Thought Factory Podcast #206 || Verbally Solving America’s Greatest Issues

Are we going in the right direction as a country? What do students think? Today we’re talking about what students say are the most important issues facing America.  Issues that include terrorism, race relations, sexual identity, and abortion.  Are students better off spiritually today than 20 years ago? In today’s episode, we discuss these issues […]

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NTS Camp 2016 Review

God created the world to be a fabric woven together, and he invites us to be interwoven in relationships. Relationships with God, with each other, and with the world. To join what He is already doing. This summer we dove into the narrative of Joseph in Genesis, and how God’s story is threaded through his […]

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Posture Four: Life For God

In John 21:15, Jesus presented Simon Peter with a series of three questions in quick succession, questioning his true love for Jesus.  Each time Jesus asked, “Do you truly love me?” Peter responds with, “You know I love you” as if to say, “Don’t be ridiculous Jesus.”  But Jesus follows Peter’s response by instructing him […]

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Posture Two: Life Over God

As some of you know, we are in a short blog series where we are discussing Skye Jenthani’s Faith Postures.  Which takes a good hard look at with young people are growing up and leaving the church they’ve been raised in.  There are four postures that Skye says the church uses to teach its people […]

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Are We Forever Losing Students Because of How We Present God and His Gospel?

It was a shocking discovery. What if you discovered on your 30th birthday that something you were raised to believe wasn’t true? For example, what if you were told that the calcium from milk actually caused your bones to become weaker, and not stronger like you were told growing up. You saw a report that […]

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Chasing Truth – Explaining Evil

Read Part 1: The Creator Conflict Read Part 2: Backing Up The Bible Read Part 3: Why Jesus Read Part 4: The Reality of the Resurrection I have two children, a nine year old and a seven year old.  When we are riding in the car together listening to the radio, I often turn it down […]

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Chasing Truth – The Reality of the Resurrection

Read Part 1: The Creator Conflict Read Part 2: Backing Up The Bible Read Part 3: Why Jesus   Christmas and Easter – the two major “go to church” holidays. I think it’s probably a safe bet that with Christmas, the actual meaning, the celebration of the birth of Jesus, is widely agreed upon as an […]

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5 Things to do now to prepare for NTS Camp

Since temperatures are currently 30 degrees below the average for the majority of the country, I can almost forget that a summer season even exists. I tend to focus on getting through my day-to-day activities while wearing 5-7 layers just to stay warm. Summer seems too far away to capture space in my thoughts, but […]

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Behind the Scenes of the 2015 Kingdom Theme Film

We believe the Kingdom of Heaven is here.  This kingdom is with and for all people in every corner of the Earth.  Jesus speaks of the Kingdom in parables, possibly because there is no other way to describe it to people.  This film is meant to be a visual parable. The concept for this film […]

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Summer Missions: The 4ish Things You Should Be Doing Now

Summer mission trips are awesome! Some of my best memories of being in youth group come from those trips. Now, that could be because it always seemed to be a tropical island and it was a great chance to get close to the girl I had been after for a long time (sidebar: she’s now […]

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