self and all.

Let Go of the Brakes

The temptation when starting out riding is to be cautious, to go slow, to keep one hand on the brake. But doing this makes the likelihood of falling much greater than if you simply let go of the brake and go... We could have crashed and burned and we came close many times in the past decade. We did fall down at times, and it was (and is) terrifying. But if we hadn’t taken these risks, if we had kept one hand on the brake, we would have certainly failed.

Apophatic Science and Dark Matter Theology

In the gulf that remains between what we can know and say and what we cannot, therein lies the mystery and wonder at the very heart of the Christian faith. Rather than fearing this reality, rather than ignoring the God-sized elephant in the sanctuary, rather than reifying the alienating myth of certainty as the central component of our faith, apophatic theology invites us to welcome the unknown.

Big, Juicy Questions

What if, in the end, the reason science has captivated the imagination of a younger generation is precisely because science does the things religion used to do? Science is asking the big, juicy questions. It inspires mystery, wonder, and awe. It creates a space for open-ended dialogue. It reveres beauty and foments a kind of reverence for life. It’s okay with paradox. And if science is doing all of those things so well, then why would we ever want to shy away from it?

Beyond an "Either/Or" Christianity (Part Two)

Helping young people transition from an either God or science framework to one that includes truth from both God and science is an essential part of faith maturation. Encouraging young people to raise and explore questions about faith and science can be formational for young people.

Losing and Recovering Faith

Through years of studying science and theology and committing myself to the embrace of truth wherever it is found, I have stepped into a faith that is vibrant, deep, and unafraid of truth... The Church, I suggest, desperately needs to offer youth a more robust and compelling theological framework in which to understand God and the created world.

Beyond an "Either/Or" Christianity

The dialectic "either/or" Christianity hinders the opportunity to question faith in a way that promotes a deeper understanding of God. Allowing faith and science to coexist allows young people to have ample time to ask challenging questions and learn more about God.

Hide and Seek with Jesus: On Youth Ministry and Finding God

One of the most interesting things I’ve noticed is that the conflict isn’t really between all of science and all understanding of God. It generally comes down to a tussle between Scripture and anywhere science appears to conflict with that, especially if it has to do with our humanity, mortality, and eternity... My fear, however, is that if we don’t find ways to involve science in youth ministry, we won’t have anybody bothering to ask us questions at all. The wrestling of science is the point, in a sense, and that translates to theology as well.