Category : Faith & Culture

Faith & Culture

The (Only) 3 Responses Christians Should Have For The Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

Two same-sex wedding cake topper figurines

Yesterday marked a historical day in the United States where the  U.S. Supreme Court made a landmark decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide. Just minutes after the decision, social media was flooded with millions of posts. My Facebook feed has never been so eclectic; Many Christians are expressing their frustrations and concerns and many other Christians are celebrating the news. If an Atheist looks at my feed, they would probably say something like “Christians are bipolar” or “You guys don’t even know what you believe in”; and I don’t blame them. After some thoughts, I believe those are the 3 right responses Christians should have:

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Faith & Culture Leadership

How I Traveled to 5 Countries for $941.39

Collage of Johnny Youssef in Europe

I have always wanted to travel to Europe but the biggest discouragement was being told that traveling is expensive. Few years ago, I did my research and discovered that the biggest myth that will stop you from traveling is that it is expensive. I was able to travel to 5 countries (Ireland, England, Spain, Italy, France) for two weeks and the total I spent for flights, housing, food, and everything else was $941.39. Below are the steps I took, if you follow them, you can travel to almost anywhere very affordably:

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Faith & Culture Leadership

5 Simple Steps to Become a Better Public Speaker

Photos of rows of blue chairs in an empty classroom

Traditionally, public speaking was only for a few select. It was for television hosts, pastors, event speakers and others who worked their way to earn it. However, there has been a greater demand and expectations on more people to publicly speak. In addition, the internet has created a platform for anyone to be a public speaker. More local entrepreneurs are being invited to share their experiences at startup meetings, more employees are expected to give presentations on regular basis, and church goers are asked to share their stories on videos or at events. Public speaking has always been uncomfortable for me but it was necessary due to my heavy involvement in real estate and a church ministry. I have had the opportunity to speak at city council meetings, neighborhood meetings, church services, and television interviews. Through trial and error, following the steps below have tremendously improved my public speaking skills and made me more comfortable doing it. They are a list of 5 “P’s” that I go over before any speaking engagements:

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Faith & Culture

7 Habits Christians In Ministry Need To Quit

Young people reading the Bible together

People in full-time ministry have transformed most of our lives in a direct or indirect way. Whether it was your youth pastor that took you out to coffee weekly or a stranger in the mission field that inspired you to help the poor through social media. A lot of good things happen because of those who choose to give their lives to serve others and make a positive impact. Unfortunately, being in full-time ministry has its disadvantages. Below are a list of negative habits that Christians can fall into, especially those in full-time ministry:

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