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A Coward in the Spinning Class

Are you sometimes a coward? I know I am… And because I’m quite familiar with the visceral mechanics of cowardice in myself, it’s not that hard to spot it in others, even when we do our best to camouflage it… Every Friday I go to a lunchtime spinning class at my health club—same instructor every week, with mostly the same people pedaling away around me.…

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[DEVOTIONAL] The Pearl in Your Mouth

In Jesus’ parable of the “Costly Pearl” (Matthew 13:45-46), the “formula” is simple… If you understand the value and beauty of the pearl, you’ll give up everything to get it: “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.” You don’t have to plead or prod or pander to get someone to pursue something that is universally understood to be both priceless and attainable—once the superseding value of the treasure is determined, expect a Pamplona-like stampede.…

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Redefining Youth Ministry Wins

Suddenly I feel cornered in a dark alley, surrounded by naysayers, no-hopers, knuckleheads, and the Knights Who Say Nee (didn’t see that last one coming, right?). I mean, I can’t turn and spit without hitting someone pontificating that Christianity in the United States is terminally ill, and that youth ministry is pretty much a failure any way you slice it.…

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