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Great Days for Youth Ministry!

Adults over 30 grossly underestimate the impact of the Bible on youth! Young adults are twice as likely to believe that the Bible has “a lot” of impact on American youth than adults 29 and older, according to the annual … Continue reading

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Godly Mischief

It is a godly deed to toilet paper a locker! Why? Because the Bible tells me so—sort of. “Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out” (Hebrews 10:24, Message). Last August I was with an … Continue reading

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Learning to Pray with Prayer Beads

When I pray, my mind wanders everywhere. I start praying for a friend or something about my job…. A few minutes later, I’m planning a trip or a sermon—Hey, was I praying? Sorry about that, God. Uh, where was I? … Continue reading

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Promotion, Promotion, Promotion, Promotion

I celebrated four promotions today—from comic to cosmic. Three in schoolyards and one in a graveyard. Fifteen four- and five-year-olds were comically adorable in their Holy Cross Preschool promotion this morning. They are on their way to the grand adventure … Continue reading

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Martin Luther: Prioritize Seekers and Young People

Martin’s 9 Mottoes for Worship Motto #4: PRIORITIZE SEEKERS AND YOUNG PEOPLE! A few years ago a young Bill Hybels launched a new church with a revolutionary concept: Plan worship services for the seeker. Tens of thousands of people have … Continue reading

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Lost Boys, Found Men

Today surprised me. As a society we don’t have ancient tribal rituals of taking down your first caribou or bringing home a coyote. The closest thing we have to a rite of passage is earning a driver’s license. Today Son … Continue reading

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Martin Luther: Use Music Teenagers Like!

Martin’s 9 Mottoes for Worship Motto #3: USE MUSIC TEENAGERS LIKE! Luther was fanatical about music. Why did he introduce pop music into worship? How would he guide worship planners today? He urged churches and parents against songs that “prostitute…art … Continue reading

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Apostles’ Creed Jigsaw Puzzle

“If we squeezed the Bible onto one page, what would it say?” That’s what I asked my Quest/confirmation group. “That’s impossible!” one Quester insisted. Then we read the Apostle’s Creed together—the whole Bible on one page. As we survey the … Continue reading

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