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Addison Rae. . . Lessons From A TikTok Celeb. . .

Chances are, few of our kids knew the name Addison Rae Easterling just 19 months ago. But now, less than two years later, anyone with any youth culture awareness at all knows that this 20-year-old TikTok celebrity with 70 million followers and counting, along with 5 billion views, is now an influencer and popular role... more »

Adverse Childhood Experiences. . . 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... more »

A Helpful Reminder On Identity. . .

One of the most basic tasks of human beings is finding an answer to the question, “Who am I?” If you read books, watch TV, or engage with film you see the how the struggle to find an answer to this question works out in our lives. . . sometimes for the duration of our... more »

Intuitional Faith. . . Or, Kids Deconstructing God. . .

If you are shocked by the story I’m about to share, you’re most likely quite old-fashioned. And if the story I’m about to share results in a quick “so what” shrug of your shoulders, then you – like a growing number of our kids – are probably marching through life in step with the spirit... more »

Youth Ministry And Lent. . .

So yesterday was “Fat Tuesday”. . . the day before the season known as “Lent”. . . which happens to be a time for fasting and giving up certain foods. Here in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, yesterday is affectionately called “Fastnacht Day”. . . “Fastnacht” being the German word translated “fasting night.” That being said, good... more »

More Sobering News And Thoughts On Ravi Zacharias. . .

The punches in the gut keep on coming. Once again, the last few days have seen more hidden horrors come to light in the Ravi Zacharias story. Last week, Christianity Today ran their latest update under this headline: “Ravi Zacharias Hid Hundreds Of Picture Of Women, Abuse During Massages, and a Rape Allegation.”  In the wake... more »

Happy 36th Birthday To “The Breakfast Club”. . .

Are you kidding me?!? Nope. Thirty-six years have passed since “The Breakfast Club” was released into theaters on February 15, 1985. A little search revealed that all of the main actors in the film are in their fifties. . . yep. . . you heard that right. . . except for one. Believe it or... more »

The Sex-Positive Movement. . . Are You Familiar? . . .

Today I want to point you to a couple of free resources that look at what is known as the sex-positive movement.  Over the course of this movement’s  relatively young and loosely-organized life it has succeeded to bring about a change in how individuals think about and practice sex and gender. If you’re a youth... more »

“Don’t Judge Me!”. . . Some Thoughts From Youth Workers. . .

“Students clamor for ‘safe spaces.’ Protesters smash windows and political leaders insist on saying that it’s important to hear their ‘voices.’ Parents speak of children’s behavior as ‘unhealthy,’ avoiding moral terms. We tend to think of these as recent developments, which have come upon us because of ‘cultural Marxism’ or some other alien invasion or... more »

Parent Ministry. . . A Helpful Monthly Resource. . .

It’s no secret that ministry to parents is one of our passions here at CPYU. And, we love resourcing youth workers in ways that help them encourage and equip parents for the high and noble calling of nurturing their teenagers in the faith. One of our most effective and easy-to-use monthly resources is our CPYU... more »

Covid Numb. . . A Student-Made Short Film. . .

What have our kids been experiencing over the course of the last 12 months? What has it felt like to grow up in a Covid-infected world where our everyday routines have changed? A member of our current CPYU Faith and Culture Cohort, Jordan Martin, sent me a link to this short film, Numb, by 15-year-old Canadian... more »

Using Super Bowl Ads As A Ministry Opportunity. . . A Free Download. . .

Does marketing work? You bet! If it didn’t work, then why are companies willing to fork out $5.5 million for a 30-second commercial spot during this year’s Super Bowl? If you’re one of those parents or youth workers who plan on shutting off the commercials during the Super Bowl, let me ask you one question:... more »

Youth Ministry Thoughts From Screech. . .

Last night a sad message rippled through the nine-member text thread we have with our adult children and their spouses. A gif featuring a loop of that oh-so-familiar expression from “Saved By The Bell’s” Screech, as he stood in front of a blue Bayside High locker, was posted. Right after that a text with just... more »

Transgenderism: The Reshaping Of Reality In Our Culture – A Livestreamed Event

From time to time we pass on to you recommendations regarding resources that address cultural issues from a Christian perspective. This morning I received word regarding a free event that’s being live-streamed this evening from 7pm to 9m eastern time. “Transgenderism: The Reshaping Of Reality In Our Culture” is happening at Kevin DeYoung’s church in... more »

The Masturbation Question. . . Living Into God’s Design. . .

Yes, we want our kids to ask questions about God’s good gift of sex, gender, and sexuality. We might not be well-prepared to answer their questions, but as many parents have said to me, “It’s easier for my kids to bring up the questions rather than me!” But there’s one question that always seems to... more »

A Prayer For Ourselves And Our Kids In These Confusing Times. . .

Lord, keep us from sliding with or without thought into the path of spiritual suicide. . . the easy contemporary path where we deconstruct your timeless and unchanging Word. . . both your Word Incarnate and written. . . through any human-made theory. Foster in us a keen awareness of our own bent to wander.... more »

Youth Workers Weigh In On Celebrity Culture. . . Some Excellent Thoughts! . . .

Wisdom. More wisdom. That’s what I’ve been reading from a group of youth workers who have joined together to form our first-ever CPYU Faith and Culture Learning Cohort. Our little band of 16 from across North America began meeting virtually two weeks ago to talk about things that matter. . . and how to make... more »

A Prayer For The President Of The United States. . .

On this Inauguration Day, I thought I would share this prayer from Peter Marshall. First prayed in 1947, this prayer from the late Chaplain of the U.S. Senate has been prayed over the years for multiple Presidents. Today, we pray it for our new President during the transition of power. We Pray, Lord Jesus, for... more »

Helping Kids Navigate The Identity Issue. . .

Do you know what the gnawing questions are that your students are asking about their identity? And, if you know the questions, are you equipped to guide them into understanding biblically-based answers to those questions? Two of the most pressing questions kids are asking from birth up until adulthood are these. . . 1) Who... more »

Navigating This Confusing and Broken World. . .

If you’ve ever broken down on a boat, it can be terrifying. I have. A few times. With the power gone and the rudder rendered helpless you, your vessel, and any passengers on board are now at the mercy of the current and the wind. You are no longer steering safely. Rather, the environment is... more »