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Joshua Griffin is the High School pastor at Saddleback Church and dabbles in community with Simply Youth Ministry.

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    Tasha and I recently moved home to Louisiana. After serving in Maryland and Ohio for the past 12 years, we sensed God was leading us to work with students at the Vineyard Church in New Orleans. The transition has been hard, but not surprisingly, God has been faithful. We bought a house in a smaller [...]


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    We had an amazing dialogue yesterday around Phil Robertson, duck calls and sound bytes. (feel free to continue to chime in) As an update, the Robertson family has issued an official statement on the matter: “While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the [...]


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    If you’re looking for a last minute addition to your weekend programming, try this game created by our student ministry team. Merry Christmas!   Christmas Song Trivia QUESTIONS Christmas Song Trivia ANSWERS


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    Once upon a time, this week didn’t exist. Before the Duck Dynasty sound-bytes, there was dialogue… testimony… witnessing. Maybe some of that can continue. (By the way, have you read some other perspective beyond your own? Here’s a great post by Shawn Harrison). I’d love to offer two videos with some insightful commentary given recent [...]


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    This weekend the new documentary The Armstrong Lie debuted. The film explores the Lance Armstrong scandal from an unusual perspective—less interested in the well-publicized ways the seven-time Tour De France winner lied about using performance-enhancing drugs to dominate the cycling world and more interested in the way so many people have steadfastly refused to accept [...]


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  • 12/23/13--05:36: Chicago’s Magical Piano
  • I am always looking for cool videos to show in our ministry, this will become an opener as a Christmas countdown! Enjoy


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  • 12/23/13--07:36: Do You Hear What I Hear?
  • Imagine being a non-deaf child in a deaf household. Lori Koch posted this video to YouTube of her daughter Koda (who isn’t deaf) signing the lyrics to some popular songs of the season. Lori and her husband are both deaf, and yet they were able to enjoy the concert through the extra efforts of their [...]


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    In The News: Duluth, Ga.—The college plans of high school senior Sam McNair are on hold after he received a one-year suspension for sexual harassment. Surveillance video shows Sam, 17, giving a female teacher a bear hug in his school’s hallway. She then pushes him away. In the discipline report, the teacher said Sam’s lips [...]


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  • 12/23/13--08:30: STOP DOING GOD’S JOB!!!
  • I don’t know about you but when I think about ministry in the new year I think about setting goals. I want ministry moving forward and so I think about what that looks like. I think about the problem area’s of ministry and how I can make it better in the new year. I think about [...]


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  • 12/23/13--08:34: Is Santa Claus For Real?!
  • Recently I had a very interesting discussion with a group of friends on whether or not we believed there was a “Santa” when we grew up. Some had been told from the start to be quiet about it for the sake of “other children,” but there was no imaginary jolly bearded guy living in the [...]


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    For my friends desperately getting through a crazy day while serving a church, my Top 5 Tips for surviving today: 1) If the copier breaks down at your church, forget about the bulletins for tonight. Someone announces what’s next anyway and Jesus still comes. 2) If there is even the SLIGHTEST chance of wind or [...]


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    It’s been almost two weeks since my daughter, Lucy, was running for her life at Arapahoe High School in Denver—she was in the school’s cafeteria when a student with a shotgun walked into the hallway next to where she was seated. That boy shot an innocent 18-year-old girl in the head, then took his own [...]


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    It happens. Around this time of year, various families in your church will simply leave and won’t return. This type of exodus has no bias. They may have been irregular or regular attendees, some of your newest visitors or some of your longest leaders. If you’re fortunate, you’ll get a phone call or be invited [...]


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  • 12/31/13--08:40: 3 Lessons from 2013
  •   It’s that time again.  Every tabloid, television special, and post on the internet wants to take a look back at 2013. They want to announce their list of the “best” and “worst.”  We are bombarded with images, thoughts and opinions on what we were supposed to love and hate in the past year. I [...]


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    I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions because it seems like they only produce guilt. Everyone that I know who sets a new plan for the new year starts strong and then fades off into the abyss of nothingness. They end up never fulfilling the goals for the new year and it all fades [...]


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    How do you get students to start serving and affecting their culture in the name of Jesus Christ? Maybe it begins by being in the loop on past and current trends. You’ve probably heard all the flashy headlines on Miley, Duck Dynasty and more… but what about the more obscure things that reflect the true [...]


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  • 01/01/14--19:53: Random Randomness
  • ** Resolutions I like dreaming, goal setting and making resolutions. I like having something to shoot for because as the old saying goes, “If you aim for nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” So as I head into 2014, I’m setting a two goals, or resolutions that feel simultaneously easy to hit and very challenging. [...]


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    It’s January 3rd, and you know what that means? We are all making resolutions, setting goals, and becoming productive. Most of the country is losing weight, exercising more and giving up all of their bad habits: For at least a day…maybe two. We are trying new programs and deciding that THIS IS THE YEAR we [...]


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    Most of us know that Jesus should be a central part of our marriage. We talk to our students about Christ-centered relationships using the image to the right; explaining that as a couple maintains their focus on God and moves closer to Him, they will also move closer to one another. But what does that [...]


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