Vertical vs. Horizontal Morality

You know how you feel when you hear someone say something you’ve thought for a while? That’s the feeling I got when Andy Stanley started out this morning at The Orange Conference talking about what he calls vertical morality, which he defined as peace with God based on keeping peace with God. It’s an approach … Continue reading Vertical vs. Horizontal Morality

Knowledge vs. Relationship – Looking for Balance in Ministry

Currently, we are in the middle of the TEN series at Youth Group. This past Sunday, I taught the high school group. As we read the third of the Ten Commandments, we discussed how much of the true meaning has been lost over time. Instead of only refraining from using God's name in vein (in … Continue reading Knowledge vs. Relationship – Looking for Balance in Ministry

Stuart Hall Urges Children and Youth Workers to Rage Against the Machine (Orange 2011)

For a lot of us, our environment does not match our mission and values. That is the point Stuart Hall led with as he discussed how we need to "Rage Against the Machine." The machine he refers to is what we refer to as Christianity in our modern culture. This machine is all about getting … Continue reading Stuart Hall Urges Children and Youth Workers to Rage Against the Machine (Orange 2011)

You are Important, According to Andy Stanley (Orange 2011)

The 2011 Orange Conference officially began tonight with the first main session. After some music and a video presentation, we were able to hear from Andy Stanley. His purpose for the night, according to him, was to tell us how important we are. In order to do that, he walked through the history of the … Continue reading You are Important, According to Andy Stanley (Orange 2011)