Do Short-Term Mission Trips Do More Damage Than Good?
20 January 2014
Over the last decade there’s been A LOT of smack-talk about short-term mission trips (STMT’s)—in the youth ministry community, it’s intellectually fashionable to question their purpose, long-term impact, and even their moral foundation. The problem with short-term mission trips or service projects, according to critics,..
Buy, Borrow, Beg (and steal) Ideas
26 February 2013
Where do you get all of your creative ideas for your youth group? Easy! Buy, borrow, beg, or steal. Here’s what we mean. BUY
If you’re looking for creative ideas for your next sermon series, find one of the many resource providers online that have..
Lying to Love
03 February 2014
Remember the heartwarming story about five-year-old Miles Scott, the San Francisco boy who’s battled leukemia since he was a toddler? Miles idolizes Batman, so the Make a Wish Foundation put out a request on social media to help make Miles’ dream come true—he wanted to..
[The Bible] Pinball Wizardry or Tilting Scripture?
11 February 2014
I’m not at ease serving certain people. It’s an ugly confession, but I’m sure you know what I mean. There are likely a few individuals in your life you’re not comfortable bending over backwards for. Perhaps you were once taken advantage of by them or..
How to Produce Evangelistic Students: A Response
13 December 2012
Recently we moved into a new house and I wanted to teach my 10-year-old daughter the joys of loading a dishwasher. I figured since she hadn’t used one before, I should go though proper loading, proper soap amount, and pushing the right buttons. She told..