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A New Heaven & A New Earth Series

Below, you can find links to each of the posts in the A New Heaven & A New Earth series:

In April 2013, I started walking laps around the church auditorium while studying or reading. I found this helped me to focus better, and also it was a good way to be a little less sedentary while at work.

Each lap around the auditorium is approximately 74 yards. In 2013 I walked a total of 5,608 laps, which amounts to a total distance of 235.8 miles. As I mentioned in my report at the start of 2014, that is basically the equivalent of traveling from Fayetteville, Arkansas to Kansas City, Missouri on foot. In 2014, I walked a total of 10,497 laps, or 441.4 miles, which got me from Kansas City, Missouri to the outskirts of Joliet, Illinois. In 2015, I walked 9,774 laps, of 411.0 miles, which got me all the way to Cleveland, Ohio. Then, in 2016, my walking decreased somewhat, as I only amassed 7,288 laps for a total of 306.4 miles, which got me slightly past Hagerstown, Maryland.

In 2017, I wasn’t sure what my totals would look like, but I was hoping to get back over the 10,000 lap mark. Without further ado, here are my totals for the year:

Total Laps in 2017: 14,023

Distance per Lap: approximately 74 yards

Total Distance in 2017: 589.6 miles

Total Distance to date: 1984.2 miles

In 2017, I made it into D.C., and then traveled through Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, New Haven, Connecticut, Providence, Rhode Island, Boston, and final to the small town of Hampton, New Hampshire (en route to Maine).

I was confident that I had walked more in 2017 than 2016, and was hopeful that I was going to surpass the 10,000 lap mark, but honestly, I was blown away by my totals for the year: almost twice of what I had accumulated in 2016, and 3,500+ laps more than my previous personal best.

I don’t know what to expect in 2018, and don’t have a specific goal in mind. I have the feeling that 14,000 laps may not be a sustainable total each year, but I do like the idea of completing 500 miles each year. We’ll see how it goes!

A couple of weeks ago I announced that my new ebook, Youth In Family Ministry: A Handbookwas available for preorder, and today is the day it releases! I have been honored and humbled that so many of you have bought it, and I greatly appreciate you for doing so.

It is nice to sell a few books, but more than that, what I am interested in is sharing the information that is contained within this book. I am not an alarmist, but research shows that youth ministry is in trouble in some pretty significant ways, and I have come to believe very deeply that there is a more biblical (and more effective) way of passing faith on to the next generation than what we have typically done. That is what this book is all about.

If you would be willing, I would greatly appreciate it if you would help me get the word out about this book. Towards that end, I have created the images below for you to share on social media. You should be able to just hover over the image and share it to the platform of your choice.

Thanks so much for your continued support!

Miles To Go

When I am weary and feel nearly overwhelmed by all the things I have to get done, I draw encouragement and resilience from my favorite Robert Frost poem:

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Here’s to keeping the promises and traveling the miles!

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