For something like 30 years, Rick has been the editor of Group Magazine. He ‘gets it.’ He understands youth ministry – not just the skin surface, but the deep innards and organs. He loves students – and those of us who work with them. And not just the make-up face and white teeth version of us, but the dark underbelly of who we really are. I have never (and I am NOT exaggerating) been in Rick’s presence where God has not spoken clearly through Rick’s wisdom. It usually feels like a splash of cold water. Sometimes that comes like the refreshment of jumping into a cold-water spring on a blistering day. Sometimes it feels more like a frigid glass of water jolting me awake after a complacent slumber. In both cases – I couldn’t be more grateful. It’s vital to have friends who can throw a glass of water in your face…and then hand you a towel and help you dry off. Rick is that kind of friend.