Were You There?

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree? Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree? Oh, sometimes […]

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Moving to a Family-Based Philosophy of Ministry: Building Programs that Support the Youth and the Family

If you have been thinking through how youth ministry ought to relate to the family as I have been for the past few years, you may be looking ahead to this summer or next school year’s calendar and wondering, “How should we form our ministry calendar to minister to youth and their families?” Of course, […]

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From the NYT: For Girls, It’s Be Yourself, and Be Perfect, Too

An interesting article from the New York Times.

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NPR Programs on Religion and Science

NPR’s “Fresh Air” this week is airing interviews with atheist Richard Dawkins and scientist/evangelical Christian Francis Collins on the issue of religion, science and how they interact and overlap. The interviews are airing Wednesday and Thursday, and are also available via podcast at http://www.npr.org/podcasts/. I found the Dawkins interview very interesting. He discounted methodological naturalism […]

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The fast God chooses…

My heart this week is broken over strife in my denomination, the Episcopal Church. My old church (my first when I became a Christian in college) has left our denomination as of Monday, and allegations of all sorts are being thrown around. I do not wish to comment on the issue, as the main player […]

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Families and Ministry

If we could come up with an ideal for how a person’s faith formation should look like from birth through death, what would that look like? This is a question that nags at me as I discern how to lead the youth and family ministry at my church. I ask this question when I begin […]

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"On Short-Term Missions" or "What I Learned at Pine Ridge Part One"

After having the flu (or perhaps a “paraflu,” as diagnosed over the phone by my pediatrician sister) for a few days about a week ago, I got into a GMC Yukon with some classmates and drove to the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota, inhabited by the Lakota Sioux. It was part of an […]

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Student Priorities and Youth Ministry

Tim Schmoyer has posted an article by Greg Stier on his blog (see Greg’s article on his website here). Greg suggests that we should learn from Mormons and expect more commitment from our youth. I recommend you check it out as well as the discussion on Tim’s blog.

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Equipping the Saints

Yesterday in a class on Christian Leadership, we discussed how to recruit, equip, and deploy volunteers for ministry in the local church. Our guest presenter, Polly Lott (who is on the administrative staff at Denver Seminary), introduced and undergirded the discussion with Ephesians 4:11-16. I was grateful for her instruction, because she made clear that […]

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