The Voice of Our Youth

A few Sundays ago, I was asking our middle-schoolers if they felt like they have a voice in a world that seems to belong to adults: “Do you feel seen and heard when you have something different to say? … Do you feel like your voice actually matters?” At first,...
Who Is Jesus, And Where Is He?

Who Is Jesus, And Where Is He?

I find it fascinating that, in some parts of the Gospel stories, Jesus asks people to not reveal his identity to anyone. One example is found in Mark 8:27-30, when Peter calls Jesus “the Christ”, and Jesus orders him to keep that to himself. I mean, wouldn’t it make...
Lock-ins and Hope

Lock-ins and Hope

We recently had our 2019 Youth Lock-in, and our time together was exactly what would be expected from 20 kids spending 12 hours inside a building together: a hurricane of fun, laughter, and energy. For the first 6 hours or so, we basically ran around and made the...
The Smell of Brazilian Cheese Rolls

The Smell of Brazilian Cheese Rolls

I find it incredible that God’s first words to Abram (who would later be re-named Abraham) are, “Leave your land, your family, and your father’s household…” (Genesis 12:1) Being that Abraham became one of the central figures of Judaeo-Christianity, a father and...
The Questions of Our Youth

The Questions of Our Youth

As the new Youth Director at Highlands Church North Denver, I’ve just started getting to know our youth and among the several things I could already say, I’ve been incredibly inspired by their ability to think deeply and critically. As part of our time together last...