Category: Jesus Christ

Prayer 101: 12-Week Study

Introduction “Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray…” (Luke 11:1)               In the first sentence of Tim Keller’s book, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God , he says the following: “In the second half of my adult life, I discovered prayer.” [1] This statement gave me great pause in... Read More
Posted by John Perritt at 2/6/18

Father-Daughter Relationships by: Emily Katherine Dalton

It was a few days before Father’s Day as a student and I anticipated its difficulty together.  I lost my father a year ago to a heart attack.  She lost her Dad about fifteen years ago to another family and another life he chose. Loss is loss.  And the loss of a father runs deep, touching countless facets of a child’s life, especially the life of a daughter.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one in three children lives without their biological father in the... Read More
Posted by John Perritt at 2/5/18

Why I HATE Youth Leader Training

As I sat around the dinner table with my family, I explained to my children that I would be leaving them for RYM’s annual Youth Leader Training. Sure enough, my statement prompted groans and despair from each one of them. “NO! Daddy, please don’t leave.” This is a familiar scene in the Perritt household. One thing I’ve learned about this process is that I need to give my children fair warning prior to my departure. Usually about a week or so before I leave, I... Read More
Posted by John Perritt at 1/29/18

Texting and Driving: A Good Reminder for This School Year

Texting and Driving: A Good Reminder For This School Year When I was in student ministry in a local church, I would try to have a regular public service announcement for our students. Typically, at the start of a new school year, I would get up and say something about the dangers of texting and driving. There was one year I even played the compelling AT&T commercial to convey the realities and potential dangers of this all-too-common practice. Therefore, I thought it might be a... Read More
Posted by John Perritt at 1/11/18