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Thanks In The Midst Of A Difficult Year. . .

I’m guessing that most of us have ever experienced anything like 2020. Just over the course of the last few days I have heard of more sickness, death, brokenness, pain, and heartache visiting friends near and far. Sin’s wake continues its furious cascade. But we are not the only ones who have ever experienced this.... more »

My Idiotic Parental Example. . .

One day. . . a day back when kids didn’t have to be in car booster seats until they were-8-years old. . .  my then four-year-old son Josh and I were coming home from a trip to the mall. The kid hated how confining seat belts were and we were constantly telling him to buckle... more »

You Can Help Us Today. . .

Friends. . . today we are participating in an annual online giving event here in Lancaster County known as The Extra Ordinary Give. We’d love to have you participate by making a tax-deductible donation to CPYU to further our work during a year that’s been a bit lean thanks to you-know-what! Since we are a... more »

Bring CPYU To Your Church. . . Virtually! . . .

The Covid-induced life adjustments continue. Can you imagine if one year ago today you had been able to look into a crystal ball and see what has become “normal life” for us in November of 2020? Now, I look around and find it unusual if someone isn’t wearing a mask! The Covid-induced ministry adjustments continue as... more »

Celebrity Pastors. . . The Dangers Lurking In The Spotlight. . .

I’ve been around long enough to know this little “proverb” to be true: Seek the spotlight, and it will blind you. I’ve been saying it for years. For a long time is was a truth I simply preached to myself as a personal reminder. It was necessary. Over the years, I started sharing it with younger... more »

Social Media, Divisiveness, And A Decline In Civility. . .

Is anyone else tempted to scream “Enough already!!”? The back and forth on social media, much of it between acquaintances and friends, seems to have become more volatile in recent days. Conversations that should be had face-to-face and one-on-one are taking place online. And where two or three are gathered together and locked in escalating... more »

It Only Takes A Generation To Lose A Generation. . .

Our calling is to nurture the next generation in the Lord. I love the resolve of the Psalmist in Psalm 71:17&18. . . “O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I... more »

Peanut Butter Armpits, Youth Ministry, And The Death Of A Son. . .

Earth’s groanings for release from the curse of sin into the freedom of final redemption screamed out loud and clear again yesterday. A link popped up in my feed informing me of the sudden and unexpected death of Tim Challies’ 20-year-old son. As a dad, grandfather, and lover of kids, it led to a pause... more »

Take 1-Minute To Pray With Me For Our Nation. . .

Today I am drawn to The Book Of Common Prayer, and what’s called the prayer for our country. . . more »

Election Eve Prayer For A Divided People. . . A Teachable Moment. . .

“Lord, teach us to pray.” The disciples had been watching Jesus pray, and now they wanted some lessons. What follows are instructions from Jesus in the form of The Lord’s Prayer. As I read that passage in Luke 11 this morning, I got to wondering about what we would see if we observed Jesus praying... more »

Full Moon Faith. . .

This morning I popped the front door open at 6am to get a feel for the temperature outside. There in the sky was a beautiful full moon. I took a few minutes to stare. It was incredible. When I came in, I sat with what’s become a trusted morning companion this year, James Montgomery Boice’s Come... more »

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... more »

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... more »

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... more »

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... more »

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... more »

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... more »

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... more »

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... more »

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... more »