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

Author: Walt Mueller

The Deadly Path of Following Your Heart. . .

It’s the mantra for life in today’s world. It accurately reflects the spirit of the times. It’s a recipe for disaster, destruction, and death. It’s the advice we give, get, and follow so often in today’s world: “Follow your heart.” I’m pondering those three dangerous words this morning as I prepare to speak this week...
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Kids and Sleep. . . A Helpful Infographic. . .

If we are truly called as followers of Christ to do all things to the glory of God, then we’ve got to include sleep in that list. Yes. . . sleep is actually a form of worship. Who knew?!? And since worship of God through sleep requires holding to that sacred rhythm of work and rest...
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Teens And Dating Abuse. . .

If you start your day with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other, you are aware of two realities in today’s world. First, relationships and dating among our teenagers are horribly broken. And if that’s the case, then those of us who love, lead, and minister to kids need to embrace...
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Facing Grief And Other Difficult Stuff. . . This I Know. . .

A recounting of a 1962 interaction during a post-lecture Q and A session between a university student and the late theologian Karl Barth tells of the inquisitive student asking Barth, “Can you summarize your whole life’s work in theology in a sentence?” Barth answered, “Yes, I can. Jesus loves me, this I know, for the...
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Grief. . . and God. . .

Things are not the way they’re supposed to be. God’s good creation has been broken, marred, and distorted by sin. Death is now part of our lives. Perhaps we put off the thoughts until the tragedy of death hits home. . . or close to home. After a weekend where thoughts of brokenness and death...
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Friday Fodder. . . The Meaning of Sex. . .

Navigating the emerging landscape of sexuality and gender is a difficult endeavor in today’s culture. How do we come to a deep understanding of the Creator’s design for sex, sexuality, and gender? How do promote human flourishing (facilitated by God’s design) when we are taught that human flourishing comes through authenticity and allegiance to one’s...
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Teens and Texting While Driving. . . A Helpful Infographic and Advice. . .

Did you know that almost 40% percent of driving-aged teens here in the U.S. say they text while driving. One of the first times I ever spoke publicly on this issue here in Pennsylvania I was saddened to learn that a grieving mother was in the audience. She was on a mission to warn other...
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A Letter to Youth Workers. . . (aka “Theologians”) . . .

“We’re not going to be talking about theology here.” I’ve heard that statement uttered many times as a preface to a youth ministry training session. I’m not sure that maybe I haven’t said something like that myself on occasion. If so, please forgive me. I don’t ever want to say it again. Theology matters. If...
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Friday Fodder. . . Teaching Kids About The Surety Of Troubles. . .

“Come and follow Jesus. . . and everything will fall into place.” Count me in as someone who has heard, believed, and sought after that reality over the course of my life. In many respects these words are true when understood in the context of what we wait for with eager expectation. But I came...
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Youth Ministry’s Crucial Cultural Mission. . .

Because I grew up in a Pastor’s home, we oftentimes had missionaries visit and stay with us. I remember listening to the stories and watching the slide shows they’d deliver during the all-ages Sunday School hour. These encounters shaped my understanding of “mission.” I rapidly learned that the Christian’s calling is to fulfill the Great...
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Youth Workers. . . Nurturing Parents Into Nurturing Their Kids. . .

Youth workers. . . three realities about life and youth ministry. . . and one response. . . Reality 1) Jesus calls us to “come and follow me” in every nook and cranny of life. Discipleship training must touch every square inch of a student’s life. Reality 2) Marketing is a nook and cranny usually...
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Transgender Kids. . . And Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria. . .

I’m not sure that there’s anything these days that’s created a greater cultural buzz in our youth groups and churches than the issue of transgenderism. For those of us who are older, the long-view of life offers a perspective that leads us to conclude that at least to this point, nothing has jumped on to...
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A Message To Moms About Their Influence On Body Image. . . .

Several years ago I embarked on a little journey into the world of advertising to get a better sense of how marketing has shaped body image pressures and expectations for our girls. I began by looking at marketing efforts to women who were a part of my grandmothers’ generation. . . those born at the...
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Youth Ministry, Parenting, and the Need To Teach Kids To Embrace Suffering. . .

We should be struck by the stark contrast between the kind of easy life we seek in the church today, and the kind of life sought by the Puritans. Yep. . . I just mentioned the Puritans. . . perhaps the most misunderstood and most falsely stereotyped group of saints. We want the easy life,...
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Kids and Vaping. . . Some New Info. . .

This is the week for re-launching what’s one of our most helpful, up-to-date, and timely resources here at CPYU. . . our daily Youth Culture Today radio show. It’s the same good content that’s got a new look. And, we recommend that youth workers send this on to parents each and every day. Today’s 1-minute show...
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Re-Birth Of A Daily Dose Of Youth Culture. . .

Today’s a big day at CPYU! We’re re-launching and re-booting our daily 1-minute radio spot, Youth Culture Today, with a re-branded look and a host of new options for daily delivery in ways that make it easier for you to listen in and pass it on to the parents in your youth ministry. If you aren’t...
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Our Kids. . . Wise Or Foolish? . . . .

What story will our kids choose to live in? That’s a necessary question every parent and youth worker must ask. If our calling is to lead kids to find their place in God’s story (the biblical narrative and way), we need to help them see the foolish dead-end that results in living according to the...
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Friday Fodder. . . How Men View Women. . . etc. . .

Here’s something to think about and talk about with each other and with your kids. It comes from Tim Keller and his devotional book, God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs. If you spend any time at all paying attention to and deconstructing today’s culture, Keller’s words are...
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Fred Rogers, Pop Culture, and Youth Ministry. . .

Have you seen it yet? If not, you should. The last film I viewed was the documentary biopic of Fred Rogers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?  Lisa asked me how it was. “Slow,” I said. “Just like his long-time show.” When I said it that way, it wasn’t a criticism, but a compliment. And just like millions...
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Friday Fodder. . . Marriage Matters For Teens. . .

I’m not sure he’d get away with it in today’s cultural climate, but Flip Wilson had a generation of us middle school kids laughing awfully doggone hard back when he was transforming himself into his in-your-face female character,  Geraldine, on his Flip Wilson Show.  Regardless of what you think of Wilson’s Geraldine, there was something “she”...
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