PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE: ALL SHALL BE WELL

AN ARTICLE WRITTEN FOR THE INSTITUTE FOR YOUTH MINISTRY AT PRINCETON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY:

Regardless of our political views or the demographics we use to divide the people in our country, it is evident that in this current season many people are feeling anxious, scared, forgotten, and left out. In light of this reality, the prayer that has been on my heart and mind is actually a song that we sing often at Mars Hill, and was written by my dear friend and our Lead Worship Pastor, Troy Hatfield. Recently, while traveling with Troy to a conference, I mentioned to him how much I love and appreciate this song. Troy’s response added depth and meaning to the lyrics, as he told me the “all” in this song wasn’t pointing to our life circumstances, but was written to mean “all people.”

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Anything but the Blood

AN ARTICLE WRITTEN FOR THE INSTITUTE FOR YOUTH MINISTRY AT PRINCETON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY:

One of the great privileges I’ve had in the past ten years is guest teaching in classrooms, youth groups, and camps both near and far from home. During one of these camps, a friend from home called me and asked how my week was going. After sharing a few stories about the incredible students and volunteers I’d encountered, I blurted out, “these people are obsessed with ‘the blood.’”

My friend laughed, and asked, “What do you mean?”

“The band keeps singing about ‘the precious blood’ and ‘nothing but the blood’, and camp staff is praying about ‘the gift of the blood of Jesus,’ and I don’t think these kids have any idea what we’re talking about.”

After this conversation I couldn’t help but wonder if youth ministry and our churches need to reconsider how we talk about the death of Jesus with our young people.

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Sodom, Gomorrah and Youth Ministry

Having the Talk

Every February for the past eight years our high school students have been given the opportunity to anonymously submit any question they have about sex and relationships to our youth ministry staff, knowing that our team would somehow attempt to respond to as many of these questions as possible the following week. While some people might want to run at the thought of what these questions might reveal, I found each February to be the most challenging, interesting, and important time of year. The questions my students submitted gave me a rare glimpse into the hearts, minds, and lives of the students I cared so much about…

Read the full article at: http://iym.ptsem.edu/sodom-gomorrah-and-youth-ministry/