In July of 2018, President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the United States Supreme Court. The nomination is significant to the future of our country considering the judges who sit on the Supreme Court will be making and amending laws for decades to come, long after Donald Trump is no longer the President […]

Love him or hate him, Colin Kaepernick is the face of a new Nike ad celebrating the 30th anniversary of their “Just Do It” campaign.  The ad reads: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”  Kaepernick started the trend of kneeling during the National Anthem in the NFL in 2016 to create awareness […]

This past Tuesday Starbucks shut down over 8,000 stores and put 175,000 employees through “Racial Bias Training” for 4 hours. This unprecedented move was in response to two black businessmen who got arrested in Philadelphia for “trespassing” after one of them used a Starbucks bathroom without yet having placed an order. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson […]

The first funeral I ever officiated as a pastor was for a 15-year-old high school student who chose to take his own life with a shotgun blast to the face. When his parents told me they wanted an open casket funeral, I was a bit shocked and secretly questioned whether it was the right decision. […]

Each Black Friday while millions of people head out for all the steals and deals the day after Thanksgiving, I get most excited about the holiday season upon us. I love the Christmas lights, parties, eggnog, and the rest of the craziness that comes along with the holidays. Yet in the midst of all the […]

Think back to when you were in mid school, high school or college. When you think about the one person who impacted you the most, who first comes to mind? A teacher?  A coach? A principal? A coach? A youth pastor? A friend? More than likely, there’s at least one person who pops into your […]

This year can be your best yet. Here are 5 relatively small steps that can get you on a new track leading to big changes. 1) Choose new friendships Just because you’re going back to school doesn’t mean you have to get back into all your old routines and hang out with all the same […]

After Netflix released its popular “Thirteen Reasons Why” original series about a girl who killed herself, the topic of suicide has become viral. However, suicide has unfortunately already gone viral among teenagers in the United States. According to The Jason Foundation, Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for teens. More teens die from […]

I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about Snapchat lately, but did you know you can use it to build buzz and excitement for your church, business, organization or product? So many people have asked me how to use Snapchat after my last blog post about it that I decided to write a book about it. […]

“Alternative facts” is a new phrase that’s been in the news a lot lately. The phrase came about after President Trump’s relatively low attended inauguration ceremony on January 20, 2017. Sean Spicer, the newly appointed White House Press Secretary, erroneously claimed that President Trump’s 2017 inauguration ceremony was the “most-watched inauguration” in history. However, the […]

February 7, 2017

The Writer’s Manifesto

I recently read The Writer’s Manifesto by Jeff Goins. It’s a simple ebook you can read in about 10 minutes that discusses the value and importance of using your passions and talents for the sake of serving others rather gaining personal glory. We all have talents and passions, but do you use yours for the […]

Dear Mr. Trump & Ms. Clinton, Your debate Monday night drew in 84 million viewers, the largest audience for a televised political event in history. The exit polls in San Diego indicated that Trump had 5% of the vote and Hillary had 22%. The news suggested that those results mean that Hillary won the debate, […]

September 15, 2016

The Wrong Time To Forgive

Even as a pastor, it can be really hard for me to forgive sometimes. If someone wrongs me and comes to ask me for forgiveness, I have no problem granting it without hesitation. If someone wrongs me and asks for forgiveness only after I confront them about it, I still give them grace. But what […]

When I accepted a new job in California in 2013, my wife and I initially thought we would sell our home in Albuquerque. After our appraisal came in much lower than expected, we instead decided to rent out our home to build equity for a few years before putting the home on the market. We rented our home for 3 […]

Apple created an ad for their “Shot on iPhone” campaign using a portion of Maya Angelou’s “Human Family” poem that will air for the first time during the Olympics Games Rio 2016 opening ceremonies tonight on NBC. I love the ending line of the poem: We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike. Shortly […]

Flirting with someone other than your spouse may seem innocent at first. However, as one small compromise leads to another, you may find yourself doing things you never dreamed you would do. Before you know it, what initially seemed so innocent could get you trapped in an extramarital affair resulting in consequences that are definitely […]

Most people are more afraid of public speaking than death. As Seinfeld said, “At a funeral, most people would rather be the guy in the coffin than have to stand up and give the eulogy.” Whether you are one of the millions with a fear of public speaking or you do it every day, I […]

Some believe that Tijuana, Mexico, is the most-evangelized city in the world. However, during a recent trip to TJ, I realized that while many people know ABOUT Jesus, far fewer people actually KNOW Jesus. Last Saturday I took a group of students to TJ (watch video). We partnered with Spectrum Ministries as we helped facilitate a hygiene clinic […]

Becoming a leader who is worth following does not happen overnight. Any leader who is worth following has built a reputation on solid character and integrity. It takes time to win friends and influence people and build a platform filled with people who actually want to listen to you. Because leaders are never “off the […]

It blows my mind how many leaders simply don’t lead well. You know what blows my mind more than that? That so many “Christian” leaders don’t lead well. I’ve had the opportunity to work in several secular organizations as well as several Christian organizations, and some of the leaders in the secular organizations lead their staff far better […]

A few weeks ago I was sitting next to a campfire with a high school student who had just confessed to participating in some horrific activities. Worst of all, his dad had put him up to those activities. His mom and dad divorced when he was 7, so the family has been divided for quite […]

Part of me doesn’t care about whether people wish me a happy birthday each year. Everyone has a birthday. It’s just a day like any other. It may be a special day to me, but it’s not to anyone else. Other than my mom, that is. I was born on my mom’s birthday. My name […]

Remember those old radio headsets with the built-in headphones? Those were so cool! I received a pair for Christmas in 1997 right when they were becoming the “it” product. I busted them out for my practices on my cross country team, and was one of the few “cool guys” running with headphones with no wires […]

One of the most effective ways to connecting with students in your youth ministry is to engage them in a personal way. Should you do the opposite, you can kiss your ministry goodbye within 12 months. During His 3-year ministry, Jesus’ most impactful stories are those where He personally interacted with an individual. Think of […]

WILD & CRAZY GUYS For over a year I worked as a personality at Wild 106, a hip hop radio station that was #1 on the FM dial in the State of New Mexico. Each morning there were over 50,000 listeners who would tune in and listen to the crazy antics of Mr. Clean, AV, […]

May 13, 2016

Join the Movement

There are countless leaders who lead people the wrong way. While they are still leaders, they simply aren’t worth following. My goal is to be the type of leader who is worth following. I want my life to have meaning. I want to have purpose. I want to leave this world different and better than how […]

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