Like everyone else, I usually introduce myself by listing what I do, rather than marking who I am. So, here, I’ll take the road less traveled…
I’m defined by a truth that overshadows everything in my life: 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 statement of fact. But “born again” is my raw necessity—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 wife and father to two delightful girls—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, leader, and facilitator—for three decades I’ve been editor of GROUP, a magazine for Christian youth workers, helping to challenge, inform, and resource the “Navy Seals” of ministry… I’ve written many books over the last 20 years—Leonard Sweet calls them our contemporary “calling cards”—so here are the latest:
• The Jesus-Centered Life: The Life You Didn’t Think Was Possible, With the Jesus You Never Knew—http://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 Teenagers—https://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 Jesus—http://www.shrewdbook.com
• Sifted: God’s Scandalous Response to Satan’s Outrageous Demand—http://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 Living—http://www.simplyyouthministry.com/resources-books-for-students-99-thoughts-on-jesus-centered-living.html
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.