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Lightning Has Struck Us Twice! . . . Keep Us In Your Prayers. . . .

Somebody called me yesterday and said to me, “Lightning never strikes twice. Yeah. Right.” I could only laugh. Some of you will remember that early on an August morning 13 years ago a car came crashing through my office wall at 45 miles an hour. Miraculously, I walked out unharmed. CPYU then went through the... more »

Teen Vogue: Inviting Teens Into Legitimizing Sex Work. . .

Teen Vogue magazine is not longer available in print, but it continues to pump out content in its’ free online format. In other words, it’s accessible. The target audience is girls between the ages of twelve to seventeen. Of course, there are those outside of the target (both younger and older) who access the content online.... more »

A Letter To Senior Pastors. . .

Dear Pastor, I’ve asked your youthworker and your students’ parents to forward this letter on to you. It’s about the kids in your congregation and the powerful role that you play as their pastor in their spiritual nurture. I know that you’ve got teenagers sitting in your congregation every week. From your vantage point up... more »

Friday Fodder. . . #keepitinyourfamily. . . #whocares. . .

Her eyes were opened after refocusing them from spending so much time on social media, to focusing on things that really matter. That’s what happened to Tony Reinke’s wife when she chose “social media sobriety.” Reinke shares a powerful statement from his wife in his book, 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You. On the... more »

Transgender NCAA Champ. . . And The Soul Of Our Culture. . .

Last weekend, CeCe Telfer was photographed hoisting an NCAA Championship Trophy high in the air. Telfer’s smile is appropriate for such a victory, and one that I would imagine sharing if I had ever garnered a victory of that magnitude. . . which to be honest, is and was completely impossible! Telfer’s victory came in... more »

Inside The Teenage Brain. . . A Helpful Infographic. . .

Everything I’ve learned about the developing teenage brain has been quite liberating for me. It’s been liberating as a journey in self-discovery. You see, if the brain is not fully wired-up until about the age of 25, then that offers me at least some sort of explanation for much of my confusing and now-embarrassing adolescent... more »

The Mystery Of Marriage. . .

Celebrating almost four decades of the mystery of marriage today. . . and I read this in David Brooks’ new book “The Second Mountain”: “An old guy is talking to his daughter about his love for his late wife. He tells her, ‘Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned... more »

Why Youth Workers Must Be Hitched To The Old Testament. . .

In a perfect world, the church would be engaging, confronting, and transforming culture as a path to see what we pray in the Lord’s Prayer (“Thy Kingdom come. . . “) become a greater and greater reality on our broken and fallen earth. We would be committed to pursuing a greater understanding of Scripture so... more »

Youth Ministry & Technology. . . Help or Hindrance? . . .

This morning I found some notes I had taken a few years ago on John Dyer’s book, From The Garden To The City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology. I had heard John speak at a forum on faith and technology. . . and I was impressed. The book made it to the top of... more »

The Perfect Storm Converging On Social Media This Week. . .

As a three-decade-long culture watcher/listener who can’t help but ruminate on what’s happening this week on the landscape of social media interactions among those who call themselves “Christian”. . . I’ve been trying to sort it all out. I don’t have it all figured out. . . for sure. . . but I know we... more »

Christians and Social Media This Week. . . The Wisdom Of Silence. . .

And so our differences this week are blazing all over social media. The fire of theological differences has been burning  on social media for quite some time. Events of the last few days and how folks are responding. . . on multiple fronts and sides. . . has thrown fuel on the fire. It’s flaring... more »

On Our Knees For The Media. . .

If you’re sick of it all, I don’t blame you. There’s so doggone much of it out there vying for our time, attention, and dollars that it’s absolutely overwhelming. It lulls us into a perpetual stupor. And, who knows what to believe anymore. . . but we still believe. . . and then we act.... more »

What The Heck Is Easter? . . . And Pushing Back On Biblical Illiteracy. . .

The fallout from our culture’s growing reality of biblical illiteracy hit me hard when the day after Easter my daughter-in-law, an athletic trainer at a large suburban high school, shared with me a conversation she witnessed between a group of a dozen student athletes who were in the training room. Everyone was chatting about their... more »

An Open Letter On The Topic Of Homosexuality and Youth. . .

Avera Maria Santo is same-sex attracted. And, she’s a devout Catholic who desires to embrace and consistently live out her faith in all areas of life. As a blogger, she’s been vulnerable, inviting others into her very real struggles. As a struggler, she’s all of us. Everyone of us has our own thing or things... more »

30 Years. . . And The Need To Remember. . .

Several hundred of our friends and family gathered together in Lancaster, PA last Friday night to celebrate 30 years of CPYU. And, as with everything we do here at CPYU, it was a strange mix of talking about somber cultural realities and the joyful hope that only comes through the Gospel. It was a great... more »

“After”. . . Is This “Fifty Shades” For Teens? . . . .

There’s a new movie hitting the theaters this Friday. It’s titled After. On the one hand, the film is reflective of current sexual attitudes, mores, and behaviors. On the other hand, it’s a film that will teach, promote, and affirm those sexual attitudes, mores, and behaviors among kids who are looking to learn how to navigate... more »

Youth Are Not The Future. . . Wishing I Was There. . .

Sometimes you find yourself jumping out of your skin with a combination of excitement and disappointment. Today, the excitement comes from what I’ve been seeing and hearing as I’ve tracked on and off with this week’s livestream from The Gospel Coalition conference in Indianapolis. My disappointment comes from having to watch the livestream rather than... more »

Youth Workers As Mug Shots. . . .

A few years ago my friends at Youth Specialties asked me to put together a new seminar for the National Youth Workers Convention. It was titled “Wisdom for a Young Youth Worker.” I came up with my list of things that someone had told me when I was young and just starting out in youth ministry. The last... more »

Mueller. . . The Morning After. . .

No. . . this isn’t a political post. But it is a post about our ongoing predictions and reactions to political events. . . and just about anything and everything else. . . through social media. This morning I’m starting my day in a hotel before I fly home. As I’ve been getting ready I’ve... more »

How We Use Apps. . . An Informative Infographic. . .

As I once again head off to spend a weekend speaking about how we and our kids use technology and the implications of faith in regards to our technology use, I stumbled on this eye-opening and fairly thorough overview about apps, social media, screen time, and more. It’s like taking a jump out of the... more »