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13 Reasons Why: A Culture of Fear

The premiere of the second season of 13 Reasons Why has continued the show's tradition of graphic content and controversial subject matter for younger viewers. Gwen Bartlett offers her thoughts on navigating the cultural implications of 13 Reasons Why and her advice on discussing these serious topics with your children. https://youtu.be/WHj-oB2bPME For even more detailed … Continue reading 13 Reasons Why: A Culture of Fear

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Toilet Paper Solutions

Sometimes there are unexpected solutions to the obstacles in your ministry. And sometimes God uses you in a way that seems counter-intuitive. But trust in His plan and invite Him into your problems https://youtu.be/Tevoe7Tb2YU https://contentupgrade.me/mA4NkyJ5

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Spiritual Advisory

Do you take precautions and protect yourself and your ministry spiritually? Gwen talks about the importance of always looking forward and remembering the battle is already won. https://youtu.be/JwjUynxgUZU https://contentupgrade.me/mA4NkyJ5

How A Mud Run Transformed My View of Christianity

Obstacles I recently completed my 6th Tough Mudder in as many years.  A Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile obstacles course with 20-25 obstacles and plenty of mud.  They intentionally implement several obstacles that cannot be completed without the help of others. The first year I ran was on the anniversary of the Columbine shooting.  … Continue reading How A Mud Run Transformed My View of Christianity

13 Reasons Why: A Youth Ministry Perspective

13 Reasons Why...or Why Not? You've seen the various posts on social media. Netflix made a show and teens are watching it. What to Know It's not a show about suicide, it's a show about manipulating people through suicide. It's not a show for teenagers, its rated MA for Mature Adults, I've never met someone … Continue reading 13 Reasons Why: A Youth Ministry Perspective

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Triumph from Tragedy: 18 years later Hope Prevails

As a junior in high school I was looking forward to going to prom in a week and celebrating my 17th birthday a few days after that.  But in one fateful morning all of that became inconsequential and my life was forever changed. It was a beautiful spring day and we begged the teachers to let us … Continue reading Triumph from Tragedy: 18 years later Hope Prevails

Bruised, Dirty, and Muddy?

This past Saturday, several good friends and I ran a race called the Tough Mudder. We had a lot of fun, worked hard, and got muddy. Afterward, I realized that this race makes an excellent analogy for what the beginnings of many new ministries feel like. Initially it's scary seeing the course that has been laid … Continue reading Bruised, Dirty, and Muddy?

I Wish the Saints Were Kidding Sometimes

Part of my Lenten activities this year include reading a book called "A Lenten Journey with Jesus Christ and St. John of the Cross", by Rev. George Mangiaracina, O.C.D. This book has a reflection for every day in Lent. I have to admit, this hasn't been easy for me. I am drawn to St. John … Continue reading I Wish the Saints Were Kidding Sometimes