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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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Missions | Outreach
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Do Short-Term Mission Trips Do More Damage Than Good?

Over the last decade there’s been A LOT of smack-talk about short-term mission trips (STMT’s)—in the youth ministry community, it’s intellectually fashionable to question their purpose, long-term impact, and even their moral foundation. The problem with short-term mission trips or service projects, according to critics,..
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Leadership | Missions
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How to Produce Evangelistic Students: A Response

Recently we moved into a new house and I wanted to teach my 10-year-old daughter the joys of loading a dishwasher. I figured since she hadn’t used one before, I should go though proper loading, proper soap amount, and pushing the right buttons. She told..
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Discipleship | Leadership | Missions
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How to Produce Evangelistic Students

Our ministry is very evangelistic. How did it become that way? Good question—and one we’ve been processing in our own discussions this week, too. Here are a few of the reasons a student develops a heart for his or her lost friends, and how a..
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Missions
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[Professionalism] Give It Up, Already

My 3-year-old daughter likes to do things herself. I know this because on a somewhat regular basis she’ll tell me, “I-DO-IT-MYSELF!” It’s only cute the first time. The more she says it, the more I feel the need to put her in her place. I’m..
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