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Jim Clark
I am a Christ-follower, husband and youth minister living in Ashburn, VA
I am a Christ-follower, husband and youth minister living in Ashburn, VA

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Youth Ministry Reminder - Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
I grew up in the 80's and 90's. I grew up on The Dukes of Hazard, MacGyver, The A-Team and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.  These shows were staples in my home.  Now that I have a 2 year old, almost 3 year old, little boy and thanks to the wonders of Netflix, ...

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"Dear Dad..." - Confession of a Dad
My buddy Neal Benson  is a campus pastor in San Francisco.  He and I were youth ministry buddies back in the day before he moved up to San Fran.  He totally kicked my butt this morning with this blog post .  My prayer is that what kicked my butt this mornin...

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Three Key Words Your Kids Are Longing to Hear (By Kara Powell)
This blog post was originally posted here . *Portions of this blog post are adapted from “ The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family ” by Kara Powell.  Our friends Dale and Jody have a great relationship with their kids. So great their 24-year-old son drives n...

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832 weeks and counting...
A couple of weeks ago, the youth staff (children's ministry through high school ministry from Christian Fellowship Church) spent a week in Atlanta at the Orange Conference.  There were a lot of thoughts and images from that event that have stuck in my mind....

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Four Free Apps Every Youth Pastor Needs to Increase Productivity
The Internet and the mobile Internet has changed the game in youth ministry.  My first church had dial-up when I arrived in 2000.  My current church is next door to wikipedia (literally) and has downloads in the 180mbps.  My first laptop was functional.  Bu...

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Hope Springs Eternal
1  But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.   2  They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 3  So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus.   4  As they sto...

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Good Friday
The Crucifixion So they took Jesus away.   17  Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew,  Golgotha ).   18  There they nailed him to the cross. Two others were crucified with him, one on either side, with Jesu...

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38th Birthday thoughts...
Another year has come and gone... and another birthday has too.  I creeped one year closer to 40... what a scary thought. But for now: I'm still basking at 38. I thought initially about doing 38 things that I'm thinking about right now... but I'm not sure t...

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Eyes on the Prize
Leave it to making it into a major marathon to restart both my serious running and my blogging in the same day... but it seems to have happened. This morning, as I was scrolling through "my usual a.m. phone check-in with the world after waking up"... email,...

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GUEST POST - Rick Lawrence - Jesus Wants Your Skin In the Game
There He is again, playing a game of verbal
“Battleship” with the Pharisees in the temple court—they take a shot at him,
and he fires right back. Jesus has, once again, so grossly offended the
teachers of the law that they intend to stone him to death… Typi...
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