In every conversation I’ve had with Young Life staff and leadership since “Do Better Young Life” began nearly a year ago, the one attainable ask we all felt we could get from the ministry was public clarity. Perhaps one day that will come. In my view it is harmful for youth to be asked to … Continue reading The new Young Life document
Ministries like Young Life need to understand that gay and non-binary people actually exist. They are real people, humans, they have feelings. We live in a non-binary world despite the specifics of the Genesis poem. Sure there’s night and day but there’s also dusk and dawn. There’s land and sea, there’s also swamps and marshes. … Continue reading Young Life & Binary Safety Policies
My first draft of this was over ten pages. I hope you feel the grace that went into cutting it in half. Over the last week I have seen so many brave people come forward with stories of the ways in which YoungLife has hurt them. I feel it is important to say none of … Continue reading Do Better YoungLife.
Ten years ago. That’d be one decade ago. You all were bout 5,6, or 7 to really paint the picture. School was letting out at Chiles High School. Most of my friends didn’t take the bus so we would all wait by the car pickup. We’d talk about sports, tv, movies, girls, music. Our flip … Continue reading “I am with you always.” (A final Young Life talk)
Before I was a leader here at Lincoln Young Life I was a leader at Swift Creek Middle School. I was once hanging out with the other leaders on that team and we were all going around a circle telling each other what we thought each individual's spiritual gifts were. When the rotation came to … Continue reading The Impossible God (Young Life Talk)
I have wanted and wanted to write this but I have put patience to it. Waiting for that right moment. The silliness being I don't even know where to begin with this. Maybe beginnings? Yes, let's start there. 2005. I had just turned 14 and I was attending a private Christian School. It was a … Continue reading Why I Love: Young Life
How many of you have ever been the new kid? Maybe you moved from another town or you transferred to a new school. Maybe it was right here at Swift Creek. How many of you felt like you had a new start? A chance to be somebody new, somebody better? Whatever was known about you didn't follow … Continue reading The Bells. (Wyldlife Talk)
Often people, when asking what do you want to do with your life, spit out the question; "Well, what do you love to do?" I've been asked this before. And I scrambled my head for all the things that just popped out. I love.....watching movies. I love....hanging out with my friends. I love....being on a … Continue reading Where the Wyld Things Are.
My sophomore year of High School I have a vivd memory of a specific night. I had moved to South Florida and I was visiting Tallahassee to see my friends. I remember this night the youth organization I was a part of had a big dinner at Sonny's. I was there eating and this guy … Continue reading Standing up.
Preface: The main concept of this I got from Brian Brown. Want him to get proper credit even if he got it from somewhere else. The idea of it was just so appropriate for where our Middle School kids were at. So I took it and went with it. I'll apologize later haha 🙂 Hey … Continue reading Get out of the boat. (Wyldlife talk)