The Complete New Testament Resource for Youth Workers: Volume 1

Many of you know that for the last year I have been working on a writing project for Zondervan/Youth Specialties with my friend Jack Crabtree. As a team we have been writing a complete lesson including ice-breaker, overview, media ideas, teaching, and discussion questions for each chapter of the New Testament. Youth Specialties now has Volume 1 listed in their online catalogue. We are hoping to be done with Volume 2 soon, but it is exciting to see this one listed. I am also very honored that my dad, Kevin Mahaffy, Sr. also contributed several lessons to the project. So cool to share this experience as father and son!

Hotel Hotel

A classic youth ministry video that my daughters wanted to watch tonight, so you all get to enjoy it as well!

What Good Will It Be If I Gain the Whole World But Lose My Family?

While I absolutely cannot stand country music, the message in this video speaks to why I am passionate about breaking the stereotype of pastors. This video assumes pastors functioning in a traditional, Western, modern way. One of my former pastors used to preach “family first” and, using a play on the words of Jesus, said: “What good will it be if we gain the whole world but lose our families?” I battle against these temptations regularly, and I am far from perfect, but by God’s grace I hope that I am moving toward and modeling a different, more healthy kind of pastorship. Selah.

Tremendous Daily Meditations!

Last week I happened upon a link to the Center for Action & Contemplation. I signed up for the free daily meditations by Fr. Richard Rohr, and have been blessed and challenged by his reflections each day. If you would like to sign up to receive these great little devotionals, you can do so here.

My First Picture

Dad just sent me this picture – the first one ever taken of me. Sleep is still one of my favorite things to do. lol! April 21, 1976