Monthly Archives: October 2014

I’ll go as a slut

Remember when Halloween costumes were as simple as a cowboy hat and boots, or a sheet with holes poked in it? Today it’s not that simple. And if you’re a female the pressure is on… the burden to be sexy. … Continue Reading

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Ashley’s Unconventional Speech

Last Friday night Lori and I got a chance to escort Ashley onto the football field at halftime for the Homecoming “Royal Court” while the commentator read her speech. I guess I should have know what to expect, knowing Ashley. … Continue Reading

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The TV America is Watching

I like to glimpse at the Nielsen charts every once in a while to see what Americans are watching on TV. And recently… it’s been football, Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead, even more football, and The Voice. For those … Continue Reading

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The Power of Coming Together

Last weekend I was in a small town outside of Minneapolis where I witnessed something I rarely see in the world of youth ministry. I saw a network of 8 youth workers from different ministries come together to share ideas … Continue Reading

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Life in 6 Words

A week ago I got to hang out with a good friend of mine, Greg Stier. And Greg’s ministry has an amazing giveaway right now for youth leaders—free books for their entire youth group. The book is called Life in … Continue Reading

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Talking with Teens about Their Smartphones

Teens typically think their smartphone use is reasonable. Parents and teachers, however, think teen smartphone use is out of control! Who’s right? That’s the question I just proposed in the brand new blog I’m writing to teenagers every week (the … Continue Reading

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Free Books This Week

Lots of opportunities to get free books this week: 1. CONTEST: Those of you who’ve followed me for a while know I love using pop culture as a springboard for conversations about the truth of the Bible. One of the … Continue Reading

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Sexual Consent… App?

NOTE: As of Oct 7th, this app has been pulled by iTunes. See comments below. We’ve seen apps helping people hook up, apps for people who just want to “cuddle”… I guess it’s no surprise that now some college students … Continue Reading

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