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Loving Jesus In the Most Godless City in America

The Wall Street Journal released an article today on the “most godless city in America,” and we got it. The Portland Metro area, over 2.3 million strong, which includes the county that… 466 more words


Middle School Camp Report: Hope and Burden (by Drew Saccenti)

One of my college professors gave me the best advice on youth ministry I have ever received. He told me “anytime you have a cabin full of middle schoolers make sure you bring a 20 pack of deodorant, it will be the best 40 dollars you ever spend.” This past weekend we brought 51 people to middle school camp. 275 more words


Paul's Message on Mars Hill

So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens…
Acts 17:22

Paul’s message to the wondering crowd of the Areopagus (the NIV calls this place “Mars Hill,” recorded in Acts 17:22-31) is one of the great treasures handed down to us in the biblical text. 366 more words


Provoked or Desensitized?

Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. 546 more words


Getting Over "Easy Math" on Suffering

The sufferings of Job are well-known. His story, unfolded in the 18th book of the Old Testament, is one of loss and despair, devastation and redemption. 429 more words


Thou Shalt Take a Selfie

You do you.
Be your own person.
Take a selfie.

If you have any contact with cool kids these days, you’ll find out that selfies are all the rage. 371 more words


Perspective Changes Everything

A glimpse of the finish line changes everything.

One of the things that makes Chinese water torture so torturous (allegedly) is the fact that the continual dripping of drops on the forehead isn’t given a duration. 335 more words