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Is Loving Teens Enough?

Some people say… Loving teens is enough for youth ministry to do.  Just get there, love on them and allow the incarnation of Christ in you to work the crowd and HE will be KNOWN by your actions.  Some will … Continue reading

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Monday Morning Quarterback

View from the bleachers I sometimes play the part of a Monday Morning Quarterback.  In youth ministry, this also happens to be on Monday, after all, it is our biggest day of ministry during the week, and we also get … Continue reading

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Institutional Sexism and Para-Church Youth Ministry

The Glass Ceiling This is the term used by many to describe why many women and minorities fail to rise above certain ranks.  Over time women and minorities have made progress (often minorities before women) to advance to the higher … Continue reading

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RIP Steve Jobs

    It’s amazing what one man’s vision can do… My family and I have owned Apple (Mac’s) computers since the Mac Plus came out.  Since then I have own Imac’s (the kernel shaped ones), iBooks (the clamshell), Macbook pro’s, … Continue reading

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Two Thoughts on Confidentiality

Loose Lips Sink (relation)SHIPS The biggest question parents and youth ask is “Are you trustworthy?” They may not ask it straight out, but they are looking to see how you handle who they are and if they are safe.  Holding … Continue reading

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Family Friendly Discipleship Process: Thoughts from Josh Griffin

Josh Griffin made some excellent points on reflecting on how to make youth ministry become a family inclusive discipleship ministry.  Here is an excerpt of his post: There have been some great discussions on the future of youth ministry as … Continue reading

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Did I really just flush 22 mins of my life … ?


Tuned into Two and a Half Men, partially for the hype and secondly to see how they handled Charlie’s demise.


I don’t have the words to adequately describe my thoughts for the funeral section.  Perhaps it was reflective of Charlie’s real life departure from the show, perhaps it was my lack of understanding how much potty humor the show could put into a 4 minute bit.  Perhaps part of my role in hospice I see many families of all walks and functionalities go through this and it is not the way that funeral happened.


Perhaps I kept it tuned in to see the new actor, Aston Kutcher introduce himself and his role.  He enters via suicide attempt and a manipulative relationship twist with his (soon to be ex-wife).  Then immediately goes on a fling with a bunch of girls.  I really tried to find the humor behind all the laugh tracks, but really I was lost.  Perhaps the show is lost.

Did this show lead to Charlie’s “Winning”

Ravi Zaccharias once said to an audience that I was apart of.  “Sow a thought, reap a deed; Sow a deed reap a habit; sow a habit, Reap a destiny.”  I can’t help but think that acting this way for as many years as he has, that his on stage antics, because they were so “loved” were translated into his private (and real) life.   Part of his unfortunate curse may be living out his character in real life.  Which humors nobody…

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