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Social Media in Youth Ministry

Greetings Youthworker Movement! It’s been a long time, but I am so excited to be back writing, a passion of mine. Since last writing here at the Youthworker Movement I have moved ministry settings and am now serving at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church. In my new setting of ministry, I have been reminded in this ministry setting, the vast ...

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The Need for Art in Youth Ministry: Art as Mission

This is the third of three articles regarding the need for art in youth ministry. In previous articles, we explored how to create a prayerful art workshop and how to introduce Bible journaling. This post addresses how to use art as a form of mission. Our culture is all too often rushed and consumeristic, and as a church, we have ...

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Being Broken Pottery

Psalm 31:9-16 New International Version (NIV) 9 Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief. 10 My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak. 11 Because of all my enemies, I ...

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Holy Ground – Lent Devo

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, lent has officially begun. Today we find ourselves standing on holy ground. Wherever you are right this moment you are on holy ground. Let that sink in a second. You might be thinking, there is nothing holy about this place. You are wrong, it is holy because God is holy and God is present in that ...

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The Redemption of Egypt

“…And a little child shall lead them” (Isaiah 11:6). Many of us are youth workers for very specific reasons. One of those is that we could never cut it as children’s ministers. The snotty noses, the incessant whining, the unending need for snacks – and that’s just in youth ministry! But the Advent season is a time for us to ...

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Where’s the Womb?

“I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit” (Mark 1:8) Matthew and Luke are the only two gospel writers who tell a nativity story. The other synoptic gospel, Mark, begins instead with the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the Jordan. Mark’s apparent neglect of the nativity story could leave some readers to exclaim, ...

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Translation and Incarnation

“He is the image of the invisible God…” (Col. 1:15). Nearly every aspect of life requires translation. We see a road sign or traffic light and we translate meaning almost instantly. We watch thousands of colorful pixels dance on screens and our brains translate this into moving images that communicate beautifully complex narratives. We observe a great piece of artwork ...

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The Bread of Heaven Come Down

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven.” (John 6:51). In John 6, Jesus Christ calls himself the “Living Bread.” It is interesting to me that Jesus identifies himself with such an ordinary image. After all, the doctrine of the incarnation is one of the most mysterious and complex confessions of the church. Bread, on the other hand,…well, ...

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Receiving Grace to Receive Grace

“No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me” (John 6:44) We Methodists speak a lot about prevenient grace. The Wesleyan concept of prevenience speaks of a divine grace that goes before us, leading us evermore into God’s righteousness. Too often we forget that the nativity story speaks very powerfully about God’s prevenient grace. God’s grace ...

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