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A Youth Pastor’s Perspective on Teen Suicide

In light of a recent teen suicide tragedy, one of my students said, “I don’t understand how someone could be so upset to do that to themselves.” Sometimes, no matter how together a person may seem on the outside, the inside may be full of hurt and pain. This pain can be completely consuming, overwhelming. […]

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100 Best Communities for Young People

100 Best Communities: A Faith Perspective

“He handed out gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, and pastor-teacher to train Christ’s followers in skilled servant work, working within Christ’s body, the church, until we’re all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God’s Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ.” Ephesians […]

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Created to Be Me - getting goofy, summer 2011

Created to Be Me – Letters from Camp

In yesterday’s post, I talked about Washington County’s high teen birth rate, my conviction that our young people need accurate information about sex to counter all the misinformation that they get from the media, and my discovery of and involvement with Teens Have Choices and Just Say Know. I then wrote about Created to Be […]

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Let’s Talk About Sex… Your kids and your grandkids are!

Let me start by sharing my brief bio with you: I am a native of Washington County, grew up in Hagerstown and graduated from North High. I was an active youth group member at First Christian Church, Hagerstown, and attended every youth camp I could in our Region. I felt so connected to the camp […]

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God is the author of life.

A Faith Perspective: Why would God take away teens?

In the last month, two teens from our region have been tragically taken from us. We have also reached the 3 year anniversary of the tragic losses of Nick Adenhart, Ben Burger and Ryan Myers. Unfortunately, I have seen many of my friends and classmates experience tragic loss up close and personal too many times. […]

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12 for ’12 – Empowering Teens to Make Healthy Choices in 2012

What better time than the start of a new year to reflect on the past year and make plans for the one ahead? That’s why you see so many top ten lists everywhere you look right now and, while we’re on board with that, we’re going to tweak the trend slightly and go with our […]

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Virgin Mary

Mary and the Ultimate Unplanned Pregnancy

A recent article caught my attention (and my imagination); it dealt with the controversy over this billboard image: Yes, that’s the Virgin Mary holding a home pregnancy test. Some of those in New Zealand who saw this billboard felt it was sacrilegious,  even though it was a church who posted the billboard. The point they […]

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