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Wesley Ellis
Husband, Youth Pastor, Thinker, Blogger, etc.
Husband, Youth Pastor, Thinker, Blogger, etc.
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A Thought on Being
To say, "you are what you love" (see James K.A. Smith) is not actually all that far from saying "you are what you do"--which is the hegemonic claim of a capitalistic anthropological imaginary. The two claims both emanate from some autonomous interior self, ...

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Friendship, Joy, and Youth Ministry
Meet Bobby... Bobby is one of those high achieving kids. At school, he’s an “A” student who sits in the front of the class, actually does his homework, and (gasp!) studies for tests. Bobby’s also a pole vaulter on the track and field team. He’s always among...

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"Untamed Friendship" Interviews and Lecture
In November, Kenda Creasy Dean and I were invited to Yale Divinity (to the Yale Youth Ministry Institute ) to be interviewed and to give a lecture on joy and friendship in adolescence for their Joy and Adolescent Faith and Flourishing project. Below, you ca...

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Practicing Passion in Youth Ministry
“If adolescents and Christianity are both so full of passion, then why aren’t young people flocking to church?” ( Practicing Passion , p. 4). This is a central question of what is to be considered one of the most important books on youth ministry ever writt...

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Thanks, Obama
When Barack Obama was elected in 2008, I posted on my Facebook wall (in 2008 fashion), "[Wes] likes the President of the United States... it can't last..." I remember how good it felt to say that, for the first time, I actually "liked" the President, meanin...

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Friends of Time: Youth Ministry and the Clock
Youth workers come in all shapes and sizes, but they tend to have at least this one thing in common: they are busy! Youth workers are some of the busiest people on the planet, trying all the time to navigate the busy schedules of young people while also mai...

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Friends of Time: Youth Ministry and the Clock
Youth workers come in all shapes and sizes, but they tend to have at least this one thing in common: they are busy! Youth workers are some of the busiest people on the planet, trying all the time to navigate the busy schedules of young people while also mai...

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Modest is Hottest: on un-evangelism
“…a modest church that is still under the spell of an immodest theology has not yet begun to deal with the fact that ‘Religion Kills.’ …A religious community that believes itself to be in possession of “the Truth” is a community equipped with the most letha...

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Zechariah's Song of Hope
I am a sucker for Christmas carols. And yes, even during Advent (I know some people who would shun me for conflating Christmas and Advent). I look forward to Christmas music as early as Halloween, although I have just enough self control to wait until Novem...

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The Trumped-Up Generational Division in America
There has been a lot of focus on the divisions in our country that have been revealed through the presidential election. With Donald Trump winning really only one demographic (uneducated white males) while performing dismally among so many other minority de...
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