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4 Reasons I Want Our Youth Pastor To Fail

I know that title may sound a bit odd, but I mean it.  I literally want our youth pastor to fail in our church. As the pastor of a church, I say this because I believe failure does at least the following 4 things:
Gain needed wisdom.  Good decision making today is usually the result of poor decisions made in the past.  The truth is we don't learn as much from our successes as we do our failures and the more we fail, the more we will succeed.Shows consistent innovation.  I push our staff to try new things.  Some will work, some won't.  That's okay.  I love Facebook's slogan on this issue: "Move Fast And Break Things."  This phrase is painted onto the walls in their facility.  I don't want to negate our past experiences (see #1 above), but I also don't want our staff's thought processes to start with what they've seen.  We want to think about our context, our people and then work toward something unique to those that will help us move forward.K…

3 Things Every Christian Might Consider

New Year's resolutions are tough and mostly because we don't follow through with them.  Everyone knows that.  But there can be some health in changing up a few things in our lives, especially when it comes to keeping our faith fresh and vibrant.

So, here are a few things you might consider changing up...

(1) Your medium for reading.  I've always considered the bible to be interesting and, frankly, I love reading it.  BUT, if I'm honest, I've realized that there are times when I stop reading it in a fresh way.  So, one thing I've found to help is changing the medium I read it on.  I found changing from my physical bible to my iPhone to my iPad helps keep it fresh.  Even though the words are the same it can be like reading them for the very first time every time I switch to a different device.

(2) The version you read.  Sometimes reading a different version of the bible brings new perspective.  I usually read from the ESV, but sometimes I switch to NIV or NAS or e…