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Offering One More Semester To God
When I first began my studies at Princeton Theological Seminary, I had an intense feeling that I did not belong here. It wasn't for lack of theological compatibility or because of any feeling that other people believed differently (although some of those in...
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The most important thing you can do to help young people “learn theology”—indeed one of the most important things you can do as a minister to young people—is read the Bible with them.
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Presenting at #PYM16
For the past year or so, I've been working on the intersection of Youth Ministry, Eschatology, and Childhood Studies (I've got one article coming out in the next issue of Journal of Youth and Theology and another article, co-authored with Erin Raffety, that...
For the past year or so, I've been working on the intersection of Youth Ministry, Eschatology, and Childhood Studies (I've got one article coming out in the next issue of Journal of Youth and Theology and another article, co-...
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5 Youth Ministry Books You Haven't Read Yet...
I think most people who are close to the Youth Ministry world would know about books like Sustainable Youth Ministry  by Mark DeVries,   Practicing Passion  by Kenda Creasy Dean, and Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry by Andrew Root... not to mention the ...
I think most people who are close to the Youth Ministry world would know about books like Sustainable Youth Ministry by Mark DeVries,  Practicing Passion by Kenda Creasy Dean, and Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry by Andre...
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Is "Maturity" A Useful Category?
This has been a busy summer for me! Just to fill you in, I've been working three jobs: a job at the mailroom at Princeton Seminary, at the Princeton Institute for Youth Ministry, and for Hopewell Presbyterian Church (I'm sorta their "Summer Pastor," doing p...
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Moltmann at Princeton Seminary
A couple of days ago I had the rare privilege of hearing Jürgen Moltmann give a lecture at Princeton Seminary's annual Karl Barth Conference. Moltmann gave an impressive lecture on Barth's theology of election and predestination. In true Moltmann fashion, h...
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Dr. Capps, You Will Be Missed
Last night the world lost one of its greatest pastoral theologians. Professor Donald Capps was killed as a result of a car accident in Princeton yesterday. Capps joined the Princeton Theological Seminary faculty in 1981 and has been prolific in his writing ...
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Reading the Bible With Youth
The following post was published on the Institute for Youth Ministry Blog : Many of my youth ministry colleagues know me as a bit of a theology nerd. I definitely have a lot more patience with abstract theological questions—you know, the stuff that’s not im...
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'Student' Ministry or Youth Ministry?
I was talking with someone in Corner Bakery the other day. Obviously well oriented to the social world of church, he was asking about my experience of seminary. (I think my Princeton Seminary T-shirt must have tipped him off.) When he asked what I was study...
I was talking with someone in Corner Bakery the other day. Obviously well oriented to the social world of church, he was asking about my experience of seminary. (I think my Princeton Seminary T-shirt must have tipped him off...
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What's Matuirty Got To Do With It?
I sometimes wonder how old I'll have to be for people to stop telling me, "wait 'til you're older and you'll think differently." I've received this prophesy from people over a myriad of topics--politics, theology, education, nationalism, etc.--and I cannot ...
I sometimes wonder how old I'll have to be for people to stop telling me, "wait 'til you're older and you'll think differently." I've received this prophesy from people over a myriad of topics--politics, theology, education, ...
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There is No Design
Today, the US Supreme Court made a decision to affirm what has always been true--that there is no crime in being gay. For me, this has been a day of celebration. For most of my friends on Facebook, either by virtue of the changing of the tide in the United ...
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The Entrepreneurial Pastor
"In a society that overvalues progress, development, and personal achievement, the spiritual life becomes quite easily performance oriented: ‘On what level am I now, and how do I move to the next one?’…but it is of great importance that we leave the world o...
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