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An Ode to the Cranberry


Thanksgiving season is upon us. And with Thanksgiving arrives one of my favorite foods. The Cranberry. Discovered in 1924 by Joseph Cran, the cranberry is useful for many things. It is delicious. It is tasty. It is tart. It is good mixed with various other fruits. It floats. It is from heaven. It’s amazing canned shape […]

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It’s About Measurables

Let's Talk Measurables

“Ministry isn’t about numbers.” There’s some truth to this. But it’s also a cliche. It’s a mischaracterization of reality that is absolutely killing youth ministry. You can’t read the book of Acts and say… “Yeah, it’s not about numbers.” You can’t check your belief about hell and conclude, “It’s not about numbers.” You can’t check […]

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Yik Yak Threats Are a Bad Idea


CBS News 8 – San Diego, CA News Station – KFMB Channel 8 [Link to the above video – I appear in a phone interview talking about the situation at Torrey Pines High School and Yik Yak, in general.] Yik Yak has a problem. The harder they try to market themselves as an app for college […]

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A Leg to Stand On


Our high school small groups have a confidentiality rule. So I can’t get into the specifics of what happened last night, but I want to share something that happened last night in general terms. Brian, our high school pastor, kicked it off by asking one of our college-aged volunteers to come up and share a conversation they’d […]

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Hump Day Realities


You know it’s only Wednesday when… Kristen put her morning coffee in a travel mug so she could drink coffee in the shower. I put the half & half in the kitchen cupboard where the cups go. Breathe in, breathe out. The weekend is coming. 

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