Episode 181: "Experiencing the Power of Mercy" with Tim Rogers and Megan Shertzer
Youth Culture Matters | A CPYU Podcast
by tim rogers, megan shertzer, cpyu, walt mueller
1w ago
What is it like when undeserved mercy confronts undeniable evil, when kindness upends condemnation, and when heaven engages hell? Today, I interview two members of a family about how these things became real for them. It’s a story we need to hear, to consider, and to share with our children and teens as a way to learn about God’s amazing grace. Listen in as I chat with Tim Rogers and Megan Shertzer about how mercy is more powerful than murder, on this episode of Youth Culture Matters ..read more
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Episode 180: Cultivating Wisdom and Discernment
Youth Culture Matters | A CPYU Podcast
by jason engle, walt mueller, cpyu, kerry trunfio
3w ago
Our children and teens are growing up in a world marked by a confusing mix of ever-changing challenges, choices, pressures, and expectations. These realities make it increasingly difficult for them to know what to believe and how to live in the world as faithful followers of Jesus Christ. How will they know right from wrong? How can they develop Biblical wisdom in order to be able to discern truth from lies? We are talking about practical ways to cultivate wisdom and discernment in our kids, on this episode of Youth Culture Matters ..read more
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Episode 179: Teens, Tech, and Social Media - A Youth Worker Roundtable
Youth Culture Matters | A CPYU Podcast
by Tim McAlpine, john barry, jason engle, cpyu, walt mueller, kerry trunfio
2M ago
It was back in January of 2007 that Apple CEO Steve Jobs spoke prophetic words to the attendees at the Macworld Conference. Jobs famously said, “Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything.” He was talking about the smartphone, a device that has changed just about everything. Stick with us as we have a youth worker roundtable conversation about the latest findings on teens, tech, and social media, on this episode of Youth Culture Matters. We begin the podcast with a fun discussion about music. Then CPYU Research Fellows and Youth Workers, Jason Engle, Ker ..read more
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Episode 178: "Loving Parents of LGBTQ+ Students" with Joy Worrell and Joan McConnell
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by harvestUSA, joy worrell, joan mcconnell, walt mueller, cpyu
3M ago
One of the questions youth workers are asking more than any other is this: What can I do to come alongside of and help parents as they seek to love their LGBTQ+ kids? Because all of our kids are divine-image bearers and we are called to parent them with grace and truth. I invite you to listen in as I chat with Joan McConnell and Joy Worrell, both members of the Parent and Family Ministry Team at Harvest USA, about how to best support our youth ministry parents as they navigate these tender, sensitive, and difficult issues in ways that honor the Lord and His good design on this episode of Youth ..read more
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Episode 177: "Youth Culture Year-In-Review"
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by cpyu research fellows, kyle fulks, cpyu, mike terry, tim mcalpine, walt mueller, jason engle, kerry trunfio
4M ago
Culture is changing at breakneck speed, and today’s youth workers need to not only keep up with the host of new challenges facing our kids, but they need to respond in ways that communicate the truths of the Gospel so that our kids might embrace a life of faithfulness to Jesus Christ as His disciples. Today, I pull together a group of boots-on-the-ground youth workers to help us learn more about where culture has gone over the last year, where it’s headed, and how we can practically respond as we nurture kids in our churches and homes. I invite you to listen in to our helpful conversation, on ..read more
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Episode 176: "Discipling Students in a Gender Confused World" with Abigail Favale
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by walt mueller, cpyu
4M ago
“The feminist movement has given birth to many things: one of these is the popularization of gender, a concept that drives a wedge between sexed identity and embodiment.” Those words are written by Abigail Favale in the autobiographical chapter simply titled “Heretic”, in her new book, The Genesis of Gender: A Christian Theory. Abigail’s personal story and thoughtful book on the gift of our embodiement as male and female is a must-read for anyone hoping to lead kids through the current muddied and confused cultural narrative on sex and gender. I invite you to listen in to this conversation wit ..read more
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Episode 175: "What a 100 Year-Old Book Has to Say to Us in Youth Ministry Today" with Steve Nichols
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by steve nichols, walt mueller, cpyu
5M ago
The way that we parent and the way that we do youth ministry is always informed by the theology we embrace, whether that theology is embraced consciously or unconsciously. Of course, unless we work to consciously embrace a biblically-faithful and orthodox theology, we run the risk of thinking about God and Jesus in ways that are inaccurate and not even Christian. One hundred years ago, J. Gresham Machen faced and addressed this same dilemma, and he did so in ways that are helpful and informative for us today. I chat with my friend Dr. Steve Nichols about how Machen’s message is timely for us t ..read more
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Episode 174: "The Good and the Bad of Generational Theory" with Crystal Kirgiss
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by tim mcalpine, jessica van rees, cpyu, walt mueller, crystal kirgiss
5M ago
All of us in the youth ministry world have heard the experts tell us about the differences in generations. We have to realize that all of these statements are generalizations that are sometimes accurate and helpful, and sometimes not so accurate and less than helpful. What should we think about generational theory? And how can we as people who care about and love kids use it with wisdom and discernment in our youth ministries? Listen in as I chat with my friend Crystal Kirgiss and three of our youth worker friends about the good, the bad, and the ugly of generational theory, on this episode of ..read more
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Episode 173: "Lies about Sex and Gender" with Rosaria Butterfield
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by rosaria butterfield, jason engle, cpyu, walt mueller
6M ago
As Christians, our lives must be marked by a never-ending passion to know and live the truth. This is especially necessary in those aspects of life where convincing and easily-believed lies have taken root and grown, not only in the culture, but in our lives as well. What we believe about sex and gender is too often shaped by lies, rather than the truth of God’s will and way for His creation. Today we chat with someone, who like all of us, has believed and lived lies. By God’s transforming grace, she has also been brought out of darkness and into the light. Rosaria Butterfield is passionate ab ..read more
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Episode 172: "The Pressure of Youth Sports"
Youth Culture Matters | A CPYU Podcast
by walt mueller, jason engle, cpyu
6M ago
Here in the United States, over 45 million children and teens participate in organized sports every year. It’s no secret that over the years youth sports are costing families more and more in terms of time, effort, and money. If we allow it, this growing commitment can cut into our commitment to live a life of faithful Christian discipleship. Many youth workers and pastors lament how youth sports are taking so many kids away from opportunities for Christian nurture and growth. Today, I’m talking to our youth worker friend, Jason Engle, about how we can best navigate youth sports and church par ..read more
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