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attracted and kept

I found a new youth ministry resource recently called Youth Ministry 360 (technically forthcoming, but their blog is up now). My Google alert for the term “volunteer youth ministry” pushes a lot of irrelevant posts, but this one really scratched … Continue reading

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resource review – redefining the win for jr. high small groups

Sometimes it’s not about knowing the right people, it’s knowing someone who knows the right people. The middle school pastor we serve with knows a lot of really tall trees on the landscape of youth ministry. We have had the … Continue reading

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what to do w/ the kid u just can’t stand

More good stuff from Stephanie Caro at SmallChurchYouthMinistry.com. She shares some encouragement for dealing with “that kid” who can be so difficult you can’t even deal with him without God’s help. I find that those students are the ones you … Continue reading

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looking forward, looking back, getting dizzy

The Roman god Janus was the deity of doors, gates, and beginnings and endings. He had two heads, facing in opposite directions, and was thought to have knowledge of both the future and the past simultaneously. He was especially worshiped … Continue reading

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reach out and touch, but think first (part 2 – wise physical touch)

As a culture, I fear we have grown afraid to touch each other. Thankfully, parents are no longer subjected to the nonsense of B.F. Skinner and his behaviorist notions that comforting a crying child only reinforces the behavior of crying. … Continue reading

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reach out and touch, but think first (part 1 – banish paranoia)

This is a topic around which I have labored hard to gather my thoughts wisely. To be honest, parts of this I really didn’t want to write at all. But it’s gotten to the “fire in my bones” stage, so … Continue reading

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the twitterverse has spoken

A few items from my Twitter feeds stood out over the past day or two. It turns out spending time with our families makes us way happier than connecting online. The Happiness Barometer says so. Can I get a “well … Continue reading

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don’t you dare just pray

If you’ve known me for at least 5 minutes, you know that I am a stickler for the precise and intentional use of language. I try not to jump down your throat too quickly if you accidentally slip up (I’m … Continue reading

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