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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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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!”... 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”. . .... more »

Kids As Idols. . . What Does Social Media Say? . . .

If you picked up your smartphone at all yesterday, you know was happening on social media. It was Mother’s Day. God’s good gift of mothers and the power of Godly... more »

Understanding and Helping Kids Who Cut. . . Part 3

Self- injury. Cutting. Yes. . . it’s out there and it’s widespread. So, what should we do? First, we must come to an understanding of the path this trend looks... more »

Understanding Kids Who Cut. . . Part 2. . .

If we care at all about kids we should learn to recognize, understand, and answer these visual cries of a generation longing for spiritual truth, emotional healing, and answers. Self-injurious... more »

Understanding Kids Who Cut. . . Part 1. . .

As a culture-watcher, I sometimes like to “rewind” as a way to gain perspective on just how much and how fast youth culture has changed. The practice serves to wake... more »

American Youth Ministry: What Would Bonhoeffer See? . . .

This is probably more true than when I first wrote and posted it here back in July of 2011. I had been reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer at the time and I... more »

Youth Min & Parenting On The Edge. . . .

Over the course of the last few days, I can’t help but be reminded of the seriousness, complexity, and head-spinning challenges of our times. When Bob Dylan sang to us... more »

Parents. . . Take 5 Minutes To Learn About Your Kids And Pornography. . .

You can’t effectively address a danger until you see and understand the danger. For the follower of Jesus Christ, Paul’s words in I Corinthians 6:18 offer a warning about the... more »

Will We Speak Up For The Transgender Kid? . . .

What does it look like to respond with love to our kids who say they are embracing an LGBTQ+ lifestyle? What does it look like to lead them well? We... more »

“What The Heck Is Easter?”. . . Four Life-Changing Words. . . .

The fallout from our culture’s growing reality of biblical illiteracy hit me hard a couple of years ago when the day after Easter my daughter-in-law, an athletic trainer at a... more »

I Am Free. . . Thank You Jesus. . .

Good Friday. . . thank you Jesus. As I grapple with the glorious and almost incomprehensible meaning of today, I will spend time looking at this David Arms painting that’s... more »

Will Smith, Hillsong, Branding. . . and Me. . .

Brand. While it’s one of the most-used words in today’s lexicon, I’m not sure we should like how it’s being used. Or maybe, we should aim to use it properly.... more »

Youthworkers. . . A Way To Help Parents Teach Easter. . .

The fallout from our culture’s growing reality of biblical illiteracy hit me hard a couple of years ago when the day after Easter my daughter-in-law, an athletic trainer at a... more »