Bible

I love you, Lord…but I AM MAD AT YOU!

How to Be Angry at God

Are we failing the students in our youth ministry by teaching them to be too polite to God? I recently visited a different mainline church’s youth group program.  During the lesson time, the youth pastor asked the opening question, “What are different ways we can pray?”  The room contained a wide range of students from goofy 6th grade boys to ...

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Why Bad Theology is Dangerous

This has been a problem for some time, maybe for all time.  But I’ve noticed in the last couple of months an abundance of bad theology being articulated in social media and on the airwaves.  Also, I just finished teaching the Perkins Certification in Youth Ministry Class (this year was Theology and Youth) at www.PSYM.org so maybe I am just ...

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a final volley in the general direction of The Message

I’m entering 2013 trying to wrap up a couple of arguments in my mind. They’re just between me and me, but I’m defragging and dumping brain-files I don’t want to hang on to anymore. The use of The Message as an authoritative text in Christian teaching is one such brain-file. I’ve driven it from common usage in our youth room, ...

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The Birth of The Messiah

I really like reading the Bible.  I find my faith grows as I read devotionally, as I read in community with others in a study, and as I read while exploring great scholarship so that I can grasp the context and meaning at deeper levels.  During Advent this year I am working with both adults and youth thinking through the ...

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Wanting To Want To Read The Bible

A few weeks ago I had a discussion with the Youth Group I work with about reading the Bible.  They all agreed that reading the Bible was an important thing to do yet they also said that it was difficult to actually do on their own. I asked why? “It is sort of complicated and confusing” “I am too busy ...

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Jonah: A Simple 4-Week Bible Study

 Jonah: A Simple 4-Week Bible Study Background: this is a “starter” Bible study to get Youth interested in reading the Bible on their own or with friends and/or family.  The goal is to spend only 15 minutes a week reading and then discussing the Scripture together.  The Youthworker should take additional time to read commentaries and notes about the Book ...

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Kickoff Your Fall with Youth Disciple Online

Do you have youth in your group that are ready for digging deeper into Scripture? Is it a challenge to plan a Bible study that fits into your already-full youth ministry calendar? Do you have members of your youth ministry that would participate if only they had a transportation available? Or would you like to connect with another youth ministry ...

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Study the Bible in Three Questions

Studying the Bible can be intimidating. Not only is it by far the largest book most people pick up, but it was originally communicated to people who lived between 2,000 and 7,000 years ago (give or take a grand). Though I love to use outside resources, devotions, and study guides, it’s nice to have a simple tool to help you ...

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3 Smart Reasons to Offer Youth Disciple Online

Beginning August 1, Youth Disciple Bible Study Online  (YDO) will be launched as part of a partnership between the Institute for Discipleship and The YouthWorker Movement.  This is a 32 week online course of the in-depth and popular Disciple Bible study tailored for youth ministry.  Ideal for student ministry, YDO has a flexible schedule that can be tweaked and worked ...

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