Tag Archives: Todd Lovell

How Yoda Ruined My Theology

Star Wars is back and is force-choking every Box Office record in its path! Amid all the hoopla, I’ve done my fair share of rewatching clips from the old movies. Because of what Darth Lucas did to Yoda in the prequels, I had forgotten how incredibly philosophical and wise the character of Yoda was in the original trilogy. One of the most iconic ...

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Taking Exception with Exceptionalism

Recent analysis of a decades-long survey has revealed that American teens view themselves more “special” than ever. The American Freshman Survey, which began in 1966, has polled roughly 9 million college freshman asking them questions regarding their drive to achieve, intellectual self-confidence, leadership ability, social self-confidence, and writing ability.  Analysis of this research has revealed an interesting trend; though students’ ...

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The Dilemma of Discussing Death

This is our dilemma. The fear of death is intrinsic to the human condition. In youth ministry, the question of whether you will have to address the issue of death is not a question of “if” but “when”.  Perhaps, the only thing more uncomfortable than articulating a Christian understanding of death with teenagers is the inability to articulate a Christian ...

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Land of the Free, Home of the Slave

With the upcoming presidential election, more and more of our media channels are being overrun with relentless propaganda. Freedom. Freedom has become a buzz word more and more around this time of year.  Freedom of speech, freedom of choice, economic freedom…I mean, we’re Americans, right?  Freedom is what defines us. But how free are we really?  Is there really any ...

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Jesus the Purple Dinosaur?

My daughter is a toddler.  You know what that means?  Endless amounts of children’s programming.  To the disgust of my wife and I, our daughter has developed a little bit of a Dino-crush on that big purple dinosaur we all know so well. Barney has become a fixture in our home.  Our once peaceful abode is now overrun with Barney ...

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What the Church Can Learn From Kickstarter

Do you know about Kickstarter? Maybe you’ve heard your kids talk about it or seen it on the news.  It’s been around a while but is quickly gaining popularity. Check out this description from Kickstarter’s website at www.kickstarter.com “At this very second, thousands of people are checking out projects on Kickstarter. They’re rallying around their friends’ ideas, backing projects from ...

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An Insider’s Look at the Outsider

 “I haven’t done that in a while”, I said as my wife and I left the worship service.  We had just finished worshiping at a local United Methodist Church and were leaving the sanctuary.  As my wife exited the sanctuary, she turned right down the hallway.  “Okay, you go that way and I’ll go get our daughter”, I said jokingly. ...

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“Pudding” It Into Practice

FELLOWSHIP FEAST NIGHT Here’s an easy and fun activity to illustrate Biblical community or to train your leadership that works with any age or size of group. What You’ll Need: Large round table Table Decorations (optional) Enough chairs for all participants Enough Dessert and Drink for all participants Cups, Plates, and Napkins Towels for cleanup Foot long pieces of rope, ...

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Failing Forward

We are not a culture that tolerates failure. From a young age we are constantly encouraged to be the best.  Whether it be our workplace, academic setting, or sports team, we are given high, almost  unattainable expectations of success. This even happens in our churches.  Often people are given leadership roles with unattainably high expectations with little training or support. ...

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The Pathology of the Religious

Author, Theologian and Pastor, Greg Boyd, has a sermon that he titled “The Pathology of the Religious”. Check out the 10 minute excerpt here :  Greg Boyd: Pathology of the Religious In his sermon he talks about how most Christian’s idea of faith and religious practice is actually sociopathic. I’m sure you’ve met someone like this.  A sociopath is someone ...

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