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The One Advent I Almost Quit Youth Ministry

When I entered youth ministry as a volunteer, I thought it was amazing. In hindsight, I think I realize why I thought that: I had a set group of teenagers that I ministered to every single week I never was around on Monday morning to hear about what was broken […]

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They’ll Know We AREN’T Christians…

It was the simplest and first lesson I learned in Sunday school. We even had a song we sang to learn it: “They’ll know we are Christians by our love, By our love. Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.” The concept and cheesy hymn come from this […]

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Arise and Shine (1 Cor. 12:31-13:13)

If I were a gambler, I would place a bet on the high percentage of times we hear 1 Corinthians 13 proclaimed at weddings. I have been asked to proclaim this reading at no less than four weddings myself. This reading isn’t popular because it sounds “nice,” but because it […]

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Sex Positive Series

We are so excited for the materials in our newest Life Support shipment to reach your parish, and we are especially excited for our latest series, Sex Positive. Personally, I loved being able to work to create this series because as a teen I had a powerful experience of what […]

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Disciplining Out of Love

She might as well have been wearing a sign reading, “I don’t want to be here.” She deliberately removed herself from other teens and watched without enthusiasm. Ministry rookie that I was, I immediately made her my project. After a while, she had moved from disinterested to actively disruptive. She […]

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The Context of Love

There I sat on a warm summer morning struggling to hold an enormous stroller on the rickety old train at the St. Louis Zoo. To my right, I saw a gigantic bird cage that looked old and worn down. I later found out that the birdcage (from the 1904 World’s […]

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Wait! A Teen Lied to Me?

I will never forget the first moment a teen lied straight to my face. I was so upset I wanted to beat them over the head with the book of Leviticus! As youth ministers, we have a unique role in the lives of the teens we serve. For some, we […]

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Happily Ever After

I have recently been catching up on Once Upon a Time – and by catching up I mean that I am hardly halfway through Season 3. One of the reasons I have come to enjoy this show is that there are so many amazing lessons and themes that can directly […]

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Love in the Face of Evil

I got together with an old friend a few months ago. Toney is a friend I met long ago at the Steubenville West conference, and the last number of years of Toney’s life have truly inspired me. While we were talking I was moved to share his story with you; […]

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