7-Marks of a Youth Leader (reprise)

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This weekend (actually tomorrow), I will with two of my youth leaders in Dallas at a Tough Mudder Event (if you have no idea what that is, click the link and find out how much I love my youth leaders to do something like this 🙂 ). I have spent much time with these men in discipleship, prayer, and ministry. I love these men as my brothers and I wanted to write about them. However, I realized, I have already done that in a post I put up about a year ago. So, today I merely want to reprise.

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You must have other leaders besides the youth pastor in youth ministry!… Continue reading

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A Broken Marriage and a Gracious God

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Yesterday, my wife Noelle and I celebrated our seventeenth wedding anniversary.  It’s an utterly remarkable thing to us, especially considering the fact that just eight years ago we were estranged from one another and headed for a divorce.

We had been married for nine years at that point.  By the summer of 2009, I found myself regularly pleading with the Lord to save our marriage, as we were in really bad shape.  We didn’t trust one another.  We weren’t listening to one another.  We weren’t handling the pressure of life and ministry well.  And we were desperately trying to maintain the appearance of having it all together. … Continue reading

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Practical Pauline Missions: Athens

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Brethren, we are not apostles, but their example instructs us. We cannot be exactly like the apostle Paul, but we can learn basic principles and practices from the biblical record of Paul’s missionary service. We can even develop a biblical evangelistic or missions methodology based upon Paul’s example. A careful study of Paul’s missionary efforts reveals that his methodology exhibits flexibility. Although he often begins with the synagogues (Acts 17:1–4, 10), he makes exceptions—as he does at Philippi, going to a group of women meeting for prayer outside the city (Acts 16:11–13). Each strategic church plant comes about through different means.… Continue reading

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Missionary doesn’t want to go to Africa? Bee Rejected

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Below is my Babylon Bee reject. After visiting a spot in Europe 6 times, I learned a valuable lesson. To Americans, there are two, maybe three places missionaries go: Africa and Mexico. When it comes to short term missions, that is youth group work. People would see the photos of where I went and say, “That’s a missions trip?!” But if we could see hearts the way God sees hearts, you’d demand we send more back to my location. Here is my love for missions and satire combined in one.

Missionary’s Calling in Doubt for Considering Ministry Location Outside of Africa

It’s absurd to think of missions outside of Africa.… Continue reading

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Reprise: You’re Using It Wrong: 1 Peter 3:7

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One of the most counter cultural elements of the Christian life is the living out of the youredoingitwrongbiblically mandated roles within marriage.  The notion that wives should submit to their husbands is often met with shrieks of patriarchy and misogyny, without ever considering that there is not one single command directed to husbands to compel their wives to submit; in fact they are commanded to not be harsh with them (Col 3:19).  And the notion that husbands are to live sacrificially for their wives (Eph 5:25) and are solely responsible for supporting his whole family (1 Tim 5:8) are equally unpopular. … Continue reading

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