November 6, 2008

Before I go off the grid, I wanted to briefly talk about the last YS national convention held in Pittsburgh. I have to say that everything I said during Sacramento held true again! What a blessed and humbled weekend I had. But there was one glaring difference between the two cities:As my friend Margaret Feinberg so elequently said to me before I took the general session stage – this region is more stoic in general, and therefore probably won’t be… Read more

November 4, 2008

I voted this morning.It’ll be an interesting night not only for our nation, but also here in Chicago (Barack Obama’s setting up camp in Grant Park about a mile away from where I live – they are expecting about 650,000 people in attendance tonight).More importantly, it’ll be an interesting next 4 years – whoever wins.And regardless of whoever wins the election I know that the Body will need to rise up, together, and live faithfully.Focusing on the Father and not… Read more

October 30, 2008

With the election coming up, and the vote in California for Prop 8 – otherwise known as the gay marriage bill – I have been receiving a lot of emails wondering my take on the whole issue. My bridge building goal is to elevate the conversation between the GLBT community and the Church, and so here it is:Recently I was being interviewed on a national radio show and the host retold a story about speaking at a political rally outside… Read more

October 29, 2008

Thank you Lord for this opportunity to Be;For this opportunity to be Yours.Our prayers, wants, hopes and desires –We pray them knowing what we pray and the end result we yearn to see,but can never know or understand the Kingdom ramifications of how You are going to get those simple, yet passionate and heartfelt eternal prayers accomplished.Because what is in our head never seems to play itself out how we ourselves think it so.Our direct points from A to B,… Read more

October 28, 2008

In alphabetical order:A Christmas VacationAustin Powers 2: The Spy who Shagged MeChristmas StoryHappy GilmoreJurassic Park 1Passion of the ChristSo I Married an Axe Murderer (This is actually my FAVORITE movie of ALL TIME!!!)Star Wars Trilogy – the old school versions (I know that’s three movies but I’m just going to count them as one)The Last SamuraiTitanicSo what do you think of my choices? Any I left out, or, any of those I love that you absolutely hate (don’t worry; I’ll… Read more

October 23, 2008

And the conclusion to YS Sacramento …During the general session (GS) I started talking about my story, my unique experiences and how the broader Christian community has intentionally run away from any type of constructive tension that pushes us to cause growth when it comes to building bridges with the gay and lesbian community. I don’t want to give my GS all away … I don’t want to give away my quotes, my stories and the whole talk because then… Read more

October 22, 2008

This podcast, #1386029, (go to Episode #10) is the Youth Specialties Weekly Devotional that was just released:”This week Adam McLane shoots on location in Chicago. First, Jason Raitz from Willow Creek gives some training tips for those who oversee small group leaders. Next, Andrew Marin shares a devotional about the prayers of those called to lead.”My new family Adam McLane and Cathy Nerenberg came to Chicago to film it (the dull noise in the background of the video is my… Read more

October 21, 2008

I get this question a lot: Where did you write your book?The first 2 weeks were spent writing at my home during the day. But the problem was that I was so nervous to write even one word because I ultimately knew other people were going to read them. And because of that I paralyzed myself. In order then, to take my mind off of everything I would turn the TV on, I would check my email, I would call… Read more

October 20, 2008

The name Youth Specialties (YS) carries a lot of weight with it. For good or bad, any big organization constantly gets both hated on and praised for their work and successes. There are some people out there who have nothing better to do then to try and discredit and rip apart people/organizations for no other reason because they have made something out of themselves. YS falls into that category. But as many in the ‘spotlight’ tell me, it comes with… Read more

October 17, 2008

October 17th is quite a day for me. I’m sitting at O’Hare airport right now on my way to Tampa with a gigantic pain in my soul. In fact right now I’m starting to sweat even thinking about it.October 17, 1997: one of my really close friends, Alli, got killed in a car accident. She and two other friends were driving and a drunk driver ran a red light at 90 mph and hit them square. Everyone, including the passenger… Read more

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