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Review: Hidden Worldviews by Wilkens & Sanford

by Mike Kupferer Posted in Resource and Book Reviews

What does it take to have a Christian worldview? In other words, what do you have to do in order to believe and live the truth of the Bible? Some people believe all you have to do is attend a church service once a week, pray, and read your Bible.…Read More


Les Christie’s Response to “Why Church Kids Must Go Bad”

by Les Christie Posted in Resource and Book ReviewsYouth Worker Development

My book, When Church Kids Go Bad, was written to help youth workers make our youth ministries safe places for hurting kids. We need youth ministries that are a refuge for kids to feel both physically and emotionally safe. Places for all kids, and especially troubled kids, so they can hear…Read More


Review: Relationships Unfiltered

by Mike Kupferer Posted in Resource and Book Reviews

I have always said that relationships are a vital part of an effective youth ministry. Andrew Root, author of Relationships Unfiltered, would partially agree with me. After reading his thoughts, I may need to change my perspective. Root, who is assistant professor of youth and family ministry at Luther Seminary,…Read More


Review: Glo Bible

by Mike Kupferer Posted in Resource and Book Reviews

As a student of the Bible, I have many resources that help me obtain more information. I have commentaries about each book of the Bible, maps that show the topography of a region, Greek and Hebrew books that help me better understand the original language, and numerous books that give me differing insights into scripture application. All of these tools have helped me learn and grow, but they can be cumbersome and difficult to carry around. Enter Glo: the Bible for the digital world.


Review: To Save A Life

by Todd Porter Posted in Resource and Book Reviews

 Have you ever longed for a movie to be made by a Christian that depicted life in a much more realistic way?  Where people who began a relationship with Christ didn’t suddenly have it all together, score the winning touchdown, get the girl, have their parents relationship suddenly get better and then find themselves tiptoeing through the tulips in a pain free life?  If this describes you then the movie To Save a Life is just what you have been looking for. 


Review: Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris

by Justin VanRheenen Posted in Resource and Book Reviews

Review of Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex and Brett Harris.


Review: Choose Your Top 3 by Brian Schulenburg

by Mike Kupferer Posted in Resource and Book Reviews

Like all good books written to spark discussion, Choose Your Top 3 offers many more chooses than you will need at any given time.  Brian Schulenburg has put together a collection of discussion starters that have the potential to spark some interesting conversations among your students.  The 500 discussion prompts will work…Read More


Finding God On Brokeback Mountain

by Andrew Seely Posted in Resource and Book Reviews

Please do not boil this movie down to homosexuality.  Please do not pass judgment without even seeing the movie.  See the fact that there are great performances.  See gift of storytelling.  View the beauty of God’s creation.  Relate to people who have lives that are complicated.  And finally remember that God’s love is far greater than any of us deserve.


You Teach Sneak Peek

by Youth Specialties,Patti Gibbons Posted in Resource and Book Reviews

By Patti Gibbons and Adam McLane  Tired of searching for fresh material for your youth group, small group, or Sunday school class?  Youth Specialties is preparing to unleash the third in the clever You Teachseries of DVDs featuring Tommy Woodard and Eddie James (aka The Skit Guys).  For a preview of one of the new videos you can to add to your arsenal of discussion-starters and teaching illustrations, check out the embeded video (courtesy of YS). Recently, Adam McLane had the opportunity to view You Teach Vol. 1.


Conversations: Mark Yaconelli

by Len Evans Posted in Resource and Book Reviews

Mark Yaconelli is the director of The Youth Ministry & Spirituality Project. He's also the author of Contemplative Youth Ministry: Practicing the Presence of Jesus and Growing Souls: Experiments in Contemplative Youth Ministry. Mark also holds youth ministry workshops across the country and is a regular speaker at the National Youth Workers Conventions. Mark and his wife, Jill, have two sons—Noah and Joseph and one baby girl, Grace. Hobbies include grape-stomping, fish-wrestling, hooting, and biking. His father, Mike Yaconelli, was the founder of Youth Specialties.


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