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I Survived My First Yoga Class

I Survived My First Yoga Class

In the real world, I’m the Minister to Youth and Families at a church in Downtown Orlando. On top of the tragedy that fell just blocks from my office, I spent this summer on four mission trips with various groups of teenagers. Since June 6 I spent more nights on blow-up mattresses and vinyl pads…

My name is Justin, I’m 33 years old, and I have no idea how to dress myself.

My name is Justin, I’m 33 years old, and I have no idea how to dress myself.

Last November my wife got a new job. We both work in ministry — her coordinating volunteers and myself with teenagers — and her new job was a big promotion. Translation: it required a more “professional” wardrobe. Translation: she needed to go shopping. My wife has always looked great and known what to wear. This story isn’t about her….

The Grand Unified Theory of Scarlett Johansson Movies

The Grand Unified Theory of Scarlett Johansson Movies

What if all Scarlett Johansson movies are connected? The other night my wife and I were watching Lucy and a ridiculous thought crossed my mind: what if all of Scarlett Johansson’s movies are connected? And what if the center of that universe is actually Lucy? My mind started to wander and, after pulling up IMDB, connections seemed to fall right into…

Our Education System is Broken

Our Education System is Broken

When I was in fifth grade I was part of the AAIM program. This was a variation on the gifted program that meant I had a very unique curriculum. While studying ancient civilizations and languages, we spent two weeks on a project that split the class in two. Each group spent the first week creating…

The Stats Matter

The Stats Matter

I don’t write enough. I know this is a fact that I need to remedy but the truth is I’m lazy. The other truth is that as much as I like to pretend the stats don’t matter, the stats matter. It’s demoralizing when you work on a piece and you think it’s got something and…

Just Say Yes

Just Say Yes

Over the last six weeks I have spent more time away than I have home. Being a youth minister means a busy summer and, in our ministry, one filled with mission trips. This summer featured four different trips: one to rural Guatemala to build stoves, one to northern Florida to help build a recovery and…