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Youth Ministers, Come Back To The Call

When I signed up for a job in youth ministry, the last two-and-a-half years were not what I was signing up for. Youth ministry during this COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly challenging. We’ve had to cancel events, rethink the way we do ministry, and spend WAY too many hours start at a webcam. In this post-Easter season, I’ve been reminded...

God Wants You To Ask The Big Questions

Once you’ve made it to your mid-twenties, life can often be summarised by three words from the movie Finding Nemo: “just keep swimming.” You’ve got bills to pay, a career to progress in, and possibly a wedding or your own little family to account for. There are plenty of motivators that will form their own little choir of Dorys, constantly...

Do Christians Need to Start Taking Gossip Seriously?

When was the last time a Christian you know worshipped the Canaanite god Baal? Personally, I’ve never caught someone in that particular act of idolatry. What about violence? When was the last time someone from church committed assault? Still pretty rare, but you might be able to think of an example or two. What about gossip? When was the last...

Is Social Media Destroying Our Personalities?

Social feedback is an enormous shaper of human identity. When we are growing up, our sense of right and wrong is largely shaped by whatever our parents praise or punish us for. The style of clothing we wear is largely determined by whatever is considered fashionable by those around us. The career we pursue is usually prompted by what other...

The Dangers of Using Personal Brand for Ministry

I don’t know if the apostle Paul would have been on Twitter, but he definitely had a personal brand. Within decades of Christianity beginning, the early church was dealing with the challenges posed by its apostles developing personal followings. Writing to the church in Corinth, Paul criticised the quarrelling that had arisen due to church members associating themselves with his...

Why We Can’t Stay Afraid Of Constructive Criticism

I stared at the bathroom mirror in horror. I had just arrived home from a formal dinner to discover, firmly wedged between my front teeth, a substantially-sized salad leaf. Salad had been part of the entrée, meaning this piece of greenery had been stuck between my incisors for the last three hours. It had been present through least a dozen...

The Question Every Christian Should Be Asking

Humans are a social bunch. Throughout history, our survival has relied on our ability to work together as part of a group. When winter comes, no one wants to the outsider who isn’t welcome around the campfire. As a result, we’re hardwired to want to be part of the tribe; to conform to the social dynamics around us. One (in)famous...

20 End-Of-Year Reflection Questions You Need To Ask Yourself

The 1st of January is right around the corner and you know what that means – it’s New Year’s Resolution time! For the next two weeks it’s going to be squatting room only at your local gym, self-help blogs will enjoy a spike in their traffic, and you’re going be wading through a flood of “New Year, New Me” captions...

Should Christians Have A 5 Year Plan?

Recently, I was asked by a friend what my 5 year plan is. He is an extremely motivated sort of person – the type of guy who listens to Tony Robbins audiobooks while training for his next triathlon. I don’t have a 5 year plan, and I never have. But after our conversation, I couldn’t shake the thought that maybe...

How Do I Trust God With My Relationship Status? 3 Essential Steps

I remember once being given the relationship advice “run towards God as fast as you can and eventually, you’ll look to your side and find someone running there with you.” For some Christian couples, who meet in high school and get married while they’re at university, this advice is easy to follow. Their race is a 100m sprint. But what...