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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 »

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?... 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... 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. .... 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... 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... 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.... more »