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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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A Surprising Obituary

It was front-page news on a recent issue of USA Today. The headline read “Obituary Takes a Turn,” and that was enough to lure me into the article. The story was about 80-year-old Kathleen Dehmlow, whose obituary started with the standard stuff—date of birth, husband’s name, children, and so on.…

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