Thought Factory Podcast #301 || Anthem Protests & Hope for Healing: Students & Race

The recent protests against the National Anthem are more than just about taking a knee, but they are another symptom of the growing division we are experiencing in America in regards to race.  It seems like we have gone backward instead of forward in the progress of race relations.  The protests have even extended to high school football […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #206 || Verbally Solving America’s Greatest Issues

Are we going in the right direction as a country? What do students think? Today we’re talking about what students say are the most important issues facing America.  Issues that include terrorism, race relations, sexual identity, and abortion.  Are students better off spiritually today than 20 years ago? In today’s episode, we discuss these issues […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #102 || Students, Politics, & Civility

In episode #102, we asked thousands of students questions about the topic of politics to see if it’s important to them and where their level of interest is about the current political environment.  We also interviewed a number of students from around the country about their views and opinions in regards to politics, so we […]

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Are “Religious Rights” Dead In Schools Today?

Perhaps you’ve heard of Joe Kennedy, the Bremerton, Washington high school football coach who prayed after games. He privately prayed on the field and players, on their own volition, joined him. He was suspended in the fall of 2015 from his job for this public act of faith on school grounds. Is this right? Is […]

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Posture One: Life Under God

In reference to Jeff Eckart’s blog post that started this series off, I grew up thinking the lack of calcium was the reason for my small bones. My mom always purchased ½% milk from the store.  Since milk is supposed to be a great source of calcium (right Jeff!?), drinking one half of a percent […]

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Are We Forever Losing Students Because of How We Present God and His Gospel?

It was a shocking discovery. What if you discovered on your 30th birthday that something you were raised to believe wasn’t true? For example, what if you were told that the calcium from milk actually caused your bones to become weaker, and not stronger like you were told growing up. You saw a report that […]

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Behind The Scenes of Big Things

Students want to do big things; they just need the support. It was my senior year of high school that my faith became serious to me. Action was necessary to see my relationship with Jesus grow. The closer I grew to God, the more I wanted to do for His kingdom. Something I felt God […]

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Two Proven Ways To Engage Both Genders in #YouthMin

As with most of us, when I get talking, the things that I love most begin to spill out.  I am a sports fan.  I love to watch, talk, read, and play sports!  That means I’ll find some way of coming back to sports in a conversation.  I’m sure if you thought about it, you […]

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Programming for Mountain Top Experiences

I love mountain climbing.  Living in Colorado for a summer opened my heart up to that love for the first time when I was in college. The entire summer I was surrounded by peaks that pierced the clouds in the sky.  I remember the first day I arrived in Estes Park, CO with my best […]

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Four Lessons Learned Over 15 Years

I have been honored to be involved in youth ministry for over fifteen years. I have been a small group leader, a speaker, as well as a chaplain at local schools. As I have gotten older, I have learned that I learn new things daily with regards to students and youth ministry. LESSON ONE The […]

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