Beyond Proclaiming Christ

Where We’ve Been In the 1940s Billy Graham became one of Youth for Christ’s first full-time evangelists. In post-World War II America, he took to the airwaves and spoke at rallies around the world. Thousands responded. And, in some ways, modern-day evangelicalism was born. Back then the Bible was taught in schools. It was a…… Continue reading Beyond Proclaiming Christ

Caught between two religions

If you are a fan of storytelling, and chances are good that you are, you need to subscribe to the Moth podcast. The Moth is a non-profit organization dedicated to the art of live storytelling. They put on live storytelling events where members of the audience get a few minutes to tell a story, live…… Continue reading Caught between two religions

My Kids Aren’t Your Target Audience

Imagine the freedom of hearing this one phrase. A parent affirming a youth pastor by saying, “My kids aren’t your target audience. Reach the lost.” What would happen if parents stepped into their role and discipled their teenage children, and at the same time affirmed the church’s youth pastor by saying, “My kids aren’t your…… Continue reading My Kids Aren’t Your Target Audience

The New Four Spiritual Laws

In 1965, Bill Bright wrote the tract Four Spiritual Laws. It’s hard for us to believe this, but in its day it was a powerful and releavant tool for explaining the Gospel to people. In an America in where religious education was part of the public school education, it was based on a presupposition that…… Continue reading The New Four Spiritual Laws

Lies of Youth Ministry, part 2

The second lie of youth ministry is that it is all about discipleship. This is a lie which starts with bad hermeneutics, continues with training built around selective theology, and is encouraged by inward looking church leaders. Here’s how this lie plays out. Most youth ministers are wholly focused on building the size of their…… Continue reading Lies of Youth Ministry, part 2