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In-N-Out Church. . .

So many of us have come to love In-n-Out Burger. I wish there was one near us here in Pennsylvania! Do you know the story behind how the burger chain got its name? The first In-N-Out Burger was opened in Baldwin Park, California in 1948. Newlyweds Harry and Esther Snyder, founders of In-N-Out Burger, wanted... more »

A Prayer For The Fatherless. . .

A prayer for those who find this day difficult. . . Heavenly Father, on this day when our culture focuses on celebrating our fathers, we recognize that for millions upon millions in our world, mention of the word father brings sadness and difficult memories, rather than joy and gladness. This is not an easy celebration-filled... more »

Lord, In These Days. . . Teach Us To Pray. . .

The request of the disciples recorded in the opening verses of Luke 11 are timely words for us to echo as we navigate these difficult days: “Lord, teach us to pray.” What follows immediately as Jesus’ answer is what we now know as the Lord’s Prayer. Because of the liturgies and practices in my own... more »

What Can I Add To The Conversation? Some Thoughts And Prayers. . .

There’s lots of noise out there right now, isn’t there? Some of it is noise that needs to be made. In fact, it’s long overdue noise. Other noise has been around for a long, long time. . . but hasn’t been heard as it should. . . but finally, perhaps. Other noise is just that.... more »

When Silence Helps. . . Something To Think About. . .

Over the last few days I’ve many times seen the quote about silence equaling complicity. It comes from a variety of sources, including MLK, Bonhoeffer, and Einstein. I agree. But I’m afraid that easy words. . . typed by thumbs and posted on social media for all to see while sitting comfortably away from the... more »

Discouraged By Present Circumstances? . . .

One of my favorite reminders comes from Francis Bacon, who said that “Histories make men wise.” All throughout the Scriptures people, including ourselves, have been reminded to remember. We are called to remember the faithfulness, character, deeds, and promises of the Lord. For the Christian, remembering carries us through the trials and difficulties of the present... more »

Kids, Families, and Pandemic Spiritual Needs. . . A Free Livestream Tomorrow! . . .

Early on during the pandemic shutdown I was invited in to several dozen Zoom calls with groups of youth workers and parents. While the invites asked me to speak about youth culture trends and kids during the pandemic, I worked to do as much listening as I possibly could. I listened to discover what my... more »

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 »