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

Author: Walt Mueller

Powerful. . .

I watched the memorial service for R.C. Sproul and heard, once again, this hymn written by Sproul himself. It was sung at the opening of the service. I revisited the lyrics this morning. Pretty amazing to think about these truths as we get ready to celebrate the coming of our Savior. . . “The Secret...
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Stealing Back Christmas From Apathy. . .

This will be my 62nd. Christmas, that is. If anyone needs proof of the sad and deplorable fact that “familiarity breeds apathy” . . . look no further than me this time of year. I’m ashamed that it’s this way. Like everything else in our broken and messed up world, this is certainly not the...
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Family Communication At Christmas. . . .

We’re only a week away! If your family is like mine, the Christmas holiday season affords you more time than usual to spend together. Your kids are home for a few extra days of vacation, you spend more time around the table at meals, and you might even be spending extended periods of time together...
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Only 11 Shopping Days Until the Lie of Christmas. . .

I believed it would change my life. Even though I began my impatient wait for its arrival sometime in September, it usually arrived in our mailbox at 1162 Beverly Road a few weeks before Thanksgiving. Its shiny full-color pages consumed my thoughts and attention for weeks. I ignored the first two-thirds of the book. Those...
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Wants, Needs, and Christmas Teaching Opportunities for Youth Workers & Parents. . .

I was probably about 15 years-old when I finally got to the point where I knew not to use the word incorrectly in front of my dad. Slip-ups always seemed to result in a repeat performance of his well-rehearsed lecture on the difference between requirements and desires. The word I’m referring to is need. If...
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Matt Lauer. . . Teachable Moments. . . And Theologizing About Sexuality And Sin. . . .

Trending. . . Matt Lauer. . . at number one on my news feed. As of this morning, one of the voices that’s been sharing the growing cascade of #metoo stories over the last few weeks is now the subject of those stories himself. I watched as visibly rattled co-workers Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb...
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Looking For Sexual Clarity. . . .

In just a few more than 50 years, our media culture has gone from treating matters of sexuality as a hush-hush topic (your grandparents remember a time when you couldn’t even say the word “pregnant” on TV!) to putting all kinds of sexual practices and issues center-stage. That certainly has been the case in the...
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No Thanksgiving Eat And Show! . . . A Smartphone Challenge. . .

Whenever we’d sing it we knew Thanksgiving was on its way. It was the standard Thanksgiving hymn from my childhood: “We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing. . . ” I suppose most of us will be gathering together tomorrow. But will our “together” really be what it should be? Will it be a...
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Spacey, Moore, Louis C.K., Weinstein, etc. . . . And Ten Years Hence. . .

Something hit me last Wednesday night when I was speaking to a group of parents, grandparents, and youth workers in the Philly area. I was presenting some of our No Parent Left Behind material and we were in the midst of talking about teenage physical development. We focus on the changes in the body, and the emerging...
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What Youth Ministry Is Not About. . . And Something To Ponder. . .

Forty years ago next summer I will have been in youth ministry for 40 years. Those of you who have been doing youth ministry for four days, four weeks, four months, or four years must think of that as an eternity. You might wonder, “What was it like to minister to kids when they were...
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Stranger Things. . . And A Golden Opportunity To Nurture Kids. . .

It’s back. Stranger Things that is. I’m glad. Perhaps I’m just a big kid, but watching season 1 of the Netflix series hooked me. I’m not a science fiction fan so the attraction was a bit of a surprise to me. I get why so many kids binge-watched the first season, and why so many will...
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Youth Workers. . . Going Deep?. . .

How do we best glorify God and serve kids in youth ministry? I’m not sure there’s any way better than pursuing a pathway to spiritual growth and depth ourselves. Rather than spending our time curating style, we need to pursue substance. The former often-times become a great tool in the arsenal of the enemy. Get...
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Me Too, Sexual Aggression, and Harvey Weinstein. . .

Late last week I scrolled through a list of two-dozen-plus actresses who were opening up and telling their stories of sexual harassment and assault perpetrated by Harvey Weinstein. Careful reading of their stories wasn’t necessary to lead one to conclude that if the allegations are true, this guy has engaged in some deplorable behavior. ....
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Youth Workers. . . Seeking Spotlight Fame or Shadowed Faithfulness? . . .

There’s a question I’m asked quite often that either makes me smile, or makes me cringe. The asker is always a youth worker. The ask typically takes place while I’m gathering my things after a seminar or other presentation. Here’s the question: “How can I do what you do?” I smile when the question is...
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Social Media. . . And The Sharing Of Ignorant Noise. . .

Regrets. . . I’ve had a few. . . well, more than few. The older I get, the more I realize that my default setting is to be and do in ways that lead to a hindsight oftentimes filled with regret. There are far too many thoughts that have gone straight from my brain to...
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Sometimes, Scripture Scares The Hell Out Of Me. . .

There’s a place where Jesus addresses “whoever” that pushes hard on me whenever I read it. I read it again this morning. And to be honest, I should probably be reading it everyday. He says to his disciples, “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better...
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Hugh Hefner Wrecked My Life. . . Sort Of. . .

Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine, died last night. Based on your age, you may or may not be aware of just how significant a cultural figure the man known as “Hef” actually was. . . or perhaps I should more accurately say is. Shortly after his death last evening, his son Cooper stated that his father...
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The NFL. . . Thoughts Today. . .

First off. . . four things. . . I love football. I’m a life-long die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan. . . which means I’ve been dying-hard once a year for my entire life. Our culture is spiraling around in a head-spinning mess that reeks of disunity more-and-more every day. Things are changing and they are changing...
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A Letter To Senior Pastors. . . .

Dear Pastor, I’ve asked your youthworker to forward this letter on to you. It’s about the kids in your congregation and the powerful role that you play – as their pastor – in their spiritual nurture. I know that you’ve got teenagers sitting in your congregation every week. From your vantage point up front, you...
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Youth Workers. . . Will You Mobilize Students For Hurricane Aid?

By this time tomorrow we’ll have a fairly good idea of the extent of damage that will be done due to Hurricane Irma. Add that damage to what’s happened already from Hurricane Harvey, and as they said on the news tonight, it’s “devastation.” I’m guessing that most of you will be scheduling Harvey and/or Irma...
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