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Parent Ministry. . . A Helpful Monthly Resource. . .

It’s no secret that ministry to parents is one of our passions here at CPYU. And, we love resourcing youth workers in ways that help them encourage and equip parents for the high and noble calling of nurturing their teenagers in the faith. One of our most effective and easy-to-use monthly resources is our CPYU... more »

Covid Numb. . . A Student-Made Short Film. . .

What have our kids been experiencing over the course of the last 12 months? What has it felt like to grow up in a Covid-infected world where our everyday routines have changed? A member of our current CPYU Faith and Culture Cohort, Jordan Martin, sent me a link to this short film, Numb, by 15-year-old Canadian... more »

Using Super Bowl Ads As A Ministry Opportunity. . . A Free Download. . .

Does marketing work? You bet! If it didn’t work, then why are companies willing to fork out $5.5 million for a 30-second commercial spot during this year’s Super Bowl? If you’re one of those parents or youth workers who plan on shutting off the commercials during the Super Bowl, let me ask you one question:... more »

Youth Ministry Thoughts From Screech. . .

Last night a sad message rippled through the nine-member text thread we have with our adult children and their spouses. A gif featuring a loop of that oh-so-familiar expression from “Saved By The Bell’s” Screech, as he stood in front of a blue Bayside High locker, was posted. Right after that a text with just... more »

Transgenderism: The Reshaping Of Reality In Our Culture – A Livestreamed Event

From time to time we pass on to you recommendations regarding resources that address cultural issues from a Christian perspective. This morning I received word regarding a free event that’s being live-streamed this evening from 7pm to 9m eastern time. “Transgenderism: The Reshaping Of Reality In Our Culture” is happening at Kevin DeYoung’s church in... more »

The Masturbation Question. . . Living Into God’s Design. . .

Yes, we want our kids to ask questions about God’s good gift of sex, gender, and sexuality. We might not be well-prepared to answer their questions, but as many parents have said to me, “It’s easier for my kids to bring up the questions rather than me!” But there’s one question that always seems to... more »

A Prayer For Ourselves And Our Kids In These Confusing Times. . .

Lord, keep us from sliding with or without thought into the path of spiritual suicide. . . the easy contemporary path where we deconstruct your timeless and unchanging Word. . . both your Word Incarnate and written. . . through any human-made theory. Foster in us a keen awareness of our own bent to wander.... more »

Youth Workers Weigh In On Celebrity Culture. . . Some Excellent Thoughts! . . .

Wisdom. More wisdom. That’s what I’ve been reading from a group of youth workers who have joined together to form our first-ever CPYU Faith and Culture Learning Cohort. Our little band of 16 from across North America began meeting virtually two weeks ago to talk about things that matter. . . and how to make... more »

A Prayer For The President Of The United States. . .

On this Inauguration Day, I thought I would share this prayer from Peter Marshall. First prayed in 1947, this prayer from the late Chaplain of the U.S. Senate has been prayed over the years for multiple Presidents. Today, we pray it for our new President during the transition of power. We Pray, Lord Jesus, for... more »

Helping Kids Navigate The Identity Issue. . .

Do you know what the gnawing questions are that your students are asking about their identity? And, if you know the questions, are you equipped to guide them into understanding biblically-based answers to those questions? Two of the most pressing questions kids are asking from birth up until adulthood are these. . . 1) Who... more »

Navigating This Confusing and Broken World. . .

If you’ve ever broken down on a boat, it can be terrifying. I have. A few times. With the power gone and the rudder rendered helpless you, your vessel, and any passengers on board are now at the mercy of the current and the wind. You are no longer steering safely. Rather, the environment is... more »

New Year, New Body. . . Encouragement For Parents. . .

Editor’s note: This post is reprinted from the lead article in our January 2021 CPYU Parent Page. . . a monthly subscription resource available for youth workers to distribute to parents. To learn more about the CPYU Parent Page and to subscribe, click here. Don’t like what you see in the mirror? You’re not alone.... more »

What In The World Is Going On? . . .

    Until last night, I hadn’t watched the news since the end of October. The bickering, bantering, posturing, and lack-of-truth-telling on both sides had worn me out. The unwillingness of folks. . . even people of faith. . . to pursue clarity and understanding by taking a compassionate pause was getting to be too... more »

A New Year Thought and Prayer. . .

What a great prayer to pray as we stand on the threshold of a New Year. . . a New Year that will be lived and navigated in the midst of just as much sin and brokenness as every year prior. . . including 2020. . . a New Year where being tethered to the... more »

The Abusive Wolves In Our Midst. . . Sexual Abuse In The Church. . .

There’s a curtain of silence which sits in both the church and the culture-at-large. It is a curtain that shields horrifying realities which I have not experienced personally, but which over time I have been invited into by a growing number of people I know who have and are experiencing the horror and its fallout... more »

The Lie Of Christmas. . .

I believed it would change my life. Even though I began my impatient wait for its arrival sometime in September, it usually arrived in our mailbox at 1162 Beverly Road a few weeks before Thanksgiving. Its shiny full-color pages consumed my thoughts and attention for weeks. I ignored the first two-thirds of the book. Those... more »

A Special Invitation For 2021. . .

A special invitation to all. . . Over the course of 2020, more than 100 of my Facebook friends have joined me in a little private group – CPYU Together In The Word – to read together through Tim Keller’s daily devotional on the Psalms, “The Songs Of Jesus.” It has been a most helpful... more »

Pursuing Ministry Celebrity. . . A Recipe For Disaster. . .

This morning I read good and difficult words that reminded me just how apt we are to quickly come undone through the pursuit of all the wrong things. It’s a difficult proposition to live faithfully in today’s world when there are compelling, attractive, and persuasive voices that continually bombard us around-the-clock in ways that convince... more »

Sickness, Salem, Satan, and a Prayer. . .

I think a lot about Satan. This morning was no exception. I’ve been rattled by the recent news of a discouraging medical diagnosis that’s changing the lives of some dear friends. Disease and everything else destructive in this world can be traced back to originating in that moment in time when Satan posed that question... more »

The Word Of The Year Is Not The Final Word! . . .

Each and every year, the folks at the Merriam-Webster Dictionary choose a “Word Of The Year.” I am always interested to see what word is chosen as it typically reflects a significant cultural development from the prior 12 months. Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the 2020 Word Of The Year is “pandemic.”... more »