Introducing Spring 2020 Eikon – CBMW – Christian Article

I am very excited to announce the release of our Spring 2020 issue of Eikon: A Journal for Biblical Anthropology. At just under 200 pages of brand new content, including several original essays, interviews, and critical book reviews, this issue engages some of the most pressing questions of our day with the timeless truth of God’s Word. Hats off to our design team, who once again has done a beautiful job on the layout of the journal! If you are…

Read More

You’re not supposed to be here – Youth Ministry Christian Article

One Tuesday night, around 10:15, my doorbell rang. I wasn’t expecting anyone to be stopping by my house that day, much less at bedtime, so I confusedly made my way to the door to see what nitwit would be showing up so late, ready to give them a piece of my mind about etiquette and prior notice of arrival. And then I heard someone singing Unchained Melody. Immediately recognizing the voice, I yanked open the door and there, standing on…

Read More

How Then Shall We Converse? – Christian Article

Since 2008, Q, an organization that sponsors conferences and frames itself as a Christian version of TED, has hosted lectures, interviews, and debates between cultural leaders, pastors, and other educators. Their goal? “See the Christian faith become increasingly attractive, credible, and influential in the church, our communities, and the next generation.” But in hopes of reaching out to a broad audience, the organization has made some alarming compromises. The conference undoubtedly wants to reach any believer. It can help with…

Read More

Why is Joseph an Important Part of the Story? – ProjectYM – Youth Ministry Christian Article

It’s so easy to get swept up in the Advent season to get excited about Mary and Elizabeth and John the Baptist and on and on and on. There are so many giants of our faith in Advent that it’s easy to glance over Joseph. He is huge figure in the life of Jesus and an example to us as parents, teens and all Catholics. Here are two takeaways from his role as Jesus’ papa. Quit Talking and Listen There…

Read More

Reconciliation Starts with Relationship | LeaderTreks Youth Ministry Blog – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin June 3, 2020 Around 1996 I was serving at the last African American, one-room schoolhouse in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. I had been traveling down there on and off for the last 12 years. A new leader had risen in the African American community named Van, and he and I began to develop a relationship. We both loved students and wanted them to know the Lord. He asked me to come and help on a few youth…

Read More

Calling All Writers and Wannabe Writers! – Youth Ministry Christian Article

ProjectYM is looking for some youth ministers and core team members to write for our blog! The ProjectYM blog is a place where readers all over the world come to find useful information to help them thrive in their ministry. We publish articles that touch the heart, give witness to the glory of God, offer “How-to’s” and action items for youth ministers to try out with their teens,And….what we lovingly call “Listicles” What is a listicle? A “listicle” is an article that…

Read More

Making Room for Spiritually Hungry Students – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin May 28, 2020 I think most youth ministries are based on the assumption that students don’t want to know more about God, so we package youth group to be a lot of fun with a little bit of God. But what if we were wrong and students were spiritually hungry, they just didn’t know how to communicate that to us? Or what if our actions have conditioned them to think entertainment first, spiritual truth last? I believe,…

Read More

Does Anyone Need to Recover from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood? A Review Article of Aimee Byrd’s 𝘙𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘉𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘔𝘢𝘯𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘞𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘥 – Christian Article

Editor’s Note: The following review will appear in the Spring 2020 issue of Eikon: A Journal for Biblical Anthropology. John Piper and Wayne Grudem edited Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood in 1991, and now Aimee Byrd has written Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood  some thirty years later.[1] Byrd, an influential author, speaker, blogger, and podcaster,[2] claims to be recovering from so-called “biblical manhood and womanhood.” For the past several years on her podcast and blog, Byrd has been criticizing…

Read More

Meet Your Teens Where They Are, Not Where You Want Them to Be – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Ministry is great, isn’t it? The teens are always smiling and laugh at all of your jokes. They are super polite to every parent and volunteer who walks through the door. They eat all of their food and even help clean up after dinner. They never speak during the talks you give and always participate fully in small group discussions. The teens obey all rules of every game so that everyone can have a good time and receive the take-home…

Read More

Ahmaud Arbery and ‘National Conversations’ – Christian Article

Under ordinary circumstances, the arrest of Ahmaud Arbery’s killers might have prompted another national conversation on race, which is what we call it when family members who don’t talk in real life argue on Facebook, and invite long-lost high school classmates to join in, along with old bosses, and some creepy guy no one can quite place. On television, pundits would have acted out a dumber version of those Facebook arguments, at least until it was time to segue to…

Read More

Stop Poaching My Volunteers | LeaderTreks Youth Ministry Blog – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin May 18, 2020 Youth ministry volunteers get poached more than any other volunteers in the church. I don’t have any statistical evidence to back up this claim but think about it for a minute: youth ministry volunteers know how to build relationships, how to care for people, and how to run small groups. It makes sense that they would get poached. So how do we stop it? You have two choices: fight off the ministry marauders or…

Read More

Prayer Weaving | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Here’s a creative way to keep up with prayer topics or prayer requests. This can be made as a personal prayer weaving or as a Sunday School class prayer board.  Supplies:     Corrugated cardboard  Scissors  Yarn or twine  Ruler and pen  Colorful strips of paper  Instructions: Take a piece of cardboard and mark every ½ inch on two opposite sides (across from each other). Use scissors to cut a small incision on each mark.  Tape the twine onto the back of the cardboard and…

Read More

Joy in Youth Ministry: Being Buoyed by Hope – Youth Ministry Christian Article

While not-so-innocently meandering around the Hobby Lobby this month, I found myself drawn, as usual, to the décor aisles. Scattered about the adorable canvas signs (silently beckoning, “Buy me!”) I noticed a few signs with the phrase “Choose Joy” artfully painted on canvas. Before I knew it, the sign appeared in my shopping cart. (I still don’t know how that possibly could have happened!) That little canvas hangs up on my wall where I see it daily. Some days, it’s…

Read More

Your Worth as a Youth Minister – Youth Ministry Christian Article

One of the worst feelings I have ever felt was on a Sunday night in the middle of the summer. Ihad prepared a fun youth event that included tye-dye and a bible study on the Creation story.Ten minutes had gone by and no one had showed up. Not a single soul. I sat in the chair, tryingnot to look pathetic in case one lone teen would saunter in the room. My heart was racing and Ifelt sort of sick to…

Read More

Nature Weaving | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

It’s that time of year when we all want to be outside and play!  This is a good art activity for a Sunday School class, or that kid at his sibling’s ballgame who is picking up all kinds of treasures during the game!    Supplies:     Corrugated cardboard  Hole punch  Yarn (twine or ribbon works too)  Small diameter branches  Nature objects – twigs, wildflowers, grasses  Instructions: Punch a hole on all four corners of the cardboard.  Choose a branch that is small in…

Read More

Why We Need Theology More Than Netflix – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Mike McGarry May 11, 2020 “Why do you think God made us so we need sleep?” Preceded by a two-hour conversation about movies and video games, my student’s question caught me by surprise. He wasn’t necessarily looking for a serious response, but I seized an opportunity to explore with him the theology of Creation. My answer went something like this, “Simply put, God made us with a built in system to remind us that he is in control and…

Read More

Supporting Your Teens While Social Distancing – Youth Ministry Christian Article

It’s not always the case that we can know with certainty that we are living through a historic time. The COVID-19 pandemic has made that the only certain thing we can know at this point. With the news reports changing everyday, the number of cases fluctuating world-wide, and state governments issuing “stay at home” orders left and right, it can feel as though all the tools in your ministry belt are now useless. Fear not! Your teens need you now…

Read More

Transgender Minority Report: UK Progress vs. US Progressivism – Christian Article

Editor’s Note: The following article is excerpted from CBMW’s monthly newsletter, which you can receive in your inbox by signing up here. The United Kingdom has often served as a bellwether for the United States in terms of progressive social change. For example, in 1967 the UK Parliament passed the Abortion Act, which legalized abortion up to 28 weeks gestation everywhere except Northern Ireland. (Abortion was only legalized in Northern Ireland earlier this year.) Six years later in 1973, the…

Read More

Thinking Christianly About the Ahmaud Arbery Lynching – Mere Orthodoxy – Christian Article

Let’s start here. This is what we know about what happened in February in Brunswick GA when Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed according to the New York Times: BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Ahmaud Arbery loved to run. It was how the 25-year-old former high school football standout stayed fit, his friends said, and it was not unusual to see him running around the outskirts of the small coastal Georgia city near where he lived. But on a Sunday afternoon in…

Read More

Watercolor Flowers | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Supplies:     Watercolors and brush  Water  White construction paper  Black marker  Instructions: Paint a very loose design of flowers, stems and leaves on a white sheet of paper (see the second paper below). Be sure to be messy and watery so some things bleed together. You can blot the paper after it sits for a bit if you wish to speed up the drying process. After the picture is dry, go back with a marker and loosely add details to your flower picture.  In 31…

Read More

Unity: A Mission Trip’s Super Power – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin May 4, 2020 Mission trips unify a youth group in a way unlike any other. The power of the trip is fully realized in the fall during kick off when you find that the mission trip has developed a committed group of students who love Jesus and each other. This produces an environment where students feel they belong, will be heard and are accepted by others. Youth ministry tends to flourish and grow when students feel this…

Read More

The Breakdown of Perfection – What Does it Mean to be Perfect? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

In the Gospel of Matthew, right after the beatitudes and in the midst of the Sermon on the Mount, Christ speaks to his disciples about loving your enemies and then gives them the highest expectation: “Be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mt. 5:48) Pluck your eye out if it causes you to sin! If you divorce, you’re committing adultery! Don’t make promises you can’t keep! Don’t be vengeful; turn the other cheek! Love your enemies! Be perfect…

Read More

Empathy: The Cutting Edge of Leadership Development – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin April 27, 2020 the need for empathy Effective leadership has changed because culture has changed. No longer is command and control leadership valued. Instead, leadership empathy is the highest valued characteristic of a leader. Leadership Empathy: The act of remaining others-focused and keeping their best interests in mind. People that lead from a position or title have long been out of style, but now, even leaders that use collaboration and shared decision-making are finding that they are…

Read More

Adam and Eve: The Historical End of Future Racism – The Science of Racism – Christian Article

Recap In the last post, I outlined four alternative histories of human history; each of which make key philosophical and theological presuppositions that are in turn used to interpret the scientific data. In part four below, I outline what—even today—is the scientific grounding that leaves open the door to racism. The Science of Racism The foundation laid in each of these four alternatives to biblical creation consistently resulted in racial animus and social-engineering that devalued the life of non-whites. To reiterative,…

Read More

Mother’s Day Fork Flowers | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Mother’s Day is almost here!  What do you think of when you think of Mother’s Day?  Flowers!  Here’s an art project for preschoolers.  Supplies:     White construction paper or cardstock  Plastic forks  Tempera or acrylic paint (paper plates to pour paint on)  Markers  Prepare: Use markers to draw leaves and stems on the paper. Pour out pools of paint on paper plates.  Instructions: Show the preschoolers how to place their fork in the paint and then rock the fork on the paper…

Read More