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When Your Talk Bombs

Throughout my entire middle school and high school student ministry career, I can hardly remember any talk or sermon given by my youth pastors. And if you, for some reason, actually end up reading this Josh or Mary Jo, please know that I don’t blame..
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Knowing When To Punch Someone

Ministry can be frustrating. VERY frustrating. Sometimes it comes from leadership. It may not be that you really mind being told to go out to visit little Ms Betty. I mean, she’s 93, went to your church before you became the youth pastor there, has been..
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Dealing With Our Mistakes

A few Wednesday nights ago, things got a bit wild after youth group. We were a little short on volunteers and all of this led to a bit of chaos. I was tired and trying to get everyone out the door…when a student got hurt...
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Leadership | Missions | Serving
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Missions is a Joke

A few weeks ago, some Honduran pastors asked me for advice on how to do church. That’s the punch line. Now allow me to set up the joke. My 13-year-old son and I were blessed beyond measure to serve for a week in Honduras with..
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Stop. Drop. Pray.

Do you remember the instructions you got in elementary school about catching on fire? Stop. Drop. Roll. As much as we talked about that, I really thought I’d be busting into flames a lot more often in my life. On a drastically different note, the..
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