Book Reviews

Write for the Youthworker Movement

  Make all of your dreams come true! Or one of them, provided that dinner didn’t sit well and you were tossing and turning all night wishing you could mouth off about your opinions about Wesleyan youth ministry. That dream, my friend, is right around the corner. We are deeply interested in developing Wesleyan voices in youth ministry content. If ...

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Interview with Brian McLaren

Brian McClaren on Youth Ministry

I had the pleasure of interviewing Brian for his last book, Naked Spirituality: A Life With God In Twelve Simple Words, a conversation that led ultimately to a Youthworker Circuit curriculum for the same book and a ministry tool designed to help leaders discover the spiritual season where each of their youth finds themselves at the moment–it’s been a fascinating ...

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Book Review: Taking Theology to Youth Ministry

It’s both comforting and annoying when you read a book and get a sense that the author jumped in your head and thought your thoughts for you, but that’s how it went for me when I read Andrew Root’s new book, “Taking Theology to Youth Ministry” If you’re not familiar with Dr. Andrew Root, well, let’s just say he’s a ...

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Hunger Games – Violence – A Different World

My nine-year old wanted to read the Hunger Games last spring when all the hub-bub about the books and the movie came out.  I had heard mixed reviews and hesitated about letting her read the book and watch the movie, so we made a deal that we would read it together.  Between my classes, work and paper-writing I picked up ...

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Time for the H Word

“So, youth, what do you want to learn about?”  “Revelation, angels, and Satan?  Where do we go when we die?  Okay, sure, we could do that.  Oh wait, look at that shiny thing over there!’ I must confess something I am not very proud of — For years, I have been a professional controversy avoider. It’s sad really.  It’s just ...

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Promise 6: Be Excellent to Each Other

Excellence.  This might be the most important and most difficult to define promise of the We Love Our Youth Worker (WLOYW) covenant.  Here’s what the employer promises to the youth worker: We will strive to be an excellent employer. We believe that it’s important to have clear structures and procedures for recruiting and employing a youth worker, and to provide ...

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It Takes a Lifetime to Learn

  “So, it seems like you read a lot of books?!”  Yeah, I get that often.  My college-aged son says he was raised at “the library” and he means our home not a publicly funded book depository.  And this photo below shows you what is on my reading pile for today.  What is wrong with me anyway that rehab for ...

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Frank Schaeffer and the importance of listening well

I met Frank Schaeffer at a planning retreat for the Wild Goose Festival a few weeks ago. His story is a fascinating one–his family established the L’Abri community in Huemoz, Switzerland and became oddly influential in the rise of the Christian Right political movement. After the passing of his father Francis, Frank found himself heir-apparent to that influence–but at the ...

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