Yesterday I did the memorial service for my Uncle Jack who just went to be with the Lord last week. Uncle Jack was not a man to be trifled with, especially before he came to Christ. As the picture below clearly shows he looks like a beefed up version of The Wolverine.
Our bags have been packed and we are waiting for our ride to the airport. Once there we will fly to Vegas to hang out with our dear family friends from Switzerland (and see some kind of cirque du soleil show) before we make the 4.5 hour drive to San Diego to have our "official" family vacation.
1. It's not as easy as it looks on paper.
I had parenting all figured out before I had kids. I watched the videos, read the books and even preached a few sermons on it. Then my wife and I had children and all but a handful of key principles blew away like dust (from the top of a teen boy's desk) in the wind.
I'll never forget when Debbie came into the church office where I used to pastor and asked me if there was any way she could volunteer. Knowing that she had a marketing background I told her, "The church is doing fine but I need your help with this youth ministry thing I'm trying to get off the ground."
Debbie volunteered for two years and then came on staff with Dare 2 Share. She was recently promoted to President and has been doing an outstanding job alligning our ministry for growth. Here's a little video one of our team members put together to celebrate 20 years at Dare 2 Share...
I'm at SeaTac airport with my family as I type these words. We've all eaten too much, stayed up too long and laughed too hard. We cruised from Seattle to Skagway and stopped several places in between. I've been all over the world but these stops may be some of the most beautiful places on the planet. Suffice it to say that a cruise to Alaska is both awe and "ahh!" inspiring.
This is the 11th Mother's Day I've celebrated without my mom. She went to be with the Lord after a painful battle against cancer. My mom was a tough and tender lady. She was so tough that many people couldn't see past it. But those who knew her best saw
Two days before I was slated to fly into Youth Specialties Sacramento eight years ago I received the weirdest e-mail I have ever received. It went something like, "Is your dad Toney Woods? If so I think I may be your sister!"
I remembered the strange spelling of my biological
On the way home from Universal Studios with my family on Friday night we encountered a one-of-a-kind shuttle driver. His name was Fredrick. He was great, not because of the quality of his driving, but because his entertainment skills and over-the-top love of life.
He took a bunch of rain-soaked,
This summer, while waiting for a train with my family, I helped my daughter memorize the GOSPEL acrostic that we developed for teenagers at Dare 2 Share. It is comprised of six simple sentences that sum up the message of the Bible and the good news of Jesus:
I am more and more convinced that many teenagers today struggle with "daddy issues" on one level or another. Over the years, as marriages have continued to implode and families have fractured as a result, I've seen these issues become more and more prevalent in the lives of the teens