Monthly Archives: January 2016

Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God? (Making Sense of the Fiasco at Wheaton)

In case you missed it, there is a bit of a situation going on at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. It’s an increasingly long and currently developing story, and you can check out some of the sources below for further reading; otherwise you can skip and read the summary I have below. Christianity Today Washington Post Patheos […]

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Saved By God, From God, To God, For God

One of the things that has caused me to grow in my faith the most is having a clearer picture of salvation. The saving of sinners is the pinnacle display of God’s grace and power and love, and is the central subject of worship among believers. Therefore, to grasp the workings of God in saving […]

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The Sentence That Should Have Ended

As I was reading my Bible the other day, a thought struck me from my time in the gospel of Mark. Recorded in Mark 3:1-6 is a brief but powerful story about Jesus healing a man with a withered hand. The account begins: Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. […]

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The Best Volunteers Are F.A.T.

Disclaimer – I write “Leadership Moments” for the volunteers at my church who work in the youth ministry. Each Leadership Moment is meant to equip the everyday youth worker with the knowledge and skills they need to disciple teens as best as they can. Because these articles are for people I know personally and meant […]

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Making a Case for 45-Minute Sermons

In the church that I serve as youth pastor, we regularly schedule a 45-minute time slot for the Sunday sermon. By some standards, this is normal. By many standards, this is very long. But there are only a handful of people in our congregation who object to that length of time. In fact, yesterday I preached […]

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Sample Youth Worker Job Description

Here is what we currently use for our volunteer youth workers as their job description. Feel free to take and use whatever you’d like! SPIRITUAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR VOLUNTEERS Being an effective leader requires both character and competence. We believe having one without the other destroys the effectiveness of any leader. Competence is having the skills […]

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