Our youth director, Kristi Larson, is gone on the youth mission trip this week, so she asked me to fill in for her at Summer Stretch tomorrow. The topic is Caring for God’s Creation. We will meditate on Psalm 8 and reflect on how we can care for God’s creation in everyday life. This seemed […]
The Confirmation class of 2016 took the next big step in their faith journeys on Sunday afternoon. We got to welcome 32 new adult members into our congregation. I have traveled with these wonderful young adults for the past four years as I have had the privilege to teach their catechism and Own Your Faith […]
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In a few hours many of us will gather in the Fellowship Hall for a brunch to recognize and celebrate our graduating seniors and then bless them during the 10:00 service. I’ve spent the last week mulling through five years worth of photographs so that I could put together a little video to show at […]
I did a little experiment this year and set a goal to make one video a month for the Own Your Faith students at Grace. Own Your Faith (OYF) is a process we invite our high school freshmen to experience leading up to Confirmation. They do three years of catechism in 6-8 grade, then choose […]
These Own Your Faith videos are fun to make. They are designed to help our High School freshmen and their mentors engage with the monthly topics throughout the year.
What do you get when you take a cartoonist/actor/theologian/preacher (that’s me) and a room full of enthusiastic, eager-to-learn people (that’s you, hopefully) and challenge them to learn the BIG STORY of the ENTIRE BIBLE in SIX HOURS? You get the BIG BIBLE EVENT happening Saturday, October 11, 2014 9am – 3pm Grace Lutheran Church Here’s […]
OK, that title is a little weird, I know. I am excited to get back to preaching and teaching at Grace. I will spend one more week on the dissertation and then it’s time to preach, and get prepared to teach catechism, teach adult classes, and create some new online content for Own Your Faith […]
OK, one more distraction before I get back to my dissertation writing. My son, Ethan, edited all the footage from VBS this year into one continuous movie (he also played one of the leads). #hifivesforJesus. Yes, the awkward Bible School Leader Dan is yours truly. This was so much fun! Enjoy!
I’ve been trying to write a short Devotional (Devo) on our youth website at least once a week. This Lent I would like to do it almost every day, as a personal Lenten discipline. I’m not sure if anyone reads them, but it is a nice way for me to interact with the text, with […]
The questions seemed confusing and cumbersome at first, to be honest. But then, something happened. We wrestled with understanding the words at first, and as the conversation continued, the questions unfurled. They were like hard cubes of sugar that splashed awkwardly into our group, but then slowly dissolved, expanded, and transformed our circle into a […]