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Middle school was the worst! It was an awkward time of voice changes (for guys), odd height differentials (for girls), and pimples (for everybody). For me, it was one of the first times I can remember really wanting to be liked and accepted. Sure, in elementary school I wanted to […]

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The Power of Praise and Worship

One afternoon in Nashville, I was attending a songwriting workshop. We sat before a panel of some of CCM’s (Contemporary Christain Music) top songwriters and worship leaders for a Q&A session. A young girl several rows ahead of me raised her hand, and asked the blunt question, “I grew up […]

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Arise and Shine (John 18:33B-37)

The decorations are already up in the Malls; the commercials began the day after Halloween, and the radio stations playing continual “holiday” music are in full rotation. All before a single Advent candle is lit or the turkey sliced, let alone consumed. We like to believe that Christ is at […]

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What my Teacher-Self Wishes My Youth-Minister Self Knew: Unique Opportunity

Oh, Glorious Summer! The opportunity for every youth minister to go on long bus trips with teens (and other chaperones) to conferences, camps, and mission trips while focusing on relational ministry! These trips give youth ministers to chance to schlepp their sleeping bag and favorite youth ministry t-shirts to lands […]

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What is Truth?

I, however, learned that the Catholic Church voices the truth everyday, to all that will or will not listen. She is not afraid of controversy, or to correct you, because every doctrine has real purpose and meaning. It is what has strengthened her over 2000 years. Throughout this time so many have bravely given their lives as martyrs, to be a witness for the truth.

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