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Time Machine #2: Embracing Disorder

I’ve been set free. For far too many years I was consumed with the desire (mostly because I felt it was expected) to be highly organized, to be extremely efficient as a ministry leader, to set margins and boundaries and let those help me live..
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Rants, Raves and Soapboxes Part 4: Quit Comparing!

The odds were in his favor. After speaking at an event recently, I settled into my airplane seat determined not to talk to the young man sitting next to me (sorry, Greg Stier). But before I could get my headphones on, he introduced himself and..
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Rants, Raves and Soapboxes Part 3: It’s Not About You.

“It’s not about you.”, reads the first sentence of Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose-Driven Life, which has sold around 40 million copies.  And, it’s also the first sentence of this week’s little rant which, if you share it with your friends, could be seen by..
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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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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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