Author: Walt Mueller

What About Harrison Butker?

Let’s get this out of the way. . . right away: I don’t like the Kansas City Chiefs. Perhaps the fact that I’m a Philadelphia Eagles fan has something to do with that. Truth be told, it has everything to…
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A Prayer For Families

On this Mother’s Day weekend. . . Heavenly Father, You are the one who made all things and declared all things “good!” Thank you for creating the family and including it in those things that are “good!” Thank you for…
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Parenting: Who’s In Charge?

Scripture has a way of punching us in the gut, doesn’t it? It’s amazing how God’s unchanging Word is able to expose not only the spirit of the times (or as Paul calls it, “The course of this world”), but…
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Fact Is. . . Parenting Isn’t Easy

I learned a shocking lesson shortly after my oldest daughter Caitlin’s birth, and I relearned it almost every day of my experience as the father of four kids. No matter how much time and effort we put into preparing for…
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Youthworkers: Be Trained Well!

We have to get this right! We are called to a higher standard because we lead and teach vulnerable young hearts and minds. Scripture continually speaks of the high calling and responsibility given to leaders. I find it personally humbling…
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Taylor Swift’s Latest Map and Mirror

I was already spending my week thinking deeply about music when a friend texted me yesterday to suggest that I give a listen to Taylor Swift’s just-released latest, starting with the song “Guilty As Sin”. . . which is titled…
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This Youth Ministry Teachable Moment

While chatting with a dear and trusted youth ministry friend last evening, we were trying to make sense of the day’s news regarding the downfall of more of our own. There was a kind of accountability taking place in our…
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Is Mercy More Powerful Than Murder?

Forgiveness is easier said than done. I was thinking about that again this morning as I watched the news reports on yesterday’s sentencing of the parents of Michigan school shooter Ethan Crumbley. Both parents read statements to the court and…
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Parenting’s Priority One. . .

This morning, I read this hard-hitting quote from Voddie Baucham: “If I teach my son to keep his eye on the ball, but fail to teach him to keep his eyes on Christ, I have failed as a father.” If…
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It Is Finished. . .

Good Friday. . . thank you Jesus. As we grapple with the glorious and almost incomprehensible meaning of today, spend time looking at this David Arms painting that’s in our house. Arms writes this about his painting “Free”: The cross frees us from bondage…
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Easter Weekend and Teen Anxiety

During yesterday’s conversation over coffee with friends, I was asked a very general question about kids, parents, and parenting in today’s world. The conversation quickly turned to how new ways of parenting (think “helicopter”, “lawnmower”, “snowplow”, etc.) have done little…
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