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Aaron Stern
Follower of Jesus, Husband to Jossie, Father to Parker, Cohen, Brooks and Smith, Author of 'What's Your Secret?', and Pastor of Mill City Church.
Interests: home remodeling, reading, writing, snowboarding, mountain dew, mountain biking, coffee
Recent Activity
My friend, Margaret Feinberg, has a new book and 7-session DVD Bible study called Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God (releasing Christmas Day). It is a personal invitation for you to toss back the covers, climb out of bed,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2012 at Aaron Stern's Blog
When asking, ”what is the best way to lead other leaders?”, it is important that we look in the right places to find answers. Before drawing on business wisdom, sports analogies or our own experience we need to first look... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2012 at Aaron Stern's Blog
It has been just over a week since the death of Apple’s founder and innovation genius, Steve Jobs. Almost immediately Twitter, facebook, youTube and the blogosphere blew up as mourning people wrote epitaphs of his legacy. I was struck at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2011 at Aaron Stern's Blog
Less than 48 hours ago I gave my final talk as the pastor, leader and primary visionary of theMILL (to watch or listen click here). It was a joy to lift up the name of Jesus, celebrate what God has... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2011 at Aaron Stern's Blog
Does the thought of telling your secret make your heart race or your palms sweat? Check out the book trailer for What's Your Secret?: freedom through confession. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2011 at Aaron Stern's Blog
This last weekend was a huge moment for us. What God has been unfolding in our hearts for the last year has now become public. Here is a video from this last Sunday morning at New Life Church. Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2011 at Aaron Stern's Blog
Every college student/ 20-something needs to check out this beautiful video and do everything you can to be at Passion 2012. I hope to see you there. Register here Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2011 at Aaron Stern's Blog
This article from the New York Times by David Brooks titled "It's Not About You" is a fascinating perspective for anyone entering or having difficulty in the job market. It is a lucid reminder that we live in a culture... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2011 at Aaron Stern's Blog
Shhhh…. Is there something about you that you hope no one else ever finds out? You’re not alone. Everyone has secrets—hurts, abuses, bad habits, fears. Big or small, secrets can destroy you from the inside out. The good news is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2011 at Aaron Stern's Blog
This article is from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries by Jill Carattini titled "To Dwell in in Possibility" I found it to be especially interesting considering our current cultural fascination with social media and the endless information feed provided to us... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2011 at Aaron Stern's Blog
On the day that some people have concluded is the day that the world is going to end, here are a couple videos that may help you know why this is silliness. A short informal video by New Testament theologian,... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2011 at Aaron Stern's Blog
Last week I wrote a post encouraging us to be more aware of what is forming our imaginations and to be thoughtful about aligning our minds with the ways of the Kingdom of God. If our imaginations are left untended,... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2011 at Aaron Stern's Blog
In 2009, the Harvard Business School did a study regarding the influence that exposure to luxury items has on decision-making. Useful items (watches, shoes, cars, clothing) were shown to two groups of people, at which point they were asked to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2011 at Aaron Stern's Blog
One week ago, HarperOne released a book by Rob Bell called Love Wins: a Book About Heaven, Hell and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. But before it ever hit shelves or came out of the Amazon warehouse... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2011 at Aaron Stern's Blog
Randomly stop by theMILL office and you may find me and any number of staff members playing foursquare. That’s right – the game many of us played at recess in grade school. The goal is always to get to the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2011 at Aaron Stern's Blog
As I pause and think about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. today I am challenged by his courage and resolution to stand up for truth in the face of intense resistance. The following excerpt was delivered at Dexter... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2011 at Aaron Stern's Blog
As we enter into the days around Christmas and relatives arrive or we travel to be with family and friends and the eggnog begins to flow I would like to encourage everyone to rethink your use of social media. Though... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2010 at Aaron Stern's Blog
When I tell people it is important to read fiction, I regularly get a reaction that sounds something like this - “I don’t have time to read stories. I need to gain something from what I read. I can’t even... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2010 at Aaron Stern's Blog
As many of you know I am fond of Mountain Dew. Some people say I am addicted...i'm really just dependent. I think it is the nectar of heaven and oh so good for you! So of course I loved finding... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2010 at Aaron Stern's Blog
This article was posted by Justin Holcomb on The Resurgence blog in 2009. I am reposting it because I think there is a lot of truth in it for college pastors (and all pastors for that matter). The original post... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2010 at Aaron Stern's Blog
Toward the end of my talk on Saturday night at theMILL Fall Retreat I read a paragraph written by my eight year old son, Parker. He is in 2nd grade and learning how to put sentences together centered around a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2010 at Aaron Stern's Blog
I have four amazing boys - Parker (8), Cohen (6), Brooks (4) and Smith (1) - and I take the job of training them to be men very seriously. I am grieved at the trend I see in our society... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2010 at Aaron Stern's Blog
I recently had a friend give me a copy of a paragraph titled "Easy-Running is an Oxymoron". I found the parallels to American Christianity frighteningly similar. So I modified the essay switching out the word 'runner' for 'Christian'. Do you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2010 at Aaron Stern's Blog
10 years ago a group of college students and 20-somethings gathered together with the sole purpose of pursuing God together...and theMILL was born. I am so grateful for the privilege of leading this community and for God's faithfulness to His... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2010 at Aaron Stern's Blog
theMILL just sent nearly 200 college students and 20-somethings around the world on a two week missions trip. I gave a small recap of the trips at theMILL this last Friday (to listen click here / to watch recap video... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2010 at Aaron Stern's Blog