Five Macro-trends and What They Mean to Your Youth Ministry
03 June 2015
The business community often speaks in terms of micro and macro trends. A micro-trend is a fad that hits somewhat suddenly, makes a splash and then drops off. A macro-trend lasts much longer, makes a deeper impact and has lasting implications. Micro-trends can be manipulated..
Losing Friends Because of Jesus
26 May 2015
“I lost a friend over the whole Josh Duggar thing.” I listened as my buddy explained how he’d used Facebook to dare others to not to be petty in how they responded to the now-infamous news story. Apparently, the individual who took offense couldn’t tolerate such a perspective. Curious,..
Public Shaming, Becoming Judge-Mental (and Liking It): The Duggars
22 May 2015
Let’s talk about the horrible, horrible thing you did years ago… or that horrible, horrible thing you know someone else did years ago. Let’s not just talk about it, in fact. Let’s make it a major news item for everyone else to talk about. How..
Same-sex Attraction: One Youth Group’s Journey
29 April 2015
The church I serve is a wonderful mix of conservative, evangelical theology and progressive, creative methodology. Because of this, the question of, “What do we believe and how do we minister in light of these beliefs?” can at times create a lively discussion and an..
2015’s Summer Blockbusters (PART 1)
22 April 2015
A Sneak Peak at the Movies That Will Target Teen Audiences An article from David R. Smith at TheSource4YM.com Based on this summer’s movie lineup, it appears as though every major studio in Hollywood is out to destroy Earth. From genetically-altered dinosaurs, to artificial intelligence..