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“Is this your God? Killer of children?”

Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come? Why should a living man complain, a man, about the punishment of his sins. Lamentations 3:37-39 Literally 3 hours after I saw Exodus: Gods and Kings I started writing my review…

6 Reasons to Teach Church History to Your Students

I went on a rant a couple weeks ago. I was reading though my Twitter timeline and started thinking about how much we need to discuss and know Church History today. When I was in Bible College I took Church History expecting to white-knuckle though a boring semester. Dr. Parsons opened my eyes to a new love and…

The Gospel and Youth Ministry | Part 4

Here’s a rundown of where we’ve been so far! Part 1 – The Gap In My Ministry.  This post looks at how our students respond to questions and how this exposes their grasp (or lack thereof) of the Gospel. Part 2 – Why The Gospel?  In part 2, we look at two reasons we as…

Why The Gospel?

Part 2 of a Gospel and Students Series. This is not necessarily a fun post to write, but before we’re able to talk about the Gospel, we have to understand WHY we (and our students) need it.  This post is taken from a position paper on the Gospel, hence some of the more academic language.…

Women in Youth Ministry: My Story

I broke the youth minister mold, and I am admittedly proud of it.  I’m young, I’m single, I’m female.  Yet at about 23, I’ve already had multiple internships in churches of differing sizes and served as the youth minister in a small, Southern Baptist Church for two years.  I’ve surprised myself, surprised others, and have…

Arminianism and Youth Ministry

[To see the companion post that goes with this article and presents a different viewpoint, visit: Calvinism and Student Ministry] My fellow YouthMin.org contributor Frank Gil hit the nail on the head when he wrote, “What you believe about how Christ saves his people will affect how you worship and live.”  He springboards from there…

Calvinism and Student Ministry

[To see the companion post that goes with this article and presents a different viewpoint, visit: Arminianism and Student Ministry ] UGH! I know, right! Calvinism?! Don’t bring that up on a youth ministry site. Keep that to yourself while you read a John Piper book or something. Youth Ministry can not be partial to a…

Guest Post: What we need more of from Youth Pastors

Youth Ministry may very well be labeled the “best job on the face of the planet.” It reminds me of that saying, “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” For youth workers/ Pastors, this is true! It’s a wonderful experience, and it’s one not to take lightly. The…

Purity, Pride, and Our Warning

Today, my reading was in 1 Samuel 4 where Israel goes to war with the Philistines. This passage is powerful for many reasons, especially how it illustrates the effects of sin and purity. To put this chapter in context, let’s look at chapter 3. There we read about God calling Samuel into ministry. Samuel was…

Hellbound? Talking about heaven and hell in youth ministry

Last year, there was much discussion about the existence of hell, who goes there, why people go there, and how a loving God could send someone, anyone, to hell. Now there is a documentary coming to theatres that raises the questions again, and does so by talking to a great number of varied voices on…