Category Archives: Speaking/Training

Not My Kid

On Saturday I showed parents a glimpse into the world of today’s youth culture… and on Sunday a mom pulled me aside. “I have to tell you a story.” It’s funny, but whenever I spend a weekend teaching parents at … Continue reading

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These guys stuck out

I speak at about 25 events a year. And in a world where most Christian events contain two elements—a band, and a speaker—I hear A LOT of worship bands. Last weekend I heard a band that really stuck out. Let … Continue reading

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On the Road Again

It’s 2014 and we’re already in full sprint. This week I’m already on a plane and heading across the U.S. to speak to kids and teach a parent workshop in Florida. Check out these cities I’m going to in the … Continue reading

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The Worst Place to Drive

I’ve driven in NY, in Chicago, in LA, in Seattle… I’ve been in a cab in most these cities as well. I thought I’d seen the worst of it. Then I went to Kampala, Uganda! I’m not going to waste … Continue reading

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Brand New Training

This weekend I launch a brand new workshop at one of my favorite conferences, the Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention (NYWC). Thursday I’m loading up Lori and Ashley, and we’ll be driving the 8-hour jaunt from Sacramento down to … Continue reading

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Boring Them to Death

“Long boring sermons just don’t work.” It was the one common denominator on almost everyone’s paper. I just spent two weeks speaking to young people and training youth workers in Uganda… and their kids are just like ours. The training … Continue reading

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Missing the Ball

The night I arrived back to the US after two weeks from Uganda, I had a dream. I was playing soccer (football, if we’re in Uganda) and was the left wing—that’s the forward on the left side. My friend Marko … Continue reading

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5 Steps to Connect with Teens

Youth Specialties recently released a 7 minute YouTube video with my 5 Steps for Connecting with Teenagers training as a part of their resourceful little YS Idea Lab videos. This is the perfect little training video to show to your … Continue reading

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The Infiltration of US Culture

Do you ever wonder if teenagers are the same across the globe? I’ve been in the city of Kampala, Uganda almost a week now hanging with teenagers, parents, and youth workers. I’ve spoken at several youth events, taught a parent … Continue reading

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Arrived in Uganda

As you read this, I’ve probably just landed in Uganda. That means the worst part of the trip is over (29 hours of flights) and the exciting part begins! A few weeks ago I told you about this opportunity to … Continue reading

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