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Being Before Doing

The youth ministry equivalent of “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” is  “Which comes first, basic Christian disciplines or a personal connection to Jesus?” We treat the “basics” of the Christian life like they’re building blocks—prayer, Bible reading, scripture memorization, service, and worship—but what happens when we emphasize those basics outside the context of a close, personal relationship?…

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Dangerously Personal

Discipleship that doesn’t trigger a visceral physical reaction or evoke emotion in young people won’t get past their starting gate. Current research is proving that unless we somehow get access to the brain’s emotional center, triggering the area responsible for the decisions young people make, all we’re really doing is dispensing data that’s quickly filed away in the brain’s warehouse, where it gathers dust.…

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In Praise of Unfinished Discipleship

I’m just imagining the first followers of Jesus taking a “discipleship assessment” just after his death and resurrection. Would a single one of them make the grade as a “fully formed disciple” by today’s youth ministry standards? If the model Jesus himself used produced the kind of results that would get most of us a poor performance review, maybe there’s a problem with the way we think about discipleship.…

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