Spiritual Life

Jesus the Purple Dinosaur?

My daughter is a toddler.  You know what that means?  Endless amounts of children’s programming.  To the disgust of my wife and I, our daughter has developed a little bit of a Dino-crush on that big purple dinosaur we all know so well. Barney has become a fixture in our home.  Our once peaceful abode is now overrun with Barney ...

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ruining the spiritual lives of youth on purpose

What do you do when you know that a youth in your group would be better suited to another practice of faith? I was talking with a school counselor the other day about a student. I’d be to this counselor for the first few sessions with the youth in question to help establish trust in their relationship. After a few ...

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Elijah and the Lone Ranger

Alone Ranger and Youth Ministry

Do you remember being a teenager? Do you remember how important it was in your world to have someone, anyone, to call a friend? It was so important that we often didn’t care who they were. Anyone who sat next to us in history and was relatively nice could qualify. Then you went to church and some adult spoke up ...

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I’ll Pray for You

I live in the Bible belt, so hearing someone say, “I’ll pray for you,” or “bless your heart” is about as common as finding a restaurant with deep fried food.  My husband and I have joked that “I’ll pray for you” has devolved into this modern-day culture’s equivalent of “good luck with that.”  In fact, if you really want to ...

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God’s Creation

Different people with varying looks, colors and ways of speaking. They are all God’s children. Different places with divergent landscapes, climates and beauty. They are all God’s creation. Different ways of living with richness of culture, music and understanding of beauty. They are all God’s creation. Don’t judge people and things that are different. Don’t demean what you don’t understand. Look around and see ...

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things that last

This is a re-post of a blog I wrote for Youthworker Circuit on July 10, 2012. We don’t re-post a lot, but this one seemed like it might be worth passing along: This is going to bump around a bit and then come together at the end. Over the past few years I’ve brought a social media/marketing-minded lover of theology ...

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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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Jesus warning: not safe for consumption

Christian discipleship fascinates me. I’ve been pretty steadily in the habit of blaming poor discipleship on the general laziness of most participants. But lately I’m starting to see our lack of dedication as a larger, systemic, and mostly American byproduct of our spectator culture. We’ve become experts at belief & support without knowledge or participation. We don’t go to war; ...

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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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Start Doing It Today

Go all in. Try something new. Pursue your dream. Take a risk. Love with your whole heart. Get engaged. Move out of your comfort zone. Go for the gusto. Put it all on the line. These are not just motivational words to get you going. They are deeply spiritual words that describe how God has created you to live. God ...

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