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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 »

A Prayer When Getting Dressed. . .

We do it everyday. We get dressed. Our children and teens do it as well. When they are little, we help our children get dressed. And something I read over... more »

Providence In A Time Of War . . . CPYU’s Free Tool For Teaching Your Kids. . .

What questions are your kids verbalizing and pondering as they hear about and process the war in Ukraine? How are they responding to the humanitarian crisis, the fighting, and the... more »

Is The News Making Your Kids. . . And You. . . Afraid? . . .

Truth be told. . . the news of recent days has rattled me. It has rattled me for the people of the Ukraine and all others who are being touched... more »

Acting For The Ukraine. . .

As the unimaginable continues to unfold in the Ukraine, the call for those of us distant from the situation is not a call to virtue signaling, but to any kind... more »

Kintsugi and Kids. . . An Amazing Metaphor of Grace. . .

When I first read about Kintsugi, I was blown away, overwhelmed, and filled with joy about the work of restoration God does in our lives. I had never heard of... more »

Four Words Of Life. . . Four Words Of Death. . .

A few years ago, a prominent Christian leader suggested that followers of Jesus living in today’s world would do well to “untether” themselves from the Old Testament. If I had... more »

GAYLE’s “abcdefu” – A Pop Music Discipleship Tool. . .

What is 17-year-old music sensation GAYLE teaching to our kids? What is 17-year-old music sensation GAYLE teaching us about our kids? Those are two very important questions that we’ve always... more »