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People I ve Met Online: Sam Luce

I first started reading www.samluce.com way back when about 50% of his posts were about how much cooler I would be if I owned an Apple product.  I guess it convinced me to purchase one, because now I throw in an “Apple is better” post on my own blog every so often as well.  (I am NOT however any cooler than I was previously.)

Sam has one of the easiest to read blogs out there in Children’s Ministry, with a combination of funny posts, thoughtful posts, and a healthy dose of practical tools for the everyman (or woman) working with families and kids.  He has a real passion for the person working with kids in a small church, and I know many around these fancy Internets that look to Sam as the expert on how to make much with very little.  He’s innovative and always willing to try something new for the sake of the kids at his church.  In my humble opinion when you combine his crazy pentecostal childhood stories, his love for America’s Pastime (albiet it tainted by a desire to raise his children to root for the Yankees), his A+ skills at impersonating anyone he’s met, his superiour skinnyness, and his ability to quote from 80’s teen movies and I have myself a serious man-crush!

I first met Sam in Atlanta at the Orange Conference in 2009 when we all shared a hotel room.  He’s always the most popular person in the room wherever he goes, yet I’ve watched him make everyone around him comfortable.  He’s drawn to that person that needs the most encouragement, and always made time all week long to give everyone who needed attention just what they needed.  But we warned…Sam has an unbelievable gift of discernment.  He’ll sniff out an  impostor  and self-promoter faster than anyone I’ve been around.

I consider Sam one of my best friends, and over the past few years I’ve come to consider his voice one worth listening too.  He’s a person that is who he says he is.  This fact alone makes him special in a world of people that can sometimes be hard to figure out.  He loves God, loves his church, loves his family, and it’s easy to see that the things he lives out make him somebody worth following.  Go today and read his blog at www.samluce.com and spend some time making a new friend!

By the way…if I had never met Sam and saw a dude walk up to me in an alley with this look on his face I would just hand over my wallet and run for my life.  Do not talk with the messed up hair guy in a black jacket with the collar propped up.  Seriously!

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.


  1. sam · August 19, 2010

    Humbled by your words and thankful for your friendship – I for one can attest that your coolness has significantly increased due to you purchasing a Mac.

  2. J.C. · August 19, 2010

    Totally agree with everything you said about Sam, especially about the part of him making everyone around him feel comfortable.

    Note: I would love to see some more iPosts from you!

  3. Starr · August 19, 2010

    Sam – I feel like I know you! But we’ve never met! Or spoken! Hope that changes someday. Any chance you and your family wanna take a vacation to West Texas? We have…uhhh….tumbleweeds. And prairie dogs.

  4. Kenny · August 19, 2010

    I agree. My life is richer since having met Sammy. Earlier this week, I even met his sister and parents. I got to hear some good stories. :)

  5. Joe McAlpine · August 25, 2010

    Sam is my hero! He has been a great inspiration and mentor to me over the past year. He is truly genuine in his care for people.

    Now if I could only convince him that Chicago Style pizza is better than NY Style…hmmmmmm