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Thanksgiving, Youth Specialties, etc.

This past week was Thanksgiving here in the United States, so that afford Renee and I a little while to get to my hometown of Spencerport to see my family . I realized that I hadn’t actually been home to see my parents since May (for Renee’s bridal shower) and admittedly felt a little bad about that. Although, in my defense I had a whirlwind of activity between May and now.

I am starting to feel like life has settled into a pattern of sorts. Minus Renee switching jobs this week I feel like we’ve hit somewhat of steady pace and I am starting to feel settled into somewhat of a routine

This week I am off to Charlotte for the National Youth Workers Convention. This is my second year going, as I went last year when it was here in Pittsburgh. Last year I went somewhat unsure where my calling was – and out of NYWC came a clear understanding that my calling was in fact to youth ministry. Now that I’ve gotten that far, I’m not sure what I’m looking for or what I’ll hear when I’m there. Either way, I am looking forward to it.

After I return from that our senior high group is off to Camp Crestfield for a retreat with just our group which should be a lot of fun. We’ll be watching and discussing “The God Who Wasn’t There” and talking about other questions of faith – should be a good time.

This past Sunday I preached my second sermon ever on “Evil”. I preached my first sermon on evil while in seminary at the PTS Chapel. It was entitled “Welcome to the Seminary: The Devil’s Playground”. Sunday it was on demons and the “ordinary” demons that haunt our lives and keep us from following Christ into the world. I preached the same message at all three services, but the 11:00 edition was far and away the best (in my and other’s opinion). I’ll link to it once I get the recording online. I’ve learned that preaching on evil is never easy and never fun, but always worthwhile as people need to know that the evil they face is real – and how it can be dealt with.

I’m headed back to school – kinda – this term.  I’ve decided to audit History of Christian Social Thought @ PTS this term.  Should be interesting… plus, with an audit there’s no papers and no grades.

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Categories: Crestfield, NYWC
  1. November 28, 2006 at 10:58 am

    Hey Brian. Sounds like you’re headed down the right road towards your calling!

    I thought you might be interested in the upcoming Willow Creek Student Ministry Leadership conference this February 28-March 2. Our focus this year is to recognize, define and embrace what student ministry leaders need to do to shift their strategies and efforts to effectively captivate a generation. I think you might be interested!

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