The Pain of Getting Picked Last. . .
All of us have things from our childhood that we think are better left forgotten. . . flushed from our memories. . . washed away forever. For me, it’s that... more »
High-Intensity Drinking: A Helpful Infographic. . .
Teen alcohol abuse continues and we must be concerned for our kids. Having knowledge of what, where, when, and how kids are drinking allows us to craft our preventive and... more »
A Little Primer on “Proverbial Fools”. . . .
“Don’t be foolish!” I heard that spoken in my direction more than a few times when I was a kid. My dad was never one to hold back in those... more »
Be Careful How You “Play” On Social Media. . .
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... more »
This Week In Youth Culture History. . .
Are you kidding me?!? Nope. Thirty-eight years have passed since “The Breakfast Club” was released into theaters on February 15, 1985. A little search revealed that three of the main... more »
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 $7 million for a 30-second commercial spot during this year’s Super Bowl? If... more »
Dear Pastor: 10 Reasons To Send Your Youth Pastor to NYMS! . . .
Dear Pastor (and Board), We’re just one month away from the inaugural Northeast Youth Ministry Summit training event to be held in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania at the... more »
The Sex Positive Movement, Our Kids, and God’s Word. . .
Over the last few days, 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... more »
Our Kids In The School of the Sex-Positive Movement. . .
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... more »
The Sex-Positive Movement and How It’s Misshaping Our Kids. . .
This week, I’m in Nashville where I’m speaking to youth workers about teaching God’s grand and glorious design for sex and gender. Since this issue is on our minds, I’m... more »
A Prayer For Our Children And Teens. . .
On several occasions in the past, I’ve mentioned how my prayer life has been deepened through the use of a variety of printed prayer books. One of these resources that... more »
Youth Workers: Give Parents The Gift Of “Bubbles”. . . .
When scuba divers are down deep, it is easy for them to become confused and disoriented. Since water diffuses light, divers often find themselves surrounded by illumination, making it difficult... more »
A Brand New Youth Ministry Training Opportunity! . . .
The challenges facing youth workers who lead and love kids in today’s world are immense. Perhaps you’ve found yourself trying to understand how to help kids navigate the pressures, stresses,... more »
Some Words To Spark Spiritual Self-Examination. . .
Over the last few months I’ve been reading through The Imitation Of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. If you haven’t read it, I would encourage you to dig into it, perhaps... more »
Do You Know 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... more »
The Teen Mental Health Crisis – A Youth Ministry Resource. . .
Viral. Epidemic. Contagion. Crisis. These are all words we hear whenever (which is just about every day) a news story pops up about either teen mental health trends or another... more »
A Prayer For When The Holidays Are Hard. . .
This week, many of us will lift our voices as we do each Christmas to sing these words from Joy To The World: “No more let sins and sorrows grow nor... more »
Today’s World Cup, Football, And The Demon of Sport. . .
What was on your mind as you went to bed last night? Truth be told, my mind was visited and revisited by the anticipation that on this Lord’s Day, my... more »
Teens, Gambling, and the Bible. . .
I can’t even begin to count how many there are. I’m sitting there watching a football game. . . or a baseball game. . . or a basketball game. .... more »
We Always Marry The Wrong Person. . .
Several years ago I ran across a little interview with Glenn Stanton on “The Science of Shacking Up.” Stanton’s the author of The Ring Makes All The Difference: The Hidden... more »