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How Jesus-Centered Is Your Ministry?

In this excerpt from Rick Lawrence’s revised book Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry, our conventional understand-and-apply approach to spurring spiritual growth in students is skewered, in favor of a revolutionary rewriting of our job description. I was invited to have lunch with six youth pastors who’d been singled out by a seminary professor as men and women who’d managed to build long-term thriving youth ministries.…

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Why You Should Think Like Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is a lot like Batman. Yes, they both wear an iconic “costume,” but that’s trivial. Here’s their crucial sameness: Lacking a “superpower,” they both practice an eccentric commitment to a skill-set that, in their own disparate ways, “sets captives free.” And it’s the “eccentric commitment” that sets them apart and elevates their impact in the world.…

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CNN Asks ‘Who Can Heal America? An Old Hymn Inspires A Daring Response of Faith

CNN Asks ‘Who Can Heal America?’ The Hymn-Writer’s Response… By Rick Lawrence Two days after a disturbed former soldier executed five Dallas police officers in retaliation for the deaths of two black men at the hands of white cops, I opened my laptop to this CNN.com home page headline: “Who Can Heal America?” It’s the sort of fundamental question you don’t often see in the mainstream media—a plea for help, fueled by fear and desperation.…

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