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A Short Word on Kids and Transgender. . .

God’s ordained gender binary. . . His good and grand creational design. . . continues to be challenged. It’s a very sensitive and important issue that involves real human beings. . . all of them divine-image bearers full of value, dignity, and worth. Because the Scriptures teach that God’s desires humanity to live in freedom... more »

Teaching Kids To Navigate Culture. . . A New Resource From CPYU. . .

It’s the shortest book I’ve ever written, but perhaps the most important. Youth workers and parents alike realize that the cultural narrative which shapes kids’ understanding of what to believe and how to live is pervasive, attractive, convincing, and compelling. Consequently, our need to teach kids how to navigate culture to the glory of God... more »

Is Olivia Rodrigo’s Influence “good 4 u”? . . .

I don’t think I can remember anything like this in the world of popular music. Olivia Rodrigo, an 18-year-old actress, singer, and songwriter pre-released her first single off her debut album back in January. . . just a little over five months ago. Her debut album, Sour, was released just a little over a month ago. ... 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 day for... more »

The Week In Youth Culture. . . Did You Miss This? . . .

Today’s a great day to catch up on what you may have missed if you didn’t take a minute each day this past week to listen to our 1-minute daily Youth Culture Today podcast! What did we hit this week? . . . Billie Eilish and her lessons on life for kids. New warnings about... more »

Children, TV, and Transgender. . .

If you blink this weekend, you will most likely miss it. But that won’t diminish the significance of what’s happening on the Nickelodeon kids’ television network this Saturday, June 19th. It’s a day when another ingredient will be added to  the cultural soup that sets the bar for beliefs and behaviors by defining what is normal... more »

Parenting Is For The Birds. . .

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells the crowd to “Look at the birds of the air. . . ” Around us all the time, they are so familiar  that in the course of our daily comings and goings we might not notice the lessons they can teach us from their daily comings and... more »

Youth Culture This Week. . . Did You Miss This? . . .

In case you missed it, here’s what we’ve been updating youth workers and parents on this week regarding the rapidly changing youth culture of our kids and how to respond. . . On Monday. . . we talked about 20-year-old influencer Willow Smith and her promotion of a polyamorous lifestyle. On Tuesday. . . the... more »

There Are Three Kinds Of Kids In The World. . .

Parents, what kind of kid do you hope to raise? Youth workers, what life trajectory is your ministry directing students toward? C.S. Lewis got me thinking about these questions this morning in his essay “Three Kinds Of Men” from his book Present Concerns. Penned almost 80 years ago and published first in The Sunday Times, this... more »

Willow Smith’s “Transparent Soul”. . . Helping Kids Think Christianly About Her Music. . .

Last week a friend messaged me to tell me that a group of youth workers were wondering if CPYU is still producing resources to help them teach kids  how to think critically and Christianly about the hours upon hours of music and media they consume each and every week. One of them had a copy... more »

Kids Who Have Too Much. . .

If we relentlessly pursue “the American Dream” and the desire to pass the material benefits of the good life on to our kids, bad things happen. . . learn more on today’s 1-minute Youth Culture Today podcast. . . more »

A Pride Month Prayer. . .

For those of us navigating life with our kids during this Pride Month, here’s a prayer that I trust we will pray with all humility as we seek to follow the way and will of God as contained in the Bible. . .  Almighty God. . . Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. . . you... more »

Kellogg’s New LGBTQ+”Together” Cereal, Kids, and a Letter on Sexuality. . .

When I was a kid, I loved breakfast. . . especially when I knew that a sweet and sugary cereal treat packed in a brightly-colored kid-friendly box was waiting in the cabinet. Some of my favorites were Captain Crunch, Fruit Loops, Frosted Flakes. . . really anything coated in sugar that had been pummeled into... more »

Kevin Max and Deconstruction. . . Some Thoughts. . .

This morning I woke up to another story of a high profile child of the church and current leader who has announced they have moved on from the faith of their younger years, into a period of spiritual deconstruction. Kevin Max, the 53-year-old original member of the trio known as DC Talk is now calling... more »

The Youthworker And Boundaries. . . .

This morning I read that great wake-up call from the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6. It starts like this: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God. . . that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” Because... more »

Youthworkers. . . 3 Principles For Effective Youth Ministry. . .

Youthworkers. . . I see and hear you in the midst of your ministry frustrations. I’ve been there. Truth be told, I still go there from time to time. As I read your laments as you post them in the Facebook youth ministry groups, I grieve for you as you struggle. Are you there? .... more »

Youth Workers. . . A New Youth Min Podcast From CPYU. . .

Youth ministry. . . so many things to do. But what youth ministry task is most pressing, priority one, and our greatest responsibility? If we are primarily called to lead young people to Jesus and equip them for a life of following Him then our primary task is to – as Paul said to a... more »

Youth Workers and Parents. . . Overfeed Your Kids! . . .

Editor’s note: the following post is contained in this month’s edition of our highly popular resource, the CPYU Monthly Parent Page. To learn more and subscribe, click here.  Up until last month, I had never heard of a bird called the Bar-Tailed Godwit. But when I heard ornithologist Scott Weidensaul describe the “normal” life of... more »

Youthworkers And Everyone Else. . . Hope For Your Troubled Soul. . .

In the year since my dad went to be with Christ, I’ve been converting a large library of his sermons from analog to digital. There was a sermon he preached in August of 1986 that really grabbed me due to his vulnerability. Listening brought back a memory from my childhood. When I was a little... more »

What Are Adverse Childhood Experiences? . . . And A Helpful Infographic. . .

A kid is a kid is a kid. . . or so I thought when I first got started in youth ministry. Somehow and some way, I missed the fact that each and every one of these precious image-bearers had a unique story. It wasn’t so much was I saw as I looked into their... more »