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Teen Sex Trends

There’ Good News… and More Work to Do An article from our friends at TheSource4YM.com “Today’s teens are having more sex than ever!” “They’re not practicing safe sex.” “Their irresponsibility is leading to more pregnancies…and abortions.” It all sounds familiar. But is it true? The..
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Five Macro-trends and What They Mean to Your Youth Ministry

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..
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Losing Friends Because of Jesus

“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,..
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Public Shaming, Becoming Judge-Mental (and Liking It): The Duggars

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..
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Same-sex Attraction: One Youth Group’s Journey

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..
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