Look to Youth Ministry, pt. 3

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I now come to the final blog post of my series on youth ministry as a mirror for your church. Thus far, my thesis has been: when you look at the youth ministry of your church, thatlook should give you a good idea what is going on in the rest of your church. So when you wander down the hall to Sunday school or show up on a Wednesday night or join a youth small group, you are going to find out what is most important to a church because those values have made their way into the youth ministry. In other words, if you have excellent Bible-teaching, Word-driven music, a maturity of leadership, and a heart for evangelism (all four I have already discussed here and here), then you can rest assure that the rest of your church is following the same pattern.… Continue reading

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Replacing Scalia and A Hope Not of This World

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scotus sealThe sudden passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia continues to grab national headlines. He has left rather large shoes to fill for whoever will be appointed, and the brilliance of the man is recognized by both conservatives and liberals alike. In a sense, he cannot be replaced, but his vacant seat is now leaving both parties scrambling in an effort to nominate a successor. The fact that Justice Scalia was among the few true conservatives on the Court who did not view the Constitution as a “living document,” has particularly left many conservatives deeply concerned as to the future of our America.… Continue reading

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What’s more dangerous than Las Vegas?

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UnknownI wish I had a dollar every time someone told me about the dangers of Las Vegas and why they could not raise a family here. I habitually hear, “Oh, ministry in Sin City? Well, just like Corinth they need the Gospel too.” It seems many Christians think Las Vegas the most dangerous place in the world. After all, this IS Sin City! Right? (Or at least that is how we market our city to you). [1] Is Las Vegas the most dangerous place to anyone? Let’s face it, everyone knows the Strip has drugs, gambling, free drinks, and prostitution (even though it is technically illegal in Clark County (LV)).… Continue reading

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Act Like a Christian on Social Media

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como-medir-exito-twitter-facebook-1There is no way to sugar coat it, last week was a bad week for the Bible believing church on social media. It all started when a pastor with a national following and influence was asked on Twitter what presidential candidate he thinks members of his ethnic group should vote for. [In the interest of full disclosure, I think this is a bad question, just as there is no Jew or Greek in Christ (Gal 3:28) there is also no black, white, brown, yellow, red, African American, Asian American, Irish America, Native American, Italian American or any other racial or ethnic identity distinction in Christ.] After prefacing his answer by saying he is disillusioned with national politics, he gave an answer and that answer was a non-Republican.… Continue reading

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An Open Letter to President Obama

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UnknownDear Mr. President,

As you enter your final year in office, I’d like to thank you for your service and work. I do not pretend to know the stress, difficulties, and pressures associated with your position, but I imagine they are more difficult than most of us realize. Thank you for enduring eight years of criticism from both those who agree and disagree with you. I’m sure you realize and remember it’s always easier to criticize those in leadership and rarely does anyone say thank you. There is a hypothetical discussion among people, “What would you do if the President walked in here today.” I’d shake your hand and say, “Thank you Mr.… Continue reading

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