3 Powerful Words for Ministry with Youth

Have you ever asked a teenager a question and received a yes or no answer?  Have you ever asked a string of open ended questions and received a few words or a short sentence in response to each?  Have you ever felt like at a certain age the ability for youth to speak openly and freely comes to an abrupt halt? A Different Question Brad M. Griffin, Director of the Fuller Youth Institute, wrote an in-depth article about a relatively simple yet incredibly powerful approach to extending, Read More …

From Bigotry to Critical Thinking

Charles Negy, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Central Florida, is receiving considerable attention after an e-mail he sent to the students in his  cross-cultural psychology class in January was posted on reddit a few days ago.  Kaustuv Basu's article explains that Negy wrote the note after a class session about religion in which several Christian students behaved in a manner described as bigoted.  Since any excerpt from the note would not allow my readers a full Read More …

Texters, Talkers, or ???

Martha Irvine's recent AP article considers how the rising popularity of texting is changing what it means to "talk to" others by phone.  The percentage of cell phone users who prefer to communicate by text rather than voice is highest among the young, but continuing to rise for all age groups. So What? The art of communication is evolving as a result of the always connected world in which we now live.   Regardless of age, one should aspire to be able to communicate well in both oral and Read More …