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He Also Came For You

I literally just finished looking at 23 scary, retro pictures of Santa Claus. I’m serious. You can’t unsee this. Thankfully, I followed it up with something more inspirational. A bald Cinderella. What the multiple disturbing versions of Santa got wrong, this innovative princess got right. Cinderella, a.k.a. Chelsea Knutson, served a 5-year-old..
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Articles | Culture
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The #1 Hits of 2014

A Mix of All Things Music An article from Jonathan McKee and David R. Smith at TheSource4YM.com This year’s top music was a fairly balanced mix of rap, hip hop, and pop…with a little rock-n-roll thrown in for good measure. It also featured a blend..
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Articles | Leadership
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What I learned from Tony Hawk about youth ministry.

Three years ago, our team decided to cut Student Leadership, this decision was difficult but at the time felt right. At the same time, our team attended Catalyst in Southern California. One of the most random speakers there that year was Tony Hawk. (Whenever I..
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Articles | Leadership
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Rants, Raves and Soapboxes Part 2: Pushing Positivity

Last week I promised that these rants, raves and soapboxes would have a little bit of grumpy tossed in. I didn’t deliver, I was far too encouraging…and for that I apologize.  Maybe I’ve gotta’ build up to it; perhaps by Christmas I’ll be in full..
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Articles | Serving
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The Impact of the Peanut Gallery

The cheap seats. If you’ve ever bought tickets for a live performance or sporting event, you know the value of a dollar. There are often less-expensive seats in the theater or stadium furthest away from the stage. Often these will take you up into the..
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