As I peek ahead at my speaking calendar for early 2015… it’s getting pretty full. So I looked back at my travel in 2014 and this is what I discovered.
I traveled a total of 82,777 miles.
I took a plane on 17 different trips.
I flew 53 different legs/segments.
I flew to three countries.
I stayed in 39 different hotels for 51 different nights.
I rented 15 different cars, for 27 days.
I spoke 67 times at 41 venues.
I ate far too many Five Guys Burgers…
…and far too few Giordano’s Pizzas.
That’s my 2014 in a nutshell. Loving the opportunity to serve God and work alongside His workers around the globe. I look forward to seeing many of you at my upcoming conferences and trainings in 2015!
In a world where 64% of high school seniors have already engaged in sexual intercourse, most parents would welcome programs or information helping reduce teen sexual activity. But there lies the debate. What actually works?
Planned Parenthood claims to have developed a sex education program cutting the number of sexually active eighth-graders by about 15 percent. That might not sound like much, but Planned Parenthood backers would be quick to tell you Continue reading “Reducing Teen Sexual Activity” »
It’s been a long time since we’ve cared for an infant of any kind, and we’re getting a ginormous dose of it this month… raising our new puppy.
Honestly, I think our kids were easier than this!
Saturday we drove and picked up our brand new Golden Doodle named Pippin (yes, from Lord of the Rings… and Jaws, if you’re a serious film nerd). His mom’s a Golden Retriever and his dad is a Poodle. He’s 7 weeks old, clumsy, adorable… and “so fluffy I’m gonna die!”
He’s inside with us all the time and he’s a peeing machine! We have to Continue reading “Our New “Toddler”” »
As families and friends gather together for the holidays, the big question I have is… where will they gather?
Their dining room?
It’s funny how much you can tell about a society’s social norms solely from the changes in its home design. Think about it.
- Do you have a dining room?
- Is your kitchen sink near the social center of your house?
- What year was your home built?
Today’s homes have two glaring changes compared to homes from a few decades past Continue reading “Death of the Dining Room” »
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A few weeks ago I was sitting with a group of youth workers and one of them asked me, “What are the top three youth ministry books you’d recommend we read, if we could only buy three?”
This one caused me to pause for a few moments, after all, I’ve read a variety of insightful books that have helped me through my years of youth ministry (that lot in the picture are a pretty good bunch). But which three have proved foundational?
I’ll list the three books I shared with those youth workers that evening, and then I’ll ask you the same. What three youth ministry books have been the most influential and foundational for your ministry? (I’ll even make this a contest—chime in with a comment Continue reading “What are your top three?” »
This Weekend the YS Store asked me to do a book signing where I’m speaking at the National Youth Workers Convention in Atlanta, a fun opportunity to connect with people who’ve bought my books. (Curious which book sold out on the first day of this convention in Sacramento?)
So if you’re heading to this convention in Atlanta, be sure to stop by the YS Store at 3:15 on Saturday.
If you’re NOT going to be there in Atlanta… NO WORRIES. I’ll do this:
order any of my books from me this week, and I’ll personally autograph them for you. Feel free to order books for your entire volunteer team… I’ll sign every last one of them!
Today I’m being filmed for a Canadian TV show- a Christian talk show. We’re filming several segments about my upcoming book to parents, More Than Just the Talk (coming this February/March), and then some bit on how to open the doors of dialogue with today’s teenagers.
It’s interesting, as I’ve been preparing for this, taking a peek at some of the newest studies about teen sex, I keep seeing the same assertions. “We need to talk with our kids about this regularly!”
It doesn’t matter how liberal or conservative the report Continue reading “My TV Interview about Sex” »
Do your kids spend too much time on their phones?
Do YOU spend too much time on your phone?
Wanna app that will help you see exactly how much time you’re on your phone?
I think many people are becoming self aware that they spend too much time staring at screens (I won’t bring up that you’re staring at one now… because I actually WANT you to be reading this), because we’re seeing more and more blogs and funny parodies about “smartphone addiction” and I’m even hearing many teenagers admit they spend too much time on their phones.
If you’re curious exactly how much time, then try the new app called Moment which not only helps you track exactly how much time you’re using your phone each day, but also can help you set limits, with occasional “nudges” when you approach those limits.
Last month a similar app was introduced Continue reading “Curb Your Phone Addiction” »