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Resolutions and Revolutions

In 2014, I celebrated two decades as youth ministry prof at New Orleans Seminary.  Any time there is a zero at the end of an anniversary, a birthday, or ministry tenure, we tend to reflect a bit.  We also naturally reflect as a new year begins.  As 2015 begins, what if you thought about your “youth ministry … Continue Reading

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The Point of Youth Ministry

Christ is the founder of youth ministry, the goal of youth ministry, and the one who should shape youth ministry. Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch say it this way: “It is Christology (the exploration of the person, teachings and impact of Jesus Christ) that determines missiology (our purpose and function in the world), which in […]

Youth Leaders and King Jesus

The National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR) sent shock waves through the youth ministry world. This in-depth and trustworthy research project discovered that the faith of most church teenagers can be described as Moral Therapeutic Deism. The core tenants of this belief system are: God exists. He is nice and He wants us to […]

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Recent Lessons on Professional Growth

Volunteerism

The ever-accurate Wikipedia defines volunteerism as “The involvement of volunteers especially in community service or with a non-profit organization.” The U.S.A. has a history of volunteerism. The earliest Americans got together and helped each other build houses and plant (and share) crops. Benjamin Franklin developed the first volunteer firehouse in 1736–more than 70% of all […]

Sports Chaplaincy

This is a difficult post for me.  For most of the time I have been in ministry, I have been involved with ministry to sports teams.  I have a game ball in my office that was given to me by the high school team in Winnfield, Louisiana in 1985. I also worked with high school […]

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Recent Lessons on Relational Growth

Intentional Relationships During the Holidays

In 1994, my wife Judi and I moved from being on church staff for the first 15 years of our marriage to being faculty here at the seminary.  Our move to the “ivory tower” had a couple of surprises.  First, I remember fall of 1994. We had only been at the seminary for a month, […]

Gratitude

So the election season is upon us.  In Louisiana, our motto is “vote early, vote often” (probably need to know a little Louisiana history to get that one–Google Huey Long).  Now another cycle of elections will be contested and recontested.  I remember a sign on the highway that combined election season with the Thanksgiving season. […]

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Recent Lessons on Spiritual Growth

Something Big

When are you significant? When you accomplish something “big” for God, or When you rest in grace, serve faithfully, and leave the results to the King. From time to time I am tempted to choose option 1. I go through phases when I want to have a “big” role is seeing a Christ awakening erupt […]

The Spiritual Disciplines

Bill Hull widely is respected as a leader in the field of discipleship. He says, “The common teaching is that a Christian is someone who by faith accepts Jesus as Savior, receives eternal life, and is safe and secure in the family of God; a disciple is a more serious Christian active in the practice […]

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