Need Humility? Consider Unconditional Election

If you ever need a good dose of humility, just consider your salvation.  Not the part where you are a child of God and get to enjoy the benefits of being adopted by the creator of the world.  Think about the part where you were totally depraved and had nothing good living inside of you; … Continue reading

Totally What?

Total depravity sounds awful.  If you were to tell someone they are totally depraved, they would probably take that as an insult.  But the reformed church is consistent in its belief that every single person on earth is totally depraved (After all, it is the T in the TULIP acronym).  So what does it mean … Continue reading

Post Retreat Thoughts

I want to thank everyone who was able to go on the retreat.  It went far better than Lizzy or myself could have imagined.  What was most encouraging for us was to see 23 students (and 3 adults) grow closer together.  By the end of the weekend, it was like we had a real, cohesive … Continue reading

Back and Ready for the week!

We had a great time in Seattle, and are refreshed and ready to go for this week.  And what a busy week it is!  We have our regular Wednesday night youth starting at 6:30 (with pizza on the menu), and this weekend is our fall retreat.  We have filled up all of our spots, and … Continue reading

What A Great Reminder

I read a great reminder that I am not alone in my methodology of ministry.  The reminder came from Mark Howard, who is a youth director in Convinton, GA (he was featured on TGC). I am in my sixth month here at PHPC.  SIX MONTHS.  Wow.  This has had a lot of highs and lows, … Continue reading

Feeling pretty “jazzed”

First, let me apologize for using the word “jazzed.”  Second, let me tell you that I am very excited for the fall retreat.  I have been working on our 4 part mini-series, and am excited for the truth and application of the gospel in the hearts of our students (not to mention mine).   This … Continue reading


Wednesday night will mark the beginning of the “dating” section in our series on relationships and friendships.  Why are we talking about this?  Well, we have covered: -How we are to love are enemies, friends, parents, and siblings -Why it is important to develop actual friendships instead of merely having acquaintances -We were made for … Continue reading

Events This Week

Mark your calendars now, because this week has a few extra wrinkles.  We will be having our normal Wednesday night schedule (I will be starting the inevitable discussion on dating.  If you talk about relationships and friendships, you have to talk about this. Pray for me).  In addition, we will be having a tailgate for … Continue reading

Buy This Book: Quick Review of “Crazy Busy”

I was able to read Kevin DeYoung’s Crazy Busy yesterday (it is, as the title says, a mercifully short book for those who are extremely busy), and came away with an impression that I could give this book to anyone in my church (whether they are students or parents, working or staying at home, etc) and … Continue reading

Tonight’s Lesson: Relationship With Your Parents

I know what I was thinking when I was in High School: “I can’t wait to be out on my own; I can’t wait to get some separation from my parents.”  This is a normal feeling.  We should want to go out on our own and experience life in new circumstances (being poor, unable to … Continue reading