Creativity in Worship – Part II

In my first post on creativity in worship, I basically said that creativity in worship doesn't really matter. That's only partially true. It’s like how all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares. Without the content of the gospel—the truth of God’s redemptive…

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Vacations “R” Us: Ministry and Burn-Out

“Granddad, I am tried!”  I said, as I sat down in the twin La-Z-Boy next to “his chair.” His answer was clear, sarcastic, and sculling: “Son, you don’t know what tried means!” Twenty years later, I still don’t know the depth of tired that an…

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Can I Trust You?

Do you want your service for the Lord to last an entire lifetime? I know that many of us think that ministry hinges on teaching ability, musical excellence, or creativity. We may think that our ministries will succeed because of how much we love on…

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Dirty Words in Relational Youth Ministry

It is no surprise that the key to incredible youth ministry is relationships. Without relationships, everything we do in student ministry would be a rigid boot camp of behavior modification and countless lists of self-help mantras. In order to set ourselves up for success, however,…

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Authentic Lives = Authentic Commitment

I like stats. As a kid, I clipped San Diego Padres box scores and kept them in a notebook. It was quite a mediocre collection, but I could tell you up-to-the-second stats on my hero Steve Garvey and other favorites like Tony Gwynn, Kevin McReynolds,…

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