Category Archive: Theology

Oct 16

Youth Group Member = Missionary???

This Sunday is mission Sunday. You probably didn’t remember that. Don’t worry, I didn’t either but someone reminded me. Would you call the kids in your youth group missionaries? Most of us wouldn’t. But do you strive for them to become missionaries? That’s the tough question. I’ve been reading Rebuilt: The Story of a Catholic …

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Oct 08

12 Things a Catholic Youth Minister Can NEVER Say

Here’s my top 12 list of things we can’t say in Catholic youth ministry. I hope it’s enjoyable and informative. 12. I never learned that in theology Of course you didn’t. If you think that you will learn every practical detail from your theology degree, you’re dreaming. There is a lot of practical stuff theology …

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May 21

Leaving Myself to Reach Teens

drug addiction

It’s so easy to put up a wall and hide. We can easily present our perfect face. It feels good to be in control and to appear that we aren’t affected by the little problems of the day. Who doesn’t want to seem like the good guy? Yet, if we are like this, are we …

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May 06

Jesus or a Moral Code?

Is this the law?

“Make sure Johnny learns how to respect his parents.” “Suzie needs to know about chastity since I worry about her.” “I don’t care what you do as long as Bobby is good boy.” How often do we get these phrases from parents in youth ministry? Are morals the goal of youth ministry, then? It seems …

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May 02

Faith and Reason (Watch This Video)

Today one of the most difficult issues to describe to teens – or anybody else for that matter – is the relationship between faith and reason. I have heard a bunch of talks that were good but they were usually philosophical. I could never show them to teens, and I had trouble simplifying them. Then, …

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Apr 15

Is Heaven Temporary?

from www.picturesofheaven.net

When I was a kid I understood heaven as sitting on a cloud listening to an eternal harp concert. I wasn’t sure if it would be me who sat there or just some ghostly version of myself. I would have rather played Lego, won sports, or eaten mom’s home cooking than listen to harps. It’s better …

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