Students’ Letters to Congress about School Safety

The other day I published a list of ideas to help talk to students about school shootings. As I stressed, I believe that the church should be a place where students feel safe--on both a physical level but also safe to have hard conversations...even about the most controversial issues. School safety is one of those;... Continue Reading →

Addressing School Shootings in Youth Ministry

I have two major philosophies in youth ministry: The church should be the safest place in the world. Every kid has the right to have a place where they belong, where they can be themselves, where they can share their story and feel known. I work with middle schoolers because no place feels safe to this age: home... Continue Reading →

Assuming the Best of Others

It happened again. Another angry email. You know, the kind we all get. No matter the field, no matter the role--there is always a heated complaint, the kind that makes you laugh at first (because it seems so ridiculous), and then forces you into an existential crisis. I know I'm not alone. Even today, a friend of mine... Continue Reading →

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