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

Author: Walt Mueller

Augustine. . . Dead Guy. . . His Thoughts On Social Media. . .

It’s just a bit more than a week until a few thousand of us gather in Tampa for the 50th National Youth Workers Convention. . . an event I’ve been blessed to be a part of for over three decades. This year, I’ve been asked to speak on one particular aspect of technology. . ....
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Teens, Christmas Spending, And Faith. . . And A Helpful Infographic. . .

Because we live in the most affluent nation on earth, it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that accumulation of stuff is the pathway to fulfillment and redemption. Sadly, what most people never discover is that what we thought would bring satisfaction doesn’t. Instead we’re left only wanting more. I think about this...
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Roo. . . Planned Parenthood’s 24/7 Sex Educator For Kids. . .

It’s no secret that questions about sex, gender, and love cascade almost endlessly for kids as they launch into the confusing developmental phase of puberty. Along with having bodies that are now able by God’s design to engage in the reproductive process, kids experience a host of God-given sexual urges and feelings that lead to...
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Teens, Distracted Driving, And A Free Resource For Parents. . .

We’ve got a problem. Any of us who have a smartphone are susceptible to making poor decisions regarding the combination of smartphones and driving. Just last night on the evening news we watched this video, which captures well what happens when a driver takes their eyes off the road in order to look at their...
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Football’s Lethal Blow To The Head? . . . .

Things got testy at the Massachusetts’ State House in Boston yesterday as a public hearing was held on a possible state bill that would ban tackle football in the state before the 8th grade. Backers of the bill. . . the first of its kind in the United States. . . believe that recent research...
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Adverse Childhood Experiences. . . What You Need To Know 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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Kids & Cyberbullying. . . And A Free Parent Resource. . .

Back in the summer of 2016, 17-year-old teenager Felix Alexander took his own life. Since then, his mother has dedicated her life to helping other parents understand the role that social media plays as the new “playground” for cyber-bullies, and the role cyber-bullying plays in making an already difficult transition from childhood to adulthood that...
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Radical Forgiveness. . .

Many of us were blown away by the forgiveness expressed to Amber Guyger by the teenage brother of Botham Jean. The off-duty police officer was convicted of murder in the shooting death of Jean. After her conviction, Botham’s eighteen-year-old brother Brandt stunned us all with an expression of forgiveness that has challenged me to consider...
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A Short Word To Parents About Kids And Pornography. . . And A Free Download. . .

In a perfect world, God-honoring and loving Dads and Moms will lead their children into a healthy and balanced Biblical understanding of their sexuality that will yield a lifetime of equally God-honoring sexual values, attitudes, and behaviors. Sadly, we don’t live in a perfect world. We live in a world that’s now saturated with easily...
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Viral Forgiveness. . . The Hug Heard Round The World. . .

You’ve no doubt heard the story of the horrifying circumstances resulting in the death of Botham Jean, a little over a year ago in Dallas, Texas. The 26-year-old accountant was shot to death in his own apartment by off-duty police officer Amber Guyger, who mistakenly entered Jean’s apartment thinking it was her own. She drew...
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The Refs Have Left The Field. . . They’re Sick Of The Fans. . .

Perhaps one of the greatest proofs that our world is horribly broken and things are not the way they’re supposed to be stands on the sidelines and sits in the stands at youth sporting events. Parental behavior is out of control. We scream at our kids, their coaches, the refs, and the fans of the...
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Taylor Swift. . . And That’s What Sex Is For. . .

Taylor Swift’s latest musical message to the world about sex, sexuality, and gender brought home two big Moon Man awards at the recent MTV Video Music Awards. The pop star’s hit song “You Need To Calm Down”, is at its root Swift’s critique of what she sees as an old-fashioned and out-dated way of looking...
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A Timely Reminder For Youth Workers. . .

Something happens when a youth worker hits a certain age in life. . . at least that’s been my own personal experience. Age gives you an opportunity for a rear-view-mirror look at a road that stretches way back, offering an opportunity to evaluate the twists and turns of your ministry journey. You look back and...
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Weekend Words For Beat-Up Youth Workers. . .

Over the years I’ve learned that it’s a good thing when God brings us to the end of ourselves. I don’t like it when it’s happening. But it’s necessary and refining. It’s also a clear sign that God loves me so much that He’s willing to knock me out of the way when I am...
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Youthworkers. . . A Message To Pass On To Parents. . . .

For 30 years now I’ve been answering questions about the whats, whys, and hows of our work here at CPYU. Our passion is for equipping those who love and lead kids to see themselves as cross-cultural missionaries who need to know both Word and world. We want the church to become like the men of Issachar,...
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Kids. . . Let Them Suffer! . . .

This week I started re-reading The Coddling of The American Mind with our CPYU Reading/Discussion Group (consider joining us. . . it’s not too late). The book posits that one of the lies we and our kids have been nurtured into believing is that “what doesn’t kill you will make you weaker.” Nothing could be further...
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What Parents Need To Know About Today’s Peer Pressure. . .

I recently had a grandmother tell me about an uncomfortable conversation she had with her elementary-aged grandson. Prompted by watching a TV news story on the current teen vaping epidemic, the inquisitive boy had asked grandma whether she had ever been a smoker. In an effort to be totally honest, the grandmother told her grandson...
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Youth Ministry Checkup. . . What Your Teens Need This Year. . .

It was back in 2011 that researcher David Kinnaman told us that “nearly three out of every five young Christians (59%) disconnect permanently or for an extended period of time from church life after age 15” in his book, You Lost Me. More recent research says that 70 percent of teens will stop attending church...
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A Back-To-School And Everyday Prayer For Our Kids. . . .

One of the great misconceptions about worship is that it’s something that only takes place when a group of people gather for a few minutes or so to sing together. While corporate worship is an important part of the Christian life, the kind of worship God calls us and our children to is a 24/7...
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When You Recognize The Mug Shot. . . A Sobering Texting Reminder. . .

“Oh my!” That’s what I said shortly after opening this morning’s paper. I recognized the face in the mugshot and knew the name underneath. The headline says, “Police: Texting Key In Fatality: Charge woman with homicide by vehicle after collision with cyclist.” The 60-year-old woman was a beloved teacher of more than one of our...
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