Check Out My New Speaking Page

Hey everyone. Check out my new speaking page. As many of you know, I have recently left my position at Sagebrush Community Church. I love Sagebrush! I love all my students and volunteers like crazy. It has been an amazing ride. I have learned so much. Watching this ministry grow to where it is now for the [...]

By | January 27th, 2013|Speaking|Comments Off on Check Out My New Speaking Page

The Biblical Way to Kill Drama – Close Your Mouth

Have you ever met the person who is always in the middle of some kind of drama? Somebody always said something, looked some way, thought something, or didn’t do something and the the drama queen (or king) is all hot and bothered about it. As they walk your way, you think, “Oh no. Here we go again. Wonder who peed in their Corn Flakes today?” Somehow every conversation ends up about them and their life problems. It seems like some people just always have a cloud of drama hanging over their head. Working with teenagers, I see this all the time. But sadly many adults are just as bad. Sometimes I just want to grab these people by the shoulders, and shake them while shouting, “WAKE UP! What is the common denominator in all your problems?” […]

By | December 5th, 2012|Christian Living|Comments Off on The Biblical Way to Kill Drama – Close Your Mouth

Democrat or Republican? Neither Will Save Us.

It’s election season. The debate is raging. Obama or Romney? Democrat or Republican? Who is the best? Who will save our country? People are starting to get crazy about politics. One mention of the name Obama or Romney can set off a war. Both candidates are painting themselves as the savior and the other guy as the enemy. The mudslinging is coming from both sides. Many see it as a battle of good versus evil. And if we aren’t careful, we start treating these presidential candidates like the only hope for America. HERE IS A NEWSFLASH FOR YOU – NEITHER WILL SAVE YOU. […]

By | October 17th, 2012|Faith, Perspective, Theology|Comments Off on Democrat or Republican? Neither Will Save Us.

Free iPhone 5 Like Heaven

I got an iPhone 5 for free! I was perfectly happy with my iPhone 4 until I saw the 5. I wanted it bad, but my rational side said “Your phone works fine. Save your money.” Sadly, I had to agree. Stupid rational side! However, by divine providence, the church I work at, Sagebrush, decided to cross over from the dark side! We had seen the light and were switching our work phones from AT&T to Verizon! As part of the deal we were all promised a new iPhone 5 to be held on the day it released! On the morning of the iPhone 5 release, people camped out at  stores nationwide hoping to be the first to get it. They waited in lines for hours. Some got it. Others didn’t. But I slept in, had a big breakfast, and the slowly drove to the store. When I pulled up hours after opening, there wasstill a line around the building! I thought, “Dang! This is what I wanted to avoid! Now I would have to wait in line for hours!” Then doubt crept into my head as I saw more and more people getting into line. “What if they didn’t have one on hold for me? What if they just meant that I could get one when it was available? Uh oh. Am I not getting it today?”  […]

By | September 29th, 2012|Heaven, Story, Technology|1 Comment

The Most Difficult Person to Lead Is You

You are the most difficult person you will ever lead! If you think leading other people is hard, just look in the mirror. You and I are officially our own biggest projects. I work in a very large church that works hard to lead thousand of volunteers every single week. I have seen how difficult it can be to cast vision to other and make it sticks. I have experienced how divisive people can stir up all kinds of trouble. I have witnessed attempted communication to a mass audience be misunderstood. But despite all of this, I am still by far the most difficult person I have to lead day in and day out. […]

By | September 19th, 2012|Do It, Leadership|Comments Off on The Most Difficult Person to Lead Is You

Why Doesn’t God Fix Everything?

Have you ever been angry that God doesn’t just fix all your problems? I definitely have. Lately my family and I have been going through a rough time. I have prayed and prayed that all the junk would just go away. But when I opened my eyes it was still here. Is God not listening or something? I mean, He is the all-powerful God of the universe. It’s not a question of whether or not he could do it. With the snap of His fingers He could make all of our troubles disappear. But God rarely seems to fix things immediately. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that He doesn’t still perform miracles. He does. But some times it seems like all the stories of miraculous things happen to other people but never us. So why does God allow bad things to happen to us? I bet that if all of us looked back on our lives, we would agree that it was through the most difficult times that God has shaped us the most. […]

By | September 12th, 2012|Encouragement, Faith, Perseverance, Prayer, Theology|Comments Off on Why Doesn’t God Fix Everything?

I Don’t Want To Look On The Bright Side

I don’t want to look on the bright side. Lately, after my ankle surgery I have been feeling pretty down. Who can blame me? It has been almost a month already and I still have 2 more months before I can walk again. I’m a proud guy. So, for the first week after surgery it was frustrating not being able to go to the bathroom without someone helping me get there. It is killing me not being able pick up my little girl. I miss chasing her around the living room and giving her piggyback rides. It Is frustrating that I get winded just crutching to the kitchen and back. I get mad that doing the simplest thing like pouring a glass of water, taking a shower, or taking out the trash has become next to impossible for me without asking for help. Needless to say, I have had better days. Patience is not one of my strong points. Waiting for my leg to heal is killing me. And if you have ever been through a rough patch, you know that you always hear the same advice from well-meaning people. They all say, “Look on the bright side.” […]

By | August 31st, 2012|Faith, Perspective, Story|Comments Off on I Don’t Want To Look On The Bright Side

Personal Update

Wow. A lot is happening right now. I just got back from 2 weeks out of town for summer camp and a family reunion. We found out that my amazing wife is pregnant with our second child! WOOHOO! And to top it all off, I’m having surgery tomorrow morning. I was in a bad sports accident 5 years ago that completely shattered my left ankle. Tomorrow we will be evicting the steel plate and 8 screws that have been taking residence in my leg for the last 5 years. […]

By | August 8th, 2012|Personal|1 Comment

Camp Preaching

I'm gone all week at camp. I was looking through old camp files and found this video of me preaching at last year's high school camp. The focus of the night was missions. Enjoy. Brandon - HS Camp 2011 from Brandon Hilgemann on Vimeo.

By | July 23rd, 2012|Do It, Faith, Heaven, Story, The Church, Theology, Video|Comments Off on Camp Preaching

The One Thing You Should Fear More Than An Angry Mother

Don’t ever mess with a mother’s baby! Seriously, don’t do it! It doesn’t matter how sweet or nice the mother is, it will not go well for you. In fact, I firmly believe that every mother has super powers. No joke. I have seen it first hand. […]

By | July 20th, 2012|Decisions|Comments Off on The One Thing You Should Fear More Than An Angry Mother