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Friday, July 22, 2005

Higher Things Youth Ministry Update

Hey all, I apologize for being quiet the past few days. But as I'd mentioned, I've been in St. Louis all week with the Higher Things Youth Conference. And it has gone fabulously well! The sectionals are meaty and interesting. The worship is excellent. And the campus of St. Louis University is a very good facility for this sort of thing.

I did a three-day in-depth sectional on religious/worldview themes in pop culture. My first foray into the world of Powerpoint. I only had one major glitch and that was the day I forgot to plug in the laptop. So I got about three quarters of the way through my presentation and then *blink,* lights out baby! Apparantly, batteries don't last indefinitely.

I will say this. Higher Things is the finest Lutheran youth ministry I have ever encountered or been involved with. The level of biblical teaching that is taking place is out of sight. And I have to say that I have been extremely impressed with the theological integrity and knowledge and maturity of the teens I've met.

One thing floored me on the first day of my presentation. At the end, after talking about movies and such for 45 minutes, I made a side comment that maybe we'd all be better off if we frankly just turned off the blasted TV sets and read a book. And 200 teenagers applauded. I, for one, am glad they are the future and many of the current generation of leaders will soon be the past.

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cwv warrior said...

Amen to that! They sound like the cream of the crop! If there are others, we are sittin' pretty! I am glad it was such a great experience for you, and them! Praise be unto HIM!

Lisa said...

I'm so glad that there are folks who take the time and exert the effort to really get to know teens. It sounds like the teens and adults were equally blessed at your gathering.

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