About an hour north of Bodega Bay nestled in the rugged terrain of this unique northern California coast landscape sits (lightly on the land) a place called Sea Ranch. We spend three days exploring beaches, wandering in tide pools and enjoying amenities of this community.
For the past six months, author Susan Salluce and I have been capturing the stories of individuals who all have one thing in common: tattoo as the language of grief. About 30 altogether, each narrative tells a story of loss in 500 words and a single photo.
Spring Break 2014 we had the opportunity to serve for a week at Our Saviour New York. Located in the neighborhood of Rego Park in the heart of Queens, this ministry is doing some incredible things to reach its diverse community with the gospel in tangible ways.
The Catalyst leadership conference knows how to party. The west coast edition takes place at Mariners church in Irvine, CA. It's a breath of leadership fresh air and stands boldly on the front lines of communicating the Gospel to the next generation.
Last year I went rafting on the south fork of the american river. As the guide prepped us he gave us a bit of advice that has stuck with me since this trip. He said that it would be very loud as we navigate the rapids and if by chance one of us were to fall out of the raft he would point in the positive direction of where you need to swim.
I would support that the cultural climate of today's teen (13-18 years old) is not as unique or dire as some of the analysis suggests. However, their challenges should not be overlooked or underestimated as the previous generation glances in the rearview mirror recalling that mischievous trouble they lived to tell about. This group of teens are inundated with technology like never before, deal with a heightened level of social pressure, and often come from broken homes where they receive mixed messages from mom and dad.