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

Author: Walt Mueller

Purity Culture. . . What Do You Think? . . .

When you’ve been in the world of youth ministry as long as I have, it’s easy to look into the rearview mirror and notice that there are several things you’d do the same way all over again, and then there are those ministry efforts that you’d probably do a bit differently. . . perhaps QUITE...
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Youth Worker. . . Did You Ever Get Picked Last? . . .

All of us have things from our childhood that we think are better left forgotten. . . flushed from our memories. . . washed away forever. For me, it’s that seemingly never-ending chunk of my childhood where I was a late-bloomer in terms of any athletic ability. This was a tremendous liability in a pre-Xbox...
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Christianity and Politics. . . A Warning From C.S. Lewis. . .

He’s almost 60 years removed from life on this earth, but C.S. Lewis still speaks with a relevance that can’t be ignored. One of his most insightful books is The Screwtape Letters, which is a kind of instructional guide on how to derail Christ’s followers, written by a senior devil and sent to a junior devil. If...
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Modeling Grace When A Child Comes Out. . . And Dies. . .

The constant parade of reminders that physical death awaits us all came knocking on my door again last evening. My college friend, Dr. Gayle Copeland, posted these words on our class Facebook page: “Dr. Norman Carson passed into his eternal reward today.” As I have done so many times over the last year, this news...
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How Can This Be?!?. . . Amazing Love. . .

As you ponder the events of the Passion of Christ this weekend. . . consider these words from Mark 15:23. . . “And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.” As Jesus was in a moment going to die an incredibly painful death and take on the full weight...
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Prayers For These Times. . .

Sometimes it all gets so overwhelming. We watch the news and we see that the world is horribly broken. The time we spend on social media reveals to us the reality that all creation is groaning. . . including God’s divine-image bearers. Social media has become a playground where we go to fight. In recent...
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Christians. . . Always Judging. . .

I’ve heard it said a few times and in a few different ways just over the course of this last week. Someone preceded an observation about someone else with the words “Now I’m not judging. . .” Another person said, “I’m not here to judge. . . “, and then followed up with nothing other...
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Deepfakes, Teens, and Pornography. . . Raising Awareness. . .

A little less than a year ago, the word “deepfake” was added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. The term surged to popularity as deepfake videos and technology were reportedly threatening to manipulate elections. If you aren’t familiar with deepfakes, the dictionary defines a deepfake as “an image or recording that has been convincingly altered and manipulated...
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From C.S. Lewis To Our Teens. . . Good Advice. . .

Do you listen to dead people? I do. And I do it for the simple fact that there is so much wisdom to be had from those who have gone before us. C.S. Lewis is one of those dead guys who I consult with on a regular basis. . . not in any weird kind...
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Teen Girls And A Scary New Way To Get Social Media Followers. . .

These days, some kids will do anything to gain social media followers. Because kids are incredibly creative, they try all sorts of tricks and gimmicks because after all, gaining followers on social media is like money in the bank. We recently read a story about teen girls and a creative yet extremely risky way they’re...
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The Bible and Transgenderism. . . Thoughts From Youthworkers. . .

A few years ago a friend told me that in the coming days we would, as leaders in ministry, be challenged in new ways by questions about sexuality and gender. He described what was coming as an issue that was going to be very sensitive, for the simple reason that it will involve ministry to...
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Addison Rae. . . Lessons From A TikTok Celeb. . .

Chances are, few of our kids knew the name Addison Rae Easterling just 19 months ago. But now, less than two years later, anyone with any youth culture awareness at all knows that this 20-year-old TikTok celebrity with 70 million followers and counting, along with 5 billion views, is now an influencer and popular role...
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Adverse Childhood Experiences. . . And A Helpful Infographic. . .

A kid is a kid is a kid. . . or so I thought when I first got started in youth ministry. Somehow and some way, I missed the fact that each and every one of these precious image-bearers had a unique story. It wasn’t so much was I saw as I looked into their...
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A Helpful Reminder On Identity. . .

One of the most basic tasks of human beings is finding an answer to the question, “Who am I?” If you read books, watch TV, or engage with film you see the how the struggle to find an answer to this question works out in our lives. . . sometimes for the duration of our...
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Intuitional Faith. . . Or, Kids Deconstructing God. . .

If you are shocked by the story I’m about to share, you’re most likely quite old-fashioned. And if the story I’m about to share results in a quick “so what” shrug of your shoulders, then you – like a growing number of our kids – are probably marching through life in step with the spirit...
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Youth Ministry And Lent. . .

So yesterday was “Fat Tuesday”. . . the day before the season known as “Lent”. . . which happens to be a time for fasting and giving up certain foods. Here in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, yesterday is affectionately called “Fastnacht Day”. . . “Fastnacht” being the German word translated “fasting night.” That being said, good...
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More Sobering News And Thoughts On Ravi Zacharias. . .

The punches in the gut keep on coming. Once again, the last few days have seen more hidden horrors come to light in the Ravi Zacharias story. Last week, Christianity Today ran their latest update under this headline: “Ravi Zacharias Hid Hundreds Of Picture Of Women, Abuse During Massages, and a Rape Allegation.”  In the wake...
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Happy 36th Birthday To “The Breakfast Club”. . .

Are you kidding me?!? Nope. Thirty-six years have passed since “The Breakfast Club” was released into theaters on February 15, 1985. A little search revealed that all of the main actors in the film are in their fifties. . . yep. . . you heard that right. . . except for one. Believe it or...
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The Sex-Positive Movement. . . Are You Familiar? . . .

Today I want to point you to a couple of free resources that look at what is known as the sex-positive movement.  Over the course of this movement’s  relatively young and loosely-organized life it has succeeded to bring about a change in how individuals think about and practice sex and gender. If you’re a youth...
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“Don’t Judge Me!”. . . Some Thoughts From Youth Workers. . .

“Students clamor for ‘safe spaces.’ Protesters smash windows and political leaders insist on saying that it’s important to hear their ‘voices.’ Parents speak of children’s behavior as ‘unhealthy,’ avoiding moral terms. We tend to think of these as recent developments, which have come upon us because of ‘cultural Marxism’ or some other alien invasion or...
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