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

Author: Walt Mueller

Abuse In The Church. . . Read And Discuss. . .

Here’s the simple version of how his abuse of multiple young girls played out. . . in reverse. The long-term damage caused by the church system is immeasurable. The long-term damage and trauma he caused is immeasurable. He is in prison for a long, long time. He was sentenced to prison. The judge shed tears...
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News Media As Gatekeepers. . . A Prayer For Truth. . .

Over the course of the last several months I have found myself thinking and speaking these words more frequently in conversations with myself and others: “I don’t know who or what to believe.” I have had a growing distrust in what I see from news and opinion outlets, and what I read that’s posted on social...
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Justin Bieber’s Loneliness. . . Is Our Teachable Ministry Moment. . .

I‘ve watched it several times. . . and every time it feels a bit like getting punched in the gut. It’s short, minimalist, direct. . . and it hits hard. Since being released last Friday, the video for Justin Bieber’s new single “Lonely” has over 21 million views. And because of our shared humanity lived...
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Our Girls Are Teetering On The Edge. . . A Helpful Resource. . .

I have one wife, two daughters, and two granddaughters. Over the years, our ministry has allowed us to minister directly to thousands of teenage girls. My concern for our girls skyrocketed over thirty-five years ago when a two-hour car ride with half-a-dozen of our youth group’s sophomore girls turned into an eye-opening Q and A...
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Has Quarantine Helped The Kids?

We weren’t too far into the Covid-19 panic when glimmers of great hope began to appear in my neighborhood. Kids were riding their bikes up and down the street. Families were taking walks together at all times of the day. We were meeting neighbors. . . distanced, of course. . . that we had never...
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More Sobering Allegations Of Abuse. . .

As long as it continues happening, we cannot talk about it too much. That’s why once again, today, I am thinking out loud about allegations of sexual abuse that have been made against a high-profile worship leader in the church. This time, the particular local church is a member of the denomination of which I am...
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Whatever, Lord. . . A Prayer For Our Times. . .

I have no idea what the Lord has in store for us in the coming days. Who could have sat one year ago and known what our lives would be like today? This past Sunday I preached at a church in Philly. We were outside rather than inside. As I looked out, everyone on the...
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A Dangerous New Youth Culture Trend. . .

Recently, the FDA issued a warning to parents, teachers, health care professionals, and all others who care about the well-being of children and teens. It’s a warning about what’s become known as “The Benadryl Challenge”. Challenges between kids are nothing new. I remember how, as a kid, our little neighborhood group of peers would engage...
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Kids, Sports, and Christian Nurture. . .

Every time I pass it with an out-of-town friend in the car, I point them in its direction and watch their eyes fill with wonder and awe. Spooky Nook Sports sits just off the highway among farmers’ fields just a few miles from my house. Billed as the largest and most innovative sports complex in...
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Where Are We Headed? Freedom, Anarchy, or Repression?

I’m a bit uneasy these days. Are you? We are horribly divided in so many ways, and I’ve had a growing inkling for several months that on November 4th of this year, all hell is going to break loose. It won’t matter which side wakes up happy. The other side is going to be incredibly...
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Why Am I Called A Christian? . . .

As you celebrate God’s good gift of Sabbath today, here is a question from the Heidelberg Catechism to ponder. . . Question 32. . . “But why are you called a Christian?” The Catechism provides an answer that reminds us of the glorious fact of whose we are, what we are, how we are to live in this world,...
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The Sex-Positive Movement and our Kids. . . Part 3

This week, I’ve been posting a three-part series on the Sex-Positive Movement, a trending and powerfully dangerous influence on all our kids. Today, Part 3, an overview of God’s grand and glorious design for sexuality and gender. Be sure to check out Part 1, Part 2, and the downloadable pdf Trend Alert that offers the...
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The Sex-Positive Movement and Our Kids. . . Part 2

This week, I’m posting a three-part series on the Sex-Positive Movement, a trending and powerful influence on all of our kids. Today, Part 2, an overview of the core beliefs of the Sex-Positive Movement. What Cardi B and the culture-at-large is now propagating are the core beliefs of what is known as the sex-positive movement,...
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The Sex-Positive Movement and our Kids. . . Part 1

This week, I’m posting a three-part series on the Sex-Positive Movement, a trending and powerful influence on all of our kids. Today, Part 1. Almost thirty years have passed since an interviewer asked Madonna if she saw herself as “a kind of a sexual missionary.” This was her response: “I suppose that’s one way to...
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The TikTok Suicide Video: Guidance For Parents. . .

It was just two weeks ago, on Monday, August 31, that a 33-year-old Army veteran who had served in Iraq took his own life by firearm. . . all while livestreaming his death on Facebook. While we know little to nothing of the backstory and circumstances, I’m sure many are pondering the role PTSD might...
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Why I Shocked My Dogs. . .

This morning I sat here thinking back over all the sad and sorry brokenness of the last six months. I was prompted to do so by receiving word that my friend Tim Russell’s memorial service is being held tonight. . . finally. . . at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis. During those first couple weeks...
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Jerry Falwell Jr., Becki Falwell, and Me. . .

“Everything is broken” sang Bob Dylan back in 1989. Has there ever been a song title that tells the honest-to-goodness truth in a more direct way than that? I don’t know. What I do know is that the older I get, the less shocked, surprised, or stunned I am by stories like those we’ve been hearing...
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Cardi B, WAP, And Our Kids. . . Some Thoughts. . .

So the female rapper Cardi B has us all thinking. She’s got us all talking. And as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most-Influential-People of 2018 (labeled by Time in that list as a “pioneer”), her latest single release has landed in big, big ways in a youth culture that’s primed and ready to be influenced...
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A Prayer For Kids At The Start Of The School Year. . .

School is starting. This year, some of our kids are heading to a building.  Others are going to school online. Still others are being home-schooled out of necessity rather than choice. I love looking at all the first-day-of-school pictures that are popping up on Facebook. Because I remember taking many of those photos myself. ....
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My Kids, My Identity. . .

If it doesn’t happen, who is going to be more disappointed? You? Or your kids? That question haunted me in a personal way as I rode past a high school football stadium during the last week of July. Coaches and players were assembled on the field for workouts in preparation for a season that might...
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