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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 of my youth ministry, ultimately resulting in the establishment of The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding. It was a youth ministry conversation about something I really... 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 choice. I love looking at all the first-day-of-school pictures that are popping up on social media. Because I remember taking many of those photos myself.... more »

Teaching Students The Biblical Narrative: A Great Resource for Youth Workers! . . .

If you were to ask your students to describe the Bible, what would they say? Would they describe it as a collection of moral stories that are examples to follow? Would they say that the Bible is a collection of Gods do’s-and-don’ts for life? Would they see it as an integrated whole from Genesis to... more »

“Ahhh. . . I Wonder What The Poor People Are Doing Today. . .”

One sunny Labor Day, I had the opportunity to go boating with a group of six high schoolers in the clear blue waters off the coast of Miami. Six of us enjoyed the beautiful weather while swimming and water-skiing off the back end of a pretty impressive boat that belonged to Dave’s father. When it... more »

Love is love? Thoughts From A Dead Guy. . .

Sometimes, the people who see the reality of the times are people who aren’t even living in and through the times. Many of them have lived before the times. . . sort of. . . because there’s really nothing new under the sun. We need to pay attention to these voices from the past for... more »

19 Minutes Of Commencement Brilliance. . . .

Rarely does a commencement speech tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Graduating from high school, college, or graduate school is a happy occasion. Perhaps that’s why commencement speakers typically endeavor to fuel the happiness in the room by piling on promises of greatness and further happiness yet to be achieved.... more »

Praying For Our Kids. . .

With my own four children now out of their teenage years and into adulthood, I’ve had plenty of opportunity to think back on my own parenting journey. On the one hand, I’m grateful for the Godly advice that was given to me by older parents who had already raised their now adult children. All of... more »

Some Thoughts On This Last Day of Pride Month. . .

On this, the last day of Pride month, I’ve been thinking about just how head-spinning all of the changing cultural narratives on meaning, identity, gender, and sexuality have actually been. I’ve become more and more convinced that being on the right side of God’s Word, will, and way will oftentimes mean that you will wind... more »

Six Truths On Identity To Preach To Ourselves. . .

Have you ever had one of those so-deep-sleeps that when you finally wake up you have a really difficult time getting your bearings. . . figuring out who you are and where you are? It’s unnerving. . . especially the way it happened to me back during my sophomore year of high school. I’m sitting... more »

Teaching God’s Design For Sex and Gender: Truths #6-#10. . .

Conversations about sex and gender are front and center this month. Consequently, our children and teens. . . and even ourselves. . . are swimming in a directive cultural soup that maps out what to believe about sex and gender, along with how to live out our understanding of sex and gender. Is the culture getting... more »

Jesus Stole My Daddy. . . .

This Sunday, June 19, is Father’s Day. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, this coming Sunday night will see 1 in 4 children here in the U.S. go to bed in a home where they are living with no biological, adoptive, or step father. The fallout of father absence runs deep and wide. It never... more »

Teaching God’s Design For Sex & Gender: Truths #3, #4, #5. . .

Conversations about sex and gender are front and center this month. Consequently, our children and teens. . . and even ourselves. . . are swimming in a directive cultural soup that maps out what to believe about sex gender, along with how to live our understanding of sex and gender. Is the culture getting it right? Sadly,... more »

Teaching God’s Design for Sex and Gender: Truth #2. . .

Conversations about sex and gender are front and center this month. Consequently, our children and teens. . . and even ourselves. . . are swimming in a directive cultural soup that maps out what to believe about sex gender, along with how to live our understanding of sex and gender. Is the culture getting it right? Sadly,... more »

Teaching God’s Design For Sex and Gender: Truth #1. . .

Conversations about sex and gender are front and center this month. Consequently, our children and teens. . . and even ourselves. . . are swimming in a directive cultural soup that maps out what to believe about sex gender, along with how to live our understanding of sex and gender. Is the culture getting it... more »

A Prayer For Pride Month. . .

For those of us navigating life with our kids during this Pride Month, here’s a prayer I wrote that I trust we will pray with all humility as we seek to follow the way and will of God as contained in the Bible. . .  Almighty God. . . Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. .... more »

Youthworkers, Parents, and Pride Month. . .

As I write this, we are just nine hours into June. . . a month that in recent years has been designated as “Pride Month.” It’s a month set aside by our culture to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and lifestyles. One youthworker Facebook group that I’m a part of has already lit up this morning... more »

Is Technology Forming or De-Forming Us? . . .

Move forward cautiously. That’s good advice as we blaze new trails on what’s been called “The Digital Frontier.” I can’t help but think about the wise words of Marshall McLuhan, spoken decades before the smartphone, about technology and its effects on us as human beings: “We become what we behold. We shape our tools and... more »

Be Careful On Social Media Today. . .

Lord, have mercy. I’m throwing this out there as something to think about – as I am – on this, the day after. That which rattles us to the core must be discussed and acted upon. The Gospel demands it. But it’s wise to choose where we discuss how we should act. The great temptation... more »

How Can Kids Change The World? Youthworkers, Take Note. . .

I’ve been in youth ministry and life long enough to have heard it said with enthusiastic conviction about multiple generations, “This generation of kids is going to change the world!” I heard it said of me and my teenaged Boomer peers on the day I graduated from high school almost 50 years ago. I’ve heard... more »

Marriage Is Truly A Mystery. . . 40 Years In!

Later this week Lisa and I will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary. Like all might say, “it’s been a blink”. . . or “where has the time gone”. . . or some other cliche that reflects the reality of just how quickly time passes. I’m already pretty deep into the process of remembering and pondering.... more »