For the past few months, my family and I have been volunteering with the youth group at our church. For most part it is a great experience, but the depth of our spiritual discussion is really limited.

The church we attend is definitely a seeker-friendly church. The congregation is largely brand new Christians which in turn leads to brand new Christian kids in the youth group. Actually, in most cases, I’m not even sure half of the kids are Christians.

This is by no means a bad thing. As a Christian, I am excited to have the opportunity to disciple new Christians. At least I would be if they were receptive to the message.

The last couple times our pastor has shared really relevant topics it has been a battle. Every point becomes a debate as we look at such basic ideas like the blatantly sexual and derogatory lyrics in popular music, the idea that God doesn’t punish us for our sin, or even the dangers of a lack of boundaries in a dating relationship.

While I have credited a majority of this debate to kids searching for their independence, it is still troublesome. This week I am going to be sharing with the youth and I’m tossing around several ideas for topics. I keep coming back to one though.

Proverbs 2 is a simple story of the importance of wisdom and how to accept it. I know it’s probably a stretch for junior high kids to get it, but at this point, I need them to realize they are missing the point. My other option is as my blog title suggests, that I remind them of the parable of the soils. No one likes to hear they are the hard, unaccepting soil, but the truth will hopefully open their hearts to what we are trying to share with them.

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When I started blogging a few years ago, I did it as a release. I have always enjoyed writing and the means of expression it affords me. However, somewhere along the Blogger-induced journaling, my blog became so cluttered with stuff that it looked more like a myspace page than a blog. To me, that is the last thing I wanted.

So here we are. Starting over. When I looked at the various templates available at WordPress, I decided to take the simplest approach possible. No longer will there be all the media I’m consuming on the side of my page. No more long list of websites I visit. Instead, you just get my thoughts. Sometimes there might be a picture, but most likely there won’t be.

I understand this may not make for the most “entertaining” blog in the world, but I’m okay with that. Selfishly, this blog is more for me than anyone else. And in reality, if you check blogs as often as I do, new content is new content.

And with that, welcome to my rebooted blog. Make sure to update your bookmarks and RSS feeders as needed.