Discussion Starter: Pope Calls for Income Equality, Compassion
25 September 2015
In the News Washington—In a historic speech to a joint session of Congress, Pope Francis challenged U.S. lawmakers to welcome immigrants, respect life, end the death penalty, and protect the environment. He also discussed the importance of tackling poverty and income inequality. Previously, Pope Francis..
FREEBIE: Discussion Starter on Bullying
25 September 2015
Hey Youth Ministry Nation! It’s freebie time again. We know one of the huge challenges for many students is dealing with bullying from their peers. Whether they are being bullied, watching the bullying happen, or the ones bullying others, it’s important to discuss this prevalent..
Discussion Starter: Homemade Clock Leads to Teen’s Arrest
18 September 2015
In the News Irving, Texas—The most talked-about high schooler in America began his week in handcuffs. On Monday, 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for bringing what looked like a homemade bomb to school. Although the freshman insisted it was a clock he’d invented, police officers..
Discussion Starter: Players Suspended After Tackling Ref
11 September 2015
In the News San Antonio—After tackling a referee last week, two Texas high school football players have been kicked off the team and suspended from school. Pending an investigation, they could also face criminal charges, officials say. Wayne Elliott, secretary of the Austin Football Officials..
Discussion Starter: Clerk Acting ‘Under God’s Authority’ Is Jailed
04 September 2015
In the News Morehead, Ky.—After refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has been held in contempt and jailed. The born-again Christian says she won’t disobey Scripture or violate her conscience in this “heaven or hell decision.” But a..