Our Education System is Broken

Our Education System is Broken

When I was in fifth grade I was part of the AAIM program. This was a variation on the gifted program that meant I had a very unique curriculum. While studying ancient civilizations and languages, we spent two weeks on a project that split the class in two. Each group spent the first week creating…

The Stats Matter

The Stats Matter

I don’t write enough. I know this is a fact that I need to remedy but the truth is I’m lazy. The other truth is that as much as I like to pretend the stats don’t matter, the stats matter. It’s demoralizing when you work on a piece and you think it’s got something and…

Just Say Yes

Just Say Yes

Over the last six weeks I have spent more time away than I have home. Being a youth minister means a busy summer and, in our ministry, one filled with mission trips. This summer featured four different trips: one to rural Guatemala to build stoves, one to northern Florida to help build a recovery and…

What Happens When You Jump Off a Cliff

What Happens When You Jump Off a Cliff

Upon approaching the cliff and working up the considerable amount of courage necessary, a moment of euphoria will come across your entire being. You’ll monetarily forget about your fear of heights. You’ll even think, “what better way to break that fear than jumping off this 40-foot Bahamian cliff?” This will seem like a perfectly rational…

Restoring Childhood

Restoring Childhood

It was late March in 2011. I had been married for about three-months and was living a very adult life. Then Wil Wheaton posted a link to the Primer on The Marvel Universe. This would change everything. I was very much a child of the 90’s. Besides slap bracelets, Trapper Keepers, and parachute pants, this…