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Be Lazy

I have a weird piece of advice for you. Be lazy. Okay - of course I don’t mean like legit lazy. There are 10% of you that might actually be lazy, and you people need to get off your butts and get to work. ...
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The Wilderness of Delays

We’ve all experienced times of s-l-o-w-n-e-s-s. The Scriptures uses a particular language, terms that are deemed necessary during times of delays. Waiting.
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Parenting Like A Pastor

    As a youth worker for the past twenty-five years I feel like I’ve seen it all. Well, almost. And what I haven't seen I’ve experienced first hand as the son of two youth workers. The sadd...
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Making Space

Recently, a pastor friend of mine read for me Judy Brown’s poem “Fire.” Brown does a masterful job of capturing what our job as youth ministers should be: making space for God to do His work. She uses th...
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Reclaiming Fatherhood

Remind fathers that the fun times that they spend with their children and other youth in the church are formational and valuable.
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My Kobayashi Maru

In ministry, everything does not always go the way we would like. Sometimes things break down and go so wrong, and we can’t fix them. I recently was on a trip that bombed, and I don’t handle failure well. A...
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Harnessing Accountability

As an 18-year-old freshman in college, I learned to rock climb.   Steve was the experienced climber with all the equipment. Brad and I were the cocky friends who were ecstatic to learn the ropes of cli...