How I (Almost) Failed at Youth Ministry

There is no perfect model for youth ministry. But many lessons can only come with experience.

Addiction, Sin, & Bad Habits: What We Can All Learn From the 12 Steps

Not everyone is an addict, but everyone does struggle in some way with sin and bad habits. Here is Part 1 in a series on what everyone can learn from the 12 Steps of recovery from addiction.

Taylor Swift, Ryan Adams, and the Cross of Christ - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Perhaps the Church can learn from Ryan Adams, whose cover of Taylor Swift’s "1989" reveals how sometimes we all can hide our deepest and truest experiences of hurt and longing behind...

Decisions Aren't Always Yours to Make

When you can’t make your own decisions, what can you do?

Beauty, Harmony, and How Fleet Foxes Guides the Heart: Pop Culture Espresso Shots

The music of the Fleet Foxes is beautiful, and it matters because all beauty comes from God. Maybe as we enjoy such music, our hearts are directed toward the Lord's good things.

The Highs and Lows of Growing Up

As best I can tell, there are two major challenges to becoming an adult. The first is wanting to be simultaneously older and younger, yet present in the time that I’m in.

3 Things LOST Taught Me: Pop Culture Espresso Shots

It has been 6 years since LOST went off the air, but it has lingered in the hearts of some (not all) fans. Like most stories, LOST has some valuable insights to offer us on what it means to be...

Three Critical Steps to Shape Real Ministry

How can we improve the ministry work we do for youth and young adults? Here are three basic principles that can help us spot (and shape) real ministry.

Understanding Life After Death

After we have lost someone, it’s natural to wonder what happens to them after death. Where does the soul go, and what is heaven like? So let’s reflect on an Orthodox understanding of life after death.

"Be the Bee" Retreats on Track to Surpass 1,000 Participants in 2015-16

Be the Bee retreats are attracting huge crowds. But what makes this remarkable isn't simply the numbers: it's the reason people are coming.