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An Open Letter On The Topic Of Homosexuality and Youth. . .

Avera Maria Santo is same-sex attracted. And, she’s a devout Catholic who desires to embrace and consistently live out her faith in all areas of life. As a blogger, she’s been vulnerable, inviting others into her very real struggles. As a struggler, she’s all of us. Everyone of us has our own thing or things... more »

30 Years. . . And The Need To Remember. . .

Several hundred of our friends and family gathered together in Lancaster, PA last Friday night to celebrate 30 years of CPYU. And, as with everything we do here at CPYU, it was a strange mix of talking about somber cultural realities and the joyful hope that only comes through the Gospel. It was a great... more »

“After”. . . Is This “Fifty Shades” For Teens? . . . .

There’s a new movie hitting the theaters this Friday. It’s titled After. On the one hand, the film is reflective of current sexual attitudes, mores, and behaviors. On the other hand, it’s a film that will teach, promote, and affirm those sexual attitudes, mores, and behaviors among kids who are looking to learn how to navigate... more »

Youth Are Not The Future. . . Wishing I Was There. . .

Sometimes you find yourself jumping out of your skin with a combination of excitement and disappointment. Today, the excitement comes from what I’ve been seeing and hearing as I’ve tracked on and off with this week’s livestream from The Gospel Coalition conference in Indianapolis. My disappointment comes from having to watch the livestream rather than... more »

Youth Workers As Mug Shots. . . .

A few years ago my friends at Youth Specialties asked me to put together a new seminar for the National Youth Workers Convention. It was titled “Wisdom for a Young Youth Worker.” I came up with my list of things that someone had told me when I was young and just starting out in youth ministry. The last... more »

Mueller. . . The Morning After. . .

No. . . this isn’t a political post. But it is a post about our ongoing predictions and reactions to political events. . . and just about anything and everything else. . . through social media. This morning I’m starting my day in a hotel before I fly home. As I’ve been getting ready I’ve... more »

How We Use Apps. . . An Informative Infographic. . .

As I once again head off to spend a weekend speaking about how we and our kids use technology and the implications of faith in regards to our technology use, I stumbled on this eye-opening and fairly thorough overview about apps, social media, screen time, and more. It’s like taking a jump out of the... more »

Hey Youth Worker. . . Is That Talk Really Yours? . . .

Scot McKnight is one bold human being. . . and I love it! Sometimes telling the truth in order to undo what needs to be undone requires gutsy confrontation. A couple of days ago he posted a blog titled “Hey Preacher, Is That Sermon Really Yours?” In his post, McKnight rightly calls out and laments... more »

Michael Jackson, The Pediatrician, Our Ministry Peers, And Sexual Abuse. . .

It’s enough to make your head spin. . . and the upside of spinning heads means that some dark and very destructive secrets are being brought to light in ways that we can only hope gets victims started on the path to healing and redemption. It’s all over the news. Over the course of the... more »

Kids Who Cut. . . And A Helpful Handout. . .

As a culture-watcher, I sometimes like to “rewind” as a way to gain perspective on just how much and how fast youth culture has changed. The practice serves to wake me up at times when familiarity with what was once relatively unknown lulls us to sleep because it’s become all-too-common and widespread. That creates huge... more »

Teen Suicide. . . A Prayer. . . And A Helpful Resource. . .

Last week I heard a grandfather ask these questions to a group of other grandparents: “When you were a teenager, did you know anyone who took their own life? When you were a teenager did you know anyone who talked about taking their own life?” The only answer uttered by everyone in the room was... more »

For Parents Of Spiritual Doubters. . . .

Recently I sat with a group of parents concerned. . . and rightly so. . . about the challenges they face in communicating the biblical narrative to their children and teens when the cultural narrative is so loud, so pervasive, and so convincing. The questioning attitude of a teenage child who has been raised and... more »

Thank You Pastor. . .

He’s not going to like this because he’s not one comfortable with drawing attention to himself (which I love about him!). . . but I’m going to do this publicly anyway. . . Today is the last full day of ministry for Michael Rogers. Michael has been our pastor for 24 years. . . faithfully... more »

Kids, Pressures, Priorities, Parents. . . and The Gospel. . .

It’s right there on the front page of our local paper this morning: “Cocalico changes ranking system: Does away with the class rank in favor of percents.” One of our local high schools is doing away with making it possible for students to take Advanced Placement courses in order to pad their class rank. And,... more »

Wow! Top Global Brands Since 2000. . . An Intriguing Video. . .

So. . . this little video popped up a couple of days ago and it’s quite fascinating. Give it a look as it tracks the top 15 best global brands and their ranking since 2000. In fact, you might even want to watch it twice. The first time around, take a look at the bar... more »

Identity. . . Questions And Answers. . .

Youth workers and parents. . . Do you know what the questions are that your students are asking? 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. . .... more »

Youth Workers As Missionaries. . . Marching Orders From A Kid. . .

We’re creeping up on the evening in April when we celebrate 30 years as a ministry here at CPYU. As I prepare to make my remarks that evening to our assembled army of donors who make our ministry possible, I’m rewinding through the last three decades to recall some of the most significant conversations I’ve... more »

Youth Workers. . . What Kind Of Shepherd Are You? . . .

My friend John Freeman from HarvestUSA is passionate about seeing young and old alike experience what they were made for. Their ministry at HarvestUSA is all about leading people into the path of sexual flourishing. Sadly, what John sometimes encounters in the church is more alarming and discouraging than what John encounters outside the church in... more »

Youth Workers. . . Stay Staked. . .

Youth workers. . . this morning, I kept pondering our need to pray for one another. You for me. Me for you. Here’s what’s urgently nudging at me this morning. . . Without an anchor, we drift along with the prevailing winds of the spirit of the times. Without a stake in the ground we... more »

Zits Gets It Right. . . Something On Kids And Marketing. . . .

Earlier this morning, a couple of us were talking about the price of a Super Bowl Commercial and how it’s skyrocketed since we got started here at CPYU way back in 1989. It was a ridiculously expensive $700,400 during Super Bowl XXIV.  Thirty seconds of commercial airtime during this year’s Super Bowl LIII cost a... more »