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Is the Internet the Next Challenge to Faith?

There has always been challenges to Christianity, religion, and faith throughout history.  Most of the arguments are not new.  However, today, there is a change.  There is actually something new.  This generation growing up right now is dealing with something that no other generation ever has, when it comes to...

Did Youth Ministry Kill the Church?

Before I start into this I better say, ‘I know nothing can kill the Church.’  However, we certainly can do some things which make it harder for local faith communities to exist long term. Recently, I have been doing seminars about helping churches transition their young adults into the regular...

Why Not Just Leave?

A friend of mine responded to this question.  ‘If someone you knew was going to leave their church or faith, what would you say to them?’ His response may hold some of the 'truth' of why some leave the church, in search of it. "Go ahead and go. If you...

The Disciple – The Blueprint – Free Chapter

Giving away the ending of a book at the beginning is something you usually don't want to do. However, 'The Disciple' cannot be correctly understood without the subsequent foundation.  All of which is written in this book is simply based on two simple truths which I believe.  First, the life...

The Radical Balance

When we think of living a balanced life we may thing that sounds awfully boring.  However,  this may be one of the most radical things you ever do.   The following is an exercise we did several years ago in one of the churches I was pastoring at.  We were...

No More Big Lights

Several years ago as I was working with a team at a YWAM base in Monterrey, Mexico.  Some of the staff told us about a woman we needed to meet.  They drove me and a few of my team to her modest house in a neighborhood where most of us...

Ways to get a Date, Make Friends, and Be an Influence – Buy a Dog

Idea - Buy a Dog Life can be lonely by yourself.  In our own walk to be people who bless those around us it seems sometimes extremely difficult to make inroads with others. We need to find connecting points with other people.  Whether it be our immediate neighbors or those...

Questioning the Numbers

Some people love stats and some simply hate them.  When it comes to all the statistics on the retention of youth and young adults in our churches, I certainly have a love / hate relationship.  It seems everywhere I go people want to know the numbers.  Some want to be...

Friends

A small piece from ‘the Disciple’ At the last supper, Jesus says to His disciples, ‘I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.’...