Help! There are Pagans in my Youth Group!

When my oldest daughter was ready to enter our church youth group, I found myself in a series of discussions with members who had decided to not allow their children to attend.  Maybe it shouldn’t have, but this caught me off-guard.  Was it because they disagreed with what was being taught in our youth ministry?…

Extending Adolescence, Avoiding Adulthood

Mark Twain once quipped: “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow as well.”  This should be the new motto of today’s adolescent.  While adulthood has many benefits to be desired, its responsibilities make it something to be put off until many days after tomorrow.  The good news for teens today…

It’s Time to Take Teenagers Seriously

The way we think about teenagers as well as our expectations for them over the last few decades has befuddled me for quite some time.  When children are young, it seems like parents have a constant expectation for growth and maturity.  We “push” our children to say their first words, to go from crawling to…