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The Summer When I Fell in Love With My Faith

Of all the opportunities that summer camp affords you, the opportunity to get to know Christ is by far the greatest one.

Harry Potter and the Fear of Death - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

All of us will die, but not all of us will die well. Harry Potter, however, demonstrates that death is meant to be the final expression of a life lived for others.

Mine! Mine! Mine!

The only way to assure that someone or something will remain yours forever is to never give it your all, never help it grow...which just sounds so terrible, doesn’t it?

Three Things in Common Between the Twelve Steps & Orthodoxy

Now that we’ve looked at the Twelve Steps of recovery and how they parallel with Orthodox Christian teaching, let’s look at three principles shared by both.

The Spaces We Create and How They Shape Us - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

We tend to think that we create spaces to express ourselves, but what if the spaces we create actually are more formative on us?

Run, Don't Walk

What are the parallels between being an Orthodox Christian and being a runner? How does one influence the other?

Addiction, Sin, & Bad Habits Part 3: Making Amends and the Christian Life

The remaining steps call us to make amends to others, to continue to work on our relationships with others and with God, and to share our story with others.

Hugging Wookies, Riding Coasters, and Learning to Love at Disneyland - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Love is learned through sharing in one another's joys, sorrows, and loves. The question is: what do we love?

Addiction, Sin, & Bad Habits Part 2: Making Lists and Letting Go

We have a tendency to hold on to fears and resentments from our past. These next four steps help us to list them out, share them with another person, and then trust in God to take them from us.

Kimmy Schmidt and Why Being Unbreakable Is Broken - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

We often think that being "unbreakable" means that someone is truly strong, but perhaps true strength comes from accepting our brokenness and facing it bravely.

How I (Almost) Failed at Youth Ministry

There is no perfect model for youth ministry. But many lessons can only come with experience.

Addiction, Sin, & Bad Habits: What We Can All Learn From the 12 Steps

Not everyone is an addict, but everyone does struggle in some way with sin and bad habits. Here is Part 1 in a series on what everyone can learn from the 12 Steps of recovery from addiction.

Taylor Swift, Ryan Adams, and the Cross of Christ - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Perhaps the Church can learn from Ryan Adams, whose cover of Taylor Swift’s "1989" reveals how sometimes we all can hide our deepest and truest experiences of hurt and longing behind...

Decisions Aren't Always Yours to Make

When you can’t make your own decisions, what can you do?

Beauty, Harmony, and How Fleet Foxes Guides the Heart: Pop Culture Espresso Shots

The music of the Fleet Foxes is beautiful, and it matters because all beauty comes from God. Maybe as we enjoy such music, our hearts are directed toward the Lord's good things.

The Highs and Lows of Growing Up

As best I can tell, there are two major challenges to becoming an adult. The first is wanting to be simultaneously older and younger, yet present in the time that I’m in.

3 Things LOST Taught Me: Pop Culture Espresso Shots

It has been 6 years since LOST went off the air, but it has lingered in the hearts of some (not all) fans. Like most stories, LOST has some valuable insights to offer us on what it means to be...

Three Critical Steps to Shape Real Ministry

How can we improve the ministry work we do for youth and young adults? Here are three basic principles that can help us spot (and shape) real ministry.

Understanding Life After Death

After we have lost someone, it’s natural to wonder what happens to them after death. Where does the soul go, and what is heaven like? So let’s reflect on an Orthodox understanding of life after death.

"Be the Bee" Retreats on Track to Surpass 1,000 Participants in 2015-16

Be the Bee retreats are attracting huge crowds. But what makes this remarkable isn't simply the numbers: it's the reason people are coming.

How to Handle Sadness and Grief

Everyone faces sadness and grief. But Christians are called to handle them differently in light of the Gospel. Here’s a reflection on how we can navigate these unpopular feelings.

Why Supporting Doubt Helps Develop Faith

New research indicates that doubt is the single biggest factor leading young people away from the Church. Yet the problem isn't really their doubt: it's our flawed response to it.

New Blog Series: Pop Culture Espresso Shots!

Imaginary worlds and impossible stories can prepare our hearts to see the reality of the Kingdom and the seemingly impossible victory of Christ over sin and death.

Three Common Misconceptions about Confession

Many wonder if repentance alone is enough and if it’s really necessary to go to Confession. Here are some reasons why Confession matters.

Three Ways to Spot Authentic Forgiveness

It can be hard for us to forgive others, but forgiveness is vital to the Christian life. Here are three ways to spot authentic forgiveness.
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