Youth

  • Answering Teens: The Evidence Tells Me So

    Answering Teens: The Evidence Tells Me So

    Previously, I wrote about the veracity of Scripture being based on Jesus’ testimony that the Bible is God’s Word. Every instance in which Jesus refers to the Old Testament is marked by...

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  • Directions for Snow Days

    Directions for Snow Days

    The wintertime gets a great deal of hate because of the cold weather, the nasty storms, the lack of sunlight, and what seems an overly long length. One thing most people do enjoy is the...

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  • Our Callings through God’s Plan for Us

    Our Callings through God’s Plan for Us

    As a college senior, I feel an incredible amount of pressure to have my life figured out and to be living out what I was born to do. This is most likely the case for any college student...

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  • Answering Teens: How Do We Know the Bible Is the Word of God?

    Answering Teens: How Do We Know the Bible Is the Word of God?

    It was a beautiful day; the glory of creation was undeniable, and the fruit looked tempting … or at least it did after that simple but fatal question: “Did God really say …?” With that...

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  • Product Overview of The Messengers | Christian Young Adult Novels2:04

    Product Overview of The Messengers | Christian Young Adult Novels

    A boy living in an oppressive government. A surprise guest in the middle of the night. Darkness. The Light of Christ. Become invested in the Messengers Trilogy. Start book one: https://www.cph.org/p

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  • Epic Fails Are Normal

    Epic Fails Are Normal

    When was the last time you failed at something? Did you truly fail or just stop trying?  In my work, I ask students to recall failure as part of our now-common virtual interactions....

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  • God’s Plan and Purpose for Youth

    God’s Plan and Purpose for Youth

    There is an existential crisis among our youth. That is not to say that such a crisis is sudden, or even new, to this young generation. In many ways, this crisis is at the root of the...

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  • Encouraging Youth to Speak Up for Christ

    Encouraging Youth to Speak Up for Christ

    I don’t remember much from my middle school years, but I do remember one song we shared in our spring choir concert that has stuck with me throughout my life. With summer close on the...

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  • Youth and Social Justice

    Youth and Social Justice

    Repeat after me: “Having been created in the image of God, all humans are equal in value, honor, and dignity.”  It’s a statement that I go over and over again in my theology classes. It...

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  • Your Youth Are Epic Warriors

    Your Youth Are Epic Warriors

    Who am I? What does God want with me? During my youth, and perhaps even still now, those were questions I constantly considered. After all, I’m just a simple human without a grand life...

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  • Creating Routine for Your Teenagers

    Creating Routine for Your Teenagers

    Our teenagers are not immune to the stress caused by the ongoing shutdowns due to the coronavirus. High school seniors have seen much of their culminating experiences canceled or...

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  • Subtle Sins

    Subtle Sins

    Growing up, I thought I was pretty much the perfect kid. Even in high school, I was always the good kid—I even got voted “Parent’s Dream Child” my senior year of high school. (Yes, I...

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  • Smaller and Smaller Churches: Evaluating Our Retention

    Smaller and Smaller Churches: Evaluating Our Retention

    My hometown church is small. It always has been. I started attending my junior year of high school, and at that time, it was already a pretty small congregation. But it’s smaller now,...

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  • Middle School

    Middle School

    Humans navigate various stages of life development. This simple, downloadable guide is designed to help you appreciate middle school and learn about the life stage with benchmarks and activities.

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  • High School

    High School

    Humans navigate various stages of life development. This simple, downloadable guide is designed to help you understand high school and learn about the life stage with benchmarks and activities.

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  • The Courage to Forgive

    The Courage to Forgive

    Have you ever wronged somebody? I mean truly wronged somebody. Maybe you yelled at co-workers, gossiped behind a friend’s back (who then found out), or even told blatant lies about...

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  • Shine: Your New Favorite Ministry Tool

    Shine: Your New Favorite Ministry Tool

    Summer is officially here. Now that school is out, it is a constant battle to keep the kids entertained. To all the hardworking, selfless, tired youth ministry servants…

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  • The Bad News & Good News about Teen Girls

    The Bad News & Good News about Teen Girls

    First, the bad news . . . our teen girls are in crisis. I'm worried about them, and you should be too. My oldest daughter, Catie, is in high school and my younger daughter, Elisabeth,...

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  • Effective Youth Ministry Is Personal

    Effective Youth Ministry Is Personal

    When I was a seventh grade student, a friend from middle school brought me to church for the first time. My family had an adversarial relationship with God, and church was really far...

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  • Faith Development in High School

    Faith Development in High School

    Teenagers will discard some aspects from their previous experiences of faith, moving on to new ideas and beliefs that make sense to their ways of thinking. Discussion of theology and...

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