UYN Newsletter #12

UYN friends,

Here’s the freshest stuff of the week.  Enjoy.  And I hope to see many of you in roughly an hour or so at our UYN meeting!

This week I came across a series of articles called, “The Death of Youth Ministry.”  Interesting title, fascinating reading!  Check the series out here: Part One; Part Two; Part Three.  And make sure to listen to this related sermon by Voddie Baucham called, “The Centrality of the Home.”  This sermon is absolutely fantastic!  Seriously.  Go and listen to it.  Or download it here.

Here’s a guy you may have heard of before, J. Budziszewski (a.k.a. “Professor Theophilus”).  He’s got a Ph.D. from Yale and is professor of Government and Philosophy at the University of Texas in Austin.  Anyways, he’s also a Christian writer.  Here is a three-part dialogue that he put together about students who claim that there are a bunch of errors in the Bible.  It’s a pretty good read.  And I’m guessing it may be of some help to us in youth ministry.  Go give it a glance here: Part 1Part 2Part 3.

Do you ever feel like there’s not enough time in the day to get all the things done that you need to get done?  Well here’s some help. has posted a series of articles about things that waste our time.  I was surprised at how relevant and concise these articles were.  There only about a page long each.  Go and read them.  It will take a few minutes to read each one, but it could help save you a lot of time in the long run.  Here they are:
Time Waster #1 – Procrastination
Time Waster #2 – The Internet Sucked My Life Away
Time Waster #3 – Be Unavailable.  Like Jesus.
Time Waster #4 – Bash Your Television into a Million Pieces
Time Waster #5 – Disorganization
Time Waster #6 – Saying “Yes” to Every Request
Extra #1 – Can’t Say No?  Try the Qualified “Yes”
Extra #2 – You’re a Victim of Triage     

Any of ya’ll ever have an outside speaker come in and share with your students?  Maybe on a retreat or at camp or for a Disciple Now?  Well, here are some tips that Josh Griffin, High School Pastor at Saddleback Church, has to share with you.

I don’t know how many of you guys would consider yourselves to be commentary buffs, but whenever I study a passage of Scripture, usually somewhere in that process I consult with a few biblical commentaries.  Needless to say, over the last couple of years I have compiled several recommended commentary lists.  Here’s a website I just found that is dedicated entirely to finding and recommending good commentaries.

Various Youth Ministry-Related Posts:
“A.C.E. You Follow-Up Event”
-An obituary that is awfully sad.  Could probably be used in a lesson about selfishness and what kind of legacy we leave behind us.
“Knowing God: Relationship, not Ritual”
Phil Wickham has a CD that he’s giving away for free.  Download it here.
David Crowder’s got a free song he’s trying to give away.  Go and get it here.
“Moving Parents off the Bench”
Youth Specialties Podcast here (Aug. 18th, 2008).  Some great pointers.

Thanks for reading,
Deek Dubberly
Youth Pastor
Eastside Baptist Church


One Response

  1. Wow! Thanks for the links and the kind review!

    Seminary Survival

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