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  1. Hi Sam!! I wish your “about Sam” had more.
    I am the Coordinator of Prayer and Resources for Young Life College. somehow I stumbled on your blog today, altho I have read several posts before.
    Crazy that I am in my 60’s and love college kids passionately. I know they need Our LORD desperately.
    Are you looking for just Millennials to guest post?.
    I will subscribe to your blog-its fantastic.
    I have a daughter who tried to commit suicide in college and still struggles with depression. But now she has a life threatening illness. She writes alot (is in her early 30’s) and I am going to share your blog with her.
    Would it be ok with you to post a link to your blog for our Young Life College Staff?
    I love the posts I have read…fun to get paid to read and pray for a job!!!
    thank you for all you are doing to continually point friends to Jesus!!

    • Hi Missy! Thank you so much for your kind words. You’re totally right, I should put more in my ABOUT section – specifically my full testimony. I have been wanting to do that for a long time, thank you for the reminder. 🙂

      Thank you for sharing about your daughter. Depression and suicidal thoughts brought so much darkness to my life, I will do anything to help people and encourage others struggling through those places.

      Please do share my blog with the Young Life College Staff, that would be amazing! As far as guest posts, I haven’t accepted any in a long time. I’ve decided to publish a new post every other week as to not overload people’s inboxes and I have so many posts still waiting to be published. I think it’s something I will definitely explore again in the future.

      So great to connect! I’m going to go check out your blog now.
      Bless you and your awesome job!
      -Sam

  2. I stumbled upon this site and I am so glad that I did. I’m not sure if this is what you wanted us to post here but I wasn’t sure where else to put it.

    I almost committed suicide going on 8 years ago and I still struggle with depression. For a while it was getting better, but about seven months ago things suddenly changed. My friends were home from college, I had just found out I passed two really hard classes and it was summer which meant I could work more hours to save for the upcoming semester (I really like my job). I had a friend that was more like a brother to me than anything and he had just been in a severe car wreck along with some other things that had happened to him all within three months of each other. I knew he was upset and hurting and I talked to him as much as I could but living 12.5 hours away from each other didn’t give us much time to connect. I woke up on a Tuesday morning to call from his cousin saying he had killed himself about an hour earlier. I saw the letter he wrote and then I realized that I had seen the warning signs but I had interpreted them to be about his wreck not this. I grieved and tried to continue on, but I started to backslide into depression.

    I have printed off different quotes from Lysa Terkeurst and Priscilla Shirer, lyrics to songs that remind me that it gets better and even typed up a list of things I can read over when I start to feel depressed and overwhelmed and I even have it written in notebook I keep with me in my purse. I have gotten connected at church and made some great friends there, read books on depression and tried to stayed plugged into a Bible study even if it’s just me doing it. But I am still struggling with depression and I don’t know what else to do to try to fight this.

  3. Sir Sam…!

    I cannot say THANK YOU loud enough for what you have written about millennials. I will be passing your post around.

    This may surprise you, but I’m fast approaching 75yo, am a leadership mentor here in the Denver, CO area (and have been that since 1980), and 65% of the men and women I mentor are millennial in age. I don’t mean to have this sound like an arrogant brag…but I’ve also the immense and sacred privilege of mentoring emerging leaders on four continents via Skype, Zoom or Facetime.

    Too often, confession here, I get thoroughly ticked at leaders I know around the globe who begin a diatribe with, “Those millennials…………” And I have to smile when others ask me, “Why are you always hanging out with…those millennials?” Why? In part, because you and your amazing fellow millennials are the hope of our future world. I am one olde man who willingly shouts from any rooftop that will hold me, “We need to be listening to, nurturing, mentoring and releasing men and women of this age into our world to serve well, and make changes, where crucial to the very ongoingness of our world.”

    OK…I could go on and on and on…but please know, that here in Colorado is one man who is a champion of millennials. That I will be to my last breath.

    Should you so honor me with further communication, I will hold that moment in sacred trust. I need to learn from a man like you how I man help forge a better future for this amazing grouping of humanity. It may be a surprise, but I share some of the same concerns you mention in your welcome and necessary post. What a delight it would be to have some communication with you.

    …your move,

    Wes

  4. I’ve read a lot of your posts and they are pretty solid. Thanks for sharing your passions and convictions! Your post “12 Reasons Millennials are OVER Church” is something I really resonated with. For years I’ve been complaining about these things and finally realized that I can do something about it. I’m praying and planning for starting a young adults ministry, but more than that I want to facilitate genuine, easily accessible community in the church as a whole. I was wondering if you’d be willing to talk to me about your experience and exchange ideas for making a positive impact in our community. Thank you and hope you have a wonderful week!

  5. You recently put out an article on why Millennials have left the church. Let me answer your points in order. 1) You are to be heard, and listened to for discussions about the faith and what you think and believe. BUT, the church is not something for you mold, shape and change to your liking. The Gospel and its truth and hence its church is supposed to mold and shape you! Number 2. Each church has a universally same calling and purpose. To preach the gospel to every creature, Baptize in the name of the Father and the son and the Holy Spirit. Not just to love one another. And you cannot love your neighbor if you are not willing to share the Gospel with them. Number 3) While helping the poor is a part of the Christian fellowship and mercy work, and some do neglect this, we cannot go to the extreme and shift away from theological study and doctrinal development entirely. These need to be there as to equip you in your understanding of God and who He is. Number 4. As to the end times rhetoric, believe it or not we are in it. Also, the culture that you also live in has a great impact. And the church needs to warn the congregants of every new dangerous fad or craze that can potentially or will harm your relation ship with Christ. I do however agree that the church should teach you how to differ from the culture and in this day and age it is something extremely lacking. (Especially in the Word of Faith churches)Number 5. I agree… many churches develop a type of clique group. And yes, this is harming to a church. The congregation i am with, i am blessed to say does not have this in any way shape or form. However, in large churches this is near impossible to prevent. Number 6. I agree whole heatedly! And what is needed most often is for you to perhaps leave the Charismatic and W.O.F. churches where this issue is prominent. In order churches, which are not all about money, go and ask the leadership for this. The church i attend, gives yearly budget sheet showing exactly where what was spend on. We have a treasurer who reports on any issues relating to finances and shows us exactly what money was spent on when it was spent.Number 7. I agree, mentor-ship is critical. Discipleship is critical. But you cannot throw out the Sunday sermon in replace of it. The sermons and preaching on Sunday will stay as it is a God instituted way of doing via the Apostles. However, every church should based on its congregation dynamics, have a cell-group and mentor facility for the youth APART from the sermons. Also, the church gives you a safe environment and forces you to love your fellow believer as Christ does you…. unconditionally.Number 8. As to telling your members you are letting your church down…. i have never been in a church where i once heard that. Not once. And it is wrong in its entirety. The truth, if you are enough exactly the way you are, Jesus would not have to conform you to His image. In you, there is a unique person Christ made to be within His morality and character. And until that original plan comes out, you are going to be a work in progress…. which i guarantee will be a work till the day you die. Number 9. I agree… absolutely! Number 10. We are to be of service to the community yes. But we are not to walk in fear or man or wonder what will they think. We preach the gospel with its offensive message of self-sacrifice and obedience to Christ alone while serving them in love. We aid the community in a way that does not violate the Christian tenets and in the same way Glorify our Lord.Number 11. As to actions backing words, i agree! Absolutely! Instead of thinking of ways to reach the millennials, the church does what the Apostles did. We pray and we create and opportunity for the youth to come. For it is God, who will add to the church each day. And yes, we also go out and evangelize and inform the millennial of where they can go for more truth of the Gospel.Number 12. We dont want a bunch of people to come in and keep a seat warm. Apostle Paul was more concerned about the quality of congregants than the quantity.

  6. Annette Van Alstine

    Hi Sam,

    Your post “12 Reasons Millennials are OVER Church” is something I really resonated with. I’m sorry for the pain you have felt because of people in the church! I’m sharing your post and will be learning more about your ministries. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Thank you Sam for just keeping on living For This. May the Lord help you to raise an army in your generation just to have fun and experience God in a very private, personal and meaningful way. I thank God for who you are when I read your sharing. Cheers.

  8. Sam,

    I’m the GM of radio stations in Knoxville. Would you consider an interview with one or two of our talk show hosts?

    One station (Joy 620, WRJZ) is a Christian teaching station. The other (TalkRadio 92.3/AM 760) is a conservative talk station.

    Please let me know by replying or calling me at (865) 5252-0620 ext. 225

    Thank you,

    John Adams

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