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Youth Culture Today is a 60-second daily audio feature that will help equip adults to better understand and respond to the complex and rapidly changing world of their children and teens, all from a distinctively Christian perspective. For youth ministry resources be sure to check out CPYU.org or our friends at SimplyYouthMinistry.com who make this show possible. Tell them Walt sent you!
 
The Local Youth Worker is a podcast brought to you by Reformed Youth Ministries (www.rym.org). It's a daily podcast that's centered on five questions each week. Ranging from the practical to the professional, we’re looking for answers to questions you’re asking. Whether you’re in full-time, part-time or volunteer youth ministry, this podcast is for you.
 
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It can be frustrating when the grandkids come to visit and they remain glued to their phones or other digital devices the whole time they are there. In this episode, youth culture expert Walt Mueller helps grandparents understand the new digital frontier and what it means for us and for our grandkids. This podcast will encourage you to stay connect…
 
Our special guest for this episode is Dr. Michelle Anthony, a leading voice in the children's and family ministry movements and author of Spiritual Parenting and several other books. She voices her concern about how grandparents have been marginalized in the church when so many young people need the wisdom and knowledge they are able to provide. Co…
 
One of the most frequent concerns I hear from youth workers regarding the influence of today’s youth culture, are concerns related to the growing involvement of kids and families in youth sports. These days families are spending more time and more money on youth sports, sometimes pulling kids out of opportunities for spiritual growth. Even those of…
 
Josh Mulvihill is a former family pastor from Minnesota who was one of the founding members of the Legacy Coalition. He is currently on the staff of Renewanation and serves as President of the Christian Grandparenting Network. In this podcast, Wayne Rice and Larry Fowler introduce Josh's message from the 2019 Legacy Grandparenting Summit and discus…
 
You might remember Kanye West’s 2007 chart-topping single, “Stronger.” In the song West quotes the famous line from Fredrich Nietzsche, “that which does not kill us makes us stronger.” According to the Bible, that’s true. But in today’s world, we are told that the emerging generations increasingly believe the opposite, that what doesn’t kill you ma…
 
Our guest speaker for this episode is Rob Rienow, author of the book Healing Family Relationships: A Guide to Peace and Reconciliation. During this podcast, Rob emphasizes the power of forgiveness and the virtue of patience in the process of healing and restoration. There are no perfect families but there is hope and healing for every family when r…
 
On the day I became a father, everything changed. And then, on the day almost eight years ago when I became a grandfather, everything changed again. When I became a father, I earnestly prayed for my kids as I knew they were growing up in a world markedly different from the world that I grew up in. Now, as a grandfather, my prayers have increased as…
 
John Stonestreet, President of the Colson Center, is our guest on this week's episode of Legacy Grandparenting. Speaking on the subject of Christian hope, John provides us with four pillars upon which we can live securely in the moment, knowing that our hope in Christ is not wishful thinking or mere optimism, but unwavering confidence in what we kn…
 
People have always had questions, doubts, and objections to the Christian faith. Kids growing up in today’s youth culture are no exception. As they marinate in a cultural soup that encourages them to rely on their own intuition rather than biblical authority, the challenges to embracing a lifetime of following Jesus are very real. And I fear that t…
 
In this episode, author and speaker Ken Davis talks to grandparents about the importance of leaving a legacy of joy for our grandchildren. Co-hosts Wayne Rice, Larry Fowler and John Coulombe set up Ken's talk with a conversation about the use of humor in communication and then de-brief Ken's message by discussing some of his key points.…
 
I recently went back and read through the first book I wrote way back in 1988, Ministry To Families With Teenagers. I had written these words: “Moral and faith development are influenced first and foremost by the family. Inevitably, those clumsy 12-year-olds in the middle school youth group blossom into mature adults who are strikingly like their p…
 
Jay Kesler was a pioneer in the field of Intentional Christian Grandparenting. He wrote the first book on the subject and in 1999, presented a stirring message on grandparenting at a Focus on the Family conference in Colorado Springs. In this podcast, Wayne Rice and John Coulombe share that message and discuss the influence of Jay Kesler has had on…
 
The great theologian J.I. Packer once said, “If I were the devil, one of my first aims would be to stop folk from digging into the Bible. How? Well, I would try to distract all clergy from preaching and teaching the Bible?” As I read Packer’s words, I got to thinking about youth workers. Our primary calling is to lead kids to faithfully follow Jesu…
 
In this episode of Legacy Grandparenting, co-hosts Wayne Rice, John Coulombe and Larry Fowler respond to Dr. Tony Evans as he teaches on Psalm 128 at the 2017 Legacy Grandparenting Summit. Dr. Evans highlights the role grandparents play in the in the program and plan of God for the salvation of the world.…
 
Artificial intelligence is everywhere. Its managing our social media feeds, the devices in our homes, our online shopping, the way we get our news. . . really, the way we live each and every day. It’s influencing all of us, including our children and teens, who are destined to live with more and more artificial intelligence as the years pass. In hi…
 
The sexual revolution of the 1960s was about anything and everything in opposition to a biblical sexual ethic. A response from the church was necessary, as the cultural narrative was undoing God’s order and design for his good gift of sex. Many of us responded with what’s known now as the purity movement as we ministered to kids in the 1980s and 90…
 
Dr. Gary Chapman is the best-selling author of The Five Love Languages and co-author of Married and Still Loving It. During this podcast, Dr. Chapman shares five ways couples can keep their marriages thriving in the second half of their lives for the sake of their grandchildren. John Coloumbe, Larry Fowler and Wayne Rice respond and share their tho…
 
If you’ve ever studied or even just dabbled in the social sciences, you’ve probably heard the German word Zeitgeist. Translated into English, the term Zeitgeist means the spirit of the times. To know the zeitgeist is to know the widely-held beliefs that shape behaviors. As Christians, we want to stay in touch with the times as we seek to understand…
 
Crawford Loritts delivered a passionate yet practical teaching on Psalm 78 to the grandparents who attended the 2016 Legacy Grandparenting Summit in Frisco, Texas. He addressed questions such as these: What is our primary reason for existence? What do we hope to accomplish as grandparents? What should be the desired outcome of intentional Christian…
 
Yogi Berra is not only known for having one of the greatest baseball names ever, but for uttering some amazingly creative and funny things. After experiencing the cultural upheaval of the last twelve months, I was reminded of what Berra said after watching his teammates Micky Mantle and Roger Maris hit back to back home runs: It’s déjà vu all over …
 
Frederick Douglas once said, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” And that famous philosopher, Dr. Suess once gave this directive for a flourishing life: “Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.” One of the greatest gifts God has given to us is the ability to read. But in today’s world, constraint…
 
For many if not most of us, Superheroes played a significant role in our childhood. It was Adam West’s TV portrayal of Batman that I remember from my elementary school years. Since then, Superheroes, comic books, and an almost endless stream of superhero films have played a significant role in pop culture, not just for kids, but for adults as well.…
 
One of main developmental tasks of the adolescent stage is the journey to forming one’s identity. In today’s world, some of the most compelling, dangerous, misdirected cultural messages are leading kids down wrong paths as they look for answers to the question, Who am I? Dr. Carl Trueman has written a great new book that helps us understand and add…
 
As Christian parents and youth workers, our greatest desire for our kids should be to see them come to know and serve Jesus Christ in every nook and cranny of their lives. For those of us committed to this path for our kids it is discouraging when kids grow up to serve the cultural script for life rather than going deeper in their faith. I’ve alway…
 
Abuse makes it’s ugly presence felt in all kinds of ways and places. Fortunately, the curtain if being pulled back to expose the secretive and destructive world of abuse in our culture. Alarmingly, there has been a secretive world of abuse in the church. And, it’s a good thing that this is being exposed as well. What forms does power take? How is p…
 
When I was engaged in full-time local church youth ministry, it was obvious to me that my greatest youth ministry asset was my volunteers. They were nothing short of awesome. One of the mistakes we make in today’s youth ministry world is believing that the best youth workers are those who do it full-time with large budgets and lots of kids. That’s …
 
On my shelf sits a Bible concordance that was given to me as a Christmas gift by my parents back when I was twenty years old and getting ready to embark on a lifetime of youth ministry. I recently opened it up and saw the words of Proverbs 19:20 that my mom had written inside the front cover. “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may g…
 
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