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How This Pandemic Can Open Our Eyes. . .

Is this pandemic causing you to trade one distraction for another? I’m hearing some people talk about how the slower pace of life occasioned by less time running around and more time staying home have led to an increased sense of calm. In these cases, the distraction of our habitual busyness has been removed. I... more »

Could This Be The Most Important Pandemic Truth? . . .

Over the course of the last couple of months there are several words I’ve heard people use to describe themselves. I’ve used a few of them myself. I’ve heard scared, anxious, fearful, confused, unsettled, nervous, foggy, grieving, and so many more. What words have you heard coming out of your mouth and the mouths of... more »

Post-Pandemic Youth Ministry: Adjustments To Get It Right. . .

So. . . we are and should be thinking/talking/planning about the adjustments we will make in our youth ministry strategies once this pandemic passes and we all get back to normal. I hope that our lives and our ministries will be different. Times like we are having now serve to reveal to us the elements... more »

A Pandemic Prayer For Christian Camping. . .

This pandemic is creating so many challenges for so many people and organizations. Last week I contacted a friend in Boston who has been running a one-week summer camp for kids over the course of several decades. She and her team came to mind as I was thinking and praying about the summer and how... more »

Teens, Sleep, and Pandemic Breakdown. . . (and a Free download). . .

Note: the following post is reprinted from our May 2020 edition of our CPYU Parent Page. . . which is available now as a FREE download during the pandemic. Youth workers. . . this is for you so that you can pass this on to parents! You can download the May 2020 CPYU Parent Page... more »

Pandemic Pornography Use Is Increasing. . . A Response. . .

It’s not at all surprising that a host of news outlets and researchers are reporting a spike in the use of online pornography during the current Covid-19 pandemic. People of all ages. . . children, teens, and adults alike. . . are hunkered down during the stay-at-home quarantine with extra time, stress, social distancing, loneliness,... more »

At-Home-Discipleship. . . A Free Daily Tool. . .

In a recent article in Christianity Today magazine entitled “Want Your Kids to Stay Christian? Double Down On Home Discipleship,” Lyman Stone from the American Enterprise Institute reported on research into how family religious practices in the home influence the faith formation of children in positive ways into adulthood. Of course, this should not come... more »

Stay-At-Home. . . Nurture-The-Kids. . . A FREE Resource For Parents. . .

The Stay-at-home-order can and should be embraced by parents as a spiritual-nurture-opportunity! Families are rediscovering each other, Sabbath rest, and family meal-times! This has created a wide-open window for parents to step in and nurture their kids in the faith. To help parents take advantage of this time we’ve launched a 28-day-initiative we’re calling Family... more »

Youth workers. . . A “Must-Listen”. . .

Over the course of the last couple of weeks my buddy John Perritt has been asking, pushing, and reminding me to listen to a podcast interview he did with Joe Novenson. The tyranny of the urgent that was playing out in my life kept me from responding to John’s tyranny of the urgent for my life.... more »

Music For Today. . .

Today we celebrate the turning point in all of history.  . . “And we are raised with Him, Death is dead, love has won, Christ has conquered; And we shall reign with Him, For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!” more »

Music For The In-Between Day. . .

Yesterday we commemorated His death for us. Tomorrow we celebrate the amazing fact of the Resurrection and the victory of Jesus over the grave. Today is that “in-between” day. Here’s something to ponder from Charles Wesley. . .   more »

Good Friday Music. . .

Over the years I’ve developed a love for a variety of music that reflects on the events of Good Friday and The Cross. . . which is the turning point in all history. I pray that these few songs would be an encouragement to you as they are to me. . . more »

Pandemic Blessings? . . .

Is this happening to anyone else? . . Last night I came in the house from being outside. Cool evening air. Sun going down. Full moon out. Birds saying goodnight. Stars in the sky. Campfire in the backyard. As I looked up in the sky I didn’t see the blinking lights of an airplane anywhere.... more »

Pandemic Parenting. . . It’s A Gift! . . .

Editor’s Note: This blog post is also the lead article in our April 2020 CPYU Parent Page. In an effort to serve you well during the Coronavirus, we are waiving our normal subscription fees. You can download a free copy of the April 2020 CPYU Parent Page here. Feel free to distribute hard and/or digital... more »

Youth Ministry’s Golden Opportunity. . .

Over the course of the last couple of weeks I’ve continued to engage in what John Stott called “dual listening.” It’s that task of the parent, youth worker, preacher, teacher, and anyone else who cares about ministering to and leading kids. It’s that task of listening to both Word and world in order to bring... more »

In This World You Will Have Trouble. . . And We Do. . .

My head is spinning. This morning, my father went to be with Jesus. I am a bit numb. Two days ago, a life-long college friend died from the Covid-19 virus. Yesterday, an early-in-my-ministry mentor passed away. Add to that the fact Covid-19 is causing fear and anxiety just about everywhere. My head is cloudy right... more »

A Prayer For Healthcare Workers on the Frontlines. . .

Thinking tonight about our hospital and healthcare workers. I know many and have watched some up close over the past couple of weeks. They are having to navigate so many challenges. God bless them. Here is a prayer I wrote to pray for them as they are stretched to their limits. . . Great Physician,... more »

Crisis And Providence. . . A Time For Growth. . .

“What is the Lord doing?” That might be the most-asked question followers of Jesus have been voicing over the last couple of weeks. It’s a good question to ask for several reasons. For one, it recognizes that God is, in fact, in control and at work. We must never forget that reality. And second, it... more »

I Think This Will Sooth Your Soul Today. . .

I woke up this morning to a text message from my buddy Rich Van Pelt. It was a link to a YouTube video (embedded below). I went there to watch and listen. . . and was greatly blessed. Rich had linked to Bob Kauflin’s (Sovereign Grace and GLAD) just-recorded duet with his daughter of the... more »

Youth Workers: Embrace The Pandemic For Viral Ministry To Parents. . .

In times like these, we are given the gift of coming to terms with what really matters. I know that’s happening for me. My habitual daily diversions and idols are getting exposed. . . and that’s a good thing. And when God in His mercy and grace exposes and removes our idols, He also exposes... more »