Category Archives: Discussion Ideas

Top 5 Blog Posts of 2015

It’s always fun to see what posts resonate with readers each year, as well as which ones draw traffic from the search engines (this 2011 post titled, “Dad, Can I Go to the Homecoming Dance” still draws significant traffic). Looking … Continue Reading

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Training Your Own Volunteers

If you’re a ministry leader, what do you do to keep you leaders sharp? It didn’t take long for me to discover that all my volunteers enjoyed two things: food and socializing. So I decided to provide both, by gathering … Continue Reading

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5 Days of Get Your Teenager Talking- DAY 5

Each day in my blog this week I have given you a little somethin’ you can use to provoke meaningful conversations with young people. (Click here for Monday’s, Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s, or Thursday’s.) My brand new book, Get Your Teenager Talking … Continue Reading

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Please Don’t Say “Gay”

My daughter’s friend Paige attends a public school and recently had a teacher who came out of the closet. A few weeks after announcing he was gay, the teacher asked a noble request of his students. He worded it like … Continue Reading

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Do Games Still Work?

It’s summer and a lot of youth workers are on our site searching for fun games and activities. Add to that our fun little game rating and commenting contest we’re having right now where I’m giving away 10 prizes, both … Continue Reading

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Sexy Little Girls

I’m a father of two girls. I go shopping with them often. Let me say it simply: It’s becoming increasingly more difficult to find modest clothes and bathing suits for my daughters. The fashion world is putting the pressure on, nudging … Continue Reading

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Communicating with Clarity—USE SMALL GROUP TIME

It’s been fun writing about speaking in this blog for the last couple of weeks. The subject has definitely invited some interesting discussion, most of the “heat” surrounding the topic of  the “length” of our talks. For those of you … Continue Reading

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Communicating with Clarity- TALK SHORTER

For the last week I’ve been talking about how to communicate to teenagers with clarity. On Day One I asked the question, “How many minutes will kids actually listen?” …quickly touching on the fact that we might need to make … Continue Reading

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Communicating with Clarity- USE GIFTED COMMUNICATORS

The last few days I’ve been blogging about communicating to teenagers with clarity. If you haven’t read those blogs, I encourage you to jump on my blog page and read both of them (How Many Minutes Will Kids Actually Listen, … Continue Reading

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Communicating with Clarity- USING THE STORY

I asked the question in yesterday’s blog and heard some great feedback from a bunch of you. “How many minutes will kids actually listen?” Many of you indicated that you keep talks short.  Others incorporate small group time so that … Continue Reading

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