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Our Greatest Contribution to Homosexuality Conversations

Homosexuality is a hot topic in my church and in THE church right now. But it has been a hot topic in my life since a family member came out of the closet when I was a teenager. This is a personal conversation for me...
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Articles | Discipleship
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A Better Answer to ‘How Are You?’

Of all the ways we excel at wasting things in our culture, we are at our wasted worst when it comes to our words. Because we don’t know any better, we substitute hollow banter for meaningful seed-planting. For example, at the health club the other..
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Articles | Outreach
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“I deserve to go to hell.”

“I deserve to go to hell.” “Why do you say that, Scott?” I asked. “Because it’s what I deserve. I’m going to hell, no matter what,” he said. Long pause. “I know hell’s a real place, and I know what goes on there… I’ve done..
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Articles | Leadership
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The Secrets Society

I have secrets. You do, too… And Robin Williams, the great comic actor who committed suicide just months after a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, had his secrets. Laughing on the outside, dying on the inside. His daughter Zelda, scrambling to understand her father’s “permanent solution..
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Articles | Leadership
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Ministerial Intelligence Part One: An Explanation

I’ve been thinking a lot (maybe too much) lately about longevity in youth ministry; especially longevity in the same church/organization. And while my conclusions aren’t scientific and can certainly be argued against (in fact, please do!), I’ve identified what I’d like to call “ministerial intelligence”..
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