Learning my lines . . .
. . . discovering what it means to follow Jesus, seeing my story swept up into his . . .

Author: Walt Mueller

Praying For Our Kids. . .

With my own four children now out of their teenage years and into adulthood, I’ve had plenty of opportunity to think back on my own parenting journey. On the one hand, I’m grateful for the Godly advice that was given to me by older parents who had already raised their now adult children. All of...
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Some Thoughts On This Last Day of Pride Month. . .

On this, the last day of Pride month, I’ve been thinking about just how head-spinning all of the changing cultural narratives on meaning, identity, gender, and sexuality have actually been. I’ve become more and more convinced that being on the right side of God’s Word, will, and way will oftentimes mean that you will wind...
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Six Truths On Identity To Preach To Ourselves. . .

Have you ever had one of those so-deep-sleeps that when you finally wake up you have a really difficult time getting your bearings. . . figuring out who you are and where you are? It’s unnerving. . . especially the way it happened to me back during my sophomore year of high school. I’m sitting...
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Teaching God’s Design For Sex and Gender: Truths #6-#10. . .

Conversations about sex and gender are front and center this month. Consequently, our children and teens. . . and even ourselves. . . are swimming in a directive cultural soup that maps out what to believe about sex and gender, along with how to live out our understanding of sex and gender. Is the culture getting...
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Jesus Stole My Daddy. . . .

This Sunday, June 19, is Father’s Day. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, this coming Sunday night will see 1 in 4 children here in the U.S. go to bed in a home where they are living with no biological, adoptive, or step father. The fallout of father absence runs deep and wide. It never...
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Teaching God’s Design For Sex & Gender: Truths #3, #4, #5. . .

Conversations about sex and gender are front and center this month. Consequently, our children and teens. . . and even ourselves. . . are swimming in a directive cultural soup that maps out what to believe about sex gender, along with how to live our understanding of sex and gender. Is the culture getting it right? Sadly,...
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Teaching God’s Design for Sex and Gender: Truth #2. . .

Conversations about sex and gender are front and center this month. Consequently, our children and teens. . . and even ourselves. . . are swimming in a directive cultural soup that maps out what to believe about sex gender, along with how to live our understanding of sex and gender. Is the culture getting it right? Sadly,...
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Teaching God’s Design For Sex and Gender: Truth #1. . .

Conversations about sex and gender are front and center this month. Consequently, our children and teens. . . and even ourselves. . . are swimming in a directive cultural soup that maps out what to believe about sex gender, along with how to live our understanding of sex and gender. Is the culture getting it...
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A Prayer For Pride Month. . .

For those of us navigating life with our kids during this Pride Month, here’s a prayer I wrote that I trust we will pray with all humility as we seek to follow the way and will of God as contained in the Bible. . .  Almighty God. . . Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. ....
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Youthworkers, Parents, and Pride Month. . .

As I write this, we are just nine hours into June. . . a month that in recent years has been designated as “Pride Month.” It’s a month set aside by our culture to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and lifestyles. One youthworker Facebook group that I’m a part of has already lit up this morning...
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Is Technology Forming or De-Forming Us? . . .

Move forward cautiously. That’s good advice as we blaze new trails on what’s been called “The Digital Frontier.” I can’t help but think about the wise words of Marshall McLuhan, spoken decades before the smartphone, about technology and its effects on us as human beings: “We become what we behold. We shape our tools and...
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Be Careful On Social Media Today. . .

Lord, have mercy. I’m throwing this out there as something to think about – as I am – on this, the day after. That which rattles us to the core must be discussed and acted upon. The Gospel demands it. But it’s wise to choose where we discuss how we should act. The great temptation...
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How Can Kids Change The World? Youthworkers, Take Note. . .

I’ve been in youth ministry and life long enough to have heard it said with enthusiastic conviction about multiple generations, “This generation of kids is going to change the world!” I heard it said of me and my teenaged Boomer peers on the day I graduated from high school almost 50 years ago. I’ve heard...
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Marriage Is Truly A Mystery. . . 40 Years In!

Later this week Lisa and I will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary. Like all might say, “it’s been a blink”. . . or “where has the time gone”. . . or some other cliche that reflects the reality of just how quickly time passes. I’m already pretty deep into the process of remembering and pondering....
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Kids As Idols. . . What Does Social Media Say? . . .

If you picked up your smartphone at all yesterday, you know was happening on social media. It was Mother’s Day. God’s good gift of mothers and the power of Godly parenting is what we’ve come to celebrate.  .  . or at least should be celebrating. Like me, you saw plenty of posts thanking and honoring...
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Understanding and Helping Kids Who Cut. . . Part 3

Self- injury. Cutting. Yes. . . it’s out there and it’s widespread. So, what should we do? First, we must come to an understanding of the path this trend looks to take. We can be sure that the stigma associated with SIB will continue to disappear as this generation’s bloody cry of confusion and self-hate...
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Understanding Kids Who Cut. . . Part 2. . .

If we care at all about kids we should learn to recognize, understand, and answer these visual cries of a generation longing for spiritual truth, emotional healing, and answers. Self-injurious behavior (SIB) or self-inflicted violence (SIV) has been defined as “the commission of deliberate harm to one’s own body. The injury is done to oneself,...
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Understanding Kids Who Cut. . . Part 1. . .

As a culture-watcher, I sometimes like to “rewind” as a way to gain perspective on just how much and how fast youth culture has changed. The practice serves to wake me up at times when familiarity with what was once relatively unknown lulls us to sleep because it’s become all-too-common and widespread. That creates huge...
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American Youth Ministry: What Would Bonhoeffer See? . . .

This is probably more true than when I first wrote and posted it here back in July of 2011. I had been reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer at the time and I was struck by how his writing decades before offered a prophetic and spot-on evaluation of our 21st Century youth ministry world. I stumbled on this...
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Youth Min & Parenting On The Edge. . . .

Over the course of the last few days, I can’t help but be reminded of the seriousness, complexity, and head-spinning challenges of our times. When Bob Dylan sang to us way back in 1964, little did we or he know how fast things would be morphing as he told us that “The Times They Are-A-Changin’.”...
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