Spending time outdoors, in the natural world, is a time-honored part of Christian spirituality. We feel refreshed, we are able to put our problems in better perspective, and we are able to find peace in places with birds (instead of tweets) chirping. We know that Jesus, Moses, and other major figures in scripture spent time … More Youth Spirituality and the Importance of Time in Nature
The first soft, warm breeze of spring brushes your face. After a long winter of enclosed spaces, the cruel sting of subzero temperatures, and a bleak landscape, you finally feel the hope and the possibilities of new growth in the short-term future. All of us have a place where we can become truly and fully … More A Springtime Meditation
Several great new resources for youth ministry are out. These are all great for parents of teens, youth ministers (lay and ordained), and teens themselves. Helping Teens with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression by Roy Petitfils. An excellent book for parents of teens, youth ministers, and teachers. The author is both a seasoned youth minister in the … More New Youth Ministry Resources
When you think of “youth ministry,” the first images that come to mind might well be lock-ins, scavenger hunts, fundraisers, and maybe a “youth Sunday” or some other focus on teens who behave themselves, show up at church, and take part in such tame activities. But real youth ministry is tough stuff. In my years … More Youth Ministry – It’s Tough Stuff and No Pizza Party (Review of New Parenting/Youth Ministry Book)
The early springtime season of Lent is a great time to try out new habits that benefit both you and Earth our garden home. Here are some ideas of Lenten practices and disciplines to try for the next six weeks. … More Ten Environment Friendly Lenten Practices – Good for You, Good for the Planet
The days of giving up chocolate, alcohol, or some other pleasure simply because the church says so are long gone. I’ve come to think of “Lent” not as a church-prescribed season, but rather a six-week time of self-improvement. … More Is Lent Still Relevant in the 21st Century?