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

Author: Walt Mueller

Why Youth Workers Must Be Hitched To The Old Testament. . .

In a perfect world, the church would be engaging, confronting, and transforming culture as a path to see what we pray in the Lord’s Prayer (“Thy Kingdom come. . . “) become a greater and greater reality on our broken and fallen earth. We would be committed to pursuing a greater understanding of Scripture so...
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Youth Ministry & Technology. . . Help or Hindrance? . . .

This morning I found some notes I had taken a few years ago on John Dyer’s book, From The Garden To The City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology. I had heard John speak at a forum on faith and technology. . . and I was impressed. The book made it to the top of...
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The Perfect Storm Converging On Social Media This Week. . .

As a three-decade-long culture watcher/listener who can’t help but ruminate on what’s happening this week on the landscape of social media interactions among those who call themselves “Christian”. . . I’ve been trying to sort it all out. I don’t have it all figured out. . . for sure. . . but I know we...
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Christians and Social Media This Week. . . The Wisdom Of Silence. . .

And so our differences this week are blazing all over social media. The fire of theological differences has been burning  on social media for quite some time. Events of the last few days and how folks are responding. . . on multiple fronts and sides. . . has thrown fuel on the fire. It’s flaring...
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On Our Knees For The Media. . .

If you’re sick of it all, I don’t blame you. There’s so doggone much of it out there vying for our time, attention, and dollars that it’s absolutely overwhelming. It lulls us into a perpetual stupor. And, who knows what to believe anymore. . . but we still believe. . . and then we act....
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What The Heck Is Easter? . . . And Pushing Back On Biblical Illiteracy. . .

The fallout from our culture’s growing reality of biblical illiteracy hit me hard when the day after Easter my daughter-in-law, an athletic trainer at a large suburban high school, shared with me a conversation she witnessed between a group of a dozen student athletes who were in the training room. Everyone was chatting about their...
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An Open Letter On The Topic Of Homosexuality and Youth. . .

Avera Maria Santo is same-sex attracted. And, she’s a devout Catholic who desires to embrace and consistently live out her faith in all areas of life. As a blogger, she’s been vulnerable, inviting others into her very real struggles. As a struggler, she’s all of us. Everyone of us has our own thing or things...
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30 Years. . . And The Need To Remember. . .

Several hundred of our friends and family gathered together in Lancaster, PA last Friday night to celebrate 30 years of CPYU. And, as with everything we do here at CPYU, it was a strange mix of talking about somber cultural realities and the joyful hope that only comes through the Gospel. It was a great...
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“After”. . . Is This “Fifty Shades” For Teens? . . . .

There’s a new movie hitting the theaters this Friday. It’s titled After. On the one hand, the film is reflective of current sexual attitudes, mores, and behaviors. On the other hand, it’s a film that will teach, promote, and affirm those sexual attitudes, mores, and behaviors among kids who are looking to learn how to navigate...
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Youth Are Not The Future. . . Wishing I Was There. . .

Sometimes you find yourself jumping out of your skin with a combination of excitement and disappointment. Today, the excitement comes from what I’ve been seeing and hearing as I’ve tracked on and off with this week’s livestream from The Gospel Coalition conference in Indianapolis. My disappointment comes from having to watch the livestream rather than...
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Youth Workers As Mug Shots. . . .

A few years ago my friends at Youth Specialties asked me to put together a new seminar for the National Youth Workers Convention. It was titled “Wisdom for a Young Youth Worker.” I came up with my list of things that someone had told me when I was young and just starting out in youth ministry. The last...
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Mueller. . . The Morning After. . .

No. . . this isn’t a political post. But it is a post about our ongoing predictions and reactions to political events. . . and just about anything and everything else. . . through social media. This morning I’m starting my day in a hotel before I fly home. As I’ve been getting ready I’ve...
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How We Use Apps. . . An Informative Infographic. . .

As I once again head off to spend a weekend speaking about how we and our kids use technology and the implications of faith in regards to our technology use, I stumbled on this eye-opening and fairly thorough overview about apps, social media, screen time, and more. It’s like taking a jump out of the...
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Hey Youth Worker. . . Is That Talk Really Yours? . . .

Scot McKnight is one bold human being. . . and I love it! Sometimes telling the truth in order to undo what needs to be undone requires gutsy confrontation. A couple of days ago he posted a blog titled “Hey Preacher, Is That Sermon Really Yours?” In his post, McKnight rightly calls out and laments...
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Michael Jackson, The Pediatrician, Our Ministry Peers, And Sexual Abuse. . .

It’s enough to make your head spin. . . and the upside of spinning heads means that some dark and very destructive secrets are being brought to light in ways that we can only hope gets victims started on the path to healing and redemption. It’s all over the news. Over the course of the...
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Kids Who Cut. . . And A Helpful Handout. . .

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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Teen Suicide. . . A Prayer. . . And A Helpful Resource. . .

Last week I heard a grandfather ask these questions to a group of other grandparents: “When you were a teenager, did you know anyone who took their own life? When you were a teenager did you know anyone who talked about taking their own life?” The only answer uttered by everyone in the room was...
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For Parents Of Spiritual Doubters. . . .

Recently I sat with a group of parents concerned. . . and rightly so. . . about the challenges they face in communicating the biblical narrative to their children and teens when the cultural narrative is so loud, so pervasive, and so convincing. The questioning attitude of a teenage child who has been raised and...
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Thank You Pastor. . .

He’s not going to like this because he’s not one comfortable with drawing attention to himself (which I love about him!). . . but I’m going to do this publicly anyway. . . Today is the last full day of ministry for Michael Rogers. Michael has been our pastor for 24 years. . . faithfully...
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Kids, Pressures, Priorities, Parents. . . and The Gospel. . .

It’s right there on the front page of our local paper this morning: “Cocalico changes ranking system: Does away with the class rank in favor of percents.” One of our local high schools is doing away with making it possible for students to take Advanced Placement courses in order to pad their class rank. And,...
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