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Shifting Our Mindset: From Obligation to Opportunity

Seattle Seahawks’ running back Marshawn Lynch has become my all time favorite interview to watch. Many of you will watch this entertaining athlete this weekend as you host youth group Super Bowl, sorry, youth group “BIG GAME” (thanks, NFL) parties all over the country. Most..
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Articles | Leadership
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Time Machine #4: Embracing High Maintenance Parents

High-maintenance parents. Early in my youth ministry career, I would have rather juggled chainsaws while blindfolded than deal with the parents in my ministry who were impossible to please.  You know the type: – “Summer camp is too expensive.” – “My daughter didn’t get in..
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Articles | Serving
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Better Than I Deserve

I get the same response, no matter how often I ask the question. “How are you doing?” “Better than I deserve.” One of my friends has offered this answer for years, no matter who approaches him. I had lunch recently with another buddy and we..
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Articles | Leadership
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Haters Gonna Hate: what to do when a student doesn’t love you.

Have you ever worked with a student who just couldn’t stand you? I have. You know the deal – the rolling eyes, snarky comments, being completely ignored, blatant efforts to be disruptive, and the heaps of sarcasm. Having a hater is totally awesome. Ok, not..
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Articles | Leadership
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Time Machine #3: Embracing The Squiggle

I’m thankful for my “home” church in Whittier, California. In addition to giving a 21-year old his first shot at full-time ministry, it’s where I gave my life to Jesus in high school and where I met my wife, Rachel. But it’s also where I..
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