“Is this your God? Killer of children?”

April 15, 2015    
Frank Gil    

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 that I have now come to see is not the most popular view. Other people have written pretty…    read more 

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 passion that I never knew I had. Church History is amazing! I wondered at the end of…    read more 

The Gospel and Youth Ministry | Part 4

October 22, 2013    

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 humanity need the Gospel.  We seem to be all about the Gospel in today’s church, but why…    read more 

Why The Gospel?

September 25, 2013    

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.     Though commonly used within the church, there is often ambiguity as to what truly defines…    read more 

Women in Youth Ministry: My Story

November 26, 2012    

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 come a long way in a short time. Growing up SBC, I wasn’t sure about a woman’s…    read more 

Arminianism and Youth Ministry

September 5, 2012    
Keith Parker    

[To see the companion post that goes with this article and presents a different viewpoint, visit: Calvinism and Student Ministry] My fellow 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 and shares how his view of God, particularly Calvinism, has shaped his ministry from top to bottom….    read more 

Calvinism and Student Ministry

September 5, 2012    
Frank Gil    

[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 particular soteriology! But why? This is completely my opinion and I know that there are all kinds of denominations…    read more 

Guest Post: What we need more of from Youth Pastors

August 21, 2012    
Nick Farr    

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 idea you get to pour your life out into students for God’s own glory is absolutely amazing!…    read more 

Purity, Pride, and Our Warning

August 13, 2012    
Nick Farr    

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 a young man — almost an “intern.” During Samuel’s call, God gave him a special word for…    read more 

Hellbound? Talking about heaven and hell in youth ministry

August 3, 2012    
Ben Read    

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 their thoughts and opinions on hell. Here is the trailer for Hellbound: I know myself, I’ll watch…    read more