You Have Something in Common With Charles Barkley
05 October 2016
I have something in common with Charles Barkley. In a 1993 commercial for Nike, Charles famously uttered the words, “I’m not a role model,” and the push-back started immediately. “Of course Charles Barkley is a role model, whether he wants to be or not,” was..
Tensions in Programming: On-Ramps or the Highway?
03 October 2016
You only have so much time with students every week. Should you give them an on-ramp… or take them to the highway? Should you begin a youth night with dodgeball or a discussion? Should you end your message with pizza or communion? Should you schedule a road trip to..
FREEBIE: “Trump’s Evangelical Support Baffles Christian Author” Discussion Starter
03 October 2016
In the News Washington, D.C.—Best-selling author Philip Yancey is shocked that followers of Jesus are supporting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, a man he says “stands against everything that Christianity believes.” Yancey, 67, says, “I am staggered that so many conservative or evangelical Christians would..
How to Lead Students When Disaster Hits
25 September 2016
Leading Students When A Disaster Hits a Community: Lessons Learned From the Louisiana Flood of 2016 On August 12, 2016, a storm with no name flooded south Louisiana. More than 500,000 people (11% of the state’s population) were affected by the flood. Some homes only flooded an inch..
FREEBIE: “Americans Protest, Pray After More Shootings” Discussion Starter
23 September 2016
Americans Protest, Pray After More Shootings In the News Charlotte, N.C.—Racial tensions escalated this week after black men in two more U.S. cities were shot and killed by police officers. Reactions varied dramatically, however: Violent riots in Charlotte, North Carolina, led to a national emergency..