POP GOD POPcast: Episode 8 – Adam Allen

slide.001Welcome to Episode 8 of the POP GOD POPcast – an exploration into the lives of people seeking God in the present tense.

This week’s guest is Adam Allen. Adam is the youth pastor at True North Church in North Augusta. Adam’s walk of faith across the past 13 years has led him to taking charge of an incredible youth ministry. We talk about his path to today, why he never went to seminary, his love for YoungLife, and the importance of a strong supporting cast. Plus Adam takes the Pop Quiz, we get to the bottom of his unique Twitter handle, and spend a few minutes geeking out on Friends and Train. Enjoy this look inside the life of a youth pastor seeking God in the present tense.

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Relearning To Fly

If you can’t fly then run. If you can’t run then walk. If you can’t walk then crawl. But whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. – Martin Luther King, Jr. 

photo-2Have you ever flown before? Not literally in an airplane. I’m talking about the sensation that comes when you’re gliding through life, when joy comes effortlessly, when you feel as if you’re floating off the ground. 

When I go out for a run and I really get in the groove, that’s when I feel like I’m flying.

Once upon a time I ran a half marathon. Way back in 2011 I sweated my way across the finish line of the Greenwood, SC Half Marathon in a half-decent time of 2:12:36.

I couldn’t believe it. I would have been happy to finish under the 3 hour mark.

For years I wavered on whether or not I was capable of doing a 13.1 mile run. I trained on and off, never really breaking an 8 mile run at the most.

Finally I made a pact with a few students of mine. We decided we would do this together.

The feeling on the other side of the finish line was elation. I could not believe I had really completed the race. I had immediate plans to get back into training for the next one.

It’s over 2 years later and I still haven’t run the sequel. Continue reading

Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

bob dylan press 1 .jpgWhat’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and does what he wants to do. – Bob Dylan

When the world expects Bob Dylan to play he acoustic, he goes electric.

When the world expects Bob Dylan to rage against traditional values, he becomes a born-again Christian.

When the world expects Bob Dylan to be out of surprises, he releases a Christmas album 40 years into his career.

When the world expects Bob Dylan to go quietly into the good night, he tours harder than ever and continues to put out 5 star albums in his 70s. Continue reading