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by Sarah Yardley - 4 years ago

The Gospel is a Bridge

On paper I don't have much in common with teenage skater boys. There's the age gap, the coordination gap, the culture gap...the list goes on. During my time in England, I inherited a legacy of skate and Christian outreach. Unexpectedly (like so many other parts of my journey), I found that God gave me a great love for these young men. Last week, I sat on a panel to answer these questions for twenty mostly a...

by Sarah Yardley - 4 years ago

On Wonder & Worship: Finding Heaven in Refugee Camps & Dance Clubs

We wonder at the mystery of a God who became man in many ways. This past week, I had three separate encounters with wonder and worship. As we enter the Advent season, I captured three snapshots worth sharing. First, a refugee camp, standing at the doorway of an orthodox Eritrean church. My friends and I arrived in the driving rain, removed our muddy boots, lingered in the back, partly present and partly obs...

by Sarah Yardley - 4 years ago

The Way We Repent

I was driving with my sister the other day and made an offhand comment about a situation that was frustrating to me."Man," she said, "at least admit you're bitter about that!"I hadn't realized I was bitter, to be honest. I had couched my feelings in nice Christian phrases, “It's just a little frustrating.” “I'm praying God convicts them.” “I'm ok with it, but....”And God used her words to remi...

by Sarah Yardley - 4 years ago

Treasures from a Life Lived Under God's Word

I grew up at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa under the teaching of Pastor Chuck Smith. I didn’t realize at the time how fortunate I was to have him as my pastor, my teacher and my friend. I started sitting in the main services from age thirteen, and went “through the Bible” with Pastor Chuck four separate times.One year and a bit ago, I moved to England. Slowly it dawned on me how rare and almost encyclopedic ...

by Sarah Yardley - 4 years ago

The 5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Youth Ministry

I jumped into youth ministry with a full heart, grand ideals, high hopes, and - limited experience. Eight years later, I look back at the unbelievable ways God worked and the many, many lessons learned, and wholeheartedly realize that anything good was a work of God’s grace. Here are a few of the life lessons that I would share with any youth or ministry leader:1.Look to JesusIf this seems overly o...

by Sarah Yardley - 5 years ago

Unexpected Lessons from Jesus & the Church in the UK

I have discovered that very often, life in the United Kingdom is anything but united. We see throughout Scripture the call to biblical, grace-filled,Spirit-led unity. In Christ's final prayer, we find these words: I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. ...

by Sarah Yardley - 5 years ago

Rethinking Discipleship: One Woman's Perspective

Rethinking DiscipleshipAs a thirty-year-old woman who grew up in a Christian home, I had many, many people who spoke into my life. Some did it with purpose, some by default, and some out of the overflow of what Christ had done in their lives. If you had asked me, three or four years ago: what is discipleship? My answer would have been some vague mix of theology and an allusion to the disciples being calle...