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Ted Video: Billy Graham on Technology and Faith



Just discovered this Ted video with Billy Graham talking about technology and faith. He’s humorous, engaging, and shares an interesting perspective about how to deal with technology…

Don't forget about color

Mspair The airport in Minneapolis is expensive and reasonably thoughtful in its design.

But the signs are monochromatic. As a result, the tired traveler wanders in circles, looking for her…

If 40 is the New 30 Then is 20 the New Junior High?

A recent article in the New York Times asks the question why so many people in their 20′s are taking so long to grow up. In the article, Robin Henig proposes:

“It’s happening all over,…

quick link: kenda dean on cnn.com

don’t miss this article on cnn.com about kenda dean’s book, almost christian. the money paragraph:

No matter their background, Dean says committed Christian teens share four traits: They have…

Information vs. Communication – A Saturday Quote

“The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but the signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.” – Sydney J….

Get more people to do it.



This is a picture of how most every next step looks like in a typical church these days. Whether it’s discipleship or leadership development or community connections or volunteer…

Why it’s important to connect with local youth pastors

National Network of Youth MinistriesBack in January when published the results of the blog survey you all took for me (part 1 here and part 2 here), I was surprised how many of you wrote a comment about how you’d love to…

30+ Twitter Usage Guidelines for Christians

If you know anything about Mr. Acuff then you know much of his content can be taken with a grain of salt.

But, he is, without question, the reigning champion of the Twitterverse:

I’m not a…

Thoughts on Youth Ministry Training

I typically read/purchase two types of books—theology books and business books. It’s just where I am living right now. One day I hope to get back to some fiction.

When I read most…

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