Tag Archives: middle school

boys will be boys (published at youthspecialties.com)

from the sandbox to the construction site, being male is often associated with a natural spirit of trouble-making. you don’t have to be on john eldridge’s mailing list to recognize that there is an untamed energy that is uniquely masculine. … Continue reading

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words to build a life on

this was a weird week. i never know what to expect when i head to youthfront for a week of camp, but this year was unusual. while i have had to leave camp a couple times, including once to deal … Continue reading

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whoa, oh, la la la

from the earliest days of my life with Christ, i have loved to worship through singing. from the days of hosanna, to vineyard and sonicflood, on through mercyme and the passion movement that continues to lead so many in, well, … Continue reading

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diminishable me: an open letter to myself at 19

hello andrew. greetings from… yourself… in the summer of 2010. yes, i know that sounds weird. i thought about sending myself (you) back in time, but then i remembered that the terminator movies haven’t come true yet. no time travel … Continue reading

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i have a dream

i am happy to join with you today with the utmost respect for the day we celebrate our independence as a nation. inspired by the great civil rights leader whose impact i could never hope to duplicate, nevertheless I believe … Continue reading

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the summer of their lives

A little over three years ago, my wife and I sat in a booth at Red Robin with our middle school pastor. After treating us to dessert, he asked us if we would consider becoming “6th grade specialists” after that … Continue reading

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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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you can’t possibly have that many friends

What is it about Facebook that both legitimizes and yet trivializes our real-life interactions? “I’m sorry, do I know you?” “Well, we’re friends on Facebook…” Doh! I have lost track of how many times I will say to my new … Continue reading

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andrewburden.com

I know I’ve mentioned my “personal” website on Facebook and/or Twitter before. But, I’m kind of proud of how things are turning out over at andrewburden.com as I have now migrated from iWeb format to WordPress. The section/slider “ministry” is … Continue reading

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when you do the math, togetherville still leaves a gap

I think I had heard of this new little social media site called Togetherville, but when I saw this on the Orange Leaders blog today it peaked my curiosity. Togetherville.com is a site where the “pre-Facebook crowd and their grownups” … Continue reading

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