Tag Archives: faith

Because Science: Taking the Fear out of Faith for Youth Ministry

Because Science: Taking the Fear out of Faith for Youth Ministry by Kevin Alton “It bothers me that somewhere on the other side of the world there’s a kid pretty much just like me that grew up believing something completely different about God just because of where he was born and who raised him in whatever religion. It bothers me ...

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Learning the Language of Faith

A Reflection on John 6:66-69 66 Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. 67 So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?”68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and know that ...

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The Limits of God’s Grace

In 2006, the sadly now defunct magazine The Journal of Student Ministries published an article called, “The Limits of God’s Grace: What if We Weren’t Afraid of Hell?” written by Bart Campolo, son of Tony and Peggy Campolo, and a noted speaker and author in his own right. After the article was published, several things then happened: Christianity Today called ...

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Faith vs. Doubt vs. Wonder

  So last spring I led a breakout session titled “Faith vs. Doubt vs. Wonder” at Faith Forward, a terrific new children & youth ministry conference in Nashville, TN. There are great, great minds from ministry and all things spiritual involved and I’m excited to be a part of it. The outline for my talk got upended the week before ...

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3 Youth Ministry Lessons Learned from the Sidelines

In sports, the sidelines are the lines that mark the limits of the playing field or court.  Players and referees are actively engaged within the playing field.  As an athlete in the game, you may get caught up in the action around you.  Outside of the sidelines you’ll find inactive players, spectators and coaches.  From the sidelines, you have a ...

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teaching a mystery

I’m obsessed at the moment with how we’re passing down our faith. And dissatisfied. I’m not of the opinion that we should kick all of our traditions and beliefs and means of confirmation and discipleship to the curb. But I think we need to be willing to admit to ourselves and even the kids that for all of our definition ...

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3 ways to make your kids more comfortable processing their faith

Teens Questioning Their Faith

I work in a midsized Methodist church. I guess. Small/midsized/huge varies based on your context, I suppose. But it’s midsized from where I stand. Being that size allows pretty direct one-on-one interaction with kids and families. Once instance where we try with great dedication to get things on that level are conversations with our kids that are in our confirmation ...

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Behind the Scenes with Old Saint Nick

The person known as Santa to us has developed over many years, coming through a merger/acquisition between Sinterklass and Father Christmas inc. in western Europe after Sinterklass’ fame surged as a result of a book highlighting his exploits in the 19th century. There was of course the dark period when Sinterklaas was outlawed in the 16th and 17th century mainly ...

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Bible Study or Sunday School Lesson 4

The Life Of A Disciple In The World The Virtues & Fruits of the Spirit Session 4: Faith and Hope Core Teaching: Faith and Hope are the content of the good life God intends for us and, as the gifts of God, they are the expression of a Christian life lived fully.  Faith is a secure belief in God and ...

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