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Three words you need to hear from your students and congregation

Jim Candy

I hadn’t heard or preached a sermon about Jesus transfiguration before, and it sounded like fun.

I approached the passage nervously though. I have to be honest. This story just seems like a fairy tale to me. Is it okay to doubt?

If you could ask God any question, what would it be?

Kara Powell

If you could ask God any question, what would it be? That’s a question I love asking teenagers.

It’s worked so well for me that I encourage leaders and parents to try it out also.

My friend Carlos decided to give it a shot with his small group of middle school boys. At first, they said nothing. 

Can I Ask That? Volume 2 Releases This Week

Brad M. Griffin

In Defense of God

That’s what we called our Wednesday night series on a handful of big questions students were asking in our youth ministry. Why does God seem so mad in the Old Testament? How could a good God send people to hell? It felt like a black hole of ever-gathering doubt. We thought we would teach our way out of that hole by helping students learn better answers, or at least the best answers we could come up with.

That was 1999. And while I’m sure this approach honored the questions, looking back now I wish we had done less “defending” of God and more letting God be God. More freedom to process and explore.

Less answers. More conversations.