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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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Teaching God’s Design For Sex & Gender: Truths #3, #4, #5. . .

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 maps...
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Teaching God’s Design for Sex and Gender: Truth #2. . .

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 maps...
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Teaching God’s Design For Sex and Gender: Truth #1. . .

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...
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A Prayer For Pride Month. . .

For those of us navigating life with our kids during this Pride Month, here’s a prayer I wrote that I trust we will pray with all humility as we seek...
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Youthworkers, Parents, and Pride Month. . .

As I write this, we are just nine hours into June. . . a month that in recent years has been designated as “Pride Month.” It’s a month set aside...
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Is Technology Forming or De-Forming Us? . . .

Move forward cautiously. That’s good advice as we blaze new trails on what’s been called “The Digital Frontier.” I can’t help but think about the wise words of Marshall McLuhan,...
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Be Careful On Social Media Today. . .

Lord, have mercy. I’m throwing this out there as something to think about – as I am – on this, the day after. That which rattles us to the core...
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How Can Kids Change The World? Youthworkers, Take Note. . .

I’ve been in youth ministry and life long enough to have heard it said with enthusiastic conviction about multiple generations, “This generation of kids is going to change the world!”...
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Marriage Is Truly A Mystery. . . 40 Years In!

Later this week Lisa and I will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary. Like all might say, “it’s been a blink”. . . or “where has the time gone”. . ....
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Kids As Idols. . . What Does Social Media Say? . . .

If you picked up your smartphone at all yesterday, you know was happening on social media. It was Mother’s Day. God’s good gift of mothers and the power of Godly...
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Understanding and Helping Kids Who Cut. . . Part 3

Self- injury. Cutting. Yes. . . it’s out there and it’s widespread. So, what should we do? First, we must come to an understanding of the path this trend looks...
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Understanding Kids Who Cut. . . Part 2. . .

If we care at all about kids we should learn to recognize, understand, and answer these visual cries of a generation longing for spiritual truth, emotional healing, and answers. Self-injurious...
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