GIVEAWAY: BAREFOOT ONLINE SUBSCRIPTION

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It’s your (and our!) favorite time of the month! It’s your chance to win a free one-year subscription to Barefoot Online. Subscription is standard (not premium), you can cancel or upgrade at any time, or renew to keep the same service when your year is up. Click the Enter button below to register. Contest runs through […]

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Seventy Times Seven

4.23

I’ve been thinking about forgiveness lately, and wondering if it’s a little bit like hope, which we discussed on this blog back in December. In December we discussed whether we could truly understand hope without knowing hopelessness. Similarly, forgiveness is a complex and difficult concept that cannot be understood without a betrayal, a hurt, a […]

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Hijacking the Word ‘Blessed’

4.15

In February, Huffington Post featured an article by Scott Dannemiller on the way Christians use the word blessed, and it resonated with us. Check it out and see if you agree or disagree. If you disagree, why? If you agree, how can we do a better job of communicating with our teens about the difference between […]

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The Great Redeemer (not the Great Fixer)

3.21

In Christianese, we use the language of redemption to describe a variety of situations. But often we misuse this term, questioning God’s “redemptive power” when we expect God to fix our problems and nothing changes. Perhaps we invoke the language of redemption without understanding what redemption really is. To redeem is not to fix. These […]

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Lent: (Surprise!) It’s Not Really about Chocolate

3.12

Lent can be a controversial tradition in the church. Many Protestants believe Lent is not applicable to them. Many others (Catholic and Protestant alike) who do observe the season miss its point entirely, giving up caffeine or sugar, and mistakenly believing they’re somehow suffering for the sake of Jesus. But Lent does not exist so […]

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GIVEAWAY: BAREFOOT ONLINE SUBSCRIPTION

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It’s that time again! Time to grab your free one-year subscription to Barefoot Online! You can cancel or upgrade at any time, or renew to keep the same service when your year is up. Click the Enter button below to register. Contest runs through Monday, March 3. A winner will be announced Tuesday, March 4.  

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GIVEAWAY: Cultivate, by Matt Wilks

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Matt Wilks explores the various relationships in which youth workers must engage, and provides healthy and practical tips for getting the most out of them in Cultivate. And you can glean Matt’s wisdom for FREE if you win a copy of the book in today’s Friday giveaway. Click the Enter button below for a chance […]

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Is Sacrilege a Myth?

2.17

Most of us probably know at least a couple of little old ladies whose favorite hobby is finding things to be mortally offended over. It’s no secret that the elderly have more trouble evolving than the rest of us, even if they were young and crazy world changers once upon a time. It seems that, […]

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GIVEAWAY: Equip, by Tim Milburn

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Add to your Youth Worker’s Guide collection with this piece by Tim Milburn: Equip! Milburn guides you into effective identification and development of students who can become great leaders in your context. Click the Enter button below for a chance to win. Contest runs through Monday, February 17. A winner will be announced Tuesday, February […]

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What Are We Really Getting Out of Short-Term Missions?

2:10

True, The Onion is irreverent, and no subject is sacred with them. True, they’re not a credible source for serious news stories. True, they are willing to speak truth and and expose subtexts surrounding situations that the legitimate media outlets ignore or avoid or hide. So how about this time? Does The Onion have short-term missions pegged? […]

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