Not only is this a great letter about how teenagers can be reading their bible but it’s also a great example of how a senior church pastor should treat 13 year olds in general; i.e., as any other member of their congregation.
John Piper writes a letter to a teenager in his church. But God is good. He has his plan and it is not to make this metamorphosis easy. Just certain. There are a thousand lessons to be learned in the process. Nothing is wasted. Life is not on hold waiting for the great coming-out. That’s … Continue reading Letter to an Incomplete, Insecure Teenager
A long time ago, a guy called Saint Athanasius wrote a bunch of letters to a bishop called Serapion concerning the Holy Spirit. He wrote to defend the divinity of the Spirit against some people who denied He was truly God. These letters were finally translated into English and published in 1951 by a man … Continue reading The Letters Of Saint Athanasius Concerning The Holy Spirit to Bishop Serapion – CRB Shapland
If you sat on the internet over Easter you’ll have seen the shocking Daily Mail report that foodbanks can be abused by people, especially if they’re Mail on Sunday reporters who are happy to lie through their teeth. The best response online has been this open letter to the Daily Mail.
Last month’s Youth Work Magazine carried a letter I wrote in response to Nigel Pimlott and Sally Nash’s article on Spirituality, well-being, and young people. As this month’s magazine has just come out, I thought I’d put up the text of my letter here. A week or two after this letter was published a friend … Continue reading Youth Work Magazine Letter
Dear Nandos, You and I have a potted history, I first encountered you in Norwich while dining with friends, and while I was impressed with your free refills and magic shrunken ice making machine I was less so impressed with the quality of your food. We next ate together in London, where I became a … Continue reading An Open Letter Of Complaint To Nandos
10 of Those (a Christian online bookstore that specialise in helping people run bookstores in churches and at camps) have a great summer sale on. Bundle 3 allows you to get one of the few good books on the whys of Christian Youth Ministry as well as the Screwtape Letters for a fiver (plus another … Continue reading Free Bibles and the 10 of Those Summer Sale
January: The Disclosure and Barring Service comes into use, replacing CRB checks. Any youth worker or volunteer who enters a new position now has to apply through them, and they reject every single person. Apparently this is a feature, not a bug, as no-one can be completely trusted. Numbers of youth workers and volunteers start … Continue reading 2013: A Year Of Youth Work In Preview
Beautiful –if sweary– father’s letter to his turning son. Says more about what it means to leave childhood and hit adolescence than a lot of developmental books I’ve read. He’s stepping into the light of being the main character in a story that evades the reach of my narrative. He’s not my character to write … Continue reading 13
Over the last three days Wikileaks has released a series of confidential documents that discuss some of the most important issues in youth work. Tens of documents have been put online for anyone to access revealing previous hidden truths about the state of youth work across the country. Here are some of the key highlights … Continue reading Breaking News: Wikileaks Reveal Youth Ministry Internal Memos