Serving Others – A Vital Piece of the Youth Ministry Puzzle

by CCC

If you have ever put a jigsaw puzzle together, you know what happens when a piece is missing.  Hours of labor have gone into assembling the picture only to discover that it is incomplete. Youth ministry is very similar.  Imagine a group of teens who grow into adulthood knowing the gospel, understanding theology, sharing their […]

Convinced Atheist Says, “There is a God”

by CCC

CCC member Mike Grigas wanted to share the fruit of some of his reading and encourage others to check out There is a God, by Anthony Flew.  I, too, thought this a worthwhile read, and so devote this blog entry to Mike’s review.  -Pastor Ken Langley     December 9, 2004, the Associated Press reported, […]

Seriously, CNN? The existence of Jesus is an open question?

by CCC

You label people “fringe” and “climate deniers” if they question the prevailing narrative that human energy creation is destroying the planet, but you take seriously people who thinks Jesus never existed?  John Stonestreet of Breakpoint responds.  Here’s an excerpt from his blog: Ah, springtime. Flowers blooming, birds singing, and articles questioning the historicity of Jesus […]

I Just Want to Die: Replacing Suicidal Thoughts with Hope

by CCC

“I just want to die.” Have you ever uttered those words? Know someone who has? Christian or not, we’re all at times capable of feeling an overwhelming sense of hopelessness and despair. Take Job as an example. After suffering incredible loss, he cursed the day he was born and cried out, “Why did I not […]

Review of “The Shack”

by CCC

With the upcoming release of “The Shack” on the big screen, I thought it would be wise to alert CCC readers to some serious theological concerns with this best-seller. Here’s Tim Keller’s take on the book: At the heart of the book is a noble effort—to help modern people understand why God allows suffering, using […]

Without This, You Have Nothing

by Leo Barnes

If you have this, you have everything, even if you have nothing else. If you have everything else, but don’t have this, you have nothing. What is “this?” This has been the question we have been asking our youth lately. Many answers, including many valid answers, have been submitted by our students.  How would you […]

Mondays Were Made For Worship

by Drew Wicklund

When you think about worshipping God, what comes to mind? Maybe you’re at church singing hymns. Or maybe you’re at a sold out Chris Tomlin concert with twenty thousand people raising their hands. Or maybe you’re hiking in the woods or alongside Lake Michigan in awe of God’s creation. Or perhaps you’re witnessing the birth […]

Should We Be Entertained By Women Fighting Women?

by Ken Langley

This edition of “Out of Our Minds” is sure to ruffle some feathers.  So be it.  Our culture is chipping away at a Judea-Christian view of manhood and womanhood, and someone (pastors, maybe, if we’re the last men standing?) has to say something.  As a father who’s proud of his strong, fit daughters, I nonetheless […]

A Word of Caution as 2017 Begins

by Leo Barnes

As I write this, 2016 is coming to a close and our nation seems to be getting more divided by the day.  So many people are angry about so many things.  So many people are looking for someone or something to blame for the things that they are angry about.  Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the […]

Do you live for Hevel?

by Guest

Occasionally, the youth ministry newsletter and church blog will come not from Pastor Leo but from a guest blogger.  This month is one of those months.  What a privilege to have two CCC youth ministry graduates, Stephen and Jessica Langley, share their answer to a single question with you.  That question is, “What leads two […]