Get Rid Of The Stupid

i love the Skit Guys. we use their stuff all the time and i love watching them perform live at conferences. they just put out a new video on poverty and social justice issues, and we showed it during our services this past Sunday to try to push our Hunger For Hope event this weekend. i couldn’t embed the video, but if you click the image below it will take you to a place where you can view it.

help us get rid of the stupid!



3 Sentences That Give Students Hope

many of our students that know me well know that there are a few lines i repeat a lot. to them it may sound old and they probably feel like i need some new material.  and i probably do…

but there’s at least one line worth repeating, because it gives hope to hurting students. it was told to me many times in my teenage years by people close to me and it gave me hope to push through the crap i had created in my life.

just the other day i got to dish out this favorite of mine, and i trust that it gave hope to this student in their moment of hurt:

“i just want you to know, i don’t think any less of you now that you’ve shared that. in fact, i think more highly of you now because of your honesty and courage. i’m not going anywhere.”

obviously it’s not the words itself that give hope, but the actions and follow through afterwards… but nonetheless it feels pretty powerful. are there other lines that you’ve used to give hope to hurting people in your world?

A Protestant Church Helps To Understand Roman Catholicism

A Protestant Church Helps To Understand Roman Catholicism

last week around 80,000 postcards hit the mailboxes of residents in greece, hilton, spencerport, and brockport promoting a new series that starts this coming sunday called “Understanding Roman Catholicism”!

as you can imagine… a protestant church helping the community “understand” roman catholicism is bound to create some controversy and raise some eyebrows… and it certainly has already.  the emails and phonecalls have been coming in, and spiritual warfare is well underway. but if i could serve anywhere, i’d want it to be somewhere that shows up on the enemy’s radar, and i love it that Lakeshore is one of those places!

here’s a little more info on the series and a video from Pastor Vince:

if you have ever wanted to understand Roman Catholic teaching in light of the Bible, you’re not alone.  many people wrestle with what it all means and how much it applies to their life today.  in this thought-provoking series, we’re taking a careful look at Roman Catholic teaching from history, councils, quotes of leaders, and official catechisms and will compare them to the appropriate verses in the Bible.

we think you’ll be intrigued by the comparison and learn more about both in the process.  our promise…  no Catholic bashing because we believe people matter to God.  our request…  have an open mind and then reach your own informed conclusions.

  • What Are The Similarities (04/03/2011)
  • What Are The Differences – Part 1 (04/10/2011)
  • What Are The Differences – Part 2 (04/17/2011)

i invited someone today to come check out the series when i went to get my back adjusted at the chiropractor. if you’re a lakeshore person have you invited anyone yet? feel free to share this post via twitter or facebook and help get the word out!


shanna and i previously shared a blog right over here and now switched over to this site for the amazing features of wordpress. i totally feel like i’m in my happy place now.

thanks for coming on over!

my hope for this is to be a place where i can process and record some thoughts and learnings from our experiences in student ministry, as well as how our personal and family life impacts everything else.