Devotional: Only Wretches Need Saving
22 July 2013
More than two centuries ago, John Newton wrote the classic hymn “Amazing Grace” to honor God for rescuing him from a monstrous life in the slave trade. He’d spent much of his adult life herding panicked and desperate Africans onto the slave ship he captained,..
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A Welcoming Environment: Do You Have One?
16 July 2013
When we look to talk about the most effective way to impact students’ lives, the conversation usually goes toward discipleship. Well, that makes sense—we all want to go for depth, not width. Discipleship is an easy principle to grab onto: looking at how you can..
The Truth About Evangelism
08 July 2013
In the summer between fifth and sixth grades, my parents took me to a Pat Boone concert. For the uninitiated, Pat Boone is what you might call a “crooner”—amazingly popular with women whose hair-color preference is tinted-blue. For a pre-teen, this two-hour excursion was akin..
Lazy Days: A Youth Worker’s Summer?
03 July 2013
I’m writing this article from a suburban Cincinnati Starbucks. As I write, the summer is just kicking off. Church ministry mixed with some outside ministry responsibilities has shaped this summer into the busiest I’ve ever experienced. And to be honest, I’m not loving it! Simply..