About Me

Like everyone else, I usually introduce myself by listing what I do, rather than describing what's most important to me. So, here, I'll take the road less traveled and answer a question you haven't asked: “What do you stand for?”

I stand for the mission of Jesus in the world, not because it's the Christian thing to do, but because I'm captured and conquered by His heart...

The truth that overshadows everything in my life is simple: I am ruined by Jesus and ruined for Jesus. I mean, my love for Jesus, and my pursuit of Him, infiltrates every aspect of my identity. When Jesus tells Nicodemus the Pharisee that he “must be born again,” it is (at first) an incredulous demand. But “born again” is my raw necessity—most days, I'm desperate for Him in the same way a man crawling through the desert is desperate for water.

Under that overshadowing truth, I'm a husband to a spitfire Italian wife and father to two delightful girls, Lucy and Emma. Every living thing in our home is female (two cats and a dog), except for me and a certain well-endowed Chinese Dwarf Hamster.

I'm an author, editor, speaker, ministry leader, and “relational ringmaster” for people who want to grow. For three decades I was editor of GROUP, the most-read resource for Christian youth workers in the world—helping to challenge, inform, and resource the “Navy Seals” of ministry... I've written  many books over the last 20 years—Dr. Leonard Sweet calls them our contemporary “calling cards”—listed below are the latest...

This site is all about connecting in relationship through a kindred pursuit of Jesus. Here you'll find excerpts and overviews of my books, blog entries, video clips, space for favorite new discoveries, and my speaking schedule. There's nothing more treasured in life than the “you too?” of a discovered passion. So...you too?

Spiritual Grit: A Journey Into Endurance. Character. Confidence. Hope. https://www.amazon.com/dp/1470750899 and https://www.group.com/product/9781470750893-spiritual-grit.do?sortby=ourPicks&refType=&from=Search&ecList=6&ecCategory=

The Jesus-Centered Life: The Life You Didn't Think Was Possible, With the Jesus You Never Knewhttp://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Centered-Life-Didnt-Think-Possible/dp/1470728273/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1459173859&sr=8-1&keywords=jesus-centered+life and https://www.group.com/product/9781470728274-jesus-centered-life.do?sortby=ourPicks&refType=&from=Search&ecList=6&ecCategory=

The Jesus-Centered Bible—Download a sample and order here: https://www.group.com/product/9781470726881-jesus-centered-bible-nlt-charcoal.do?sortby=ourPicks&refType=&from=Search&ecList=6&ecCategory= Or order from Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1470722151?me=ATVPDKIKX0DER

The Jesus-Centered Life: 40 Devotions for Teenagershttps://www.group.com/product/9781470740108-the-jesus-centered-life-40-devotions-for-teenagers.do?sortby=ourPicks&refType=&from=Search&ecList=6&ecCategory=

Skin In the Game: Living an Epic Jesus-Centered Life—Read an excerpt here: http://store.kregel.com/client/excerpt/978-0-8254-4359-6.pdf. Or order it here: http://www.amazon.com/Skin-Game-Living-Epic-Jesus-Centered/dp/0825443598/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1421430228&sr=8-1&keywords=Skin+In+the+Game+Rick+Lawrence

Shrewd: Daring to Live the Startling Command of Jesushttp://www.shrewdbook.com

Sifted: God's Scandalous Response to Satan's Outrageous Demandhttp://www.siftedbook.com

Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry: From Jesus-Plus to Jesus-Only— http://www.simplyyouthministry.com/resources-adult-leaders-development-jesus-centered-youth-ministry.html

99 Thoughts On Jesus-Centered Livinghttp://www.simplyyouthministry.com/resources-books-for-students-99-thoughts-on-jesus-centered-living.html