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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 »

Easter Week, Trauma, and the Cross. . .

We’re almost there. Easter week. . . a week that’s gotten better as I’ve gotten older. In fact, as I’ve gotten older life has gotten worse in many respects, thus... more »

“You’re Not The Boss Of Me”. . . Authority In Today’s World. . .

I’ve long since forgotten what occasioned the fight between two neighborhood boys that required my intervention. Since the scuffle between these two fourth graders was happening in my backyard and... more »

Parents and Youth Workers. . . Is Love Love?

“Love is love.” You might be hard-pressed to find a more dangerous three-word combination floating around as a life-shaper (or life-mis-shaper) in today’s culture. It’s thrown around widely and accepted... more »

Youthworkers. . . As You Minister To Students Today. . .

As so many of us continue read, study, ponder, and respond personally and in our ministries to contemporary trends that mis-shape and de-form us and our kids, turning us into... more »

Shepherding Kids 101 For Parents and Youth Workers. . .

It’s been said that a good sermon will comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable. That’s certainly what the Word of God does to us. That’s what happened for me... more »

The Latest On Media Use By Teens & Tweens: A Helpful Infographic. . .

How much time are our kids spending with their screens in non-school-related activities? Our friends at Common Sense Media have released the results of their most recent media use survey.... more »

Sports Parents. . . Who Will You Be? . . .

The sun is going down later. Spring is springing. Athletic fields are filled with kids gearing up for participation in a variety of spring sports. Sadly, when the games begin,... more »

Wanted: Mentors. . . Dead Or Alive. . .

It sounds a bit counter-intuitive, but the greatest leaders are focused on following. They exercise and develop wisdom when they seek out and learn from wise and experienced mentors. Sadly,... more »

Youth Ministry and the Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self. . .

Note: This is the week when Carl Trueman’s new book, “Strange New World”, is released. It’s the shortened version of his previous book, “The Rise and Triumph of the Modern... more »

Bleacher Theology. . . Some Thoughts on Kids, Parents, and Sports. . .

This morning, I was sitting and looking at the pictures here in my basement hideout. Pictures of my kids. . . now all grown. I started rifling through some photos... more »

God’s Plan For Sex & Gender: 10 Teaching Points For Home and Church. . .

Our children and teens are being educated on matters of sex and gender by a current cultural narrative that engages in 24/7 messaging, even to children as young as pre-school... more »