Longing for old fences
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There was a time, in the not-too-distant past, when all the people lived in communities surrounded by a fence and several gates. Each community maintained their fence and their gates. Everything flowed through the gates. He who controlled the gates held the power & influence. In these communities, the gatekeepers (those who controlled the gates) enjoyed the people’s favor, and they became … more

Adol Dev, the Brain, & Developing Lasting Faith in Teens //Blog
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IF YOU WORK WITH TEENS, this may be the best post you have read in years! Your Adolescents may just love you for it. Just 15 years ago, we didn’t know what was going on in the brain. Today, we know more b/c of MRI that should influence our theological conclusions. I have included THREE videos for you to watch … more

Conduct your own sF test for a healthy ministry culture where spiritual formation can occur // BLOG
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Conduct sF testing of your ministry’s soil/culture. Read the first part of the info below about pH testing of soil… then conduct your own sF testing of your yourth ministry’s culture. “The Importance of Soil Testing (from lowes.com) For optimal plant growth, soil must have the proper pH level. pH is measured on a scale of 1 to 14. A measurement … more

What does being a friend of the world mean, or not mean? //Blog
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James 4:4 says, “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” Wow. What do we do with this? We may decide to run and hide. We have to be careful not to take this from a literalist or black and white thinking … more