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daniel cooley · 6d ago

Does Youth Ministry Matter?

I started youth ministry at Camp Peniel. From there I went to church ministry. I still remember wondering what I had gotten into when someone in my first church gave me an article on the hor...
daniel cooley · 1W ago

Pastoral Envy

I had this published four years ago in Christianity Today – Leadership Journal. I think it’s been long enough they are good with me putting it on my blog. DEAR GOD, GIVE ME A MEGA-MINISTRY W...
daniel cooley · 2W ago

Surrender, Yes. Sacrifice, No

The older I get in ministry, the less work it is, and the more of a privilege it becomes. I remember my biggest dread when I started church ministry in 1985. Hospital visits. That’s partly b...
daniel cooley · 3W ago

Frustrated with Facebook

Sometimes I take a break from Facebook for a while, then go back on and wonder, “Why have I been off for so long?” I enjoy the updates, pictures of kids and grandkids, and learning really us...
daniel cooley · 4W ago

Back to Haiti

One of my questions when I get to Heaven, if I can get up the nerve to ask, is; “Why, when we were replacing a clutch under a Toyota Hilux, for needy missionaries, in the dirt, in Haitian hu...
daniel cooley · 1M ago

I Can Only Imagine a Good Christian Movie

I saw Only Imagine yesterday for two reasons. Bart, the song’s author that the movie is about, is an old friend, and I had been up since 3:15am, done church and had a wonderful fish taco lun...
daniel cooley · 1M ago

My 5 Favorite Epitaphs

Earlier this year I attended three memorials in eight days. Death has been on my mind – but in a good way. I’ve seen faith passed down from father to son to grandkids, and heard some amazing...
daniel cooley · 1M ago

What Would You Cut Out of Your Bible?

Bizarre Bible Stories sold, in part I think, because the books included some of the Bible stories we would like left out of the Bible. Did you know Thomas Jefferson made his own cut-and-past...
daniel cooley · 3M ago

Salvation Baby

My sister Janice is writing poems to go into my Bizarre Christmas Bible Story book for 2018. I LOVE this salvation poem… How Can I Get to Heaven? Does it take a village? Does it take an offe...
daniel cooley · 4M ago

Wise Men and a Sister

My sister wrote the poem below about the wise men, such a fun kids poem I had to publish it. OH, she is also the girl in the picture, with my brother David and our parents, when they were li...