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Re-Post: A Raw Self-Evaluation From Chris Yambar

Posted by nbarnes on November 23, 2010 in God Thoughts |

My friend Robin pointed me to another friend’s blog recently. Chris Yambar is an absolute riot to hang around, and always keeps you laughing, but he is also one of those guys that challenges and convicts you just by being who he is. I definitely think it’s worth your time to take a few minutes to read his latest blog post.

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How to Tell A Friend They’ve Crossed the Line

Posted by nbarnes on November 8, 2010 in God Thoughts, Practical Advice on Faith |

I’m not sure if this is okay to say or not, but I really don’t like watching American Idol. I don’t mind watching the last few episodes of the season, you know the part where everyone left can actually sing on key, but I can’t stand watching the auditions at the beginning of the season. I know that a lot of people enjoy watching the tone deaf people doing their best impersonation of a alley cat in heat trying desperately to impress the judges, but it just hurts my ears too much.

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I Think Jesus Laughed At Farts

Posted by nbarnes on October 23, 2010 in Church, God Thoughts |

The other day, I realized something about my own particular Christology (that’s the fancy word for the stuff I believe about Jesus). I think Jesus laughed when people farted. It’s funny! Even grown-up, mature business men will laugh when someone farts in the men’s washroom. I think Jesus laughed at farts.

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Re-Thinking Missional Children’s Ministry

Posted by nbarnes on August 28, 2009 in Church, Practical Advice on Faith |

I have been wrestling, as a pastor, and church leader, with some of the missional concepts and also with some of the questions that need to help us understand how we got here in the first place. As I’ve been reading, and talking with others on the missional journey, I have noticed a disturbing gap in the thinking and theorizing that’s been done so far. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of talk about what children’s ministry might look like in this missional paradigm. In fact, it seems to me that a lot of the churches that might be considered to be missional are actually undermining themselves in their children’s ministry.

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Right Focus

Posted by nbarnes on June 28, 2009 in Church |

“Focus on your product/message/service/etc. Don’t spend time talking about your competition or berating them. Focus on what you do well, and let your audience make their own comparisons.”

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Engaged Marriage

Posted by nbarnes on February 18, 2009 in My Life |

I’ve noticed that a lot of couples stop being married long before they end up getting a divorce. What I mean is, I think that marriage is a verb not a noun.

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Learning To Love Back

Posted by nbarnes on February 9, 2009 in Books and Reading, Church, God Thoughts |

“What if the whole world learned to love back?” I mean, not just loving God back, but loving each other back as well. I think it could change everything.

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