A soft heart or tough love?

Yesterday i went to the Baltimore Washington Conference (BWC) center for a mentor training program. This is where we were assigned to groups that we will be with for the next three years of our probation (or as it is called now, residency) period. During our time together the BWC folks has to make the sell as to why mentoring is important, and why this is not just another hoop that we must jump through to be considered for ordination. Don’t get me wrong, I think that mentoring is one of the single most powerful ways to model and shape out a personal faith that we have been blessed with.

During this time I was anxious to see what types of things were going to be discussed. A piece of our time was taken up by exploring mentor relationships in the biblical witness. I was responsible for looking at the relationship between Moses and Jethro (Moses’ father-in-law). The scripture I was given to look at was from Exodus 18 where we find Jethro giving advice to Moses.

The thing that i found to be very interesting is that Jethro has such a harsh tone with Moses. He says in verse 17 “what you are doing is not good.” Here is Moses leading God’s people, the head honcho, the big kahun and Jethro is saying that he is wrong…? How could this be? In this just the ramblings of an old man, or is there something more going on here? This is a harsh tone, but it is one that is found throughout the scripture. It seems blatant and harsh, but is it really? There is more going on here then we would realize at times. Continue reading “A soft heart or tough love?”

Eden has arrived

chris and eden    I cannot believe that just a couple of hours ago I became a dad.  Katie and I went to the hospital just to see if Eden was doing well, and apparently she was doing more than well.  She was ready to come out and be with us.  How exciting.  I have to say that I had two jobs when we were going to the hospital to have our baby, and I only did one of them.  I was responsible foe remembering the bag that we were going to take to the hospital (in the bag Katie had everything ready foe me including change for the vending machine), and the second thing was remembering Katie (she is a critical part of the baby having).  When we got in the car to go to the hospital I asked my beautiful wife if I should go get the bag.  She said that we didn’t need it because we were going to be right back.  I think that was the reason we weren’t sent home from the hospital.  Just for the sake of a good chuckle.

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New year new group

    Each year we get our ministry into full swing I get goosebumps.  I think that the mystery is the best part for me about the new year.  This year I was taken aback by the group that showed up for youth worship and dinner this past weekend.  I had a great time catching up with students that i hadn’t seen in a while and getting to know new youth was fun.

We are doing a lot of new and exciting things this year.  We are beginning a formal student leadership team, continuing our small group bible study, and wonderful new leaders helping and sharing their gifts with all of our young people.

I am sure that this year is going to bring wonderful and unexpected things.  I just can’t wait to see what they are.

See You At the Poll

SYATP

On the 26th Middletown Youth will be gathering around the flag poll at the track. All are invited at 6:45 and they will share in preayer, testamony and song to star their day off united in Christ. Today youth feel so alone and stand in the minority as people that not only claim their Christian faith, but also get up early to school and claim their identity as a disciple of Christ.

I am excited to be able to be there (serving Hot Chocolate). I am can’t wait to see all of the students on Wednesday. I might be too tired to take it all in during the event, but even though it is only 30 minutes together God will be working in great and powerful ways.

Rollin’ outta bed for the FCA kickoff

Team FCA I woke up this morning…actually I would consider it still night, and I joined a number of our youth and other Middletown High School students for some fellowship and worship time before school. At 6:45 young people were dragging their selves, and all 145 pounds of their school stuff, into the chorus room for praise music and some devotion/message time. What a wonderful way to start the day. Though I am sure that by the end of the day the students (and me for that matter) will be more willing to craw into be at a reasonable hour.

I am always taken aback when I see young people really owning their faith and putting it into action in a real way. This isn’t just a club that they go to in hopes of getting out of 4th period once a month on Club days. There is sacrifice and commitment that these young people have made that motivates them to be there. What a joyful thing it is. Also it is great to be able to worship in a place where I have no more responsibility for the service than the freshman sitting next to me. 🙂 God shows up and cares for my soul in some of the strangest places.

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Labor day blessings

I found this prayer on the archdiocese of Detroit’s website I thought that it was beautiful:

On this weekend, when we rest from our usual labors, loving Father, we pray for all who shoulder the tasks of human labor—in the marketplace, in factories and offices, in the professions, and in family living. We thank you, Lord, for the gift and opportunity of work; may our efforts always be pure of heart, for the good of others and the glory of your name. We lift up to you all who long for just employment and those who work to defend the rights and needs of workers everywhere. May those of us who are now retired always remember that we still make a valuable contribution to our Church and our world by our prayers and deeds of charity. May our working and our resting all give praise to you until the day we share together in eternal rest with all our departed in your Kingdom as you live and reign Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. Continue reading “Labor day blessings”