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A New Youth Ministry Training Conference! . . .

It’s like Christmas morning around here! We’re excited! We just launched the website and opened registration for a brand-new youth ministry training conference. . . The Northeast Youth Ministry Summit.... more »

The Balenciaga Ad Scandal and Our Children’s Safety. . .

This morning I’ve been spending time getting caught up on the controversy unfolding around the winter ad campaign for the Balenciaga fashion brand. If you’re not familiar with what’s happening,... more »

Thanksgiving. . . Put The Devices Away. . .

While watching a scene from the iconic teen film The Breakfast Club a few years ago, I suddenly realized just how much our world had changed. It dawned on me that... more »

NOVEMBER 22ND. . . KENNEDY, HUXLEY, & LEWIS IN 1963. . . AND A GOOD WORD FROM CRYSTAL KIRGESS NOW. . .

When I woke up this morning I looked at the date and immediately my mind rewound and settled on this day in 1963. November 22 is always a significant day... more »

Youth Ministry In A Celebrity-Seeking World. . .

A car ride with someone I don’t really know is one of my favorite things. I realize that may sound a little bit creepy and it goes against one of... more »

A Short Word On Battling Pornography. . .

“We have a generation of young people for whom the call to repentance must include a call to turn from porn.” Those are some terribly true words from Tim Chester... more »

Clearing Up Sex and Gender Confusion: A Youth Worker Training Opportunity. . .

Youthworkers. . . are you still looking for a Fall training event? We have a very limited amount of spaces still open for this focused, practical, and collaborative training experience.... more »

Dear Parents. . . Are You Putting Faith First? . . .

We’re almost two months into the school year and if your family is like most, your kids are involved in all kinds of extra-curricular activities that keep you running from... more »

Liar, Liar, Song on Fire. . .

This morning, I’m thinking about music. . . a map and a mirror as we say here at CPYU. I’m thinking about music because I’m concerned about how music. .... more »

Tua Tagovailoa, Brain Trauma, and Our Kids. . .

Were you watching the game last night? I was. And as the game began I couldn’t help but wonder how a player who had shown alarming symptoms of a neurological... more »

How do we help students navigate matters of sex and gender? A training opportunity. . .

Youthworkers. . . are you still looking for a Fall training event? We have a very limited amount of spaces still open for this focused, practical, and collaborative training experience.... more »

Let’s Talk About Billie Eilish and her “Song Of The Year”. . .

At last month’s MTV Video Music Awards, Billie Eilish added another trophy to her collection by winning the Moon Man for the “Song Of The Year” with “Happier Than Ever.”... more »

Bestiality and Zoophilia. . . God’s Good Gifts Undone Even Further. . .

When God’s good order and design for His creation are jettisoned and replaced by the wishes and whims of the sovereign self, everything comes undone. Sadly, what is out-of-bounds quickly... more »

Youth Workers. . . What Are You Doing About These Nine Things? . . .

The data and anecdotes confirm what so many of us have suspected for a long, long time and now know. . . that our youth ministry efforts are not resulting... more »

All Work Matters To God. . . A Labor Day Thought. . .

Labor Day. When I was a kid, I knew it was a holiday that occurred before the first day of school. . . a kind of last-hurrah as summer came... more »

Youth Workers and Pastors. . . The Up-Front Trap. . .

Truth be told, it’s been a gnawing and ever-present temptation for me. I fight it by recognizing it’s there, and pondering the words of Scripture that expose it for what... more »

When It’s All About Me, Me, Me. . . .

Boxer Muhammed Ali used to dance around the ring proclaiming to anyone within earshot, “I am the greatest!” It was funny because Ali had become a caricature of himself who... more »

Youth Workers: A New Year For Balancing Law and Gospel. . .

With the beginning of another “season” of youth ministry kicking off at the start of another school year, it’s always good to do a bit of self-examination that results in... more »

Youthworkers and Ministry to Parents: Ideas, Strategies, and Helps as the Fall Begins. . .

Nothing happens by coincidence. And as time has gone on, I continue to thank God for a “chance” meeting I had with someone that completely changed the trajectory and effectiveness... more »

A Prayer For Our Kids As They Head Back-To-School. . .

School is starting. This year, some of our kids are heading to a building.  Others are going to school online. Still others are being home-schooled out of necessity or by... more »