The Shack

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Not everyone will like The Shack. I get that. There are parts of it that are questionable from a Biblical perspective. But this movie also revealed some incredible things. It’s a story about forgiveness and the unrelenting love of God.

If you really lean in, I believe, this film will teach you something about the extraordinary love of God and the power of forgiveness.

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Why I read the same two books every year

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This is my confession, circa Usher 2004 (Just when I thought I said all I could say…you know that jam, right?):

Every December, I read the same two books. Kind of weird? Perhaps. Meaningful? I’d like to think so. The reason? I haven’t found two other books more poetic, inspiring, whimsical, or beautiful. I take a week or two in December, right around Christmas, to read through these beauties. I’ve been doing it for a few years now and it continues to be great fun.

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Youth Ministry and the Celtic Way of Evangelism

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Every once in a while, you read a book that completely floors you. I’m talking choking, gasping for air, because the wind was knocked out of you. The Celtic Way of Evangelism was one of the books. It has dramatically changed the way I think about church and ministry. I’ve re-read the book several times–because that’s what you do with good books–and continue to find fresh insights and applications for ministry. I’ve even attempted to structure our youth ministry based on the findings of the book.

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Rethinking Fear

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I’ve been reading some remarkable success stories lately, and there is a common theme tying them all together: the importance of facing your fears. Throughout history, every great success is preceded by someone’s firm decision to not give up, even in the midst of crippling doubt and paralyzing fear.

At some point, these strong and deliberate individuals made the choice to not fold or cower or shrink back, but to face their fear head on. The rest, as they say, is history.

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