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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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on the outs

“safety and structure are the foundation of treatment.” it’s first on the list of d.y.s. beliefs and philosophies. each of them appear on the wall of every classroom and dorm in every facility. all the staff and kids know them … 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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engaging hope in a thousand ways (we fall down, but we get up)

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz, snort, hack, yawn… I’m up, I’m up. It was a shorter mission trip week than we’ve had in many years, yet I am also physically more tired than I’ve been in a long time. We returned only moderately late … Continue reading

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into the wild blue (mission trip) yonder

I’ll be going somewhat off grid next week, but not completely. We head to Omaha for our Know Sweat trip early on Monday. I will endeavor to post as I’m able via Twitter and/or Facebook. You can also follow my … 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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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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