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Tua Tagovailoa, Brain Trauma, and Our Kids. . .

Were you watching the game last night? I was. And as the game began I couldn’t help but wonder how a player who had shown alarming symptoms of a neurological...
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How do we help students navigate matters of sex and gender? A training opportunity. . .

Youthworkers. . . are you still looking for a Fall training event? We have a very limited amount of spaces still open for this focused, practical, and collaborative training experience....
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Let’s Talk About Billie Eilish and her “Song Of The Year”. . .

At last month’s MTV Video Music Awards, Billie Eilish added another trophy to her collection by winning the Moon Man for the “Song Of The Year” with “Happier Than Ever.”...
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Bestiality and Zoophilia. . . God’s Good Gifts Undone Even Further. . .

When God’s good order and design for His creation are jettisoned and replaced by the wishes and whims of the sovereign self, everything comes undone. Sadly, what is out-of-bounds quickly...
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Youth Workers. . . What Are You Doing About These Nine Things? . . .

The data and anecdotes confirm what so many of us have suspected for a long, long time and now know. . . that our youth ministry efforts are not resulting...
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All Work Matters To God. . . A Labor Day Thought. . .

Labor Day. When I was a kid, I knew it was a holiday that occurred before the first day of school. . . a kind of last-hurrah as summer came...
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Youth Workers and Pastors. . . The Up-Front Trap. . .

Truth be told, it’s been a gnawing and ever-present temptation for me. I fight it by recognizing it’s there, and pondering the words of Scripture that expose it for what...
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When It’s All About Me, Me, Me. . . .

Boxer Muhammed Ali used to dance around the ring proclaiming to anyone within earshot, “I am the greatest!” It was funny because Ali had become a caricature of himself who...
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Youth Workers: A New Year For Balancing Law and Gospel. . .

With the beginning of another “season” of youth ministry kicking off at the start of another school year, it’s always good to do a bit of self-examination that results in...
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Youthworkers and Ministry to Parents: Ideas, Strategies, and Helps as the Fall Begins. . .

Nothing happens by coincidence. And as time has gone on, I continue to thank God for a “chance” meeting I had with someone that completely changed the trajectory and effectiveness...
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A Prayer For Our Kids As They Head Back-To-School. . .

School is starting. This year, some of our kids are heading to a building.  Others are going to school online. Still others are being home-schooled out of necessity or by...
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Teaching Students The Biblical Narrative: A Great Resource for Youth Workers! . . .

If you were to ask your students to describe the Bible, what would they say? Would they describe it as a collection of moral stories that are examples to follow?...
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“Ahhh. . . I Wonder What The Poor People Are Doing Today. . .”

One sunny Labor Day, I had the opportunity to go boating with a group of six high schoolers in the clear blue waters off the coast of Miami. Six of...
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Love is love? Thoughts From A Dead Guy. . .

Sometimes, the people who see the reality of the times are people who aren’t even living in and through the times. Many of them have lived before the times. ....
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19 Minutes Of Commencement Brilliance. . . .

Rarely does a commencement speech tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Graduating from high school, college, or graduate school is a happy occasion. Perhaps that’s...
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Praying For Our Kids. . .

With my own four children now out of their teenage years and into adulthood, I’ve had plenty of opportunity to think back on my own parenting journey. On the one...
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Some Thoughts On This Last Day of Pride Month. . .

On this, the last day of Pride month, I’ve been thinking about just how head-spinning all of the changing cultural narratives on meaning, identity, gender, and sexuality have actually been....
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Six Truths On Identity To Preach To Ourselves. . .

Have you ever had one of those so-deep-sleeps that when you finally wake up you have a really difficult time getting your bearings. . . figuring out who you are...
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Teaching God’s Design For Sex and Gender: Truths #6-#10. . .

Conversations about sex and gender are front and center this month. Consequently, our children and teens. . . and even ourselves. . . are swimming in a directive cultural soup that...
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Jesus Stole My Daddy. . . .

This Sunday, June 19, is Father’s Day. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, this coming Sunday night will see 1 in 4 children here in the U.S. go to bed...
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